Ellie wrote: ↑
18 May 2020, 17:21
It wasn't out of any concern for the mouse. I'm just too grossed out and anxious at the idea of having to handle a murdered animal
-- or, much worse, what if it's injured but still alive and flopping around or something?
Based on my experiences with mice problems -- especially the time
our traps and poisons netted us three dead mice in only two days -- the plastic-box snap traps we used caught and killed mice but kept their bodies inside out of sight; tossing such a box is not "handling a dead animal" so much as "handling a small plastic box which, at most, has a bit of tail sticking out the back." But IIRC, those were pretty expensive -- single-use traps, and five years ago they cost us something like four bucks per disposed-of mouse, which is doable if it's just "a couple of outdoor mice who wandered in," but way too expensive for handling "actual mouse infestation." (We had far more luck with the poison-bait traps, and sweeping that desiccated dead mouse into the dustpan did not give me the "squick" effects of instead dealing with a live injured one, or a dead one with visible gore, or anything like that. But poison would be a bad idea for you because of your kids; when I complained here about the mouse problem a few years ago, I ended my first post on the matter with "Serious advice to Gryllparents with super-young'uns: if ever you have a mouse problem, stick with the plastic snap-traps rather than the poison bait, because a poisoned mouse in the middle of the floor looks EXACTLY like something a small child would mistake for a cute little toy.")
ETA: And a bit later I said this
: "...the plastic-box traps are expensive ($4 each, single-use) and the old-fashioned wooden-bar traps make a bloody mess (Jeff's mom used them when he was a kid). So traps are fine if you only have one or two mice to dispose of -- say, after an outdoor critter ran inside your house -- but if you have an actual infestation, as I fear we might have, you kind of have to stick with poison, unless you're willing and able to either spend a lot of money, or deal with a literal
bloody mess to clean up. Our apartment in central Connecticut was over a century old and in a distinctly slummy neighborhood -- but we never had vermin problems like we've had here."
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