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Either it's cold outside 
29th-Nov-2007 10:04 pm
Or our small neighbors are wimps.

I got home at 9 or so this evening. Walked through the kitchen which had a light turned on, toward the steps which didn't. At one point I saw something move. Didn't hear a thing. Wondered if it was perhaps a leaf, or if I'd kicked something that rolled... but the trajectory was wrong. Spouse was upstairs, heard my commentary, put on shoes, and came down. I pointed at where I'd last seen motion and he confirmed that we have a mouse. *sigh*

The last time I had a mouse was in the trailer, and that was the year that it was -17 F. -50 with wind chill. My heat tape was working but the pipes still froze. And I found "sign" there, but never saw the critter. Here, other than a few items appearing to have fallen over while we were at 'Bana, I've seen no sign at all. Well, I've not seen the critter either, but I've seen it's shadow.

If you've seen the inside of my house, you might be surprised that I can find the bed, the stove or the fridge, but I went right to the live traps that I bought back in the trailer and baited one. And now I wait. And walk more carefully.
30th-Nov-2007 12:30 pm (UTC) - Mice
Not to be cruel, but exactly what are you going to do when you catch one in the 'live trap'? Take it outside and release it? It obviously knows how to get into your house, so it will just come back. I guess you could drive it out into the country, but with gas prices so high, that seems silly.
And releasing the mouse allows it the opportunity to breed, and to teach it's offspring the pathway to your house.
I know that some people object to killing an 'innocent' creature. But my feeling is that anything that trespasses into my house deserves the punishment that I decide.
30th-Nov-2007 04:24 pm (UTC) - Re: Mice
Generally agreed, but I do remember some friends who, having captured a bat in their house, took it 50 miles away to release it. When they caught another one, they took it 50 miles away in another direction.
30th-Nov-2007 04:27 pm (UTC) - Re: Mice
Good on them! (Although one trusts they figured out how the bats were getting in and blocked the entrance.)
30th-Nov-2007 04:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Mice
On the way to work I practically drive past a park that I think I'll drop it in. Yes, it knows the way _in_ to the house, but I don't know that it knows the way _to_ the house (although I accept that it may) -- and besides I don't so much mind it becoming lunch for a cat or hawk -- that's nature at work -- but I don't want it to just be a wasted death.
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