- Mouse in the house…
last night just before bed caught sight on something moving fast from the corner of my eye, first thought was bloody big spider, but then after 10 mins of sitting quietly a little mouse popped out from under the chair and ran off round the corner.
Spent this morning searching for evidence, can’t find any droppings, or any chewed food packets at all. Could it be it just popped in for a look? Reading online it says if you see them you usually have lots.
anyway to find out if I do have mice if I can’t find any further evidence and what is the best way of trapping humanly? Ideally I don’t want to kill them. Read some reviews of traps provided by b&q and they sound rubbish.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Ideally I don’t want to kill them
really, why not?
Simple little nipper mousetrap, baited with a 1cm chunk of bread with some peanut butter on. Lay the trap along the run, against the skirting you saw the mouse at. Come down net morning, and dispose of it. Lay it again and repeat until you have 2 nights without a dead mouse in it.
I have to do it once a year or so, usually catching between 2 and 5 mice.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
we used a ‘friendly’ mouse trap (tilting tube). It never really worked, they’d manage to get the food (smeared peanut butter on chocolate FTW) and back out again.
Resorted to the classic mousetrap. Vicious, but effective.
Mum had same issue. We went through same ‘kindly’ / traditional mousetrap process with her, too.
Or invite next door’s cat to wander round for an evening..Posted 4 years agowingnutsMember
Not sure that you will have lots. In my experience you never get more than 3 or 4. Families. Don’t always leave evidence and they adopt runs so set a trap where you see them heading to. The gap under kitchen cabinets is a common favourite. They love chocolate so whichever trap you use thats a good bait. I’m a little nipper man myself.Posted 4 years agothecaptainMember
We’ve currently got a trap set in a kitchen cupboard where I saw a mouse a few weeks ago. Have killed 2 so far, think they are living outside and occasionally coming in, the cupboard in question doesn’t even have any food. I consider myself an animal lover, have even kept pet mice and rats a few years ago, but honestly I don’t think there is a good alternative to just killing them. If you catch it live and dump it outside it will probably just have a nastier slower death anyway. Plus, humane traps are often crap.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
I have a fantastic mouse catcher. It also catches rats, rabbits, squirrels, birds. The problem is it catches them when they are outside and brings them in.
We have one of those. I came down one morning to find a magpie hiding in the kitchen sink under the washing up bowl…Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
I’m somewhat confused as to why you need further evidence that you have mice beyond actually seeing them.
Ideally I don’t want to kill them.
Expect a considerable amount of evidence to be presented imminently.
Speaking as a fully paid up tree-hugging vegetarian yoghurt knitter, you unfortunately have two options:
1) kill them.
2) have mice.Posted 4 years agotreaclespongeMember
I had a couple of mice that crept in through the back door last summer. Took me a while to work it out, just thought I was going mad with the movement in the corner of my eye. Eventually one sneaked across the lounge one evening so I got a humane trap, caught one that night, one the next and released them half a mile away in the local woods. Nothing since, so its not all bad. Even left them with half a digestive biscuit each as supplies for their new woodland adventure… 😳Posted 4 years agoMrs ToastMember
I remember my first flat – I was sitting at my PC, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Twas a mouse, staring at me before hiding behind the sofa.
I was surprised, because there had been no sign of mice (nothing chewed, no droppings). So I obtained a humane mouse trap, and because I am so humane, put in some hamster bedding and hamster treats (I had a hamster at the time – Raziel, the Angry).
Next morning, there was a mouse all curled up and snoozy. I released him out of the window, and reset the trap with the same little luxuries. Next day – another mouse. Same again – out of the window (I hasten to add I lived on the ground floor).
I repeated the process twice more, when I started to think, “You know, these mice all look mighty similar, even for mice”. So on the final time, I took him out to some corn fields. If he was to die, at least he would die free and provide a snack for local predators (or head to the nearby houses).
Despite resetting the trap, I never saw another mouse, and never saw any mousey signs. I either had a) a family of exactly five mice, one of which I cruelly separated from his kin, or b) one mouse, who knew a good thing when he saw it.Posted 4 years agocoreMember
We have mice in the attic, no sign of them anywhere else, just above our bedroom.
Tried a glue trap, not cool – being woken up by a squealing mouse rolling about the attic floor boards 6 ft above your head with an A4 sheet of card stuck to him is not nice. Even less nice is then dealing with squealy, pissy, bitey mouse. I went for a single blow to the head with a blunt object. >other less brutal options are available<
Baited with a piece of kit kat they do the trick, very well, had a job to remove the wire from the neck of one blighter. So far 6 or 7 caught since December, but being that many I’m worried there are a lot more so am going to start poisoning them too.
EDIT: with ‘the big cheese’ traps you need to bend the bait hook down to a better angle so it sticks in the bait better, and stops zee mouse getting avay viz zee food.
Humane traps are for people who ride 150mm full sussers on blue routes at trail centres.
Oh, hang on……………………Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
Tried a glue trap, not cool
Next door neighbour laid out home-made glue traps in his back yard a while back.
The problem is that if they work, you then have large piece of sticky cereal box cardboard lying there with “mouse” as bait. Hundred quid at the vets to have my cat de-glued, that cost me. Fartknocker.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
for the record, whilst I have used glue traps, they were as a last resort because our mousey visitor refused to eat anything or go anywhere near any of the variety of traps that were laid out.Posted 4 years ago
it didn’t even go near the glue traps despite their varied strategic placements.
it just walked through the kitchen, pooed on the sofa then wandered off somewhere else.
eventually it just stopped visiting.LegomanMember
Those humane tunnel-trap thingys look good on paper, but they’re only humane if you check them every couple of hours – otherwise mousey dies a longer & less humane death than the old fashioned head-smasher type.
On the up side, they do work – caught 6 or 7 in my loft last year. Unfortunately I think they’re back – wonder if I didn’t release them far enough away?Posted 4 years ago
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