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Eeek! You just saw a mouse. What do you do now?

I saw a mouse in my apartment the other day. So I went to the hardware store and was presented with three options.

What is your course of action. I've added a few others though.

http://www.victorpest.com/mouse_instructions.htm - For a rough guide to some of the options given.


VotesAnswer
6Buy a sprung 'traditional' mouse trap.
11Buy a 'harmless' mouse tunnel (- involving a one-way door flap and manual release for putting it outside)
5Use Poison.
5Buy a sonic (high pitch) pet chaser - encouraging it to leave. (mice hate the noise)
4Buy a glue trap. (mouse sticks to pads)
3Call a professional extermination company.
6Call the landlord and get them to choose an option.
2Buy some bedding (etc.) and welcome it as a new member of the family.
13I would buy a cat or encourage my cat to catch it.
9Try to catch it yourself.
3Try to kill it yourself.
0Move out.
14Other option.


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ASB
posted 18-Jun-2002 8:38am  
My cats would take care of it.
Galomorro Survey Qualifier
posted 18-Jun-2002 9:36am  
Jeez, I would not try to kill it... I've seen (and heard and seen evidence of) several of them in different apartments. I used to notice that when I got some free bird seed and put it on the fire escape for the wild birds that the mouse (or mice) would eat it too. I would, if I noticed any others, try to keep my apartment neater and cleaner so they wouldn't be so apt to root around in the trash bag or on the floor for food, crumbs, etc. If there was a real problem, I might consider the high pitch pet chaser you mention (had never heard of this), if I could afford one.
LoriJanine
posted 18-Jun-2002 9:54am  
I live with my mother in law right now... I'd probably put it in her dresser drawer and trap it there. *laughs like Spongebob*
grmbrand
posted 18-Jun-2002 10:15am  
I'd send the cats after it. That's what they're for.
moonstone
posted 18-Jun-2002 10:55am  
If Mike was home, I'd tell him and he would either trap or kill or whatever to it. If I was home alone, I would try to trap it, and try to let it outside. If I couldn't do it, I'd hope that Mike would be coming home soon.
dora
posted 18-Jun-2002 11:04am  
A mouse? They are cute.Anyway I think my cats would be very interested in it.So I'd let them to catch the mouse and kill the mouse.But I like mice.Maybe if I hadn't 2 cats I would like one.They are smart.Lovely.Cats are better so,in this case,I let the cats win.
ASB
(reply to Dino) posted 18-Jun-2002 11:28am  
So what did you decide to do?
southernyankee
posted 18-Jun-2002 2:00pm  
use the sonic option. I wouldn't want to kill the mouse cause then if it dies in an unreachable place, it will start to rot and stink really bad, plus if you touch it, you might catch something. NO professionals, cause that would cost money. I wouldn't get a cat just to get rid a mouse, thats a bit extreme. Its too much of a hastle.
Zang
posted 18-Jun-2002 3:26pm  
The custodian came by just the other day with a pest control contractor. He asked if I had any pests. I haven't seen anything in the ten months I've lived here. He replenished the cockroach goop and left. I'm sure if I told the landlord I saw a mouse, that pest control guy would be back here pretty quick.

