Author Topic: Meeces!  (Read 6948 times)

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #75 on: November 04, 2008, 03:08:43 pm »
With your avatar, I have this vision of you swooping down on them from above, before swallowing them and regurgitating their bones.   ;D

Yum, yum, yum.  Belch!

(Actually we used the tried and trusted traps'n'poison.  An owl would be far cooler!)

Re: Meeces!
« Reply #76 on: November 04, 2008, 07:11:55 pm »
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One of the most disturbing things I've ever seen was about 30 dead moles strung up on barbed-wire beside a field in the Scottish Borders....like some sort of warning to other moles....   

I've seen that sort of thing - never really sure what the point is.  I've dispatched 6 of the buggers now.


The mole catcher was paid by the farmer to clear the moles, so the dead ones were hung on the fence as proof.  It's an old tradition.

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #77 on: November 04, 2008, 07:37:56 pm »
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It's an old tradition. 

I always thought the severed tails were offered as evidence.  Hanging them up just means that foxes will bugger off with them - as I found when one of my traps was dragged 100 yards and left with a well chewed mole in it.

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #78 on: November 06, 2008, 09:14:34 am »
Saw two this morning and heard another one at the same time so it must be a proper infestation again. This lot aren't bothered by the peppermint oil, unfortunately, but they do think Sorex Mouse Killer II is delicious. I'm so stressed about it, I can't go through another 6 months of massive infestation like it was last time.
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #79 on: November 06, 2008, 09:31:34 am »
Oh no. Can the council help? they do have a pest control bit, don't they?

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #80 on: November 06, 2008, 12:09:59 pm »
Last time I went to talk to Environmental Health cos they were upstairs from where I used to work. Their advice was "don't bother asking us to do it, we'll put poison down, come back a few weeks later to renew it, and charge you £80. Get Sorex Mouse Killer II and use it."

So I did. They do eat it and it kills them but I'd rather they just stayed away in the first place.
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #81 on: November 06, 2008, 12:16:02 pm »
Ah. Bugger. Good luck with getting rid of them this time.

We have a wee plug in thing that is supposed to get rid of them - Nutty recommended it ages ago.

I bought it earlier this year - Corvine saw a mouse a few times, and we heard some scratching in the walls, and I got all in a panic. And we don't seem to have them any more. I have no idea whether the noise is working, or they just went away...

blackpuddinonnabike

Re: Meeces!
« Reply #82 on: November 06, 2008, 12:16:56 pm »
Saw two this morning and heard another one at the same time so it must be a proper infestation again. This lot aren't bothered by the peppermint oil, unfortunately, but they do think Sorex Mouse Killer II is delicious. I'm so stressed about it, I can't go through another 6 months of massive infestation like it was last time.

Need to borrow a cat?

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #83 on: November 06, 2008, 12:56:35 pm »
I had those ultrasonic things and I might as well have shoved them up my arse for all the good they did at keeping mice away.

Anth, I might resort to borrowing cats and just suffer the asthma as a price worth paying. My friend has a pair of Singapuras he'd be happy to lend out for a while (mainly cos they jump on his head in the middle of the night) but I think they're too stupid to catch mice. If I'm still having problems next week, I'll swap your cats for my Cycle magazine!
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #84 on: November 06, 2008, 06:40:31 pm »
I had those ultrasonic things and I might as well have shoved them up my arse for all the good they did at keeping mice away.


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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #85 on: November 06, 2008, 07:45:54 pm »
... but they do think Sorex Mouse Killer II is delicious. ...

