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For a couple of weeks I've been hearing ghostly sounds in the kitchen at night but until a couple of days I wasn't able to detect what was causing them. It happens to be a little mouse that seems to live somewhere in the house and that has become addicted to my dad's bread (I already told my dad about this). So I was just watching dexter and here it is the little bastard making bag noises in the kitchen again so I've decided to set him up with a little trap I've improvised with an olla, a fork a spoon and the bread it likes so much as bait.

Here the trap:
[img]http://galeon.com/chess2/mousetrap.jpg[/img]


Is he gonna bite?
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No. Maybe. Not likely. Get a mouse trap.

...

'cept, instead of cheese, use bread.

Or something.

EDIT:
Oh wait. I see what you did there. Little mousey's gotta climb in through the opening to obtain the bread.
In that case, yes. Maybe. More likely. Though it depends on how heavy that bowl is.
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I heard you stand in want to accept such a cat.
[img]http://easycaptures.com/fs/uploaded/224/thumbs/0092980172_b.jpg[/img]
Who has this already exist?
What is the develop and what his character?
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Picking the little guy up with a bare hand would be an instantly regrettable decision. He'll for sure bite you with all his mousy might.
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[quote name='zerothrillz' timestamp='1299820709' post='4784254']
Picking the little guy up with a bare hand would be an instantly regrettable decision. He'll for sure bite you with all his mousy might.
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Yeah, I haven't thought quite deeply what to do if he falls. One option could be to slide some sort of hard wooden/steel sheet (If I happen to find one) below the bowl and throw the little bastard inside a [font="arial, sans-serif"][size="2"]pail full of water.[/size][/font]
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[font="arial, sans-serif"][size="2"]It's 3am, no way I'll be able to find a mouse trap now.[/size][/font]
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[font="arial, sans-serif"][size="2"]@fastcall22, I think the little bastard got scared after the second time I showed up. I wonder how much of a short/long term memory mice have...[/size][/font]
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The "tube" looks like to be long enough just to manually close its entrance (step on it). Then you can step on the mouse. Then you'll have some nice bread-meet stuff that you can make small rolls and fry them. Mmmm, sounds yummy.

What the hell happened to my avatar????
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The trap fell by it's own... I've now placed it over the kitchen table where the bread originally was...

... I don't think he's going to buy it...
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Mice are sly and I have great respect for them. Bought 3 mousetraps. All sprung. All cheese was taken. No mouse. Dad had to stay up all night and use a similar system to yours to trap the rodent.

Why slide a sheet post capture? Put the trap on a sheet in the first place >.> And why kill it? It's not it's fault you were sloppy and let a mouse get into your house :P
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[quote name='Zethariel' timestamp='1299830723' post='4784281']
And why kill it?
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Yeah, I was pondering whether or not it could be considered cruelty to kill the creature. If I, say, took a cab and traveled 10 miles away from home and let it go, and it went into some family house and peed over some children food giving them hanta-virus, leptospirosis or something, would that be better?
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I live like 300 meters from a forest. That is not an issue for me to let it go into the wild again :) Still, I'd feel guilty of killing a mouse. Spiders, flies - why not, they invade my personal space (and in the case of spiders bite me). The mouse only tries to survive. Still, it's your choice. Should the mouse be sick, you'd have the symptoms described above, as I am sure it does pee and poo somewhere that you might not notice :P Be vary of raisins.
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Yeah, that's troubling me as well. Last night it peed over the table.I cleaned with bleach but it's still quite nasty.

I made the trap just because I was bored and it was 3am. I'm buying rat poison ASAP. That thing gotta go away.
We can settle things up later. In heaven. If they happen to go there too or if I even go there myself. lol

I ate from that bread damnit!
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Last time I suffered teh meese, I did this:

Take a some sort of large container (cartboard box, garbage can) that is deep enough so the mouse can't jump out of it. Cover the top with sheets of paper so it looks like a solid surface. In my case I noticed that the mouse took a particular route from my kitchen cabinet to the fridge so I placed it inbetween those two objects. You can place some bait on top of the sheets for extra incentive. Just make sure the mouse can somehow get there.