This woman I used to go out with lived in a house that became completely infested with mice. It was disgusting. When she moved out, we discovered that the storage space under the front stairs was just crawling with hundreds of the little fudgeers. The stench was not to be believed!  * dead face *
Biggles
posted 18-Jun-2002 4:38pm  
Whenever we've had mice problems we've used mouse tunnels. The mice around here are field mice mostly so they aren't nasty and don't carry anything really horrid.
confetti
posted 18-Jun-2002 5:17pm  
Use my charms to enchant someone else into dealing with it  * smile * Which works only for the first four times for the average person...then they tend to catch on.
harekrishnadasa
posted 18-Jun-2002 5:47pm  
mandy
posted 18-Jun-2002 6:10pm  
nothing
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 18-Jun-2002 6:40pm  
Hope my cats see it next.
juliw
posted 18-Jun-2002 6:45pm  
I am afraid of mice, so I would probably try to get someone to handle it, if I couldn't encourage my cats to catch it.
spidertea
posted 18-Jun-2002 6:59pm  
I would get a live trap.
Whoever said they would get a glue trap- yuck! Have you ever seen what happens to the poor little guys when they get stuck on there? It is really cruel.
LuridHope
posted 18-Jun-2002 7:11pm  
I assume you mean "a mouse in the house" If I saw a mouse outside I would think, "oh cute, a mouse"
A mouse in your cereal box is another story. I would probably do something really crazy like get a few beers, put out some cheese, load my pellet rifle and wait.
Amanda
posted 18-Jun-2002 11:32pm  
The first thing I would do is scream like a little dog. Then, I'd get Dominic to try to catch it or kill it or do something. I'd refuse to come back into the house until it was gone. And, I'd want to SEE it with my own eyes, no just telling me it's gone. Then, we'd call a professional extermination company, which comes once a month, and make them come back and take care of any mouse problems.
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
posted 19-Jun-2002 12:49am  
I would buy a live trap and let the little guy free outside. If it was a recurring problem and the mouse or mice were doing lots of damage, I would use an old-fashioned spring trap. At least it almost always kills them quickly.
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to LoriJanine) posted 19-Jun-2002 12:51am  
 * laughing out loud * Wicked girl!!  * wink *
Cleo
posted 19-Jun-2002 1:39am  
I would get a non lethal trap of some sort to catch it.
I've used a spring trap once before & I regret it.The
poor little thing was so pitiful looking when we found
it.  * frown * I'll never use that again. It was really kinda
cute,like it could've made some mouse lover a good pet.
 * frown * Ohhhhhhhhh!

Then again my tom cats are good mousers & find & kill
the mice & rats out side our home. I hate it when they
bring it to the patio door. I can't even look at it.I
usually make David pick it up & dispose of them.
mandy
posted 19-Jun-2002 1:51am  
I would put it in an empty Brita water filtration pitcher and watch it.
freebird_old
posted 19-Jun-2002 2:18am  
I wouldn't wish death on it, but unfortunatly I think my kitties would "play" with it to death. They've done this to countless lizards while we lived in Hawaii. They have yet to catch a rodent or bird though. Mostly spiders.
darkshadowsseeker
posted 19-Jun-2002 3:53am  
Get some De-Con.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to LuridHope) posted 19-Jun-2002 3:55am  
Peanut butter works better than cheese. Use something such as a swab to put it on the trap, but don't use your fingers as you'll leave your scent behind. Don't use glue traps. You frequently end up with a very much alive mouse stuck to the glue that you must then dispose of.
Dino
(reply to ASB) posted 19-Jun-2002 7:46am  
I went out and bought a sprung mouse trap and a humane mouse tunnel. In other words I left it to fate to decide the outcome. Choose correctly and they end up in the garden.

However the strangest thing happened. When I came back I heard a noise coming from the swing top bin. It was empty as I'd emptied the bin bag before going out. I looked in and there was the mouse at the bottom of the bin. It was like it knew I was out buying mouse traps. Or it has a guardian Angel. I took it out and released it into the field across the road.

Fate!
Dino
(reply to Amanda) posted 19-Jun-2002 7:50am  
Gosh - you really don't like mice do you?
Dino
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 19-Jun-2002 7:51am  
What's that?
justjulie
posted 19-Jun-2002 8:17am  
well, i would fear that one of my 4 kitties would kill it and bring it to me, so i guess that i would try to encourage the little guy to go back outside if that's where his little home is
LoriJanine
(reply to SueBee) posted 19-Jun-2002 8:36am  
 * smile *
ASB
(reply to Dino) posted 19-Jun-2002 8:53am  
Thats cool. I could never buy a killing mouse trap. A place I used to work had a problem with mice and they bought those sticky traps(they are the worse) When the mice get stuck they chew their legs off trying to get free. It is very gross and inhumane.
Dino
(reply to ASB) posted 19-Jun-2002 8:57am  
Yeah, I've been reading the above messages and I think I'm gonna go home and remove the sprung one that kills. And just leave the tunnel-trap one in case it comes back in.

