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From: Silvia ( -
Subject: Re: rats on my property!
Date: July 30, 2011 at 5:41 am PST

In Reply to: rats on my property! posted by Nokoni on June 24, 2011 at 5:18 am:

About 7 years ago I lived with a roommate in an apartment over a store and the store owner decided to remove a cinderblock for some ventilation or something, so there was this wide open hole where mice were entering the building. Our apartment had so many mice. My roommate laid out mousetraps in his area which I absolutely abhorred. At first I was like you - I didn't like mice! I didn't want mice in my house! But I definitely did not want them to be killed. And since I had rabbits and rabbit food, of course they loved my room! It freaked me out at first, but after a while (before we realized he put a hole in the outside wall that was letting in all the mice), I came to really love mice! They were having babies, so I would see these baby mice around some times - they were so cute! I tried to rescue as many as I can and take them back outside. I think that if you keep doing what you are doing, you will be able to get rid of them, but not before you come to love them like I came to love mice. I think there is a lesson in everything and once the lesson is learned, the problem goes away. As long as there is nothing else that you don't know about that is bringing them to your property (like we were not aware of the wide open hole in our building where the mice were entering), I am sure you will be able to get rid of them in time. Mice and certain insects were always an issue for me. Now I am in an area where there are these huge crickets and since I am in a basement apartment, they come in when they are babies (very small and undetectable), and then in a few months they grow up! I have a fish net (the kind to take fish out of a tank) and use this to catch them and bring them outside (I cover the opening of the net with a notebook - you need to be resourceful!) AND it is the best way to catch and release any insect without hurting them. With crickets it is very easy because they jump right into the net! {I do consider myself a master of catch and release.} When I stopped being afraid of them and started liking them they were no longer in my house! (But of course there are always some insects here and there - it IS a basement!)
Good luck with the rats and try to see some kind of good in them - if you can find one thing that you think is cute or that you like, it is a start! And try not to think of them as "rats" and think of them as living creatures that are just looking for a place to make a home and find some food (but remove those places and any food they may find!).

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