Pitter patter of tiny feet

351No – no baby yet. These tiny feet are entirely unwelcome and were heard scampering around the loft last night. I poked my head up there and shone a torch around and could only make out what appears to be a wasp nest. Fortunately that looks to be unused. No sign of any rodent activity. Now the moral dilemma – should I get an old fashioned spring-loaded mouse trap or something to keep the wee beasty alive? To be honest, I’m not worried about killing the mouse, it’s clearing up afterwards that bothers me! Browsing around, it’s interesting to read that house mice are unlikely to survive when released in to the wild anyway. I was amused by this article on an award by PETA to the inventor of a “humane mouse trap” (where “humane” means they get gassed rather than having their necks broken.)

5 Responses to “Pitter patter of tiny feet”

  1. Jayne says:

    We did humane mouse trap, then normal mouse trap and ended up with poison which worked, and you don’t have to get rid of the mice.

  2. Dave says:

    Is that because they just rot away under the floorboards?!

  3. Neil says:

    At our old house we had a problem with rats (the whole block did so it wasn’t just our way of living) and the council’s rat catcher left poison in a few places. One of the rats decided to die under the floorboards resulting in a terrible smell but the rest went outside to die.

    As for humane methods I would suggest a trap over poison since personally I would prefer to die suddenly rather than having my insides bleed causing my lungs to fill up with blood until I chocked.

  4. Dave says:

    Thanks for sharing that with us Neil!

  5. Jayne says:

    they don’t always die suddenly with traps though, you end up having to put them out of their misery, which isn’t nice. Even humane traps aren’t that humane if the mouse is sat in them for hours. Conclusion, there’s no nice way to do it. (Mice don’t smell if they rot as they’re only little).