Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-05-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
N0obKnitter
Working the Gusset
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,134
Thanks: 1,136
Thanked 144 Times in 127 Posts
OT: I hate mice
Landlords upstairs are slobs and this is an ooooold house (100 years or so) so we have occasional mice invasions. I hear them upstairs at night sometimes (yecch!) and recently, I found mouse poop in my flour so I placed a trap under the rack where I store oats etc.

I was sitting at my computer and heard a racket coming from the kitchen wondered "what the h is that?" my dog had the glue trap (yes, I use those, the snap traps don't work!) stuck to his paw and was flailing his paw about trying to remove it. I went to remove the trap from his foot when I saw a mouse stuck to it, covered in dog drool! He had been licking the mouse, I think he thought it was a pet (I've had many pet rats in my dog's lifetime.) hahaha.

Anyway, I got my boyfriend to humanely dispatch the mouse (I don't let them suffer slowly to death on glue traps.) I'm not phobic in regards to mice but I can't stand them scurrying about in my home - ick!

Anyway, that's the second mouse I've gotten with the (horrible but effective) glue traps in several months...when I move in with boyfriend, I won't have this prob anymore...he has a cat.
__________________
[Spock]I have always been, and always shall be, your friend.[/Spock]
""
N0obKnitter is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 05-05-2010, 07:44 PM   #2
vaudiss
1st Leg of the Journey
 
vaudiss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Valley, AL
Posts: 148
Thanks: 76
Thanked 27 Times in 22 Posts
I can laugh right along!!!! When I was little (10ish) I had a cat that got stuck on one of those things. Midnight (so creative ) was a hunter and real HUNTER cat and we all ran out side one day when we heard.... MEOW slap slap slap MEOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW slap slap slap.... Midnight ate the mouse but in the process put his front paw on the trap....poor baby
__________________
Visit me.... vivstattingquest.blogspot.com

Hey I did it....I have an Etsy Store.... Viv's Stitches and Stuff

Last edited by vaudiss : 05-05-2010 at 07:46 PM. Reason: wrong word
vaudiss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
ChristiBerrymomma
Casting On
 
ChristiBerrymomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern Utah
Posts: 17
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 1 Post
That is so funny. My sister found a mouse in a trashcan once. It jumped out at her and scared her half do death. She jump and when when came down landed right on it and killed the thing.

You can plant catmint (cat nip) around your house, if you have a flower be or garden, to deter mice. Just so ya know. It does spread so putting it in a pot or raised bed would be preferable.
ChristiBerrymomma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 08:44 PM   #4
mks22300
Instepping Out
 
mks22300's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western New York
Posts: 2,127
Thanks: 200
Thanked 640 Times in 626 Posts
Send a message via MSN to mks22300
Over the winter, we had a mouse invasion at work (I work at a daycare). One morning one the the boys came running out of the bathroom "There's an animal in the toilet!" I thought he was just joking, but when I went to look, sure enough, there was a mouse in there. Yuck!!
I never knew that about the catnip, what a good suggestion!
__________________
Addicted to:
Harry Potter, Knitting, LOTR, Star Wars, Lost, shoes, and CHOCOLATE!

I'm mks22300 at ravelry
mks22300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 01:17 PM   #5
ChristiBerrymomma
Casting On
 
ChristiBerrymomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern Utah
Posts: 17
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 1 Post
Yup. You can repel mice, and squirrels with Fritillaria imperialis But they smell like skunks so you might repel people too.
ChristiBerrymomma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 01:56 PM   #6
N0obKnitter
Working the Gusset
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,134
Thanks: 1,136
Thanked 144 Times in 127 Posts
Hmmm, interesting...I'm only here to the end of August so long-term solutions aren't really required. The way we humanely dispatch the trapped mice is kind of horrific, put mouse + trap in plastic bag, drop large heavy rock on bag. Put bag in garbage.

It's quick and merciful but yucky. PETA is gonna be all over me, eh?
__________________
[Spock]I have always been, and always shall be, your friend.[/Spock]
""
N0obKnitter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
kellyh57
Turning the Heel
 
kellyh57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 708
Thanks: 239
Thanked 186 Times in 142 Posts
I heard of someone's even more humane method. You put peanut butter in a wine bottle and leave it out for the mouse. They can get in (for the peanut butter!) and can't get back out. You then take the bottle to the woods and tip it upside down and let the mouse out.

We had a few mice this winter and a few weeks ago I found a pretty good size snake. I think I know what happened to my mice.
__________________
kellyh57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #8
N0obKnitter
Working the Gusset
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,134
Thanks: 1,136
Thanked 144 Times in 127 Posts
The problem is that the species of mouse that usually invade our homes etc is habituated to human settlements and can't survive in the "wild." So catch-and-release is of no use, plus the mouse may find someone else's house to invade. Mice spread all manner of nasty diseases, too.

I'm a confirmed bunny-hugger, but I'm also rational.

The best thing anyone can do is check the perimeter of their house for tiny cracks etc and stuff them with steel wool and get someone to repair the cracks. Our landlords are too lazy/dumb to do that here but I'll be moving out end of August...
__________________
[Spock]I have always been, and always shall be, your friend.[/Spock]
""
N0obKnitter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OT: first it was the mice, then the ants...now this! N0obKnitter General Knitting 11 05-21-2010 06:18 PM
Mice madeyed Pattern Central 6 03-02-2010 02:19 PM
Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men... AngelaR General Knitting 1 01-10-2010 01:58 PM
my cat drowns mice-stuffed ones Mulderknitter The Lounge 20 02-07-2008 10:36 PM
Mice for cats? Sabrina Pattern Central 12 10-14-2005 12:05 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:56 AM.