A few weeks ago, we found a mouse running around our house. After many late night mouse and human antics trying to catch him, we set up this simple, home made and humane trap:
Before I tell you how we trapped the mouse, I must first plead my case. The only experience I have in catching mice involved a box and quick feet.
And I've always known about the classic and in my opinion, horrific mouse traps like this:
Not so, as I'm sure most you all know this already.
(note: by the way, Tim was just as clueless. He is very much a part of this story.)
The glue trap was set and sure enough our mouse friend, so cute, got caught in the glue.
Alright, Next step: me, " Okay, so how do we get him off the glue?"Then there's me trying to gently pull him of the glue..."Err, I can't get him off..." "Maybe warm water." No luck.
Then we grab the instructions (don't ask me why I didn't look at these first.) and it says after the mouse is caught in the glue, to dispose trap, with the live mouse stuck to it!!! What kind of... really? I'd rather the mouse have died quickly in one of those snapping mouse traps.
Well I wasn't going to throw a live creature in the trash and I surely couldn't get myself to put it out of its misery by killing it.
So I sat with a small tree branch and as carefully and gently as I possible, I pryed that little mouse free from the gluey goop. I was able to get him free and although the freeing process was painfully uncomfortable for him, and his entire lower half was covered in glue (hopefully it will shed away after time) he is in the fields now.
So although our little mouse friend is away from our house and free, it wasn't a very pleasant journey to get there.
My lesson learned from this:
Read the label, um, don't use those darn glue traps to catch mice, and
that mouse was really cute.
Any future resident mice, don't worry, I will try this trap next: