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I saw some of those Rat/Mouse traps that are sticky pads that the poor things get stuck to, and the box had some of sales-pitch that went "A Rat-catching method for modern people". WTF?
 

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Yeah, the tape is pretty bad if you have a semi-weak stomach. The alternatives are basically:<br><br><br><br>
1. poison (which is bad cause then they can die inside your walls and smell the place up)<br><br><br><br>
2. Traditional traps which snap and kill<br><br><br><br>
3. cats for pets<br><br><br><br>
4. Let them run all over your house and germ the place up
 

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I think Cats would be the best option. I've always lived with many cats in the house and have never had to use any other means of control.
 

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I've used those little plastic tube things that close after they enter..... then I drive out to a field and release them. I worry about splitting a family up though.<br><br><br><br>
There are also little cage ones that allow them to squeeze in but not out... and they could hold a whole family of Mice.
 

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I also use live traps and release them into a timber a short ways from my house. I feel much better knowing I have contributed to life rather than ceasing it.<br><br><br><br>
I have a horrible story about sticky pad mouse traps and if you have a weak stomach you should stop reading and look elsewhere.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
A co-worker said he used one of those traps and upon catching a mouse found that she had tried so hard to free herself that she miscarriaged while stuck to the trap. Like her offspring, she perished.
 

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they make these great mouse traps that look like little clear houses<br><br>
we used them in the nyc and they worked pretty well for the mice, they have air holes so the mice can breathe and you just put food in there<br><br>
theyre easy to open back up outside<br><br>
i think theyre kinda pricey... like 15 or 20 bucks, so be warned<br><br><br><br>
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It took me literally a few months to catch the one I had. But, we did it in one of the ones that you mention (the houses) and set it free in the woods. I haven't had any more problems yet. When the weather finally breaks we'll go around the perimeter of the house and try and seal it up best we can. I also have to get my chimney sealed again. I think I have a birds nest in there. The other day I heard what sounded like a sparrow and then this morning it sounded like a pigeon. I tapped on the flue and they went away but that's certainly not good. If they build a nest I could potentially be more at risk for CO poisioning..not good. Gonna have to take care of that soon.<br><br><br><br>
Well, I went a little off topic didn't I ....
 

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Why is it that everywhere I go people talk about trapping mouses?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> What the heck is so bad about living with us?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Seriously, the humane traps that look like little plastic houses work great--just remember to check them at least once a day.
 

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Having as many cats as I do, mice are not a problem for me. Although the occassional frog manages to find its way in. Then I have to scramble to catch it before the cats do!<br><br>
The plastic house things work well. When I have used them, I've put crackers with peanut butter inside. There was one mouse though that some how managed to get the cracker and escape! I was very impressed.
 

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Where I used to live I'd get a mouse or two in the fall. I'm ashamed to admit that one year I did use traps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> The second year I just brought a cat over from my mom's. I figured that way the mouse had a choice.
 

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we have trapps all over the house and we have caught 5 or 6 but it breaks my heart but i also dont like finding mouse crap on my kitchen counter and in my bedroom closet i am trying to get my hubby to buy a cat but he hates cats we'll probably end up getting one though eventually and with enough nagging <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Best thing is to keep the place clean and seal of the gaps which they use to enter the place.<br><br><br><br>
We had one visiting the kitchendrawer....yuk.<br><br><br><br>
Sealed of the back of the kitchenblock...problem solved.
 

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When I was in college, I had a lovely, intelligent, playful ferret named Inky. Although my roommates and I lived in a crap-hole rental house that literally had holes in the floorboards, we never had mice or rats, even in the fall when they're famous for coming in from the post-harvest cornfields. I attribute this to the deterrent power of ferret poop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
After I graduated and moved out, I returned about a month later to visit my former roommates and collect a few odds and ends of stuff I'd forgotten. There were mice tracks everywhere, and I could literally hear them scurrying through the walls.<br><br><br><br>
Never underestimate the power of ferret poo!
 

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I remember when I was living at home and mice got into my parents garage (they were after the dry dog food that's kept there), so dad decided to buy the traditional mouse traps. I spent days trying to seal up the dog food and to catch them so I could let them go in the wild. Anyway I'm a really light sleeper and I could hear the traps snap in the night, it made me feel sick. My dad tried to make me go in the garage and see until I told him where to go.
 

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We live behind a chinese restraunt(which, BTW-has no Veg food at all-arrgh) and we had what we thought were squirrels, since a ton live in our area. Our landlord patched up some holes and we had not problem with them since then. But, we were on the porch the other night and I kept noticing little motions out of the corner of my eye. I watched seven rats all in a row, scurrying into the attic of our neighbors place which is currently vacant. Our landlord owns that house too and when I told him he said he would put some poinson out.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I hate rats but isn't there any way more humane? Are the mouse houses big enough for the huge rats I saw?*shudder*
 

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We had a mouse last year. There could've been more, but I only saw one. Cats would've been nice, but my family is allergic to them. It wasn't my decision, and poison was used. It worked, and it didn't stink the place up, but I did feel sorry for the little guy.
 

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well theres traps you can buy or make, i reccomend making... that would be big enough for rats<br><br><br><br>
sometimes fur trappers dont like leg hold and other such traps because it damages the fur so they use large live traps that follow the basic mouse house design<br><br>
but instead of plexiglass... theyre made with a wire mesh<br><br><br><br>
hehe 'check them out at your local fur trapper supply store' (for ideas how to make them)<br><br><br><br>
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haha caroline-Imagine me in a hunting store. I would give all the other people the evil eye.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"> Maybe I will look into that tho-Thanks!!
 

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heh...<br><br>
CT had this law that only certified trappers could rent trapping land...<br><br>
so we went and got our trapping licenses so that we could purchase the land and declare it trap free<br><br><br><br>
so i had the catelogs, learned how to use the traps<br><br>
sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do...<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 
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