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Where the fuck do we put the mouse?
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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 13:40

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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EstuaryBird · 16/10/2021 15:58

I caught a mouse in a humane trap using Crunchy Peanut Butter as bait.

I took the mouse (in the trap) several miles to a fairly derelict area and set it free. It went off like a rocket, covered in peanut butter, got about 5 yards before a bird swooped and got it…..lucky birdie, unexpected crunchy snack for his breakfast.

2 lessons learned:
Don’t use something gooey like peanut butter as bait, use something dry.
When you release them take them to somewhere with a lot of cover, not next to cover because they’re too traumatised to use their instinct.

I have been told though that they do usually die because they don’t do well on their own and if they do find a colony they’ll probably be killed as an intruder. I’d always use snap traps now and save the little chaps all the trauma.

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annacondom · 16/10/2021 15:58

I don't have much to add except three small points: make sure you cut off all food supplies - we had mice in our kitchen and blocked up the holes, and thankfully this sorted it.

Please don't use poison (not saying you were thinking of it, but someone suggested it. Neighbour poisoned a rat once and it took a very long time to die on our lawn. It was awful and obviously in pain. DH had to put it out of its misery in the end.

Third - Once upon a time I had mice in my flat. Borrowed a friend's kitten for a couple of days. When it saw the mice it had no idea what to do, but - they went and never came back.

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Sparklfairy · 16/10/2021 15:59

Why are you putting your squeamishness ahead of the 'welfare' ha of the mouse?

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Cantthinkofaname21 · 16/10/2021 16:00

We have field mice that use the bird feeder as macdonalds, they had never come into the house. Until a very snowy cold winter ….it had made a little nest under the sink - shredding the clean dishcloths and all looked very cozy (I screamed and went slightly mad with a bottle of bleach cleaning) mouse moved out swiftly. Found it’s point of entry and sealed it and moved bird seed into a sealed container. No more free mouse hotel.

It’s difficult as I don’t think it’s fair to kill it :/ is there no way you can seal it’s point of entry? What’s making it come in, I know in our case it was cold and a huge bag of bird seed so we just dealt with that never had a issue again. We still have the mice in garden etc but we are completely fine with that - we also have 2 useless cats.

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HelloDaisy · 16/10/2021 16:02

Don’t think it’s just because you are in the country.

I live on the outskirts of a town with a park/green space area at the side of our house. We often have rats in our back garden and currently one has found it’s way into the back of our kitchen cupboards. Last night we could hearing it scurrying about behind the kick board, eek!

We’ve blocked up the hole we think it used to get in as there is evidence of fresh digging there so will wait to see what happens tonight.

Plus we have a terrier who although loves to chase the squirrels in the garden is bloody useless really and didn’t even move from the sofa when the rat was behind the cupboards!

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Moonbabysmum · 16/10/2021 16:02

I do not need to live with a possible rat. It won't even be a cute country rat, it'll be a sewer fucker no doubt as it's pretty near our house.

Maybe move back to the city if you can't cope with the animals that live in the countryside.

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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 16:03

@Moonbabysmum

I do not need to live with a possible rat. It won't even be a cute country rat, it'll be a sewer fucker no doubt as it's pretty near our house.

Maybe move back to the city if you can't cope with the animals that live in the countryside.

They can live in the countryside all they want, but not in my house.

There's no way in hell you would accept rats in your house with a 3 year old, whatever you may anonymously say on here.
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Tootsey11 · 16/10/2021 16:04

Op, this is the humane trap I use. I have lent this trap to many many people and has been successful every time. You can hear them click shut. Just simply lift and take outside.

Where the fuck do we put the mouse?
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Tootsey11 · 16/10/2021 16:05

Here.

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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 16:06

The farmer down the road said to shoot it, but he shoots everything.

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SleepyMathematician · 16/10/2021 16:07

I know I said about getting a Jack Russell but could you borrow one or even hire one? A quick google shows paid services where you can bring rat catching dogs in. If we didn’t own a rat catching dog, that’s what I’d be doing. No poison risk to other species and it’s quick. The dog shakes it hard and the deed is done. They don’t play with their prey like cats so kinder than a cat. Probably the kindest and most natural way to get rid of it. Have a google and see what’s near you.

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PissedOffNeighbour22 · 16/10/2021 16:07

@GeorgiaMcGraw we've discovered mice over last couple of days and they're happily shitting right next to the plug in pest repeller. The fact we have a cat doesn't bother them either.

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Moonbabysmum · 16/10/2021 16:08

Its NOT in your house.
We have had rats in the garden at one point. I have toddlers. Its not the end of the world. I kept them away from that area and made sure they couldn't come in to the house.

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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 16:09

@Moonbabysmum

Its NOT in your house.
We have had rats in the garden at one point. I have toddlers. Its not the end of the world. I kept them away from that area and made sure they couldn't come in to the house.

It's in my garage which leads into my house. It's in my house.
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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 16:11

I am looking at jack russels for hire. Husband doesn't want to get our own as a dog locks you down Sad

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equuscaballus · 16/10/2021 16:12

Of course they work! There is no need to poison them.

You do need to transport them a distance. I do a mile to be safe.

Parkland, churchyard open fields, common land.

You probably don't want to hear this but male wee is an effective deterrent!

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Absii · 16/10/2021 16:12

OP I think you'll feel better if you go the humane route. Then remove all food sources and block up holes etc.

We don't need to be cruel or kill to live in peace.
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equuscaballus · 16/10/2021 16:16

I've had three over the years. they have all come into the house in various boxes (from house moves and other peoples houses) and not through holes.

It takes 1-3 days to trap them, put the trap on the edges of the room near an obvious hiding place (they don't often run through the middle)

I change the bait each night.
Chocolate, peanut butter and dog biscuits were what caught mine

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GiveMeTheShivers · 16/10/2021 16:16

The farmer down the road said to shoot it, but he shoots everything.

Lovely community you lot. Move to the countryside and drown, shoot and poison everything.

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Tinpotspectator · 16/10/2021 16:42

I'm not sure about a car anyway. We have one who brings field wood mice in, then drops them to run under the furniture. lWe have to spend ages getting then out.

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Tinpotspectator · 16/10/2021 16:42

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MouseInTheHouseShit · 16/10/2021 17:02

@GiveMeTheShivers

The farmer down the road said to shoot it, but he shoots everything.

Lovely community you lot. Move to the countryside and drown, shoot and poison everything.

Yeah, the farmer is very much born and bred here.

I am not sure what countryside you live in but the way they do it here seems pretty normal for the countryside.
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GiveMeTheShivers · 16/10/2021 17:15

I am not sure what countryside you live in but the way they do it here seems pretty normal for the countryside.

We used to live in Yorkshire, now Hampshire, but also have a house in Scotland. All rural.

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upinaballoon · 16/10/2021 17:36

Mice ate my balaclava helmet, and they wee-wee everywhere they go, including the kitchen drawers. A new killing trap is very quick indeed. I once prodded one with a stick and it worked so quickly I didn't feel bad about it any more. Have you seen any droppings? You can tell the difference between mice and rat droppings.

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Cuddlyrottweiler · 16/10/2021 17:43

Do not use poison , it kills other wildlife and typically when animals are dying they go and hide in a private hole, you don't want a rotting rat in your house. And god don't drown it. How vile.

Release it in a nearby field and block the entranceway. It gives it a chance at survival.

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