mice clean up and remove all sorts of leftovers of others including
people and animals. they are natures garbagemen. leave behind
as long as they arent in my home I dont care, and if they get indoors I
trap and relocate back outside.
key is to seal home well so they cant get back inside easy////
I would seal the house as best as I can. I won't torture them. But
those that come in should not expect to reproduce and pass on any genes
that carry any instinct that a house is safer than the outdoors where mice
are food for wildcats, owls, snakes, and other predators.
What I have heard works well and had some positive experience with:
snap traps with peanut butter, or peanut butter and popcorn.
It can help to handle the traps with gloved hands to avoid leaving your
scent on them. I would throw away used traps and get new ones - they are
cheap enough, and some mice will avoid a trap that has the scent of
another mouse dying there.
Take advantage of the fact that mice like to run along walls and put
traps in their way. Sometimes a mouse is caught by a trap not because the
trap was attractive but because the trap was in the mouse's path and the
mouse thought it was safe to run over the trap. Mice like to run along
walls because it is harder for owls to catch them there.
If I was going to deport mice rather than kill them, I would make a
homebrew trap including an automatically actuated shop vac. Given my
impression that most animals fear vacuum cleaners as badly as anything, I
think a critter that got inhaled by one and survived will avoid the vacuum
cleaner trap, and preferably the house that had it and houses in general.
I have heard that deported mice like to come back.
Mice will not only steal your food, but also contaminate it (and
anything else) with their urine and their droppings. They will pee and
poop *anywhere*, sometimes even in a container of food. And they will sit
on things, after not using toilet paper. And they carry diseases, meaning
any food in any containers that they got into has to be thrown out.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let's drop the "humane". Don't torture meese, but please consider the
fact that they are creatures that can bring disease into the home. Clean
everything like mad (crumbs in cupboards and under the fridge, etc.).
Feed pets once or twice a day, but don't leave food down on the floor,
at least until mice are gone. Plug every minute opening that you can
find - around hose bibs, dryer vents, gaps in siding, etc. Meese like
warmth - gas appliance pilot, fridge motor. My favorite places for
mouse traps, which usually kill instantly, are behind stove and fridge,
where pets can't get to them. Put all cereal and grain (pet food, too)
in hard containers with tight closure. If you have clothing and pet
food stored in garage, it is likely they have set up housekeeping there
- very cozy. Trash cans in garage with tight-fitting lid? If a mouse
has the misfortune to be caught in trap and not die immediately, it is
less of a misfortune than pets or family getting something that mice or
their fleas carry.
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