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Flaming mouse burns down house ...

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by OldLumberKid, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    No worries. I actually like an org called Farm Sanctuary so I don't relish killing them either. I'm ok with them outside but not in my house. :)

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  2. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Over reading the "fiery gates of hell" thread just now, picturing a red 200 lb cloven-hooved mouse waiting for certain wood burners to "cross over"...
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  3. Realstone

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    I'd like to enter my 2c on this. The brick weeping vents (those small slits in the brick joints just above the foundation) are big enough for a mouse to enter, but don't fill them, they are necessary for ventilation and maintaining a dry cavity behind the brick. If they are hollow, there are plastic brick vents available or in a pinch, use pieces of coroplast or plastic dish scrubbers to fill.
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    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Great point. Anything that needs airflow / vent is important to maintain.
  5. ohlongarm

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    There's more humane ways to kill mice than throwing them in a fire,not against killing animals but do it in as humane way as possible,seems like the mouse gods got their revenge.
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  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Ditto. I like to lure them in and give them a last meal of peanut butter . . . before the metal snap comes down and breaks their neck in a split second . . . this is how I would like to go . . . reaching for a fork-full of medium rare prime rib with au jus . . . and then SNAP!
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  7. Realstone

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    Some of those mice are pretty clever. I have to be quite creative & meticulous in applying the peanut butter to the bait lever as some of our mice can lick it clean without setting it off.
    Wonder if they are that smart?
  8. jdp1152

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    That should never happen. Bend the metal pin or file it down a tad. Also use chunky peanut butter and squeeze it down into the pad. They'll put more pressure on the pad to get the nuts loose. Buddy of mine actually puts peanut butter in some cut up pantyhose and ties it on there.
  9. Realstone

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    That's my usual method that works. I even pack it under the pad and into the rolled part. I'll have to try your first suggestion as well but it seems that it would make the hair trigger even more sensitive.
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    Definitely makes it very sensitive. I use tongs to put the trap down lightly and away from my fingers
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  11. Heatsource

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    I recently did a RE inspection, the homeowner/seller had filled all the air gaps for his wall shield with foam- to keep mice out!
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  12. OldLumberKid

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    In my OP, I think I basically intimated, I would try to just report and not pass judgment, especially given the incurable and horrific deadliness of Hantavirus there, but I will admit that I had the same thoughts you did. Then I thought, well, confronted by a potentially lifethreatening situation, I don't know how I'd have dealt with it. But that story, I guess, says beware on many fronts.


  13. OldLumberKid

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    Liking da cat, because my 75# dog will not even notice anything below squirrel size.
    He might even need reading glasses to even see a mouse at his age.
  14. OldLumberKid

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    I gotta ask, what were they smoking, cigars, cigarettes, blunts, spliffs, old-fashioned rolled their own from packaged tobaccy?
  15. OldLumberKid

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    Yes, it does raise some interesting discussions.

    I should have done this first, but I trusted a BBC news sidebar, thinking it was current, not to mention authentic. Apparently so did AP, and it was picked up in a nearby (for there) news outlet — the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal on Jan. 9, 2006.

    http://lubbockonline.com/stories/010906/nat_010906033.shtml

    Lubbock, Texas, is about 120 miles from Fort Sumner, N.M. Usually the local outlets should get good sources, but there may have been some calumny here on the part of the homeowner, according to this equally dubious source "bmoviecentral" who say Mares story changed later on.

    http://www.bmoviecentral.com/bmoviecentral/blog/?p=996
    But, everything sounds authentic at this point, I don't know what to believe, but it makes interesting follow-up reading.

  16. heat seeker

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    Wrap a bit of steel wool around the trigger, then mash in a bit of peanut butter. Their teeth will catch in the steel wool, pulling on the trigger.

    I get good results with a Rat Zapper, but also use snap traps since I have a lot of areas to cover. This time of year we get invaded by mice.
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