[img]http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/9223/image1u.jpg[/img]

[i]Disclaimer: Argentinian mice might be smarter than European ones.[/i]
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Nah. Meese can climb. Unless the surface of the container is smooth. Put some lava on the bottom of it.
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[quote name='Wan' timestamp='1299844561' post='4784345']
Last time I suffered teh meese, I did this:

Take a some sort of large container (cartboard box, garbage can) that is deep enough so the mouse can't jump out of it. Cover the top with sheets of paper so it looks like a solid surface. In my case I noticed that the mouse took a particular route from my kitchen cabinet to the fridge so I placed it inbetween those two objects. You can place some bait on top of the sheets for extra incentive. Just make sure the mouse can somehow get there.

[img]http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/9223/image1u.jpg[/img]

[i]Disclaimer: Argentinian mice might be smarter than European ones.[/i]
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variation on this. use a bucket and fill it about 4 inches full of water; high enough so that when the mouse falls in it's feet can't touch the bottom. It's like trying to jump in the deep end of a pool.

There's another way to do this where you put a string with a piece of tube around it on the top instead of paper. When the mouse walks on it, the tube spins and the mouse falls in the drink.

Not exactly the most humane way to do it and slightly depressing, but it works.
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The pitfall trap with water at the bottom seems like a good idea. The mouse isn't going to drown if you check the trap in the morning after you wake up.I'm not dead set against killing the mouse. I've had to euthenase injured animals before (e.g. fish that got cancer and started swimming on their side, birds which were mauled by family cats). But you aren't really fixing anything by killing one single mouse. It's not like all the disease is going to go away just because you kill one mouse.

Anyway, there are articles on the internets with various opinions on how to humanely kill a mouse. Spring traps and molten lava are not among them.
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I had a mouse in the house once. One of my cats turned to to have more spunk that I thought and would chase the mouse around. He wouldn't catch it, instead just corner and play with it. I easy caught the mouse by laying an opened up paper bag on the floor while it was cornered. The mouse ran in, I picked up the bag and let the mouse free outside.

Not sure if you can get the mouse cornered too easily, but it might be easy to get it to run into a bag...
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[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1299858380' post='4784410']
The pitfall trap with water at the bottom seems like a good idea. The mouse isn't going to drown if you check the trap in the morning after you wake up.I'm not dead set against killing the mouse. I've had to euthenase injured animals before (e.g. fish that got cancer and started swimming on their side, birds which were mauled by family cats). But you aren't really fixing anything by killing one single mouse. It's not like all the disease is going to go away just because you kill one mouse.

Anyway, there are articles on the internets with various opinions on how to humanely kill a mouse. Spring traps and molten lava are not among them.
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You'd think so, but due to small lung capacity and not being designed for swimming, after a couple hours they'll be dead. If you want to be more humane I hear putting bleach in the water will kill them faster. It still sucks for the mouse but at least they die fast instead of slow.

If you're going to get them it usually happens shortly after you go to bed/turn the lights off, so unless you get a mouse that can tread water for 6 hours, it's pretty boned.
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[quote name='papalazaru' timestamp='1299853488' post='4784386']
blender at the bottom.
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If it survives, apply for it to work at Google. Richness and fame ensues.
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[quote name='way2lazy2care' timestamp='1299862444' post='4784446']
[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1299858380' post='4784410']
The pitfall trap with water at the bottom seems like a good idea. The mouse isn't going to drown if you check the trap in the morning after you wake up.I'm not dead set against killing the mouse. I've had to euthenase injured animals before (e.g. fish that got cancer and started swimming on their side, birds which were mauled by family cats). But you aren't really fixing anything by killing one single mouse. It's not like all the disease is going to go away just because you kill one mouse.

