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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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Nat6999 · 16/10/2021 19:52

Cheapest mouse & rat poison & block the holes up with cheap brillo pads worked for me, 48 hours later totally mouse free.

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Lunaduckdrop · 16/10/2021 20:25

I know you said your husband doesn't like cats, but could you get a neighbour to bring a cat to visit every so often? A cat will rub up against doorposts and furniture leaving its scent. This definitely deters mice.

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Gonnagetgoing · 16/10/2021 20:28

@Lunaduckdrop

I know you said your husband doesn't like cats, but could you get a neighbour to bring a cat to visit every so often? A cat will rub up against doorposts and furniture leaving its scent. This definitely deters mice.

My old cat used to sleep in the bedroom (not every night) the mice were not put off at all! He was Siamese too, supposed to be excellent hunters!
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Gonnagetgoing · 16/10/2021 20:29

@kirinm - that freaks me out how high they climb. But rodents do climb high apparently

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MrsAvocet · 16/10/2021 20:56

We live in the countryside surrounded by fiields and mice regularly come into the house as the weather starts to get colder and natural food supplies reduce. It's just part of life unfortunately. They can squeeze through incredibly small holes and climb very well so it is extremely difficult to stop them coming in. We use traditional snap traps baited with peanut butter. I don't like killing them - they are quite cute little brown field mice - but they are incredibly destructive and of course unhygienic so it has to be done.
We used poison the first year we lived here, but never again. One died under the bathroom floorboards and honestly I have never smelled anything so disgusting in my life. We had to leave the floor up for weeks to get rid of the smell. Plus I think it is cruel. And dont get me started on glue traps whiich I think should be illegal. Snap traps are at least quick.

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FWBNC · 16/10/2021 21:17

@Listener2021

Of course they survive relocation. Look at Australia.

Yeah, full of bloody Australians that keep on breeding!!
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Ariela · 16/10/2021 22:04

If it's a mouse, there's another 50 to replace it.

I recommend getting an electronic mouse trap, baited with peanut butter. Mouse enters trap, takes mouth full of peanut butter and as he does so, his paws are on the pad and he gets zapped: instant death.
As you've a dead mouse that's not been poisoned, simply lift the lid of the trap, tip out in view somewhere - we're rural and we've an expanse of concrete - for the local wildlife to devour. We had an owl take one the other day.

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TracyLords · 16/10/2021 22:36

Please keep checking the trap. We put one down and after a few weeks forgot about it. A poor wee mouse died in it and I still feel so bloody guilty

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MyDogLovesBiscuits · 16/10/2021 22:52

Jesus don't let your DH drown anything! Awful way to put something down and with a rat he's likely to get bitten to fuck and rightly so. I had pet rats and this is just horrific to think of Sad

If you're using humane traps just drive them a good distance and release.

Check for entry points and block them and sprinkle peppermint oil around the edges of rooms and skirting boards.

If it's rats you might find tail smear marks on the walls.

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MyDogLovesBiscuits · 16/10/2021 22:54

Also don't use poison because the animal will eat it, move to another area possibly outside, die and then be eaten by carrion eaters who ingest the poison and die themselves.

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Mischance · 16/10/2021 23:00

Splat traps are the kindest and best. Mouse dies instantly. I put the corpses out in the field for some animal's meal.

So-called humane traps leave the poor animal in a state of terror till you get round to emptying the trap. You then have to take it miles away or it simply wanders back in - but doing this takes it "off patch" and it will be ready prey to all sorts of predators when it is on unfamiliar territory.

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womaninatightspot · 16/10/2021 23:12

I live in the country and people use humane traps and then dispatch rats with an air gun which I suppose is quicker than drowning.

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mumwon · 16/10/2021 23:17

mice don't tend to be spinsters or bachelors they live as part of large family or tribe
a single mouse trap is not going to be very effective (unless you place mouse dose size contraceptive pills in there)

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CeliaStewart · 16/10/2021 23:22

it's a pretty big step to get into the utility so I don't think he can get up.

Hahahahahaha. Oh dear. You're not from around these parts, are you?

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mumwon · 17/10/2021 00:07

@FWBNC Good joke -however I assume the relocation is about rabbits - they brought them over as food & the damn things became a pest (they used myxomatosis to kill them)
This also happened with cane toads - a lot later on & you would have thought they learned from the rabbit debacle - which they brought over to kill something but as a toxic critter domestic animals were killed when eating it
Seriously - relocated one mouse at a time?

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kirinm · 17/10/2021 09:36

[quote Gonnagetgoing]@kirinm - that freaks me out how high they climb. But rodents do climb high apparently[/quote]
They are insanely good at climbing and also incredibly difficult to kill. It involved doing stuff to our mains water pipes to stop them getting into the building.

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Robin233 · 17/10/2021 10:57

My dh got done little traps for the garage.
We caught about 3 or 4 mice in the end.
I made him drive up the road to the woods ti release them.
(Always wonder if it was the same mouse)

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MrsLargeEmbodied · 17/10/2021 11:12

there is no smell when they die imo, unless i was used to it!
we put poison in the attic and got someone to block up entry points.
they came in and ate all the bird food that was in the kitchen cupboard, and they bought all their family and friends.

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MrsLargeEmbodied · 17/10/2021 11:14

never caught anything in the snap traps or the humane traps

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DanceWithYourBalloon · 17/10/2021 11:22

Honestly you'd have to take them to the other end of the country to stop them coming back!
We soon moved on to snappy traps once they pooed in my cutlery draw! 🤢

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DanceWithYourBalloon · 17/10/2021 11:24

I'll add that poison is not good for the owls etc that'll eat the mice.
Also sticky traps are Satan's work and should be banned.

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MrsLargeEmbodied · 17/10/2021 11:28

one local uses a gun at the allotments, yes there are plenty of rats at allotments

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NotSure94 · 17/10/2021 11:33

Blocking entry points really is key. Check gappy skirting boards, tumble dryer outlet, holes around radiator pipes, we had them coming through tiny holes in broken brick in shed that adjoined utility room. Once all plastered/polyfillad up with Brillo pads shoved in gaps the problem went away. And yes lots of smelly essential oil like eucalyptus or peppermint.

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Gwenhwyfar · 17/10/2021 11:42

"I can vouch for the plug-ins that emit a sound we can't hear, but annoys mice."

They didn't work for me. They may work to prevent them, but not to get rid of them once you have an infestation. I've read it's like having the radio on for mice...

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Gwenhwyfar · 17/10/2021 11:46

"Also, if it isn't living in there but coming in just sometimes then my biggest concern would be a cat or fox finding it and eating it and dying themselves."

The poison can be in containers that only mice would fit into.

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