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  1. #1
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    I just caught a little mouse in my house!!!!

    So I am sitting in bed watching my beloved Golf Channel and I catch something out of the corner of my eye. I re-focused and there crawiling across the floor was a little mouse!!! He ran into the ensuite washroom and I ran in after him. I didn't want to lose sight of him and the ceramics in the washroom are black so he was pretty well camouflaged. He kept scurrying around but I figured he was a juvenile as he seemd so small. I cornered him behind the toilet and I was frantic to figure out how to grab him.
    In our house we dont really kill things. Spiders are given names and if a wasp or a bee or even a fly buzz a round I try and get them out alive.

    So as I kept trying to catch the little guy he went back and forth behind the toilet and then he went into the corner behind the plunger. Aha!! I can put the plunger on top of him and I did. Now I ran back into the bedroom and found some banking papers (perfect!!) to slide under the plunger. I was very careful as I didnt want to hurt him. I then carried him downstairs and told the wife. She was all excited and didnt believe me and then good ol Oliver walks by, you know,,, the cat!! I said good job buddy!!

    I took the plunger outside and as I lifted it up, nothing was there. Shoot I missed him I thought and then turned the plunger over and it has an inner core and I saw a couple of feet, so I lay it down and out he scurried into the garden. My wife shrieked with excitement as she saw him scurry. She says "do you think he will be OK out here?" I just looked at her and said nothing as I rolled my eyes.lol

    Well thats the first time I have ever seen a mouse in my house.

    I wonder if he had a family in here? Never seen any turds around either so maybe he got in through the garage... no clue.

    Thats my story for tonight and I am sticking to it.

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    Freeze him and send him down to me. I'll feed him to my snake, save me a buck!
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    You are a good story writer...I enjoyed reading that! Don't be surprised if he finds his way back though, they are smart little critters especially when they know where food is. We had our first house mouse this winter, but the ending wasn't as happy...mouse trap! *fingers crossed* Thankfully we haven't seen another!

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    glue traps are pretty cruel. At first you think...hey they won't get beat over the head with that metal bar on your typical mouse trap, snapping their little necks. Then you see one of those cute little things struggling to get loose from the glue, to no avail. Their little hearts beating a mile a minute, and their eyes so big as you approach.

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    When we lived in Washington, I was awakened one morning by a rapid scratching at my head. A shrew had evidently found its way into the house and found a spot on the pillow next to my head for the warmth. I made the mistake of rolling over on the little guy in my sleep.

    The Mrs. claims to this day that she's never seen me move that fast ... before or since.

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    Fred I'm laughing my *** off picturing that image in my head. :) I move that fast around spiders !
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    Quote Originally Posted by SignManiac View Post
    Fred I'm laughing my *** off picturing that image in my head. :) I move that fast around spiders !
    The best one though is my Mrs.

    Back in the time shortly after she moved to Florida from Alaska, she got up in the middle of the night to relieve herself ... not bothering to turn on the bathroom light. Half asleep and in the dark she had no idea that a frog had somehow found it's way up through the pipes and was lounging in the water in the commode. The frog, probably thinking it was under attack by what was falling from above, reacted by jumping straight up into whatever it could bump into in defense.

    Now that was the best example of moving fast I've ever seen!

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    While trying to feed my very young boys, my wife saw a little field mouse go across the floor. She wispered to me, "a M O U S E (she spelled it out)". I captured it and release it back outside.

    When I came back into the kitchen I asked her why she spelled M O U S E instead of just saying it. She answered, "I didn't want him to know I was talking about him".

