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Mice will try anything to avoid my traps

Had to include this one.

I still haven’t caught or seen a mouse for ages, after the spell of regular arrivals I was suffering a while ago.

I’m not complaining – just hoping it’s not because the rats are eating them.

Or they’re evolving, and getting clever enough to EARN their survival like this one…

Trail Camera Catches Mouse Secretly Cleaning Man’s Shed Every Night

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24/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Dead mouse?

Clearing away the undergrowth around the house seems to have dissuaded my little unwanted visitors. There are no handy covered or hidden runs for them to creep along that run anywhere near my outside doors, and none have been caught in my traps sitting just inside the doors (since the last one I posted ages ago).

But that doesn’t stop me looking for interesting way of dealing with them, and trance fans should recognise this one.

Party hard little pest!

Deadmau5

Deadmau5

Eat-Sleep-Rave-Repeat-Eat-Sleep-Rave-

Oh, maybe not repeat 🙂

05/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost | | Leave a comment

Have the mice moved on?

Regular visitors may have noticed a lack of mouse-related pics in recent times.

This isn’t because I gave up posting them.

There just have been any since the last one appeared some time ago.

I had cleared away all the greenery and stuff they might have been hiding in, or using as a covered route, but had been disappointed as they carried on arriving. However, it looks as if that clean up might have been successful after all, and just needed the ones that knew the path to die off, or be trapped.

There just hasn’t been even a single one, not even if I happen to leave the doors open overnight.

I just wish I could find something as apparently successful and effective to deal with the damned snail now.

They just seem to appear from nowhere – although I did find one colony had taken up residence behind the rendering on my house. Unfortunately they’re the type with shells, can’t be reached without tearing the rendering off the wall, and leave their shells behind when they die, so have slowly pushed it out and away from the wall.

That’s not going to be good one day. That rendering was already replaced a few years ago. Turned out to be a crap job – I saw the builder concerned pictured in the local paper shortly after the work was done – on his way to jail for 5 years for fraud, after taking money from pensioners.

Oh well, a little reminder from someone who has the tools for dealing with recurring mice, to mark the end of the year and their apparent departure.

Cat And Mouse

Cat And Mouse

19/12/2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

You picked the wrong house mouse

It’s been a while since I found any little ‘visitors’ trying to get in, so I thought the quiet spell was a handy opportunity to drop in this ‘found’ pic.

Staring Contest

Staring Contest

28/04/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Found a better mousetrap

Regular readers should be aware that I’m always on the lookout for a better mousetrap.

This one looks pretty good.

Apparently you just leave a few lying around the garden – with some peanut butter or chocolate sauce spread on their pins.

Better Mousetrap

Better Mousetrap

22/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

I’ll just rest here for a minute – mousey

I clearly shouldn’t have referred to the lesser return of the Beast from the East as just the usual blast of cold air we get to enjoy from Russia at this time of year, as I did yesterday.

While it was cold yesterday, at least unlike today (Sunday), we weren’t getting hit by snow again.

And, the returning mouseys seem to think my house is a refuge for them, as they think they can come in and shelter.

I think this is the first time I’ve caught one trying to get in on consecutive days.

And this one looks as if it’s just having a little lie down and a rest before it carries on.

Ah, maybe not.

It’s out into the garden for you matey, and a handy snack for a passing fox cat later in the day.

Mouse Resting

Mouse Resting

Update

I wandered past the window shortly after asking mousey to leave, and spotted a now familiar face pop out from the undergrowth.

By the time I grabbed a camera and reached a spot I could grab a pic from… it had, of course, disappeared.

But remembering where mousey had landed after his last, short, flight, I tried another spot.

Success!

Probably a pic of mousey too – but only if I was taking pics with X-Rays.

Tortie Snacker

Tortie Snacker

Still no collar, which most of the cats I see in houses here are fitted with.

Still looks fat and healthy though, so not having problems – and there’s one similar example, with a collar, that has always looked like skin and bones compared to this one. Don’t worry, that one is just slim.

Sad to say, this one has the usual disease that most of the cats around here are afflicted with, and the slightest move towards them (or just move if too quick) has them disappear from sight in an instant.

Even throwing a tasty morsel in their general direction is more or less pointless, as the next time you see them a microsecond later is in the next garden, or across the road.

19/03/2018 Posted by | photography | , , | 1 Comment

Double trap mousey signals end of mini Beast from the East

We just got to enjoy what might be referred to by some as a mini Beast from the East which arrived in the past week, but this one is really just a more usual blast of cold air from the east/Russia that we get at this time of year.

Hardy Scots are used to this, and it’s not unusual (in my memory at least) to find what appears to be a lovely sunny Easter Day can, in fact, be absolutely freezing when you get out into the cold air. I won’t forget the Easter holiday I went out to work on a car restoration job on that holiday morning – and had to give up by lunchtime as I couldn’t feel my fingers!

But this year, the early start seems to the return of mousey, trying to get back into my house via the back door.

Having remarked on the peace I’d had during the coldest weather, it seems the end of that break has been marked by the return of my little friend.

There was the little smiling face staring back at me this morning (technically yesterday morning, Saturday, when the catch happened).

Ah well, at least two traps stopped the invasion this time

Double Trap Mousey

Double Trap Mousey

18/03/2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

I think I need a bigger mousetrap

Things have been quiet over the cold weather, and while there was one mouse caught on its way indoors  during the winter, once the weather combined cold, wet, windy, frosty, and snowy together… the arrivals stopped.

While the system (of trapping just outside the door) seems to be completely effective, and it seems I can at last leave my back door open once again, I did have a quick look online for any new developments.

I think I’ll have to think about building something bigger, just to be sure.

They’re evolving!

I might keep this one 🙂

Mouse?

Mouse?

Russian genetic engineering?

Mouse

Mouse

No comment (but I will be getting a ‘humane’ trap).

Mouse

Mouse

11/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Squeaking wipers? Just use flick wipe

Having recently come across the cause of squeaking brakes

Our handy list of cures now extends to squeaking wipers (and a use for the flick, or single wipe option).

Squeaking Wipers

Squeaking Wipers

Last week, this thieving mouse stole a ride on a US deputy’s car.

Could have taken it home, for a treat 🙂

19/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | | Leave a comment

Upvote teamwork

No words needed.

Just enjoy the ending 🙂

18/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Bonus pic – The one that got away

Not entirely unexpected as these traps are really sensitive – banging on the same floor they are sitting on, if indoors, can set them off.

But I was still surprised to see the scene below this morning.

Mousey was actually still present on the other side, and beat it when I opened the trap.

This shows the problem, with a relatively huge gap under this outside door (fortunately on what might be described as porch or outhouse) which can’t be closed due to the shape of floor/ground.

A straight barrier was tried, for the door to close against, but after that had tried to kill a number of people on repeated occasions, as they tripped over this obstacle, it was removed.

I remember various hanging, flexible, seals that I saw fitted on badly fitting doors in Ye Goode Olde Days, but only got blank looks when I made enquiries.

The closest offered these days seems to be a spring-loaded brush strip that can be fitted along width of the bottom edge.

This would probably do the job – but the small matter that the biggest one on sale is less than half the height needed for this gap.

Still, inspired by this, I could maybe solve the problem with a pack of cheap paintbrushes from the Pound Shop, and just screw them to the bottom of the door.

You know… that joke doesn’t actually sound quite as silly as it did when it first occurred to me.

Mouse What Mouse?

Mouse What Mouse?

08/02/2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

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