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Old 09-08-04, 05:58 AM   #1
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Tuesday, I had a morning of dealing with rowdy 4th graders who have more to talk about than any kids I have had in 20-something years of teaching, an afternoon of being poked, prodded, stuck, tested, and scanned in the hospital (who will be getting my very last dime when I have to pay the 20% that the insurance doesn't pay), and then I go home and am sitting in my living room thinking I can relax when a tiny little field mouse peeks out from under my couch, watching my every move. Yuck, I do hate mice! Then the agonizing decision of what kind of mouse trap to use....do I use the kind that snaps their little heads and kills them instantly, the kind that glues their little feet to the trap, or do I see if I can find a humane trap for the little bastard, all the time knowing that if there is ONE baby mouse in my house, there are probably more?

Now I am off to educate young 4th grade minds again. I am gonna try my best to have a good day. Hope all you guys do, too! Sorry to rant about trivial matters!
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Aw man that's right, school just started again heh. Have you considered getting a cat?
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No have you considered getting a taser?
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A good mouser of the feline variety.
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A good mouser of the feline variety.
I used to have an outdoor cat who would catch mice, eat all the good parts, and leave me a "present" on my front doormat all the time. It was like she was saying "Look what I have just for you!" I cannot count the number of times I walked outside and stepped on my "present"! Yuck!
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I usually start to see the mice in the late fall when it gets cold out. I live in a 90 year old farm house so there are lots of holes in it. We got two cats a few years ago and hardly see any mice anymore and the cats are fine pets. I used to be a dog person. We also have a friendly outside stray that we feed once and a while just to keep her around. She acts as the first defense on the outside border of the house. Mostly cats are a deterant to the mice. If they are stupid enough to come inside they will get cought. They do leave presents though but it is not too much worse than the wire traps that you have to fetch if you use those.... yuck. They to make the ones that don't kill but just trap the mouse but then you have to take it way far away or they will come back. And I wonder if that is really 'humane' to take a mouse out of it's territory and release it???
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actuallly I feel like a 4th grader . can you educate me sometime? LOL
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OK, I turned my mouse story into a writing assignment for my classes, and that worked out pretty well. Seems that all the kids had a mouse story to tell. I didn't let them get gruesome though, so I have a lot of well-written FUNNY mouse stories that I will be able to use in our class newspaper now!

Thank you, jarhead. I hope that I am all fixed up now, too!

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little field mouse peeks out from under my couch, watching my every move. Yuck, I do hate mice! Then the agonizing decision of what kind of mouse trap to use....

Sorry to hear about yer day, we all hve them, it'll pass tho.

I'd get the kind that snaps their heads. It's quick. Although I sympathize about killing a little innocent creature that's only trying to get by as we all are, but.......they'll destroy your house. So they gotta go.

You can always call a professional, or at least see how much it would cost.

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Ms. Vicki, I can always send over a few of my rats to chace the mice away. I've got a couple of real strong arm types that would put a real hurtin' on dem meeces for a dish of shrimp cocktail.
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Ms. Vicki, I can always send over a few of my rats to chace the mice away. I've got a couple of real strong arm types that would put a real hurtin' on dem meeces for a dish of shrimp cocktail.

Send them on then!

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My father read a book a couple of years ago on tales from Wisconsin. In it there was a story about a man who lived in the woods and kept a mouse in his pocket as a pet. That is a little foreward.

Now one day my dad found a mouse in his bird feed. So he dumps him out and it doesn't go anywhere, just kind of sits there not afraid of him. So my father gets this brilliant idea. He runs inside, gets some peanut butter and comes back outside. Does he put the peanut butter on a spoon or some sort of stick? No. He puts it on his finger and bends down to feed the mouse. Sure enough the mouse smells the food and comes over and starts to eat it. That little bugger is eating and then takes my dads finger in his paws and bites down on his finger drawing blood. My dad jumps up and instantly rabies shoots into his head so he steps on the mouse and kills it, (in case it needed to be tested). He runs back inside and calls the hospital. Inbetween fits of laughter the nurse tells him that they have never heard of mice having rabies, but he should probably come in and get a tetanus shot. My father felt like the biggest idiot, and believe you me, my brother, my mother and I all let him know how much of a moron he is. I know there are going to be people raggin' about how he killed the mouse and that he was the moron for feeding him, the mouse just did what was natural. Yeah well, the mouse is dead and had a pretty good last meal.

So Ms. Vicki, if you are thinking of befriending this mouse, dont' stick any peanut butter on your finger to try and feed him. Maybe a spoon or something.

