As for why I only suspect there is a problem, and am not certain, is
that (1) I have seen what appeared to be droppings (matched against
pictures on the internet), (2) I've twice caught a fleeting glimpse in
the half-light of something which could have been a mouse - a fast
mouse!, and (3) I occasionally hear suspect noises. It makes me itch
just to think about it. :-(
I meant to add that the traps were quite small. I baited them with
peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate, cheese etc - but with no success. I
suspect the mice weren't prepared to squeeze themselves into the small
space that the shop-bought traps provided.
A better option may be a home-made trap.
Rentokil have some tips on deterring mice http://tinyurl.com/j9hu2jr
They also do a very effective humane trap http://tinyurl.com/jrlcafj
http://tinyurl.com/gtksngn and scroll down to Live Capture Mouse Trap.
But some words of advice: while they do work, and well, you must check
them at least once a day, preferably twice. I had one set up in an
empty property that was showing evidence of mice, and on one occasion
for various reasons I wasn't able to get to the trap for several days.
The poor little chap had died in the trap, soaked in his own urine. A
nasty death that I would have preferred to avoid. I've never used that
trap since, preferring the traditional spring-loaded instant skull
crusher / spine snapper. At least the mice don't suffer.
On Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:38:04 -0000, Mr Pounder Esquire wrote:
The Rentokill tippy square tube live capture trap works but the
little buggers can get out and note about checking frequently. But
what do you do with live mouse in trap? Do you have a mouse cage to
put it and any others you catch? You *never* have A mouse. Then what
do you do with it? Releasing vermin is illegal, though the law is not
well defined. If you just take it out into your garden it'll probably
be back inside before you are. We live capture and used to release
100 m away down the in-bye, then we caught a mouse with a nick in one
of it's ears, we caught it again the next night and the next. After
that we took to deporting them up onto the fell a good few miles from
any habitation, they don't come back from there. I doubt many people
have a spot that is > three miles from *any* habitation less than 5
miles away. B-)
Cat, for the last 7 years or so we had a cat and no mice (apart from
the ones she brought in and ate). A few months ago she lost an
argument with a car and now the weather has got colder the mice have
This is the best option for most people. Mice are destructive little
buggers that leak piss all the time. They leak piss to leave a sent
trail for other mice, or themselves, to follow.
An over fed town cat might, our cat was a feral born farm cat who
adopted us. About 80% of anything she brought in was dead, 19%, so
badly hurt it could run and was was very soon dead. 1% alive enough
to run but cat was very patient and would catch and dispatch the
moment it re-showed itself. She might bat the corpse about a few
times but was far more interested in a snack.
On Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:54:39 -0000, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
Suggest you google.
A real cat eats pretty much the whole thing, fur, feathers, bones,
entrails the lot. That's what our cat did with whatever she caught
from baby rabbits to shrews via birds, voles, moles, mice and
stoats(!). I say pretty much as she never ate any of the shrews she
caught (apparently they don't taste nice), bird legs not worth the
effort and as she got older she got fussy and would leave tend to
leave the stomachs of any voles.
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