Saturday, April 12, 2014

Margy's Mouse Motel

Spring is here and it's bringing out our mousie fiends (I mean friends). Wayne and I don't like to kill our animal neighbors, even mice. So we've decided on a catch and release program as ridiculous as it may sound.

Earlier I shared about using a Havahart live trap to capture and relocate mice. It works fine, but at one or two mice a night (we have two traps), it can take a long time to get rid of them.

I came up with the idea for Margy's Mouse Motel and Wayne put it into action. We used a large kindling storage barrel. Wayne put in dishes for water and two tins of food. To give them a culinary choice, one tin had bird seed and the other had cat food. Two old socks for beds, and the motel was ready for occupancy.

Ernie and Elvis were our first guests. Looks like they approve of the accommodations. Once our they were settled, we put a board over the top, leaving a small hole for air conditioning. Plus, this prevented our guests from checking out before paying their bills.  After Mary and Martha joined them the next evening, all four guests were given a complementary boat ride to Goat Island. Hopefully they'll enjoy the natural surroundings and never want to check back into Margy's Mouse Motel. -- Margy


  1. That is a nice cruelty free set up to rid of them away from your home. Great idea!

  2. I love this idea, so mice friendly and they get a free meal! Reminds me of when my dad used to catch the mice in something similar and then take them to the local park to release them (they probably made their way back!) xxx

  3. I think that's good of you to do capture release. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  4. You are kinder than I.

  5. Have-a-heart traps are awesome. We've relocated many a mouse over the years. We keep taking them farther and farther away to be sure they don't come back.


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