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Old 09-30-2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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Found out tonight that I have at least one mouse in my house. Ran out to the store and they had 1 lethal trap left and a ton of non-lethal traps. Bought the one lethal trap and two of the non-lethal ones along with some poison.

I never thought the non-lethal ones would work, I only set them up because I didn't want to rely on only one trap, but apparently they do as I already caught one mouse.

My problem now is what to do with the mouse. Not having a heart of gold, I want to kill the thing so it doesn't come back into the house. I do feel a tinge of guilt when I think about just leaving it in the trap until it starves or dehydrates.

I thought of using a chemical spray to kill it, but I get the feeling that other mice would probably avoid the trap in the future. I also thought about trying to get some of the poison pellets into the trap, but can't think of a good way without also giving the mouse a good chance to escape.

Any advice on how to kill the damned thing?

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Old 09-30-2008, 05:10 AM   #2
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get the glue traps.
put a dab of peanut butter in the center.
when you get a mouse or rat on the trap, then turn it upside down in the toilet. it will drown in a minute.

i lived in NYC my whole life. mice and rats are a part of life in many neighborhoods, and i have drowned my fair share

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Old 09-30-2008, 05:14 AM   #3
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Get a cat. Never saw a mouse in my place...

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I do feel a tinge of guilt when I think about just leaving it in the trap until it starves or dehydrates.
Take it to a pet shop that sells live snake food, then someone else will kill it for you and you can relieve your guilt convincing yourself they sold it as a pet.
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Take it to a pet shop that sells live snake food, then someone else will kill it for you and you can relieve your guilt convincing yourself they sold it as a pet.
+1 I like that idea... Will they take "wild" mice?

Otherwise find someone who hates homebrew and release it near their house
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My home was invaded by a mouse several years ago. I kept seeing it in unexpected places - drinking out of the toilet when I'd wake in the middle of the night, on my kitchen counter before breakfast. I finally had enough and, in the true spirit of the American West, I took it as a personal challenge. Man against mouse (well, man and his Crossman .177 cal pellet gun). The mouse lost.

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Drown it, perhaps?
If you see a mouse in your home, chances are there a lot more than one.

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Bucket of water. If you are wanting to make it quicker, bucket of icewater.

Get more traps at some other store. Have traps set all the time - that way you get early notice of the problem and the first one doesn't get to tell his friends about your house.

Look around for evidence of there they are getting in, and seal those holes (spray foam and wire-mesh in combination). The rubber seals under garage doors are a popular gnaw through and gain access point, IME. Set traps around any such hole.

Look to your grain storage - it needs to be tight and gnaw-proof - grains are mousy heaven.

If you see one, you probably have at least 10, and they breed faster than rabbits.

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My home was invaded by a mouse several years ago. I kept seeing it in unexpected places - drinking out of the toilet when I'd wake in the middle of the night, on my kitchen counter before breakfast. I finally had enough and, in the true spirit of the American West, I took it as a personal challenge. Man against mouse (well, man and his Crossman .177 cal pellet gun). The mouse lost.

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