When I used to play Mouse Trap as a kid, I thought it was a lot of fun and the best part was the end when you kill a mouse. Actually watching the toy mouse trap spring was always thrilling to watch. Working with real mouse traps, however, is a different story entirely.
When I grew up, we never had a problem with rats and mice, but as soon as I moved out that all changed. The first house I lived in was in New York, and rodents were definitely a problem. Not just mice either, but big rats as well. Finding means of rodent control was of paramount importance.
What about using a cat to kill a mouse
It has often been said that there is no better way to kill a mouse than with a good cat. Unfortunately, the building I was living in did not allow pets. We had to make do with good old-fashioned mousetraps. We started by putting them all along the baseboards, but we had very few successes in trying to kill a mouse.
Apparently, we had not figured out where the mice were coming from. We were thinking about calling an exterminator when one of my housemates finally figured out. He saw a small hole in the wall, obviously burrowed out by mice. We look around the area and found a few more on the other side of the room. Now that we knew how the mice were getting in, we could be smarter about trying to kill a mouse.
What type of trap to use and whether to kill a mouse or let it go
We had a lot of debate about what style of mouse traps to get. Some of us wanted to get one of the classical snap traps that are designed to break its back and kill a mouse. On the other end, one of my roommates wanted to get a no-kill trap, arguing that it was more humane. We had a debate about whether or not a no-kill mousetrap was a good idea.
Some people said that they were every bit as good as if you kill a mouse, without the cruelty. Other people claimed that, if you didn’t kill them, they would get right back into the house. In the end, we decided on a pretty high tech solution. We got electronically powered mouse traps that would zap mice or rats and kill a mouse quickly and painlessly.
The electronic mouse traps worked like a charm. We had rid the house of mice within just a couple of weeks, and the rats very soon after that. We even threw a party to celebrate being successful with our mission to kill a mouse. Now, all we had to worry about where the cockroaches!