Mice come into your home
because unwittingly you
are offering them shelter
water and food. Wildlife Rescue
and Rehabilitations' Lynn Cuny
says there are easy ways to uninvite them.
"There are tiny, little Have a Heart
traps for mice that don't hurt them,
they just contain them and then you
can simply take them out and
let them go."
Then seal off cracks and holes in walls
to avoid reentry. Scatter cotton
balls soaked in peppermint oil
to deter them ... or borrow
a friend's cat ... the scent of the cat
is also enough to send them scurrying.
These non-toxic ideas safeguard pets
and family members, says Cuny.
And forget the glue trap.
She says glue traps are unnecessarily
cruel and should be banned.
"People have brought little animals
caught in these glue traps to Wildlife
Rescue, they were horrified and it never occured to them that it was as horrible for the little animal; their skin is peeled off."
She says it doesn't take a lot of effort to choose friendly ways of getting rid of those unwanted houseguests.
"There is no animal doing anything so
horrendous that we can't make an extra
effort to do what we want to do in
a humane fashion."