    35 years later my sons and I still enjoy reminding her of that day.
    "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt." Henry J. Kaiser

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    I live on about 5-6 acres all of it was mobile trailers good hundred then down to 50 then all gone I'm in a old building built back before the 50s well when the trailers where gone the mice & rats took to living in the attic ... the noise, movement, and thoughts well all gone now defcon works well but it took 2 years of constant feedingguess it was a normal path

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    We have mice this year.
    We also have a cat but it's really stupid.
    She caught the wee sleekit beastie, but just carried it around in her mouth.
    Her jaws had to be practically pried open so the mouse could be released outside.
    Ever try to do that to a p!ssed off growling cat?
    I try to get those traps that are enclosed so I don't have to see any guts or bulging eyes.
    Love....Jill

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    you should have stomped it into the ground....

    they'll be more and plenty, followed by rats...

    this same thing happened to me about 6 years ago, started with one little cute mouse scampering across the kitchen floor. I chased him around until he squeezed under the door to the garage.

    whew, i thought, he was gone...

    shorthly followed more little cute mice, followed by bigger mice.

    a trip to Home depot to get some snap traps, caught 13 in one week....

    next winter, the bigger mice returned to the garage, seems like once they find a spot they keep coming.

    i set traps that winter but couldn't catch them.

    then comes spring. i start cleaning out the garage and find the motherload of mouse **** under my mower deck. clean it up and move on to the outside of the garage....

    i start diggin up the side of the garage where the flower bed is to get ready for spring and i see a little white snake wiggling in the dirt, closer inspection and i find that it is a tail!

    i stab the ground with the shovel and here this god awful sound, like a baby crying and a giant rat comes running out of the ground and into my garage....

    the chase is on... i corner him/her and start playin slapshot hockey with my shovel until the thing stops moving.... i take it to the lawn where i decapitate it with my shovel.....

    back to the dirt pile.... i start digging and I see another tail, this time i go get my cross bow, aim at the tail, and bam, rat schish-ka-bob!!!

    long story short....

    cute little mice invite nasty big rats......

    kill'em

    now when i see mice around the garage, i drop a few cute little blue Decon cubes. the stupid little bastards love to eat them....

    then in the spring, after the snow melts I just search around the yard for exploded mice/rats laying in the yard....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddarlak View Post
    long story short....

    cute little mice invite nasty big rats......

    kill'em

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    My feelings exactly. After all, they're just rodents! (First Prize to whoever can tell me why I said that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddarlak View Post
    you should have stomped it into the ground....

    they'll be more and plenty, followed by rats...

    this same thing happened to me about 6 years ago, started with one little cute mouse scampering across the kitchen floor. I chased him around until he squeezed under the door to the garage.

    whew, i thought, he was gone...

    shorthly followed more little cute mice, followed by bigger mice.

    a trip to Home depot to get some snap traps, caught 13 in one week....

    next winter, the bigger mice returned to the garage, seems like once they find a spot they keep coming.

    i set traps that winter but couldn't catch them.

    then comes spring. i start cleaning out the garage and find the motherload of mouse **** under my mower deck. clean it up and move on to the outside of the garage....

    i start diggin up the side of the garage where the flower bed is to get ready for spring and i see a little white snake wiggling in the dirt, closer inspection and i find that it is a tail!

    i stab the ground with the shovel and here this god awful sound, like a baby crying and a giant rat comes running out of the ground and into my garage....

    the chase is on... i corner him/her and start playin slapshot hockey with my shovel until the thing stops moving.... i take it to the lawn where i decapitate it with my shovel.....

    back to the dirt pile.... i start digging and I see another tail, this time i go get my cross bow, aim at the tail, and bam, rat schish-ka-bob!!!

    long story short....

    cute little mice invite nasty big rats......

    kill'em

    now when i see mice around the garage, i drop a few cute little blue Decon cubes. the stupid little bastards love to eat them....

    then in the spring, after the snow melts I just search around the yard for exploded mice/rats laying in the yard....
    No I think your wrong on my situation. I live in a residential area that is pretty new (20 years old) and I have seen them before outside. No rats around although I have a family of Racoons living under my neighbours deck and have found a dead mouse in the pool and I think a mole. Thats it. I think this is an isolated case and somehow he either snuck in when the back screen door was opened by the cat or he jumped in from the door that leads into the garage.
    I never kill them. Worse case scenario I get the humane traps and set them free in a field. I used to have mice as pets when I was a kid, I couldnt kill the little fellows.

