I had mice when I first bought my house but got rid of them. I am now
thinking of putting rat and mouse traps outside and get them before they
can cause harm. It's not illegal is it? Why isn't there an active
government program to trap and kill wild mice and rats to keep them from
infesting homes, garages and barns? .....and sewers.
On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:50:03 +0000, Stephen King wrote:
Sometime in the middle of the night, take a look out a window. You will
see hundreds of pairs of beady little eyes staring at your house. These
sets of eyes are attached to mice/rats and their tiny brains scheming of
ways to become your roommates.
Keep your lawn mowed and vegetation away from the house. Destroying
habitat and food sources is the best way to control critters. Just One
Bite or similar poisons work quite well on mice. The issue is using it
outdoors and how it might affect other animals such as squirrels,
Homeland Security Department may have a program provided you can prove
rodents to be terrorists. Prove they have WMD and the entire military
complex may come to your aid.
The real problem is if you are not real selective in killing the
rodents (or other animals), rats and mice will be all you have.
Once the rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and birds are gone the rats and
mice population will rise up to exploit the food supply. They are
smart enough to avoid the traps, poisons and cats.
I keep hearing about Towser the wonder cat but you notice he never
wiped out the rats and mice. In fact there were so many he could kill
thousands and never put a dent in the population. They can reproduce
faster than a cat can kill them. That is not true of many other
Towser was a she cat. There's a bronze statue of her at the distillery.
I agree with you; if I was Towser's boss and she was bringing me better than
three mice per day, I'd have hired her a helper.
Still, think how bad the situation would have been without the cat.
My bet is the rats were still sustaining the maximum population the
environment would support. They were just farming rats for the cat.
You get rid of rats by controlling the environment, not killing the
rats. If you create a perimeter they can't breach, you kill out the
ones inside but if they are outside you have to control the shelter
opportunities and the food supply.
on 7/21/2008 10:45 PM Claude Hopper said the following:
Something else for the government to do for you?
Keep a cleaner house and seal up all outside openings and they won't
come inside the house. Don't seal up the doors or you won't be able to
get in either.
It really depends in where you live. Call your county animal
control gang and see what they have to says about it.
I am certain that even in semi-urban areas you cannot set
spring and claw traps outdoors - this is to protect pets
and children. However, cage traps are usually legal as
long as you don't poison the bait and you are able to
release pets unharmed.
As another poster said, seal up as many openings where the little critters
can enter your home. In a wild environment, the mice have many natural
enemies. In a semi-rural environment, mice and rates are kept down by owls
If you make your house uncomfortable for the critters they will tend to take
their chances outside.
How to do it?
The combination of snap traps, glue traps, and poison has done the job for
us. It seems like every two years or so they come back in. But the
poison and trap combination gets rid of them within a few weeks. You have
to be careful with the poison if you have kids or pets. The snap traps
and glue traps "educated" your domestic critters (including kids) very
Are you kidding? There's not even a government program to trap and kill
Towser, now deceased, was the mouser-in-chief at the Glennturrent
distillery. During her 23-year reign, she caught 28,989 mice. Plus a few
rats, pheasants, and an occasional rabbit.
There's nothing quite like a cat placing a dead mouse on your face while
Take a 5 gallon paint bucket,put a ramp so they can get to the top,put
a board across the top then put water in but keep it down just so
they can't reach it add some oats on top of the water,they will fall
in trying to get the oats & drown.
Or, you can install an in ground pool and don't cover it. I often pull
dead mice, moles, and chipmunks out of mine. :-)
I managed to net a half drowned chipmunk out one day. Put him on the
concrete deck and he was shivering and coughing. I went to get a pair of
work gloves and a towel to dry him off. By the time I got back he had
recovered enough to run away.
Don't ask why I didn't leave him in to finish the job. I don't kill
animals for any reason and even get upset when I hit one with the car.
Of course, now I've started a thread about why I should kill all animals
around my property because someone else does
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