An unwelcome visitor
And so it went on, day after day.
Mice are very cute but they’re still vermin. Not vermin in a rat kind of way, of course. If anything untoward were to come of it being in the kitchen, it wouldn’t have been much more than mice droppings and nibbling away at any foodstuff it came across.
Nevertheless, I decided to get rid of him.
And rather than go out and buy a mousetrap, I decided to try something I’d heard about before. Fill a bucket with water; cover it with newspaper that has had a cross cut into it with a sharp knife; sprinkle cheese on top. A rat would easily jump on to the paper to get at the cheese but a mouse is a lot smaller so I created a ramp to the top by balancing a piece of cardboard against the bucket.
I fully expected to find a drowned mouse the morning after setting up my contraption but it had managed to get the cheese without mishap. ‘Oh well, so much for that,’ I thought and went out and bought some mousetraps. They're very flimsy, made from plywood and thin bits of wire. Definitely mousetraps as opposed to rat traps. Very cheap too - less than 2 euros for four of them! Despite having bought them, I decided to give my contraption another go. I made a bigger cut in the newspaper so that there was less chance of it being able to take the mouse’s weight.
It worked - no more mouse in my kitchen!
A much better way of disposing of a mouse than having his body broken by a conventional mousetrap, don't you think? And definitely much more humane than the glue traps Ambling Sheep drew my attention to. Yes, I know that my contraption could have been even more humane by leaving the bucket empty. But what would I have done with the captured mouse?
There you have it, the reason for my going through my past experiences of being an animal murderer.
if you are of a sensitive disposition.
You've been warned!!
(*) part 1, part 2, part 3