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    glad to hear that there are kind and nice people out there! we live in a house that's over 100 years old so in the fall we get a few field mice thinking that they found a winter home down in our cellar. we use those have a heart traps where they get in and can't get back out but are un-harmed. we then drive them to a spot down by the river that has good ground cover and natural food for them and let them go. I was asked once if they came back and have to laugh as they aren't Lassie who will find their way back home.

    don't listen to these guys and just stay as nice as you are

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    when i was a young man in college i was living in a dumpy apartment building..one night i was up really late studying and enjoying another beer and out of the corner of my eye i saw something move...i couldn't see what it was but new i saw something so i sat there patiently for a good hour knowing if i moved i probably would never see what it was.

    it was a mouse. i hate mice. that night i packed up everything i owned, gave my notice and moved the hell out never to return. i hate mice. the only good rodent is a dead rodent. guaranteed if you see one there are more, it is not an isolated incident.

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    We allways bait up the hunting camp and mothball old cars to avoid rodents . if you see one better believe there is more . Seem to remember reading about the plague somewhere and it is gettign closer to 2012 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlene View Post
    glad to hear that there are kind and nice people out there! we live in a house that's over 100 years old so in the fall we get a few field mice thinking that they found a winter home down in our cellar. we use those have a heart traps where they get in and can't get back out but are un-harmed. we then drive them to a spot down by the river that has good ground cover and natural food for them and let them go. I was asked once if they came back and have to laugh as they aren't Lassie who will find their way back home.

    don't listen to these guys and just stay as nice as you are
    Oh but they can!!!!

    about 15 years ago I had a different unit in this complex and in the winter I started finding those little turds around my Gerber sprint. As the day wore on a strnage shrimp like odour would come out of the sprint as it got hot. I opened the lid where the boards were and found little stains on the motherboards and other boards. This was mouse urine and it reaked.

    Went into action and bought this large humane trap and left it in the back shop on a Friday night. Came in Monday and there were about a dozen little guys. I carried it to the far end of the units...maybe 300 feet away and opened it under a tree with rocks and a nice little place for the meeces to live.
    Nope they all started scurrying and 2 or 3 of them started making there way back to my shop. I followed and watched as the navigated around corners and then finally they get to my back roll up door and slip in somehow between the rubber and the roll up door.

    I couldnt be nice after that and had to buy that poison to kill them. It worked and never saw any for years.

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    Not a mouse in the house story but yesterday I went to take down 3 4x8 signs for a customer. We took down 2 and went for the 3rd but someone had screwed an info box to one of the 4x4s and a bird had made a nest in it. I thought about moving it but when I looked down in it there were 3 little heads bobbing around soI decided to leave it. My customer is going to be sooooooo happy. I think im going to disassemble the sign and leave that one post.
    Last edited by The Sign Dude; 05-12-2010 at 09:39 AM. Reason: had an idea

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    I agree with Marlene... don't screw with the balance. It'll come back to bite ya! If there is anything one learns from living in Florida, it's that! Right, Fred? We're backed up to a conservation... The snakes eat the mice and rats, the lizards eat the bugs, the birds eat the hungry grasshoppers devouring my jasmine and all is right in the world. Well, after I sprinkle moth balls around the outside of the house to keep the snakes outside, I like 'em just not slithering unexpectedly through the living room.

    Palmetto bugs I don't do, they can all die and take their roach brethren with them...
    Yelled for my husband to come kill a huge one in the middle of the night, when he sleepily replied, "You get it. You can do it." I loudly inquired him, "Wtf do you think I got married for?! To cook, clean and otherwise care for you and your offspring?! Get your *** out here and kill this thing before it gets away or I'll find someone to take your place!!!"

    He cleaned it up too *giggles*

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    No I think your wrong on my situation. I live in a residential area that is pretty new (20 years old) and I have seen them before outside. No rats around although I have a family of Racoons living under my neighbours deck and have found a dead mouse in the pool and I think a mole. Thats it. I think this is an isolated case and somehow he either snuck in when the back screen door was opened by the cat or he jumped in from the door that leads into the garage.
    I never kill them. Worse case scenario I get the humane traps and set them free in a field. I used to have mice as pets when I was a kid, I couldnt kill the little fellows.
    i too live in a residential area, until then the only time i seen a rat was on TV. I never thought in a million years we would have rats in our neighborhood.....

    i was wrong.

    humane trapping of rodents and transplanting them is as good as feeding them and inviting them to stay for awhile....