I'll save the killing one for desparation. Fortunately it hasn't come back.
ASB
(reply to Dino) posted 19-Jun-2002 10:03am  
The spring traps do not kill the mice all of the time. They have to snap on the mouses head to kill it. Most of the time they snap and injure the mouse and trap it there in pain untill u find it and kill it or it dies of internal injuries or starves to death.
kaleb777
posted 19-Jun-2002 11:25am  
Get a traditional mousetrap (spring). The glue traps are cruel and have been banned in Australia. Poison is also a slow death. The sonic pet chasers are a scam - they don't work whatsoever. 1 mouse isn't worth getting an exterminator.

I use a simple spring mousetrap that kills the mouse very quickly. I then feed the dead mice to my cat, who purrs while she eats them then gives me heaps of thanks.
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 19-Jun-2002 11:31am  
I'd use a "laser" on it.
Dino
(reply to ASB) posted 19-Jun-2002 11:43am  
Oh dear!
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to Dino) posted 19-Jun-2002 1:04pm  
De-Con is a poison bait that uses a type of blood thinner that causes the mouse to bleed out. It's a variation on Coumadan (spelling?), a blood thinner used on humans.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to kaleb777) posted 19-Jun-2002 1:05pm  
If you see one mouse, there are generally many more.
ASB
(reply to Dino) posted 19-Jun-2002 1:26pm  
not a very nice way to get rid of mice. The best way would be to find out how they are getting in and prevent it.
kaleb777
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 19-Jun-2002 2:30pm  
Not always inside a house.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to kaleb777) posted 19-Jun-2002 3:17pm  
That's been my experience.
kaleb777
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 19-Jun-2002 3:20pm  
I had a single mouse that was brought inside by a cat then escaped.
ASexyBabesToy
posted 19-Jun-2002 3:28pm  
I'd hit it with a golf club.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to kaleb777) posted 19-Jun-2002 3:41pm  
OIC
LuridHope
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 19-Jun-2002 7:58pm  
Yes, convenient, but very cruel, especially if left unattended. Back when I was a kid at home I remember my mom just throwing them in the trash... squeaking all the way.
Amanda
(reply to Dino) posted 19-Jun-2002 11:26pm  
No, I am a total wimp when it comes to mice. When I was in the 3rd grade, I had a pet gerbil named LeeAnn. Anyway, it got out of it's cage one day and we couldn't find it. A few nights later, in the middle of the night, I woke up to something crawling on my stomach. I thought it was LeeAnn. It was dark, so I couldn't see. I tried to pick her up and she bit me. I didn't let go of her though. I was screaming for my Mom or Dad to come in there. When my Dad woke up and heard me scream, he ran into my room to see what was wrong. He turned on the light and there I was holding a MOUSE by the head. Ever since then, I haven't liked mice. (not that I cared for them before that) I had to get shots for several months to make sure I didn't get any kind of disease. It was awful. I never did find LeeAnn. After that, my parents started getting the pest control people to come once a month. We never had a mouse problem, though. They said it was probably just a field mouse coming in out of the cold. It didn't matter to me, though. I wanted them all gone and gone right then.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to LuridHope) posted 19-Jun-2002 11:28pm  
Yes, that's why I dislike glue traps. One time we found one that had gotten it's head stuck to the glue and it struggled so hard that it had broken it's own neck. The apartment managers where we lived at the time had put them into the all the apartments as we all seemed to be having mouse problems. It was probably due to the fact that they were tearing up all the cement patios in the complex and replacing them and that probably disturbed a lot of nests. We also had a problem with ants as well during this period and the so-called safe for humans spray the exterminators used made me sicker than a dog for nearly a week!
Wicksy Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 20-Jun-2002 4:47am  
connect it to my PC
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Wicksy) posted 20-Jun-2002 6:20pm  
 * laughing out loud *
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to ASexyBabesToy) posted 21-Jun-2002 12:20am  
Don't forget to open the window first. Would you use a wood or an iron?
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to mandy) posted 21-Jun-2002 9:54am  

