Last Word on Humane Traps

From: Don R.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 1:09 PM
(replies will go only to organizer)

Lisa, who started this discussion, writes:

The trap I purchased from Home Depot is by Victor and called "Mouse Trap Multiple Catch." It was about $3.50. It's easy to put peanut butter in, seems kind of roomy, and will be easy to open and release the mouse. I can't respond regarding its success yet, but I will give an update if I find it to be.

Last night I picked up the Victor "Pestchaser" machine I had let my friend borrow & it is now plugged in, so it is possible the mouse decided to find a less noisy place to hunker down. I found it to be successful when I lived in another location and would recommend it. I believe I purchased it from Home Depot as well a few years ago for about $30. It is safe for all non rodent animals, and from what I understand too obnoxious sounding for rodents to want to stick around.

Brian, thank you for your generous offer to let me borrow one, but I think I have it under control. Enjoy Mr Chan's! I've heard great things about it.

Marsha, my apartment is ground level with woods behind it. I imagine, prior to moving in with me, the mouse originated from those woods. Should it end up in the trap, I plan on taking a walk back there and letting it go. I think the machine I have plugged in will discourage it from wanting to come back in.

Joyce, while I think your ability to coexist with them is really lovely, letting the mouse stay with me for a bit is not optional. It would be far more cruel to allow my cat to find and torture it than to give the mouse the natural option of surviving outdoors. I do agree though, it will be a hard decision if it is nasty out.

Don, thank you so much for facilitating this discussion!

On Jan 20,[masked]:25am, Don Robertson <[address removed]> wrote:
> (replies will go only to organizer)
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> Here are a few more comments on live capture mouse traps. The first is from Lisa, who asked the question about where she could find a humane trap locally:
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> While the online stores for Lowes and Home Depot do not have them listed, I did find one at Home Depot on my lunch break!
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> So far, it appears I am ahead of my cat. If the trap happens to work out, I will write back with the brand and price in case any one else might need the information.
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> I truly appreciate everyone's help! It's so nice to have a resource to turn to that doesn't question why I prefer not to kill it. :)
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> Happy days to you,
> Lisa
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> David writes:
> Hi Don, Lowes carries Live Capture Mouse Traps. Cheers, Dave
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> Cindy writes:
> I used to buy Hav-a-heart traps at the local TSC store (Tractor Supply Co.). So, I'd check the nearest "farmer" store.
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> Jiyce writes:
> I live in a cottage with a small yard that is surrounded by open field and woods. I constantly have mice in my home! J A feed store at Rt. 40 and St. John?s Lane in Ellicott City (21043) sells them for just under $25 and they have them in stock. She should call Southern States Coops or Ace Hardware places in her area and see if they have any in stock. Both usually carry them. I use the small one daily but only when the weather is warm enough for them to survive when I put them outside. It is very effective with a little bit of peanut butter on the trip lever inside. Very effective! J
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> What I do to manage my year-round mouse problem, though, is use the traps spring, summer and fall only. For winter, I actually leave a few seeds and nuts and a plastic cover filled with water in the corner of an area where it?s warm and I don?t mind them being. I also make sure all of my grains, nuts and seeds are stored in glass or plastic so they are not tempted to go anywhere else. Then, I just clean up any droppings that I may find and just do a quick disinfectant spray and wipe using what I believe is an earth-friendly product called Germ Control Silver Formula by OdoBan. It is not too expensive, and I got it at Home Depot, I believe. It even kills MRSA, so I am sure it is good enough to take care of mouse germs; and I cannot bear to release these charming little creatures when it is freezing outside!
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> Joyce Johnson
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> Brian writes:
> Ideally, I know she?d like to get one today, but if she?s patient, it?s possible to order such traps through PETA and even Amazon.com.
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> I have a humane mouse trip I?ve never used; it?s still in the box it came in. If she?d like to borrow it, she?s welcome; she can contact me to make arrangements. I could even bring it to the Meetup on Wednesday if she?s planning to attend that, but you?d have to let me know in advance so I remember to put it in the car.
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> Brian Petry
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> Marsha writes:
> To Lisa:
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> I would like to know the type of humane trap and ,Lisa, what are your plans after you capture the little mousie ?
> Do you have a safe field anywhere nearby, for release ?
> For the animals,
> Marsha
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> Tracy writes:
> I have had a lot of success with the live traps carried by Target and Food Lion. They have a plastic trap door that secures the mouse inside and allows for easy release.
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> I bought these about six months ago they had yellow packaging and I believe were called Safe Release.
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> Hope that helps!
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> Tracy

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