Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is a terrible photo to look at. But it's not so terrible as what I saw when I found this mouse still struggling this morning, the rear of its body clenched in the jaws of a trap I had set last night. I released the mouse to a safe warm place, where it lay until it died. I am so ashamed to have caused this little creature to suffer so. May God forgive me.
I bought this trap because it said it killed mice instantly. Well, it didn't. So I threw the trap away. The brand name is Tomcat. Do not buy this brand.
But what should I do now? I love mice, but I don't want them chewing on wires or leaving their droppings all over my dishes. These Deermice always find their way into my house each fall and seem to go back outside each spring. All winter we hear them scurrying around in the walls or surprise them when we open a bag of birdseed and find them feeding inside. Once in a while our cats will kill one and leave it for me to step on in the morning. Sometimes the cats catch fleas and tapeworms from the mice. I've thought about using live traps and releasing the mice far away. I wonder if that would work. I've read that they're very good at finding their way back home. How far would I have to take them?
If anyone knows how to humanely rid a house of mice, I sure would appreciate suggestions.