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Aug. 9th, 2011

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"It's always something, isn't it?" I said on the way into the house. This was to our neighbour Ryan who was drinking a beer on the front step of the house, and it was in response to his discovery that our building has termites and will need expensive extermination. Two minutes later, the live mouse in the bedroom and the dead one in the bathroom made me reconsider. Sometimes it's two somethings. Fucksake. We've now got both cats locked in with the live mouse, and they're probably enjoying a companionable nap together or playing canasta or what have you.

Humankind has famously often quoted a wish for a better mousetrap, but apparently the original quote is entirely made up and they weren't even invented yet when Ralph Waldo Emerson was saying quotable things. It seemed to have captured the public imagination though because, as the same linked article says, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has over 4,400 patents for mouse traps.

Here is one better mouse trap: http://www.amazon.com/Nooski-Design-Reusable-Cleaner-Easier/dp/B003YYYLAO/ref=sr_1_8?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1312943562&sr=1-8

And here's another: http://www.amazon.com/Victor-M2524-Electronic-Mouse-Trap/dp/B000E1RIUU/ref=sr_1_8?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1312944364&sr=1-8

Late night shops here only sell the kind of glue traps that are illegal in Ireland for being excessively cruel. I can't really over-emphasise how much I don't want there to be a mouse in my bedroom right now, but I also can't stop thinking about how horrible being stuck in a glue trap would be. If there was some sort of surgery to dramatically reduce your empathy to manageable levels, I think that'd be very convenient. An empathectomy? What a smoother path through life we would have.

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yesthattom
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/366/a-better-mousetrap-2008

2 line summary:
Mice are dumb. Any trap will do, so buy the cheapest.
Rats are smart. Spare no expense.
pir
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
My "better mouse trap" was one of these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000FII3YW
worked very well... but I didn't really know what to buy since before the cats had dealt with any mouse problems. No cats these days so I actually had to buy a mouse trap.

Many people seem to have already had empathectomies...
tobinjt
Aug. 10th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
The first time we had a live mouse it took ~45 minutes to kill it, and our living room looked like a couple of the X-Men battled in it - both couches were standing on their ends.

Since then, we've caught so many live mice that we don't stress about it at all. Ariane grabs a bin, I grab a torch and a pokey thing (usually the poker from the fireplace, but the handle of a cat toy works too). Ariane catches the mouse in less than a minute, and we release it in the garden. Of course, we've also mouse-proofed the living room, sealing the gaps underneath and behind furniture wherever possible.

Dead mice mean that your cats are bringing you food, so it's a sign of love. Live mice are your cats' way of training you to hunt. It's another sign of love. I realise this is cold comfort.
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