I would go with a spring trap. Kill the guy fast and quick. Glue is completely insensitive and relocating is also too. He will be out of his element.
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My girlfriend is in school to become a 3rd grade teacher. If this is what she has to look forward too then I dunno. lol. She'll do fine.
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Mice and rats (especially) make the best pest. I've got a rat named Fenchurch and she's the best thing thats come into my life since my bike. If you must get rid of them, get a humane trap and release it into a field somewhere. Rat poison is ****ing horrible. I found a rat in the street once that wasn't afraid of me so I took it home figuring it was someones pet. I then spent the rest of the day watching as it bled through its nose and eyes and wandered around in circles aimlessly. It died overnight. I talked to a vet the next week and she said that it sounded like rat poison. All it is is anticoagulate (sp? the stuff that prevents your body from stopping bleeding) so the animals just bleed to death slowly. But why kill it. You're the one who moved onto their land, not the other way around.

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just be glad you don't have 4 inch long roaches runnin around yer house. they are much worse.

Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, YUCK!
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Get a real mouser again. Not a house pet cat, get one that you'll starve every now and then and it iwll learn to catch mice. Also, let it loose every now and then because you don't want it to be road kill. That cat will be the best friend you've ever had!
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Mice and rats (especially) make the best pest. I've got a rat named Fenchurch and she's the best thing thats come into my life since my bike. If you must get rid of them, get a humane trap and release it into a field somewhere. Rat poison is ****ing horrible. I found a rat in the street once that wasn't afraid of me so I took it home figuring it was someones pet. I then spent the rest of the day watching as it bled through its nose and eyes and wandered around in circles aimlessly. It died overnight. I talked to a vet the next week and she said that it sounded like rat poison. All it is is anticoagulate (sp? the stuff that prevents your body from stopping bleeding) so the animals just bleed to death slowly. But why kill it. You're the one who moved onto their land, not the other way around.

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Pest? I'm sure you meant P-E-T-S, right? If so, I concur. Tho' you really sohuld get her a friend. Rats are social creatures and one alone can pine away from loneliness no matter how much 'human' time they get.

We have 13 in our mischief. So much love coming from such tiny creatures!
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Pest? I'm sure you meant P-E-T-S, right?
I proofread and proofread but I don't think I've ever submitted a single pots without a stupid spelling error.

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I have a lot of well-written FUNNY mouse stories that I will be able to use in our class newspaper now!
So, post a few of them!

Being kind to animals is all well and good, and I generally live and let live, but you have to experience a mouse plague to appreciate how darned awful these animals can be.

When I lived in Far North Queensland, my house became inundated with mice. I'd set unbaited traps along the walls (I determined mice generally run alongside walls when they make their dash from one piece of furniture to another), and I'd hear the traps snap shut pretty regularly. Ultimately, a cat helped solve the problem.

And, don't forget the smell if a mouse dies hidden from view. I had one cark it in an offpeak heatbank. We couldn't tell what the terrible smell was until I had dismantled the heater. In this case, a cat caused the problem -- he had a habit of bringing in his catches, letting them go, and playing tag with them. This mouse escaped the claws only to get chewed up by the heater fan.

Long story short -- get rid of the beggars now!

A sig used by a poster on another list I subscribe to is quite funny, though: "The early bird gets the worm; the second mouse gets the cheese."
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I proofread and proofread but I don't think I've ever submitted a single pots without a stupid spelling error.

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Including THIS one..hehe....


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So, post a few of them!
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Long story short -- get rid of the beggars now!

A sig used by a poster on another list I subscribe to is quite funny, though: "The early bird gets the worm; the second mouse gets the cheese."
I have caught two so far and no evidence of any more (and none in the traps) today. YAY!

I would get another cat, but I am petless right now and want to stay that way for the time being.

I will look through the mouse stories I got today and will post one or two if there are any worth posting. (Keep in mind that these are 4th graders!)

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(Keep in mind that these are 4th graders!)
So are quite a few of the forums' members (not posters to this thread I hasten to add!)
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Will look through essays tomorrow at school. Glancing through them today, I saw quite a few good ones! Does that mean I am doing a super job of teaching the writing process? Or maybe it means that it was just an interesting topic!

You should have heard the deer stories I got a couple of weeks ago (and it is almost deer season here once again...ugh!) when I told my story of the 9-point buck that jumped into my house through the dining room window!



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are you keeping your lawn mowed? high grass attacts rats beacuse of the hiding they can do in it from owls and hawks and such.
I live on 105 acres....lots of animals of all species everywhere. My immediate lawn is always well-kept. We did mow the front pasture recently.....maybe that scared some field mice up to the house.
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can't wait to hear a few stories. I love to see the creavite mind of youngsters!! Teaching is a calling few are willing to answer...I have utmost respect for you!
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