we have a pet mouse now (or what DO you do?)
he came out of hiding last night while I was working late, and was happily scuttling up and down the hallway, poking his tiny nose around the door and looking all cute.
I _like_ mice. ms wSV wants to kill it.
I think we should put it to a vote.
March 7th, 2007 6:04pm
Trap him and put him in a cage like all proper pet mice. Let his incarceration stand as a warning to all other mice in the house.
March 7th, 2007 6:07pm
that seems a little mean. Im against taking freedom from animals*
* while, of course, being bang alongside the idea of taking it from people.
March 7th, 2007 6:09pm
Unfortunately mice reek of, well, mice.
Check the pantry for nibbles.
March 7th, 2007 6:25pm
If you don't nip this in the bud, you will be overrun with hundreds of mice, which will scurry all round the house at night, eat all your food, and leave their droppings everywhere. Your children will die of horrible mouse-borne diseases, Ms wSV will have a screaming fit, and you will die alone and in poverty.
March 7th, 2007 6:28pm
...which is the proper end for a privacy violator.
March 7th, 2007 6:32pm
But yeah, mice == disease. Stomp that sucker.
March 7th, 2007 6:32pm
One mouse means many mice.
Also, wild mice could have any manner of disease, so they're not great pets.
so how many people do you know that have died from mouse borne diseases?
March 7th, 2007 6:35pm
None, but I don't generally keep wild animals as pets on the grounds that they're unlikely to be vaccinated.
And don't give me any guff about there being no Deer Mice in NZ, they're all the same - filthy little vermin.
We sometimes get them in our offices, one time we killed a little mouse just by chasing it down the hall. Scared it to death, or overworked it's poor little heart or something.
March 7th, 2007 6:45pm
you are _all_ freaks. seriously. ever heard of urban legends? this is worse. no one here has _Ever_ heard of someone dying from having mice.
mice are friendly, cute little harmless things.
March 7th, 2007 6:49pm
March 7th, 2007 6:51pm
March 7th, 2007 6:51pm
oh, all right. Ill kill it.
March 7th, 2007 6:56pm
Kill him, in as humane a way as you can manage.
If you hit him with a shoe hard enough, I understand he dies so fast he barely feels it. Don't miss, though.
March 7th, 2007 7:06pm
I don't know about mice, but with a rat you can feed it or trap it. Let's just say I've been too lazy to set a trap and it leaves the rest of the house intact - bread crumbs.
OTW, it will pee and poo on the pots and pats and rummage through stuff if you don't do anything.
March 7th, 2007 7:45pm
I still have nightmares from the time when I was 11 and my dad put a glue trap up in the ceiling of my room. Lil mouse thrashing and screeching for hours. I was scared to check the trap, but when I did, the fellow had escaped, and I felt a sigh of relief.
March 7th, 2007 7:49pm
mice == cat toy
March 7th, 2007 7:58pm
Lestipirosis killed some people in Jakarta flood. The carrier was mice.
March 7th, 2007 10:24pm
we have a patchy history with killing rats & mice. on the plus side in one of our first apartments I had to beat a rat to death with a piece of 4x2 in our kitchen.
On the minus side, the last mouse we set a trap for was caught by the leg, ms wSV found it and, in the excitement of the moment, threw the mouse + trap outside on the assumption it would die there.
The next morning the mouse was gone and the little shit had stolen our mouse trap as well.
but on the whole Ive softened as Ive gotten older. I used to enjoy killing things, shooting things and generally destroying life whereever I found it, but these days Im both WAY more pacifist and much more inclined to pick spiders up and put them outside where they can live wild and free.
by the time Im retired I fully expect to be hugging trees and talking to whales.
March 8th, 2007 1:51am
I thought you live in a rural area, if you've got a mouse it's only a matter of time before more show up, get a cat.
yeah, we would but the girls are at least mildly allergic. Im still playing with the idea of a short haired cat, but am in no rush.
We dont actually live in a rural area as such, more a smallish town pretty close to a largish town. the land Ive got is about 3 hours drive over that way, far out in the wops.
March 8th, 2007 2:57am
"The good news here is that Fido and Fluffy appear to be immune to hantavirus."
Fluffy is bbbbad to the bone.
PS Clean with the trays with bleach after catching the mouse if you're paranoid about diseases.
March 8th, 2007 8:09am