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Offline Nooks

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I got a Mouse!
« on: Sunday 09 February 2014, 2336 »
Heard a funny rattling noise from the ceiling a week ago, thinking it was just something in the loft being affected by draughts from the recent windy weather, I ignored it. However, it started up again this afternoon, so I went up to have a look. Telltale deposits led me to believe I wasn't alone so, being a bear of gadgetry, set up my infra red camera and connected it up to the telly.

Got some letter writing done this evening whilst being entertained by - - - I think I'll call him Eric. He seems to be by himself up there but what do you all think the best course of action should be now?
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #1 on: Monday 10 February 2014, 1016 »
He won;t be alone for long. Then you'll have an infestation and everytime we see you we'll have to sing Michael Jackson's "Ben" to you.
So dispose of him in as humane a way as possible. Cos the singing won;t be nothing near humane no.

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #2 on: Monday 10 February 2014, 1225 »
Miaow.

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« Reply #3 on: Monday 10 February 2014, 1602 »
Mab, you sound just like that bird off the "Blurred Lines" video.

Interesting point though, until recently the adjoining neighbour had a cat, and we had no trouble for years.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #4 on: Monday 10 February 2014, 1821 »
We've got a couple of those rodent-sonar-repellent things in the attic.  They seemed to work at first, but I've been hearing scurrying in the roof at various times over the past winter.

But there are two or three cats in the neighbourhood, and I think their presence helps.

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #5 on: Monday 10 February 2014, 2314 »
Pity Tecsyn's been quiet recently, I'm sure he would have a solution - but then again, I would like to retain my roof tiles.

I've ordered a live trap pethna from Amazon, I'll see how that goes.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 0008 »
I'm with Reenie on this.

He could find a friend and soon have more offspring than you can cope with.

Using cheese as bait is useless. Apparently.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 1052 »
Using cheese as bait is useless. Apparently.

I've heard that as well. Anyway, I refuse to have it in the house. Devils food!

I could try one of Llainy's tomatoes.

Perhaps chips. Who can resist nicking a chip?
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 1347 »
Miaow.

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 1432 »
I'm told crunchy peanut butter works well.

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 11 February 2014, 1520 »
They visit my drafty ramshackle stone shed every winter and I buy the little darlings some special food from the local farmers warehouse, they scatter it about a bit, hide some here and there and then just go off their food.

The damage they do can be extensive, chewing stuff and leaving their deposits all over the place. >:(
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1200 »
Mouse trap arrived this morning. It's got like a swing door and traps them alive so I've just got to set it up there with some bait. Googled to find the best stuff to use and got some advice from this forum http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=504856

Sounds like Nanon's Peanut butter could work well, unfortunately haven't got any - already eaten by 23 year old 6ft 2 legged mouse. No chocolate either. For now, I'll try a bit of potato, tomato and apple sauce. Might as well give Eric a balanced meal if it's his last - although I'm intending on freeing him like the poll suggests.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1211 »
FREE THE MOUSE!    FREE THE MOUSE!    FREE THE MOUSE!

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1232 »
Miaow!
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« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1303 »
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1320 »
Mices love brown sauce.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1430 »
Actually, when I looked, I didn't have any apple sauce, so I've tried barbeque instead. Thought Eric may be able to smell that easily.  I've got the camera running now, but no action so far, he's been quiet today.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 2331 »
Perhaps he smells a rat.

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 13 February 2014, 0150 »
A quick update: Eric has a friend! Earlier this evening I watched them both crawl all over the mouse house trying to suss out what it was, but at no time did either of them seem to be drawn to the entrance. Later on I had a look in the cupboard to see what else I could try. I found some chocolate ice cream topping, so I put  a trace along the entrance tunnel and a splodge next to the barbecue sauce inside. An hour later, Bingo! Eric (or Ernie) safely in the house and the other one sniffing around, although I think the second one's a bit dubious now. hopefully he will succumb overnight then I can release them together tomorrow morning.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 13 February 2014, 1052 »
Supposing one of them is actually an Erica, or an Ernestine?  Is there a possibility they might have left lots of little Ericas or Ernests behind?

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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 13 February 2014, 1126 »
Yes, quite possibly! Eric has been set free this morning and is now frolicking around a football training field miles from anywhere. He looks like a young adolescent so quite probably they've set up home together. Unfortunately it's a bit difficult trying to sex a mouse when they're running around, you need to get hold and I didn't want to open the trap before time or he may get away. Anyway, it's reset and ready for Ernie now.

In the meantime I've been around the outside of the building and there are a couple of possibilities as to how they got in so I'm going to deal with that today.
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 13 February 2014, 1453 »


You've both found what you've been looking for.....
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #22 on: Thursday 13 February 2014, 2101 »
... Unfortunately it's a bit difficult trying to sex a mouse



I think you'll find that other mice cope quite well...
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Re: I got a Mouse!
« Reply #23 on: Friday 14 February 2014, 0947 »
... Unfortunately it's a bit difficult trying to sex a mouse



I think you'll find that other mice cope quite well...

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Bravo my dear old friend and ally!