Page 2 | Where the fuck do we put the mouse?

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MouseInTheHouseShit Sat 16-Oct-21 13:40:25

At least I hope it is and not a rat..

Got some humane traps in, going to put them down today. What do we do with the fucker if/when we catch him? Drop him off at the old asshole neighbours house? Where on earth do we take him?

If it's a mouse I don't want it dead but if it's a rat, surely we can't release him somewhere? Or can we? I mean, they're diseased pests, right? Husband says drown it if it's a rat but I don't know if I can do that.

This is what I dreaded moving to the countryside. Fucking hell.

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Hobbesmanc Sat 16-Oct-21 14:05:00

Poison is pretty grim. It can take a while for the mouse to die and is a painful death. Plus they often die hidden away and you get a stench

We had a problem in the integral garage a while back.. they even got in the car

We have cats but to be honest they created more havoc and destruction chasing the mice around the very cluttered garage.

Snap traps were super efficient. Baited with peanut butter. It's not nice hearing the constant snap but all the mice seemed to be killed instantly and we buried them in the garden.

MouseInTheHouseShit Sat 16-Oct-21 14:07:53

GiveMeTheShivers

*We live in the countryside, people use them here.*

But not you. wink

No, because I can't think of much worse than coming in to the garage to grab the air fryer and seeing a nearly chopped in half animal. The live on won't be much better tbf.

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MouseInTheHouseShit Sat 16-Oct-21 14:08:42

Scrowy

You just need to make the garage very unattractive for it. Peppermint oil everywhere. Regularly disturbed. No food or any items it can use for bedding etc.

Any friends with dogs? Just letting one have a good sniff around in there for a bit will help.

What have you actually seen/heard if you aren't sure what it is?

Oh yeah, I saw his ass as he ran away from me.

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GiveMeTheShivers Sat 16-Oct-21 14:14:35

No, because I can't think of much worse than coming in to the garage to grab the air fryer and seeing a nearly chopped in half animal.

What is worse is when they don’t work, as they often don’t. Then you see an injured animal. Drowning it is just unnecessarily cruel, usually talked about by people who like to think of themselves as tough but are lacking in something.

Theoldcuriosityshop Sat 16-Oct-21 14:21:10

I tried everything, he managed to evade every single trap. I saw him walk over the top of one.
I had him for over 2 weeks until he fell from the curtain into a waste paper basket, and was duly let go outside.

I then bought some of those plug in things that are supposed to deter mice, I've had them over 3 years and not another mouse.

I actually got used him in the end, he would saunter into the middle of the living room while I was there, very brazen grin

Wazzzzzzzup Sat 16-Oct-21 14:21:24

You need snap traps. Humane traps are NOT humane. By taking a mouse from it's habitat and deopping it by itself in aome random nature spot, you are killing it, just very slowly...
Snap traps.

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Bluetrews25 Sat 16-Oct-21 14:22:30

You can get plug in ultrasonic noise making repeller thingys.
Use tinfoil or wire wool to plug holes.

Narwhalsh Sat 16-Oct-21 14:22:53

If you catch it then drive it about 5 miles away, find some woods where it will be able to survive.

If you live in the countryside then you should think about getting an outdoor cat or two. If you’ve got a shed or outbuilding they will live in there, they don’t need to be in the house. Cat charities are often looking for homes for outdoor or feral cats. We got a couple and they have managed to keep on top of the rodents. Feed then once a day so
They keep coming back is all

1forAll74 Sat 16-Oct-21 14:23:35

My three cats, well one of them mostly, brings mice into the house, they are usually alive, so i try and catch them, not easy sometimes, in a box or something, then y them in the garden again. They don't all seem to be the same mouse that is brought in all the time, but must admit, i don't take all that much notice of their personal features !!

I would not like to kill a mouse personally, and not even a horrible rat, but at one time one of the cats brought in a dead headless rat as in ready done, ! not a pretty sight. i think one of the cats found it in that state in the garden.

Scirocco Sat 16-Oct-21 14:28:21

Humane traps are the way to go if possible. Then just take it a few miles away and release it.

Wildlife visitors are part of country life, and it's much better to have a humane system for dealing with these house guests, rather than killing them when you don't need to.

Even if it's a rat, there's no need to kill it. Just follow the same process and relocate it to a nice, far away place.

GiveMeTheShivers Sat 16-Oct-21 14:29:14

If you’ve got a shed or outbuilding they will live in there, they don’t need to be in the house.

We move them to the outbuilding furthest from our house and they live happily in there. Our ‘neighbours’, (not actually very close to our house) who don’t have any outbuildings, have brought ones they’ve caught to us and put them in there too. We’ve never had them come in the house.

