A better mouse trap?
** WARNING **
This article is a bit on the
gruesome side, and may not be suitable for more sensitive readers.
with me? Alright, then...
Over the past several weeks, our apartment has been visited
current trap of choice is the glue-type, or 'sticky' trap. Yes, I know
that these are not very humane. We have tried the more traditional
spring-type traps, but these things seem to be too smart for them. More
often than not, we just find unsprung traps completely relieved of
bait. 'Catch and release' traps? Please, give me a break. These are
potentially disease carrying vermin, not an undersized trout. My wife
and I agree that they must be dealt with extreme prejudice.
the other day, I may have finally come up with the proverbial 'better
mouse trap'. OK, it wasn't so much a trap as it was a new way of
dealing with these pesky critters. I heard a rustling noise coming from
under some loose papers on the floor near where I was sitting. I knew
immediately what was causing the
noise. I didn't feel like waiting for this thing to find one of the
traps, so I decided upon a different approach. I grabbed a
clipboard that was near the papers. It's the common wooden board type,
with a metal, spring-loaded clamp (much like the one pictured in the
heading of this story). Holding the board by the sides, I made several
sharp chopping motions in the area where I heard the noise.
all of the noise that I was making caught the attention of my wife, who
was the kitchen at the time. In a classic case of bad timing, she
looked around the corner just as I was moving the pile of papers, only
to see the mouse in its final twitches and gasps. Although
a look of disgust on her face, mine was just smiling proudly while I
simply said, "Got him!"
haven't had another chance to use my clipboard/trap since this
happened, but I always keep it handy. It's reusable, and
requires no bait or poisons. I guess this makes it 'green', too!
Before I go, why not join me in a little song. You remember the one.
From a TV show about a VERY famous mouse...
the time to say good-bye, to all our company"
(C is for Clipboard):
(Y did you have to look around the corner?)"