*Disclaimer: This post is not for the sensitive*
So, we have mice. No-one who lives in London is surprised by this news. I was a little bit disturbed by it at first, but now that I'm over it, I'm in full-on Terminator mode. Here are some fun facts about mice:
- Mice can collapse their ribcages and skulls, enabling them to squeeze through a 6mm gap (that's about the circumference of a pencil).
- From what I hear, they're not really big fans of cheese. Peanut butter or raisins are much more likely to do the trick.
- Mice produce 7 – 8 litters of 4 – 16 pups per year. They begin breeding at two months of age.
- Like dogs, mice use urine as markers to determine where they have been.
- Mice can spread salmonella, food poisoning and even Weil's disease, which has even killed an Olympic rower.
What do you do if you have mice?
- Clean! Keep worktops free from crumbs, and sweep floors daily. Before preparing food wipe surfaces with antibacterial cleaner.
- Mouse-proof your house. Block up any holes with something the mice can't chew through (steel wool or expanding foam are preferable) - remember the pencil rule!
- Get rid of any loose packing materials - mice will shred these to build their nests.
- Set traps, the sooner the better. Mice chew constantly because their teeth never stop growing, so as soon as they chew through a wire, your house is in danger of burning down.
I have killed before... The only mouse I've ever caught was the one I caught in France. I heard the trap snap, went over to look and guess what? It jumped out of the trap, leaving its leg behind and ran round my kitchen bleeding until it died (I stood on a chair because I didn't want to get mouse blood on my feet). Pretty traumatic.
However, I'm quite keen on doing things properly, so I've done my research. According to the Guardian's
, traditional traps with peanut butter are best, and the ultrasonic sound devices don't work at all. Humane traps? HAH! Nice idea but you may as well not bother. Anyway, what are you going to do with it after? Put it outside so it can just COME BACK IN?
Wish me luck... I'll let you know how I get on.
Some other mouse-themed posts from around the internet:
with a homemade pinata (LITTLE bit over the top for a two year old? OK, I'm just jealous).
(hmmm... they look almost too friendly).
EVER (also LOVE that a child dressed up as a giraffe in 1920s London - costume top trumps or what?!)
The little mice from the top of the page are from