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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 794 times:

Our garage is currently home to some uninvited guests. Seems the rain drove a (very large) family of field mice into our garage. I’m not known to be faint of heart, but I do not like the way the exterminator is dealing with our little problem. Apparently, the most effective way of ridding your garage of mice is with super sticky glue traps. The problem is, these little guys get stuck in the glue and just stay stuck until they die.

I guess that’s suppose to be a nice way to go… Anyway, I realize these stupid mice are pests and they must be relocated or eliminated, but I just hate going out to the garage and seeing these little guys trying with all their might to break free from the glue that ensnares them.

Not to worry, I haven’t cracked  Smile. I just wish there was some other way to get rid of these darn mice. It’s so sad to see these cute little field mice chewing their feet and tails off trying to free themselves.

I think we’ve got about 7 mice stuck in the glue right now. Now if I can just keep my mom (the diehard animal lover of the family) from her attempts of freeing the mice. I keep telling her that she’ll get rabies or something if they bite her. I think she already unstuck 1 mouse and let it go outside – I told her it will just find its way back into the garage and back to the glue.

So this is what I’m up to this fine Friday night. While all my friends are out having fun, I’m home trying to do homework and keep my mother from her humanitarian attempts with the mice.

tsully




I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 745 times:

Wow! Where did all that stuff come from in the title? I sure didn't type it.


I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 744 times:

At least it will get peoples attention.. It got mine.. Is there any way to pull them off this (with gloves) and let them go in the woods? Put them in a bucket and drive about a mile away and put them ina safe spot?

I dont have much xperience with that sort of thing. What Im need to know is if you pull them off, will their body parts come off too?



User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 736 times:

No, the glue isn't that sticky. But the one my mother freed still had a bunch of glue stuck to its underside and feet. I don't think it will survive, but at least she feels like she did it good. How can I describe the glue... it's the consistency of jelly, so you can pull the mouse off of the trap, but there's absolutely no way to get the glue off of the mouse. And the glue is strong enough to bind its little feet together even once freed. Hopefully it will dissolve, but I doubt it will.




I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 727 times:

I guess the exterminator never thought about feeding the little pests some yummy rat poison. It, as well, is a slow death (maybe even slower than the glue) but it will probably save your mom the worry of knowing WHERE they are dying.

But I'm sure you or your dad probably won't appreciate the mouse that decided to die underneath the box that has the heaviest stuff in it behind the old tires next the grandpa's old windshield on top of the standing toolbox.



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 729 times:

We had this pesky mouse in the garage, and I forgot about the lil bastard... I scrubbed the garage floor with pine oil to get the oil up... The next day, laying in the middile of the floor, was this mouse, with a puddle of blood in front of his mouth/nose. It must have sent him into convulsions. Probably simalar to what certain Chemical/Biological warfare agents would do to us humans.



User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 725 times:

Just my opinion, but the old-fashioned traps seem more humane, even if the result is a bit disgusting. At least they don't have to struggle.

Thank goodness I've only ever seen two mice in my house...and both were so tame that I was able to catch them by hand and put them outside.


User currently offlineToadpipe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 718 times:

C'mon!!! Get a hold of yourself, it is a mouse. A glue death ain't all the bad compared to being eaten by another animal. If you feel that bad about it, just whack'em on the head with a shovel once they are stuck. They will then be in field mouse heaven, at least that is what my Mom told me.

User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 726 times:

I know; they're just mice. I don't care, I just wish I didn't have too see them every time I go to the garage.

And the shovel idea has already been done many times. Up until now, we've been hitting them with shovels when they get on the glue - but the exterminator insists it's better to leave them be and die on their own.

He's the one getting paid for this, so I'll take his word for it.

tsully



I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 721 times:

Maybe carbon monoxide poisoning? Put them next to the exhaust pipe of a car. It's a painless and humane way to die.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 705 times:

You've all overlooked the best form of rodent control there is:

get a cat.


User currently offlineSxmarbury33 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 697 times:

What about a powerful pellet gun?

User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 696 times:

There's another way to get mice off those traps. Bring the mouse to where you want to release it along with some kind of oil, olive, vegetable, etc. (not motor oil). Then pour the oil over the mouse's stuck feet and after a minute or so you can pull it off no problem. Or you can wait until the mouse falls off if you don't want to touch it.

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 677 times:

Matt D said it all:

GET A CAT!!

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 668 times:

As far as I'm concerned chasing mice is probably a cat's only purpose.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6277 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 659 times:

Tsully, you are ridiculous.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 649 times:

I was gonna' say, if someone didn't go ahead and call poor Tsully ridiculous he would be driven to despair, so thank you IMissPiedmont.

As far as the mice are concerned, I really disapprove of glue traps and agree that the ol' snappers were far superior.

My grandmother found a mouse in her wall once and began feeding it potato scraps and named it Rex and kept it alive and well for many years until one day it passed on and she nearly died crying. Well we've got mice in our walls here at home and I hardly intend to exterminate them. Why not just ignore them?



"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29786 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 644 times:

Glue traps don't work worth a damm...

Here is a little known fact about mice....They can't burp.

Therefore what you do is set out a saucer of Coke-a-cola out. They drink the coke and their stomach explode because of the gas buildup.




OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 624 times:

I can hear it now.. (Pop Pop Pop Pop) LOL!  Big thumbs up

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 625 times:

I hate glue-traps, too. When I moved to my new house, the previous owners had these traps in the garage. One day, I found a little mice stuck in it and breathing very shallow. I felt terrible. Yeah, its a mouse, but it looks like it had struggled terribly. And it wasn't a nasty gray city mouse, this thing looked like a child's pet. I looked it up on the net and it turned out to be a deer mouse. I removed all the glue traps immediately. There are live traps that consist of plastic containers. They get in, but can't get out. You can free them in a field. Try that. Otherwise, I agree with CPDC that a spring-loaded trap is good. It kills instantly and is much more humane. MattD also had a good answer. Nothing beats a ball-bearing mouse-trap....a tomcat. Even they kill quicky and (usually) dispose of the mess for you. Hell, get a couple Siamese cats and you won't even have bugs.

DEER MOUSE



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 618 times:

Well blowing the damn things up isn't very nice either now is it?! Jeez! Why not just let 'em be?


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineBombstar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 615 times:

L-188
That is evil. And anyways, setting some coke out over long periods of time would cause the CO gas to come out, and the entire thing is useless. Better to drink it.


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 609 times:

You can also substitute beer for coke. Nasty city rats like beer and they are unable to throw up. So they poison themselves by drinking too much beer if you leave it out for them. I think the alcohol will evaporate after a while though.

User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 597 times:

I think we've rid ourselves of the mice. Or maybe they're just hiding from us now  Smile

tsully



I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
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