GeorgiaMcGraw Sat 16-Oct-21 14:29:37

Bluetrews25

You can get plug in ultrasonic noise making repeller thingys.
Use tinfoil or wire wool to plug holes.


I can vouch for the plug-ins that emit a sound we can't hear, but annoys mice. Cheap and cheerful and puts them off your place. After a few days, when you're sure the wee bugger (and any of its wee bugger-lets) have gone to bother your neighbours instead, go round the garage with something to fill any gaps. They can squeeze through tiny gaps like you wouldn't believe.

scooterbear Sat 16-Oct-21 14:31:27

I've got two Jack Russells and they were useless when we had mice. They just stared at them hmmWe had to put poison down in the end and block all the entry points to the house with mouse wire stuff.

SilenceOfThePrams Sat 16-Oct-21 14:33:55

Third the ultrasonic mouse repeller. Awesome devices. Can take a month as the mice won’t abandon babies in a nest but as soon as they can move out they’ll all go. They just move on. No bodies to deal with.

Tootsey11 Sat 16-Oct-21 14:34:29

Op, don't listen to the idiots on here who say no such thing as a humane trap. I've used them, they worked well for me and I'm out in the countryside. Just take the little fella outside far away and release him. They are entitled to a life just like anything else.

DrNo007 Sat 16-Oct-21 14:35:17

We’ve caught several rats in a humane trap and released them into woodland a few miles away. Rats are resourceful and I would not assume that they would die anyway. I like to give them a chance at least. Please do not drown animals—it is very cruel.

ImFree2doasiwant Sat 16-Oct-21 14:36:55

Just release it, and get the plug in deterrent thing. Those suggesting a cat - the only times I've had mice in the house us when my bastard cat has brought them in and released them to live a comfy existence inside or, to crawl away maimed and die in a difficult to access place, only to be discovered when the smell starts.

Op - don't drown it, and don't use poison (see above for crawling away, death and stinking)

Ensure no food, (human, pet,bird food etc) is left out,and also try to avoid any pikes of paper, blankets etc. They come in for food and bedding to chew up . Remove those and you'll have much less of a problem.

picklemewalnuts Sat 16-Oct-21 14:38:25

Put all stored goods (fabric stuff) in plastic lidded boxes, they won't bother to chew through that unless there's food in it.

Move things around, so you don't have safe cosy quiet corners.

Make sure there are no food items- bird seed etc.

Keep the doors into the house shut while you are in the garage.

Get the plug ins.

and then block the entrance holes- don't trap anything in with you!

That's the most humane way- encourage them to leave them stop them getting back in.

Encourage any visitors with dogs to come in and sniff around regularly.

GertrudePerkinsPaperyThing Sat 16-Oct-21 14:38:42

more important is you block up the entry routes to your house

I was going to say just this!

Paid someone £400 to do ours, which included coming back a couple of times to check. Sounds a lot but was so worth it!

Scrowy Sat 16-Oct-21 14:39:23

Tootsey11

Op, don't listen to the idiots on here who say no such thing as a humane trap. I've used them, they worked well for me and I'm out in the countryside. Just take the little fella outside far away and release him. They are entitled to a life just like anything else.

It's not very nice calling people idiots when they raise very valid cruelty concerns about so called humane traps.

Perhaps go and do some googling on the subject?

I'd rather an immediate death over a slow one lived out in fear and starvation.

SusannahHolmes Sat 16-Oct-21 14:39:45

We resorted to electrocution traps, caught 7 in a week that way. They alarm when they have caught a mouse and it is instantaneous.

The ultrasonic deterrents are still plugged in but do nothing.

MouseInTheHouseShit Sat 16-Oct-21 14:43:09

It's just conflicting advice😂
Kill it, release it, don't release it because it'll just die anyway.. it will not remain in my house, garage or inside, so what the fuck do I do?

I don't want to use the mouse scarer if it'll just go to the neighbours. We love them and they're elderly😟

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GertrudePerkinsPaperyThing Sat 16-Oct-21 14:43:21

I found that peppermint oil and ultrasonic things do nothing.

Ultrasonic things are awful as children and alot of women can hear them.

Darceyhemingway Sat 16-Oct-21 14:44:31

We got a humane trap and let the mouse out at the field buy Apparently you're supposed to drive 5 miles to let it out! A cat is great but ours brings us all sorts of wonderful presents and picking up a half eaten mouse is absolutely disgusting

stealthninjamum Sat 16-Oct-21 14:45:23

Op I think you are underestimate how clever mice are. They have climbed up three stories in our cavity walls and moved into our loft. And they can dislocate their bones to fit into the tiniest gaps. I have found snap traps are the quickest death. We leave them in our garden for passing owls and cats which is much better than poisoning them all.

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