Well, food chain and all that.
I used to have pet rats. They are awesome. I think of mice as their smaller, somewhat less awesome cousins.
I've been known to save a mouse from my cats on occasion...although with 3 cats, I don't see many. I haven't had a mouse in my house since I lived next to a farm. While I agree with James in concept, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be as nasty and harsh about it.
Last edited by Badams; 06-06-2011 at 10:16 PM.
His major tip for the kitchen area is to take the garbage outside every night; leave your countertops clean and free of food. Things like rice, sugar should be in airtight containers.
When dealing with exterminators, ask them for references; how long they've dealt with this type of problem and interview several. Ask neighbors, friends ect for the best person as some are great at the job, others are not. Look for someone who cares about the quality of work he/she completes. Those who care may cost a bit more but so worth it.
And as for disposing mice after catching them on a glue trap...IMO if you're going to kill them, you might as well use a snap trap. That way you won't have to get close to them while they're still alive - I would be squicked out about that. What if they bite me???
Also the note about catching more spiders and centipedes on glue traps than mice.
Mice will mature in about 6 weeks. Females can have 3-6 litters of pups a year. Two mice will equal hundreds in months if there is an adequate food supply. Deer mice carry fleas which carry the plague or hantavirus. House mice (the common mousie found in houses) also carry a variety of diseases that can be transferred to humans or to pets, particularly through the urine. Keep potential food in closed storage. NO pet foods should be left out whether in the bag or the pet's bowl.
I had thought that too, rfisher, but my friend was saying that was a myth. I've read various sides to it. I figured they wouldn't survive very long. Although, I suppose if you could catch multiple mice that were living together, and release them with one another, then they'd have a better shot. Release them in a park where there was some cover, etc.
I don't care if they're pests, that isn't the point. It's wrong to let a mouse to suffer so much on a trap like that, end of story. If anything, YOU are the pest. But if I apply that title, does that justify me abusing you? No, of course not. I'm not saying you have to feel sorry for them, I'm saying that the cruelty is totally unnecessary and doing so speaks volumes of you as a human being. A good judge of character is how someone treats those who are more vulnerable than them. That you would torture something to death rather than kill it quickly and mercifully says a lot!
Your attitude is a cancer.
I'd like to stick you in a human-sized glue trap. Let's see how you like the experience. Maybe if you'll experience 1/3 the terror and pain you put those poor animals through, you'll be decent enough not to put them through that again. Sometimes, people just suck. You suck. You are one of the reasons why I dislike people in general. You are an extremely vile and bitter person, someone points out your callousness and you respond condescendingly and miss why you're being criticised in the first place. Your excuse "it's a pest" is a weak one, "pest" is an arbitrary title... using it is not a reason to torture something to death. :/(although there are a few humans in this world I wouldn't mind trapping in a mouse trap)
Last edited by JamesC; 06-07-2011 at 05:58 AM.
Glue traps are a lot less sanitary because a frightened animal will poop and pee a lot more, and it's trying to wriggle off so it will splash about everywhere. Worse if it manages to escape, leaving a mess everywhere.
Good call with the poop/pee, definitely.
http://www.simonscat.com/Blog/2011-0...a-little-gift/ A humorous blog on how cats catch mice and bring them to their owner. My brother's cat did this several times. It's morbid, but really cute, how they sit there and meow proudly.
Well I have an old beach house with a lot of leaks - I had an exterminator for years (2 different companies), and they didn't do much for me with the mice (they worked wonders with the ants, crickets, carpenter bees). They put down traps and sealed some holes, but they said there were just too many spots they could come in. I set traps with either peanut butter or hot dog pieces, which they love dearly. I fought the suckers for 5 years. We are usually there Friday to Sunday so they partied all week.
Then I got a cat. We take her with us when we go home, but she must be a general deterrent. She did bring in some live ones at first, but she doesn't hunt much anymore. The other thing that really worked was storing food in plastic or glass containers. Never mind the plastic bags of pasta or rice or whatever, the mice will even eat through boxed foods when left alone all week - Brownie mix, macaroni and cheese, bread crumbs, Indian food pouches in a box, kosher salt, you name it, they chew it. Whatever can't be stored easily in a plastic or glass container goes into the fridge when I leave - cereal, large bags of rice, etc.
I haven't had an exterminator or a problem in several years now.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
I think the key is to eliminate the food sources. I keep everything in heavy plastic containers or glass. Nothing stays in the original cardboard cartons. Dog food goes in a special container as well. You have to create a less suitable environment than the rodent can find elsewhere. Humans are a huge boon to the little beasties as we provide all sorts of tasty snacks. Eliminate the snacks and we make much less desirable housemates.
The irony of calling me psychotic when you use glue traps and throw living animals in them into the garbage. And applaud people who duct tape live mice on glue traps. That is psychotic behaviour. The worst I've said is that "you suck" and that you're vile and bitter, because, well... you are.