Actually, the rack would be more useful, you could use it to get the mouse to confess the whereabouts of his little friends....
"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
Also the other mice could come by and throw things at that mouse, for the times when that mouse got to the crumb first.
It would also necessitate leaving the snake free-roaming in your house, which also presents the possibility that it might leave on its own as well.
We live near open grass fields and the mice come into the house as soon as cold fall temperatures happen. We've tried many methods to control the mice (kill and live traps, D-con, steel wool plugging up holes). Since there are usually 10 mice hidden for every 1 you see, and because they reproduce like crazy, the only reliable way to get rid of them for good is to hide D-con all over the house. The dead mice will stink badly (since they die in places hard to find them) for about 5 days, but you will be rid of them for a very long time. I sometimes put the D-con out when we are going away on a long trip and then the smell is no issue. We have had mice invasions for over 30 years in our house, and I can say that we haven't had problems for the past 3 years because I just leave the D-con in a few hidden places (e.g. under the kitchen sink), and the population can never get established in the house.
The way D-con works is that it makes the rodents bleed internally. Since mice are one of the few mammals that cannot vomit the stuff up, they bleed to death. While the D-con is harmful to other pets, dogs and cats can vomit the stuff up and usually don't die from it but may get pretty ill. You should put the D-con containers in hard to reach places like behind the stove or inside a closet.
I suspect I have a mouse. This would be the first one I've encountered since I've lived here (just over a year). Just when I think I've gotten over the fear of living alone, something like this has to happen and set me back 20 steps. And I'm having a party on Saturday and now I've got to worry about a mouse. Or should I cancel the party? Ugh, I really miss living with my parents and have my dad deal with this kind of stuff. But I have to grow up and deal with it. No food on the countertop (which is where I found what I think are droppings). I do have a pantry, but if you can't keep food in there to ward off mice then what's the point of having one? I hope I can get rid of it before the party on Saturday. I just am so afraid to see a living one, let alone a dead one that I'll have to dispose of.
The snap traps are so cheap and if it's a little mouse, big enough so you really don't need to touch or even get very close to the dead mouse.
Just look through glazed eyes for the other end of the trap, pick up the whole thing and toss it in the trash. Outside preferably.
Friends of mine recommended putting the trap inside a paper bag set on its side.
Once the trap was tripped, they just tossed the bag out, mouse, trap and all.
My aunt had trouble with mice and they got so bold that we had regular sightings during the day. But most of the time I think they only come out at night or at least when it's dark, so I don't think you should have anything to fear if there's going to be a party at your place.
Or maybe our mouse is trying to be on the safe side since we do have a cat and the place we saw the droppings was mere feet from the litter box. But then again, nothing in the traps so far and it's been about a week.
The mice are evolving, and learning to avoid traps. It will be like the raptors in Jurassic Park, that learn to turn door handles
Seriously, though - no need to cancel the party for a mouse. It's not an issue for most people, and the mouse will likely make himself scarce during the hubub of the event itself.
If you are highly uncomfortable with the mouse issue, and you have some funds, you could contact an exterminator and have him handle the issue for you.
Use Yah Blinkah!
I wouldn't worry about it either. The noise and activity will scare the mouse away. I wouldn't even worry about putting food out in the kitchen. Just clean up well afterwards.Seriously, though - no need to cancel the party for a mouse. It's not an issue for most people, and the mouse will likely make himself scarce during the hubub of the event itself.
If you are highly uncomfortable with the mouse issue, and you have some funds, you could contact an exterminator and have him handle the issue for you.[/QUOTE]