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Old 09 July 2006, 19:02   #1
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House Mouse

I have this little visitor at the moment, as you watch TV He or She sits under the Video unit watching us. Have tried catching it with a humane trap, baiting it with all sorts of goodies from Grapes and pet food to peaces of Chocholate for a week now without success, just too fast! Could be a Ghost mouse or something! I can't find any droppings.

Any Humane Ideas?
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Old 09 July 2006, 21:14   #2
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Not Humane but Feline???

You could try making your own humane trap - I used a 35mm slide storage box with a vertical drop flap - worked a treat - you have to take them a few miles away though or they will find their way back!!!
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Old 10 July 2006, 03:39   #3
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Get an empty kitchen roll cardboard tube or similar, cover one end securely and place this along the skirting board in the mouse's likely path of escape - open end facing them: form a "wall" with paperback books to hold it in place and make the hole the only available "exit". . When you next spot the mouse encourage it to run in the direction of the tube. The mouse will usually take the option of legging it down the hole in the open end of the tube rather than crossing open ground. Once the mouse is in the tube just lift it up vertically and the mouse slides to the bottom.
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Keep them coming we have the same problem thanks to the the cat bring friends home, was close yesterday with a fishing net but the little ....... was too fast.
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Nate's idea is sound - the mouse will run for cover so you need to provide something portable for him to run into.

A few years ago in a hard fought intellectual battle between man and mouse, I managed to herd a heavily pregnant ladymouse into an empty cornflakes packet on my kitchen side by a cunning arrangement of utensils and crockery. I picked the cornflakes packet up and the mouse slid to the bottom and then popped her back outside in the garden.

Hightower you're lucky about the droppings; before we realised what was happening I just removed them from the sugar bowl thinking "I wonder what these black bits are" before sprinkling the sugar on my cereal
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I made quite an effective trap with a dog food tin and part of a coathanger a couple of years back. The damn things kept coming in in the winter between the brick casing and the lath and plaster on a really old house I used to live in.

It caught 15 of them over about a week and a half. I guess it works because it looks like rubbish and probably smells strongly of food.


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I made quite an effective trap with a dog food tin and part of a coathanger a couple of years back. The damn things kept coming in in the winter between the brick casing and the lath and plaster on a really old house I used to live in.

It caught 15 of them over about a week and a half. I guess it works because it looks like rubbish and probably smells strongly of food.


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Nos - we're discussing returning small animals to the wild - you appear to be talking about self-sufficiency!
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Nos - we're discussing returning small animals to the wild - you appear to be talking about self-sufficiency!
It WAS rather bad there-but thats what happens when you live in a 900 year old house that's grade 2 listed. We weren't allowed to block it up to stop the little bastards getting in.
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It WAS rather bad there-but thats what happens when you live in a 900 year old house that's grade 2 listed. We weren't allowed to block it up to stop the little bastards getting in.

Sounds great - I HATE new houses with a passion!!!
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Sounds great - I HATE new houses with a passion!!!
ditto but this was the last place anyone would have wanted to live. Damp, full of dormice in the winter and wierd shit kept happening there.
My ex swore she was followed up the stairs by something breathing down her neck and anywhere in the back end of the house (it was 50 yards long) it felt like someone was watching you. The back kitchen wall is roman-the bit in the pic below is 1680 which was the newest part of it.

It's the house to the right of the hotel below-our bedroom was above the arch. The pic isn't distorted btw...

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