Anyway, there are articles on the internets with various opinions on how to humanely kill a mouse. Spring traps and molten lava are not among them.
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You'd think so, but due to small lung capacity and not being designed for swimming, after a couple hours they'll be dead. If you want to be more humane I hear putting bleach in the water will kill them faster. It still sucks for the mouse but at least they die fast instead of slow.

If you're going to get them it usually happens shortly after you go to bed/turn the lights off, so unless you get a mouse that can tread water for 6 hours, it's pretty boned.
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Hmm, good thinking, I guess its unlikely to be able to tread water for long. Best bet would be to use a large bucket so it cant jump out. I would still want to avoid causing it any unnecessary suffering. Adding bleach to the water isn't going to make this any better; i would rather drown for 6 hours than go blind and choke on my own blood for 2 hours. Chances are, whoever has used bleach in this way didnt notice the water being full of blood because of the bleach.
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Just use a couple big-ass spring traps. Not the cheapo grocery-store mouse-sized ones, but a genuine rattrap, the kind that will break fingers if you accidentally trip it, and thus will cause instant death for the little mousie. Sometimes the little cheap traps don't break their necks, so they're just pinned under, scrabbling away until you check in the morning.
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[size=2]Use peanut butter on the trigger, they love that stuff, and its much harder for them to steal than cheese.[/size]

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[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1299865186' post='4784466']
Hmm, good thinking, I guess its unlikely to be able to tread water for long. Best bet would be to use a large bucket so it cant jump out. I would still want to avoid causing it any unnecessary suffering. Adding bleach to the water isn't going to make this any better; i would rather drown for 6 hours than go blind and choke on my own blood for 2 hours. Chances are, whoever has used bleach in this way didnt notice the water being full of blood because of the bleach.
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Maybe it wasn't bleach. I just used water when I did it, but my roommate told me about his dad doing it (this is why I ended up doing it) and he used some sort of chemical that made the death faster. I remember it being some sort of household cleaning agent I think.

edit:
http://issmousetraps.blogspot.com/2007/09/iss-mouse-traps-are-humane.html

there's an interesting article. Looks like they drown pretty quickly anyway or you can use the trap humanely by not having any water in it as long as the bucket is deep enough.
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[quote name='way2lazy2care' timestamp='1299868264' post='4784480']
[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1299865186' post='4784466']
Hmm, good thinking, I guess its unlikely to be able to tread water for long. Best bet would be to use a large bucket so it cant jump out. I would still want to avoid causing it any unnecessary suffering. Adding bleach to the water isn't going to make this any better; i would rather drown for 6 hours than go blind and choke on my own blood for 2 hours. Chances are, whoever has used bleach in this way didnt notice the water being full of blood because of the bleach.
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Maybe it wasn't bleach. I just used water when I did it, but my roommate told me about his dad doing it (this is why I ended up doing it) and he used some sort of chemical that made the death faster. I remember it being some sort of household cleaning agent I think.

edit:
[url="http://issmousetraps.blogspot.com/2007/09/iss-mouse-traps-are-humane.html"]http://issmousetraps...are-humane.html[/url]

there's an interesting article. Looks like they drown pretty quickly anyway or you can use the trap humanely by not having any water in it as long as the bucket is deep enough.
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No household cleaning agent is designed to kill a multicellular organism. If you try to use chemicals you're going to be looking at something out of a SAW movie. My idea of a humane kill is one which takes effect within a few seconds.
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[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1299869182' post='4784485']
No household cleaning agent is designed to kill a multicellular organism. If you try to use chemicals you're going to be looking at something out of a SAW movie. My idea of a humane kill is one which takes effect within a few seconds.
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It wasn't to kill them on its own, it was to get them to drown faster. Not sure if it was to make it harder to swim, get them excited so they breathed more (greater chance of breathing in water), or disorienting them so they couldn't swim as well.
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