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I want to catch a mouse. Probably two or three. They are in my kitchen. (After a plague of worms and bugs.)

Personally I dont mind them at all but my flatmates want them to go. When they bought sticky traps that let the mice die slowly, I freaked out and convinced them that I can catch them with a bin and some peanut butter.

The loo roll trap in the pic falls down into a bin if the mouse goes inside- so you can take it and bring it far far away to a better place without sticky traps.

Anyone any mouse hunting experience? Any tips?

Support your local mice!!!1
1st Nov 2007, 14:34   | tags:,,,,,

Steve says:

Mice have a good sense of balance don't they? I would not imagine that they would fall for this.

1st Nov 2007, 14:50

Judo-Jule says:

hmm. i dont know. ive got this idea from the internet.

1st Nov 2007, 14:56

Steve says:


1st Nov 2007, 15:00

rhys says:

Buy a cat?

1st Nov 2007, 15:03

Judo-Jule says:

no cat! no killing!

1st Nov 2007, 15:06

Steve says:

Open up negotiations with it and try to come to a peaceful resolution.

1st Nov 2007, 15:09

rhys says:

Trail of cheese out your front door?

1st Nov 2007, 15:11

Judo-Jule says:

i dont think that out of the front door is far enough. :-)

ill try to talk to it.

1st Nov 2007, 15:16

Helen says:

Ewww, mouses. You do know that they wee everywhere? They have no bladder control and just let it all out. Filthy little creatures.

1st Nov 2007, 15:22

billion says:

listen I had a major mouse problem this summer, and because I hate to kill any living thing I tried all kinds of "humane" methods from improvised traps to these things you plug in the walls that are supposed to emit high frequency sounds that give the mice headaches. nothing worked. the mice outsmarted the man every time. so I bit my tongue and bought some mouse poison but it didn't work, the mice wouldn't go for it. even the cat couldn't catch the buggers. finally I bought some old fashioned mouse traps and suddenly I was killing at least two mice every night (there was a lot of them!). yes killing is not nice at all but they were driving me and my girlfriend mad.

so from my experience mouse traps are the ONLY thing that works!

1st Nov 2007, 15:23

spongevid says:

i've heard apparently luring them into milk bottles with food works. though i have no idea how they get out, if they can just crawl out then i don't see how it would work....
only saying what i've heard though....

1st Nov 2007, 16:10

you can buy humane mouse traps, they have shutters that close them in a little box, instead of having their little necks snapped.

1st Nov 2007, 16:14

Daddiochap says:

I like this idea. Reminds me of the Buddhist Monks in Bhutan who encourage their Yaks to graze on the edge of cliffs in order to reconcile their beliefs with their love of meat!

1st Nov 2007, 16:23

Twiglet says:

Apparently mice won't hang around if they think there may be rats. We keep fancy rats so if you like I could send you some rat poo to scatter around and it might convince your mice that there are rats present so they will leave......

You're right not to use glue traps, they are very cruel.

1st Nov 2007, 19:31

hildegard says:

If you're in a block of flats you may find that you have a legal duty to kill the little blighters - if they move from your flat into others, the other occupants can even have an Environmental Health notice served on you to force you to use a recognised pest controller in order to kill them off. You're very unlikely to have one mouse, or even two, if you're seeing one or two mice, you almost certainly have many more; one pair can produce up to 2000 pups a year, at a rate of about half a dozen new pups every three weeks.

Fleas, cockroaches & bedbugs can all be spread by mice,
The infectious diseases they carry that can be transmitted to humans include; Gastro-enteritis
Lyme disease
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
Murine typhus
Aujeszky's disease.

In mainland europe they're also a reservoir of infection for hanta viruses, though that's not yet a problem in the UK.

They also eat wiring, plasterboard, timber, insulation, water pipes & pretty much any kind of food container short of glass or stoneware...

I appreciate your reluctance to kill, but you kill things all the time with cleaning agents or just walking on the ground... I tried to be humane about mice in a previous flat; it was hopeless. Strongly urge you to square up & take the karmic hit.

1st Nov 2007, 21:22

Joe says:

As harsh as it sounds Hildegard is spot on here :( they're cute, and are scared of you, which is the main reason it seems so horrible to kill them. Unfortunately though it is unlikely that you will solve the problem any other way, in fact "square up & take the karmic hit." is better than I could have said it myself. I've had to do it too :(

1st Nov 2007, 21:30

Judo-Jule says:

but you will understand that not eating meat for over ten years and killing mice doesnt go together well...

i wont harm them.

1st Nov 2007, 21:34

Joe says:

I understand that completely, it's a very difficult situation :(

1st Nov 2007, 21:44

James says:

Regime Change!

(Or you could try humane traps with strawberry jam in - that did it for us)

1st Nov 2007, 21:53