I misread that as Soreen, and wondered why you were feeding malt loaf to them ...
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #86 on: November 06, 2008, 08:21:58 pm »
Seems that there are a lot around at the moment. Must be ideal breeding conditions. I have trapped 11 in the last two weeks, including two today...
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #87 on: November 06, 2008, 09:07:29 pm »
You ought to free Pudleglum up from the carpentry duties so she can catch the mice
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #88 on: November 07, 2008, 09:13:32 am »
My cleaner killed two yesterday by stunning them and then stamping on them. I'm delighted and suggested she change her title to cleaner and Mouse Killer Extraordinaire. Yay for dead mice!
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #89 on: November 07, 2008, 09:26:15 am »
We have now left the (mouse-infested) building. :D

Finished cleaning and went.  Lots of dust from the mice doing demolition work, getting between rooms, but all looks sparkling.  Any poo the next tenant finds has been placed in an SEP field.
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #90 on: November 07, 2008, 09:41:30 am »
My cleaner killed two yesterday by stunning them and then stamping on them. I'm delighted and suggested she change her title to cleaner and Mouse Killer Extraordinaire. Yay for dead mice!

How did she stun them? I have visions of a cleaner in a pinny doing a one handed handstand and juggling with her feet.

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #91 on: November 07, 2008, 12:41:52 pm »
She probably nagged them about my untidiness - it stuns me how cheeky she is to me when I'm the one paying her!
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #92 on: April 13, 2009, 07:44:27 pm »
I found a rat today, and ended up having to batter it to death with a hammer. It was caught in a mouse trap behind the dishwasher, but being designed for smaller prey, the trap only seemed to be enough to trap its head, rather than despatch it. It was scuffling about trying to get out, although I imagine having been hit in the neck by a mousetrap bar it was probably injured.

I've never directly killed a vertebrate before. I've ordered a bunch of easy-set rat traps just in case it invited some of its little friends along as well. They're a lot more straightforward than a hammer  :-\

Regarding 'humane' traps: I was under the impression that was against the law to release vermin? What are you meant to do with the critter once you've caught it?

Re: Meeces!
« Reply #93 on: April 13, 2009, 07:53:56 pm »
I found a rat today, and ended up having to batter it to death with a hammer. It was caught in a mouse trap behind the dishwasher, but being designed for smaller prey, the trap only seemed to be enough to trap its head, rather than despatch it. It was scuffling about trying to get out, although I imagine having been hit in the neck by a mousetrap bar it was probably injured.

I've never directly killed a vertebrate before. I've ordered a bunch of easy-set rat traps just in case it invited some of its little friends along as well. They're a lot more straightforward than a hammer  :-\

Regarding 'humane' traps: I was under the impression that was against the law to release vermin? What are you meant to do with the critter once you've caught it?

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #94 on: April 14, 2009, 11:56:59 am »
Regarding 'humane' traps: I was under the impression that was against the law to release vermin? What are you meant to do with the critter once you've caught it?

If it's a grey squirrel, you *could* apply for one of the 200 release licences issued each year and legally release it some months later after all the paperwork has been completed (by which time it would be quite fed up of the humane trap, I imagine). But otherwise, kill it.

Either with bullet/air-rifle pellet to the base of the skull, or the more complicated but fewer-legal-complications-of-gun-ownership method of a half brick: put a large plastic/hessian sack over the mouth of the trap, transfer the vermin to the sack, work the critter until its head is secured in a corner of the sack and apply half-brick forcibly to rear of head. Works every time. Wear gardening gloves to avaoid being bitten through the sack.

If you get a squirrel, hang it for a day before skinning - it's much easier then - and substitute it for rabbit in recipes. No-one ever notices the difference if you take the bones out before serving it.  ;)
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #95 on: April 14, 2009, 12:05:40 pm »
Or just bite the head off!   :demon:
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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #96 on: April 14, 2009, 12:08:05 pm »
Wear gardening gloves to avaoid being bitten through the sack.

Yes indeedy - having one's sack bitten through is, I'd imagine, extremely painful.

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Re: Meeces!
« Reply #97 on: October 18, 2010, 08:01:09 pm »
I think the rodenty little fuckers are back, and what's more, they've hidden the peppermint oil.  >:(
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