mandy
(reply to romkey) posted 21-Jun-2002 11:17am  
Wow! You're good!
*kiss*
 * raspberry *
kaleb777
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 21-Jun-2002 12:41pm  
Yeah, I saw it in the computer room crawling up a cable.
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to kaleb777) posted 21-Jun-2002 1:08pm  
Maybe it was trying to get online (Sorry...I couldn't help myself!)
kaleb777
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 21-Jun-2002 2:33pm  
 * laughing out loud *
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to kaleb777) posted 21-Jun-2002 7:10pm  
 * grin *
ASexyBabesToy
(reply to SueBee) posted 23-Jun-2002 8:46am  
Well if I were going for the window I would use a 7 iron to get the proper loft on the mouse. * smile *
juliw
posted 23-Jun-2002 4:42pm  
Throw it at Sue, the backstabbing dog!
mandy
(reply to juliw) posted 23-Jun-2002 4:46pm  
 * laughing out loud *
You are cracking me up.....
juliw
(reply to mandy) posted 23-Jun-2002 5:15pm  
ty-I didn't mean Sue Bee-just another Sue you don't want to know.
Oscar 16 year anniversary at Survey Central today!
posted 4-Jul-2002 12:47am  
Try to catch it or call the landlord.
Oscar 16 year anniversary at Survey Central today!
(reply to romkey) posted 4-Jul-2002 12:49am  
Did you and Mandy plan that?!?!
mandy
(reply to Oscar) posted 4-Jul-2002 4:10pm  
No, we're just majikal! * smile *
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to Oscar) posted 4-Jul-2002 6:37pm  
I think Mandy had some inside information... I showed her those photos a while back  * smile * what I can't figure out is why the cats put the mouse in the Britta pitcher... I had some commotion in the kitchen one night, went in and there were the cats staring at the mouse in the Britta pitcher...
Oscar 16 year anniversary at Survey Central today!
(reply to romkey) posted 4-Jul-2002 11:09pm  
Why they put it in there? I think you should be asking how.
mandy
(reply to romkey) posted 4-Jul-2002 11:23pm  
 * wink *
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to Oscar) posted 5-Jul-2002 12:43am  
well that too  * smile *
NthenSome
posted 6-Jul-2002 6:04pm  
This happened once recently in my office. The secretary was cracking up as the tiny little thing ran from one office to another. She said the view of me was hilarious, hurriedly chasing after this thing with my empty shoe box as it would squeeze its way under my door and into the office adjacent mine - then back again. I was desperate to catch it before the lot exterminators arrived, it was such a cute thing with its little ears jutting upward.
The exterminators came and went, with no mouse - it had hidden somewhere. Not long after they left, I began putting everything back where it belonged because I had moved furniture, the refrigerator, boxes out of the closet - the whole bit. When I was moving my computer, the component which stood on its side behind a wall, there the mouse was, dead. Apparently, I had moved the computer aside to catch it and slammed the component down on its little body.
*sparing others the details; looks longingly at 3-inch high urn on desk, sighs*
bandit1cat
posted 6-Aug-2002 7:20pm  
why do anything? consider him a new pet.
Iseult Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 26-Aug-2002 6:24pm  
First thing I do is scream. If anyone's at home they'll come and get the rat away for me. If I'm alone, I'll try to scare it, or throw paint at it.
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