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From the similarity of the lines, I'd say you pulled something out of the old 2x4 (nails) and dragged them across the board, perhaps as you twisted and pulled to separate/remote the board from wherever it was before. I don't believe there are any insects that travel in perfect unison like that.


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CO2 in a sealed jar.. small piece of dry ice.. should be very painless, mouse would go unconscious before dying. The NIH abstract listed here agrees CO2 is an effective and pain free method: Helium would also work, bit harder to dispense from balloon to kill jar.


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Quick, humane, and approved by the United States Marine Corps. Ooh-rah! 'Course when you're done you have to clean out the waffle with a stick, but what the hell, you can't have everything, right?


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Wear a thick glove, the gardening kind is preferred. Flip a Ziplock or similar plastic bag inside out and cover your glove with it. Firmly grab the mouse (and its associated trap) with your gloved, "plasticked" hand and with your free hand, roll the Ziplock back out so you can seal it completely, with the mouse trapped inside. Lay it on the floor, ...


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According to Cait McKeown (a National Mice Club (UK) member and judge), the most humane method of mouse euthanasia is chloroform. Unfortunately, the chemical is hazardous (even deadly in high dosage) to humans as well as mice, so it's difficult to obtain. Also impractical for most people, veterinarians sometimes use halothane or another anesthetic gas. ...


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If two out of three is good enough, you can take the trap away from your house and pour a little vegetable oil on the mouse. The glue will dissolve and the mouse can scurry off.


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You are correct that the glue board traps are not a humane way to address vermin. The best the mouse can hope for is to have it's nose stuck in the glue and die. If not, they tend to keep pulling and tearing until there is blood and it is a mess to look at. First, find a better trap. Snap trap or something like: Easy to clean, reusable, and fast kill. ...


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Maybe I can post some pictures later but I have 3 very large oaks next to my house - one is absolutely huge and 10 feet away. There are tons of limbs directly over my roof. Do I care? Not really. I asked my insurance company and they don't care nor do they offer discounts for trimming them back. Pros: Tons of shade when you are out Definitely lower ...


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It's hard to give accurate advice without more information about the building. They've got to get in from the outside, but they can get into your room though an attic, crawlspace, etc. Go outside and look for openings. A common place is where the electrical service enters the house through an attic. If you go out in the middle of the day, you should be ...


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This isn't an answer to the OP's question but I can't add a comment to either of the answers above (so, please don't down vote me!) Regarding cockroaches: "The large, outdoor cockroaches breed prolifically in pine straw mulch and poorly in gravel or on bare soil." Although the tree above is not a pine, I would still take care not to leave excessive ...


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Does the tree spread over the house? It's impossible to say that the tree will or won't cause problems - it might, or it might not. Many problems can be mitigated if you like having a tree in your yard - no point in mitigating them if you don't. For instance, if it does spread over the house, you can trim it so it does not. It can also cause benefits, such ...


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It's hard to tell from the photo, but to me they look like either Coccinellidae ("Ladybird" or, "ladybug"), or Harmonia axyridis. Ladybugs are considered to be lucky, and killing them brings sadness and misfortune. So squashing them may or may not be a good plan, depending on how superstitious you are. Prevention The best way to prevent them from ...


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Most commercial live traps are made of metal or plastic materials. If you have concern about the scent of previous animals keeping others from entering the trap you always have the option to wash down the unit with a bleach/water solution. This could be applied with a spray bottle and then washed off with the garden hose. My past personal experience with a ...


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You can use nitrogen. It is a fast, safe and hygienic method. Just shower the mouse with nitrogen and throw it away.


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I have done this many times. Here is how: Bucket of water. You can hold the glue trap away from you. It is quick, simple, quiet, and I believe humane.


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It's hard to attract bats, most purpose bat houses go empty. Feel blessed you've got bats. You like mosquito bites? But you might consider building something to restrict them to a certain area of the attic.



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