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GUEST,Anne Croucher BS: Non-violent anti-mouse techniques? (113* d) RE: BS: Non-violent anti-mouse techniques? 18 Nov 04

I really hate to kill anything - but I have had to admit that mice are so destructive in a house that it has to be done.

I have three metal 'snap' traps, and bait them with pieces of 'Twix' bars held on with fine wire. It is biscuit with a layer of caramel and outer coating of chocolate. It is very effective in attracting them and you can tell if there are any left alive - if the bait is gone there is a mouse left. They don't mind dragging it out of the corpse's mouth

The killing bar usually hits them in the hind brain and they are dead in a couple of seconds - though I think the shock of the impact kills them and the movement - usually flipping the whole trap over, is just a muscle spasm as the spine is shattered.

The cheap wooden base ones are not as effective, I found. These metal ones have a trigger which can be set right on the edge so a touch will release it, and a strong spring.

I would never use poison - I like to think that they never have time to be alarmed, and they usually die with a chunk of chocolate and caramel in their mouth.

One of my neighbours has a lot of cats and putting the mice outside would not be kind. The cats sit in my garden as there are a lot of wild birds in it, they live in hope of catching things to eat, but first they play with it. The traps are kinder.


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