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November 4, 2014 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm #1040894oomisParticipant
James and RebYidd, I sincerely thank you both for your comments. It’s given me me much to reflect upon, and I hope never to have to make this decision again. However, if G-d forbid I ever have mice in my house again, I am calling either of YOU to dispose of the little critters, because I could NEVER EVER EVER EVER smash a mouse over the head with a “blunt object” or any creature larger than a cockroach (and even that makes me sick to think about it), in OR out of a bag. There is tzaar to THIS baalas chai, just envisioning it.
I know there is something we say when confronted by dogs, so they ostensibly will not harm us (never had to try it, B”H), but is there a “pest repellant” possuk anywhere?November 4, 2014 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #1040895
metrodriver, thanks for the good word. I was really (and still am) embarrassed.
So far since we caught those mice I havnt seen any. I am not keeping my hopes high yet. The exterminator’s price was reasonable and it includes a year guarantee.November 4, 2014 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #1040896
For all those that have Humane suggestions of getting it into a bag and let it loose or other sorts of humane traps, maybe you have never experienced these super fast creatures! They are so fast there is no way I could catch one in a bag!
Nor do they enter or prance into your set up humane traps. I have one set of two traps that have two little entry ways with only ability to get in and not out. (indicator of when a mouse is inside) Never had a mouse enter it.
They are fast and shrewd. So although it sounds ideal, “catch him in a garbage pail, put on the lid and let him free outdoors” unfortunately, not realistic. Even poison didn’t work. they simply didn’t touch it. These guys go for real stuff. We saw one running with a corn chip.
The ideal is to get the house mouse proofed so they cant come in altogether. Once they’re inside…just trying to do what works.November 4, 2014 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm #1040897
Buy a trap. When the mouse is caught, move the trap with the mouse still inside it too wherever you want the mouse to be.November 4, 2014 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #1040898
what type of trap will a mouse go into that it can be transported and released elsewhere?
Do u think a mouse will walk itself into a cage?November 4, 2014 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm #1040899
Mice generally walk into traps if there is bait.November 4, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm #1040900yehudayonaParticipant
Glue traps are probably the least humane (well, cats are probably worse). Snap traps kill them pretty quickly, but they don’t work that often and there’s a high “ick factor.” The trap I recommended electrocutes them, which presumably is relatively quick. You can close your eyes, turn the trap upside down, open the door, and dump them in the garbage without even looking at the dead mouse. I don’t recommend flushing them — snaking a dead mouse out of clogged toilet is too gross to contemplate.November 4, 2014 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #1040901
Cats are more humane than glue traps. And mice fear them, so they help prevent the problem in the first place.November 5, 2014 1:19 am at 1:19 am #1040902
I have had at least 8 baited traps, not one mouse went for it. I tried peanut butter, cheese, chocolate syrup and out of desperation I even paid 3 bucks for a special liquid bait made to lure mice onto traps made by a company that sells traps . No luck. The only mice I caught were on glue traps. Yes, it’s horrible.
Believe me I tried many other things. Nothing has worked. I would post pictures if I could of the different contraptions I bought in Shoprite.
Even before this human and inhumane discussion, I simply wanted to try everything.
They don’t enter cages and cavities. These mice somehow are able to smell danger.
I am not endorsing any cruel behaviors, but just saying what worked and what didn’t work for the mice in my apartment. And with all these catches, I am not positive that I am done.November 5, 2014 1:27 am at 1:27 am #1040903
Then at least check the traps frequently and kill the mice.November 5, 2014 1:29 am at 1:29 am #1040904
James B. You said, “Put the trap in a plastic bag and find a blunt object. Squish the head. The animal is dead instantly. Your squeamishness is no excuse for suffering.”
That advice may work for the first day on the job as a mafia hitman.
Frankly, I am glad all our advice does not use up the ink on this page. There are exterminators already using humane methods to get rid of mice quickly, and to ensure any possibility of disease is nipped right away. No one has to run around with plastic or hammers or funnels or nosh or buy cats or whatever or make motel reservations or whatever..
