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Nico ([personal profile] vilakins) wrote2017-04-10 09:30 pm
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Plague of mice

Due to all the unusual rain, there's a plague of mice here, and we're not the only ones* as I found out at the hardware store when I went today to buy a humane mouse trap. I brought it home and I've already got a mouse inside it, but I've had to hide it as the cats are far too interested. I plan to release the mouse in the country, well away from houses. Maybe I'll go there tonight so it's empty for the next one.

Ugh. I'm so over trying to chase mice around the house and trap them before Ashley kills them, having been a feral kitten once; Jasmin just plays with them, and Sebastian is totally uncertain what to do with them, just looking at them a but nervously.

Right, I'm off with this one.

* I know sallymn in Australia is suffering too, even getting mice running across her office desk. Bloody wet weather.
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[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-04-10 09:56 am (UTC)(link)
Oh no! Just what nobody needs. Good luck with dealing with them! :-/
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us too

[personal profile] emeraldem 2017-04-10 11:09 am (UTC)(link)
It hasn't been especially wet here but Sandy and Smokey have been sitting in front of the stove, staring intently at Something Invisible underneath it, for weeks. Yesterday we found out why: they left us the gift of a (dead) mouse in the hallway.

We suspect a mousehole behind the stove. We'll be calling the Maintenance people today. Mice, no thank you.
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[personal profile] feng_shui_house 2017-04-10 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Plagues of mice, eeeee!! I don't expect that conditions favor it where I live- that said, the neighborhood stray cats did leave a dead rat in my lawn a few weeks ago.
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[personal profile] pebblerocker 2017-04-11 08:05 am (UTC)(link)
We have tons of mice outside, being in a rural area, and luckily they have never come in of their own accord. We do have to rescue them from cats at times - they always carry their prey to the bathroom to play with, which is good because there's nothing the mice can hide behind - and we just return them to a pile of fallen branches at a reasonable distance from the house.

The ants, however, have come inside in a big way since the heavy rain, and we're still trying to get rid of them.

[identity profile] imhilien.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
Mice! Ouch. *offers chocolate*

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 10:22 am (UTC)(link)
They'd eat it! A rat once got into my chocolate stash. We did get the occasional one in Auckland, but it's about 15 in the last month and up to 2 a day. :-( Mitre 10's had a run on traps, but the killing-type ones squicked the hell out of me.

The mouse I got today (maybe the one that was round last night?) has been released after it had a good feed of peanut butter (apparently the best bait).

[identity profile] quarryquest.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 04:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Can you get Nutella where you are? When [livejournal.com profile] garienos got a rodent problem it was mouse Kryptonite.

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, I have Nutella! I imagine they'd go for any nut-based spread. Or do you mean Nutella actually killed them, chocolate being poisonous for other animals?

[identity profile] quarryquest.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 09:27 pm (UTC)(link)
It didn't kill then, just lured them to the trap minutes after it was added. Seconds in one case.

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
So even better than PB! I'll try it.

[identity profile] imhilien.livejournal.com 2017-04-11 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
My sympathies. Will remember peanut butter = mice bait.

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-11 07:46 am (UTC)(link)
Apparently nutella's even better!

[identity profile] vjezkova.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Lucky mice there! They even get delicacies before you release them.:-)

[identity profile] jaxomsride.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Make sure you go more than a mile before releasing them otherwise you will find the same mouse back in the house.

It's a brave mouse that moves into a house with 3 cats, even if only 1 knows what to do with them.

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-10 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
The problem is the cats bringing them in! I wouldn't mind if they stayed in the garden.

Really? They'd travel that far to come back? Is that a family drive or something?

[identity profile] jaxomsride.livejournal.com 2017-04-11 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Behavioural studies result. Less than a mile, the mouse can find its way home. More than a mile they don't.

[identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com 2017-04-11 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
The country's not far from here so that's easily doable, and I'll make sure I've gone a couple of kms.
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[personal profile] judo100 2017-04-17 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
I've had several cats over the years -- though none now and none planned for a while so facilitate travel with my husband -- and most would simply kill a mouse if they found one. My latest one, though, would play with the mouse and then lose it (or perhaps just lose interest in it) and let it go. I tried to explain that it was in his job description to kill the things, but he ignored me. I don't have any warm feelings for mice inside my house. If the cats can kill them, that seems like a good thing.
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[personal profile] tjoel2 2017-05-14 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't even imagine having a mouse infestation! I think I would freak. I'm just trying to deal with the ants right now!
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[personal profile] tjoel2 2017-05-17 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Really?! No more mice?