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    Quote Originally Posted by btropical.com View Post
    We allways bait up the hunting camp and mothball old cars to avoid rodents . if you see one better believe there is more . Seem to remember reading about the plague somewhere and it is gettign closer to 2012 .
    This may be what you were referring to (can't believe it's been that long ago)...

    Rats Overrun Orange County Neighborhood

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    Many years ago, we lived in a house where we saw a mouse scurry across the floor. Carol thought.... isn't that cute............. ahhhhhh.

    Called a friend of mine that worked for an exterminator company and he said.... if you see one in your house, guaranteed there are many more behind the walls you can't see. We set some traps. Every trap had a dead mouse in them within a day or two. Turned out living in the city... when one person has them.... they live up and down the row homes and travel between them. Bugs do the same thing. I hated those mice. When we moved away... we cleaned everything very carefully before packing to make sure we didn't take any along with us.

    Out in the country now... we get an occasional field mouse in the house, but we have the house and garage fumigated three times a year and with our two cats.... we have little to no problems. Our problems now are the turkeys and squirrels that destroy the property. The turkeys aren't bad, but I shoot the squirrels with a pellet gun and I'm pretty good at about 15 to 20 yards. We got rid of the groundhogs and most of the rabbits ourselves.

    Those 'Have-A-Heart' traps are a bunch of crap. Set out to catch a raccoon and I catch opossums. Set a trap for a groundhog and I catch a skunk. I even put little signs on the cages explaining what the trap was for and these little scavengers still go in the wrong ones. Why can't they go where they're supposed to go like aspirin does in your body ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gino View Post
    Those 'Have-A-Heart' traps are a bunch of crap. Set out to catch a raccoon and I catch opossums. Set a trap for a groundhog and I catch a skunk. I even put little signs on the cages explaining what the trap was for and these little scavengers still go in the wrong ones. Why can't they go where they're supposed to go like aspirin does in your body ??
    Your mistake is in putting text signs on the traps. You should put a digital pic of the species you are expecting to use the traps. I thought you knew rodents can't read?

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    Ohh.... they can read..... and they can talk, too. It's just that we never hear them, but I know this about them..... they can read and talk..... I know it.

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    Went into action and bought this large humane trap and left it in the back shop on a Friday night. Came in Monday and there were about a dozen little guys. I carried it to the far end of the units...maybe 300 feet away and opened it under a tree with rocks and a nice little place for the meeces to live.
    we drive ours down to the river about 5 miles away so our little Lassie's don't come back as that's a little too far! one time we had a little mouse and we had just had a snow storm so our usual spot seemed bad as it was under so much snow. my hubby, daughter and I drove all over looking for a better spot and ended up letting him out near a barn about 30 miles away. I also had rasied two little babies, one I found on the hot pavment outside my paint store and another one that came with a piece of equipment. both had their little eyes shut but had some hair. taking care of them was a full time job as they are hard to raise. once they got big enough, we played "Born Free" and let them go down by the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arlo Kalon View Post
    My feelings exactly. After all, they're just rodents! (First Prize to whoever can tell me why I said that)
    Inglourious Basterds

    and no, that's not a typo. the Quentin Tarantino movie is Inglourious Basterds
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    All you people that are taking these rodents down to the local river..... are you really telling the truth ??

    I was always told if you take 'em to the river, make sure you tie the bag real tight and to double and triple knot the rope to make sure those little pests can't swim back or walk back to your house ever again.

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    All you people that are taking these rodents down to the local river..... are you really telling the truth ??

    I was always told if you take 'em to the river, make sure you tie the bag real tight and to double and triple knot the rope to make sure those little pests can't swim back or walk back to your house ever again
    no, I just take them to a place that has good ground cover, natural food and some water. I grew up in a home where everyone brought all kinds of critters to as they knew my mom would help. I just carried on in her foot steps and I don't know any other way of life. it doesn't take much effort to be kind to the living things around you. anyway, if ever the critters take over the world like in a sci-fi flicks, I'm sure they will make me their queen...

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