What do you do with the mice?  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
7/15/2006 8:08 pm

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What do you do with the mice?

The cowboys (they are a very real group) got off on the subject of what to do with mice and other critters after catching them in traps.

Surprisingly, eveyone was using "Have a Heart" traps and catching them live.

I figured they'd be shooting them.

Nope, they catch mice, rabbits, squirrels, and even snakes alive.

Then the transport their catch to new locations and release them.

This is where it gets interesting.

Each kind of critter has a basic range inside of which, if they're released, they'll come back.

The minimum release location for a mouse is at least a mile away.

One of the cowboys releases his mice behind the restaurant we have coffee at in the mornings. The reason "they'll die from the food".

Another one releases his mice near the house of a person he dislikes. Also the snakes he catches.

Do you catch your mice in death traps? Or do you catch them live and relocate them? Where to?

demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
7/15/2006 9:32 pm

i don't have mice. one notable exception being the live one my kitten brought in and released, and i found the next day hiding under my blankets in my bed. i tossed my kitten at it so she could catch it (my plan was to then toss her AND said mouse outside)... btw, kitten is about 10 pounds and 1.5 years old. still kitten to me though.

i did rescue a mouse from the cat of a lady i was babysitting before. but i held it in my hand, petted it, fed it, calmed it down... tried bringing it home. my step dad freaked and made me let it go outside. but it was still in our yard. no, i wasn't bit. and yes: i realize how lucky i was.

if i had to catch them... i'd use a live trap if possible. i like the cowboy's way of thinking on this one unfortunately there aren't many ppl i dislike enough to wish a mouse infestation on. though if there WAS somebody i disliked that much... i wouldn't want to inflict them upon the poor mouse. i'd probably take them out to a big abandoned field somewhere.

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 7:44 am:
My cat, for some reason, refuses to catch mice...except on one occasion. The last mouse in the series was running around the kitchen because I had all the holes blocked, and then I had this thought from the cat..."I go to the other side of the door way and hide, and you chase the mouse through the door and I get him". The cat then went over behind the door, I chased the mouse through the door, and the cat nailed him.

catkit13 66F

7/15/2006 9:47 pm

if there's ever a mouse in my house, and assuming my way-cool cat howee doesn't get to it first, i'm calling in the marines (or the border patrol)! plus, i'll sue my exterminator!

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 7:45 am:
The problem with using the Border Patrol is they'd catch the mouse and release him back into your house.

runzwithknives 59F

7/15/2006 9:55 pm

Death traps. I work in places with high concentrations of hanta infected mice. I use a modified bucket for drowning. But a few good snakes do the trick better than the bucket...

puntachueca replies on 7/15/2006 10:16 pm:
We have that problem here, too. I'm thinking I'm probably immune to the hanta...the house renovation project started with about an inch of mouse turds throughout the place, and there is no mask made good enough to not have inhaled some of the dust.

After relocating 2 mice, and still there were more, I used some glue traps and caught 10 in one day. No more mice in the house.

cairnsmale55 105M

7/16/2006 2:11 am

Never had a problem with mice other than as pets when I was very young... so cant even begin to comment...

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 7:46 am:
Mice are pretty good at not letting you know they're around.

runzwithknives 59F

7/16/2006 5:28 am

If you get more, keep a shallow dish of water outside. They will huddle there and stay out of the house.
You may be, but then again...the CDC guys who did our testing-shees...wouldn't want to have to suit up like they did just to trap and test mice. I've had the El Moro strain of hanta. Makes a very, very nasty pneumonia. But Sin Hombre...well, I'm still alive

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 7:48 am:
I'm with you on habitat creation. That's why I'm into creating the kind of gardens I do...a home for critters so they stay out of the house...and let them work it out among themselves.

amoldenough 69F
16436 posts
7/16/2006 9:30 am

We don't have a mouse problem, I guess because we had cats for many years. Occasionally one wanders into the garage, and takes up residence. We have caught 2 animals in live traps and released them. Somehow, they got into our basement. I know for sure one was a squirrel,and the other one probably was too.

Years ago, in another house, I found my cat terorrizing a mouse. I chased the cat chasing the mouse from one room to another, back and forth for what seemed like hours. She would stop and play with it, but wouldn't let me near them. Finally, somehow, I got it away from her. I got it by the tail and released it back to the wild. (the back yard) I hope it made it.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 3:06 pm:

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
7/16/2006 12:45 pm

My mom's cat hasn't gotten with the catch and release mentality.

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 3:07 pm:
My cat likes to catch things from outside and release them in the house. Occasionally he'll lunch on one of them, but always leaves an uneaten part as a present.

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/16/2006 3:10 pm

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 8:46 am:
Mice are pretty good at not letting you know they're around.

That is the with exception of the mice turds and whatever it is that they have chewed through. I am all for poisoning the little bastards!

We had a bad mouse problem one year but I never ever saw any live ones. I found the turds and I heard the scratching or biting. One day I was on my computer (surfing and chatting) and a mouse finally peeked his head out to me. I'd stomp my feet and it would go back and hide. This went on over and over for like an hour. Then my internet went down.

After a bit of investigating, the fuckin' mouse chewed through the telephone cord that connected my dialup. haha

The only good mouse is a dead one.

That goes for snakes too. Although, I would probably freak to see a king snake but I know they are good to have around to control the critter population.


puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 3:16 pm:
I draw the line as to what gets to live inside, which does not include mice, snakes, spiders, and bugs in general. The exceptions are the cat, dog, and the lizards that eat the bugs.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
7/16/2006 7:10 pm

Mice are snake food, nothing else. If the cats and the dog don't kill 'em, I damn sure will. We use poison traps. Only good mouse is a dead one. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 3:29 am:
When I was married I actually thought about having a boa around the house to take care of the mice (the cat generally catches them outside and brings them inside ands turns them loose), but the snake idea wasn't real popular.

At the moment don't have any mice around so no problem. But I'm trying to think of something cute that can live inside ( and won't freak out any potential sleep over ladies...none of them either right now so also no problem) and get any future mice...and the cat will not tolerate another cat around (already tried that).

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