Call the professionals: Always go humane!November 5, 2014 1:31 am at 1:31 am #1040905ivoryMember
Ok so let us know how it goes with the exterminatirNovember 5, 2014 4:16 am at 4:16 am #1040906HealthParticipant
Poster -“I have had at least 8 baited traps, not one mouse went for it. I tried peanut butter, cheese, chocolate syrup and out of desperation I even paid 3 bucks for a special liquid bait made to lure mice onto traps made by a company that sells traps . No luck. The only mice I caught were on glue traps. Yes, it’s horrible.
Believe me I tried many other things. Nothing has worked.”
Did you try “Tomcat”?November 5, 2014 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #1040907JamesBMember
BTGuy, the problem is though that people are still going to use those glue traps. If they are then the least they can do is make the animal’s death quick and painless, which is why I recommended head trauma for those kinds of situations.November 6, 2014 3:13 am at 3:13 am #1040908
I hear/read you James. That is a valid point. But the main point is asking suggestions for a way to get rid of mice. I vote call up an exterminator company that uses humane methods. They are out there. They use organic, non-toxic materials for carpenter ants and termites…etc. Since they are license, I assume they are legit. They also ensure the area is free of disease.
Regarding your great point about people will still use glue traps. Until we become more civilized in how we treat other specie, I recommend supporting PETA, and ALF (Animal Liberation Front), as I do from time to time. The both have different approaches, but I applaud them for the huge accomplishments in tzar balei chaim.November 6, 2014 3:46 am at 3:46 am #1040909
What kind of bait does the glue trap have? Maybe you can use the same scent in a humane trap.November 6, 2014 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #1040910
The glue traps i have been successful in catching mice with have no bait at all. Only the totally flat ones have worked for me, so the mice run over it and get caught. I tried many diff baits, as I mentioned earlier, which the mice didn’t go for.
Also, I originally tried a glue trap that had raised sides for easy handling. No mouse would step up onto it. (didnt I mention I tried A LOT of diff things 😉 )
One thing I learnt is that mice are smart. They are keen in figuring out their environment. Their sharp sense of danger makes them avoid any questionable trap. They proceed with caution and then run.
Hashem gives them survival skills.November 6, 2014 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #1040911
Hello! Mice breed pretty quickly, plus with cold weather coming, if there is an entrance somewhere to your apt., you may possibly be able to expect more. Trial and error episodes may need to have a deadline placed on them.
Hopefully, you will find a solution fast.November 6, 2014 5:05 pm at 5:05 pm #1040912yehudayonaParticipant
The electronic trap I mentioned is baited with peanut butter. According to the instructions, mice enter it because they’re curious.
(“Mickey was a good little mouse and always very curious. ZAAAAPPP!”) You can bait it, NOT turn it on, and see if the bait is taken. If it is, turn it on the next night. Be sure to wear a yellow hat.November 9, 2014 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #1040913ChaimyParticipant
an anticoagulant is a poison that causes the veins to thin and the blood than leaks out. Try putting the traps across the full doorway that the mouse cannot leave the room without running across a trap. If you don’t have enough traps than block part of the doorway with a box or something but don’t leave even a small gap they can squeeze themselves through the smallest space, they have no bones at all.November 9, 2014 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #1040914
Mice do have bones.November 10, 2014 5:36 pm at 5:36 pm #1040915
Chaimy, I tried putting the traps across the full doorway and I had seen the mouse leave so we were sure this would be a sure catch. We stood watching to see what would happen we saw teh muse run in and somehow avoid the traps. I think since each trap has a white border where its not sticky the mouse went in between.
This saga kept us busy.November 10, 2014 6:59 pm at 6:59 pm #1040916SayIDidIt™Participant
yehudayona, The Man with the Yellow Hat was friends with Curious George. Mickey is a totally different character.
Poster, did you try the Victor trap? (I don’t see why yehudayona suggested to leave it off. If the mouse goes in, it goes in. If not, not!)
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