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10 hours ago, Marc said:

Poor thing.  Probably couldn't jump high enough to get out.

Is there another plausible explanation that includes the rat dying there of free choice?

As an AHJ, I condemned a house after a small fire because the people inside had been using buckets for toilets. Both toilets were broken (and full to the seats). I guess using a bucket isn't all that bad, but when thy used buckets and just got new buckets as the buckets were filled- that's where I really have to draw a line. 11 full buckets. 55 gallons of poop. I shit you not.

 

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BTW, as Marc noted a mouse can't jump high enough to escape.  I caught two mice in my wife's honda that had built a nest in the glove box.  Their babies tumbled out while she was sitting in traffic and reached for  little duster she uses to dust the dash.

I bought a shiny new slippery sided 5 gallon bucket and put it in the back seat with some oatmeal in the bottom.  Took a cpl of overnight settings to catch them one at a time.  I used the catch and release program, made them promise not to come back.

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On 11/9/2018 at 5:57 AM, Jim Baird said:

I bought a shiny new slippery sided 5 gallon bucket and put it in the back seat with some oatmeal in the bottom.  Took a cpl of overnight settings to catch them one at a time.  I used the catch and release program, made them promise not to come back.

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Oregon mice might be different. The ones in my garage can jump right out of a 5-gallon bucket unless I put a bit of oil in the bottom. 

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On 11/21/2018 at 2:48 PM, Jim Katen said:

Oregon mice might be different. The ones in my garage can jump right out of a 5-gallon bucket unless I put a bit of oil in the bottom. 

I don't take credit for inventing the method.  I think I actually learned it from youtube, but it worked very well.  The species was a little mouse not a woodrat.  My cats have caught some wood and field rats with seven-inch tails that could probably jump over a row of buckets.

How many here have stepped on one of those glue kind of traps during an inspect?

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1 hour ago, Jim Baird said:

I don't take credit for inventing the method.  I think I actually learned it from youtube, but it worked very well.  The species was a little mouse not a woodrat.  My cats have caught some wood and field rats with seven-inch tails that could probably jump over a row of buckets.

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Ours were field mice. Tiny little things that must have a pair of springs for hind legs. They can jump straight up like superman. It's actually quite alarming. 

1 hour ago, Jim Baird said:

How many here have stepped on one of those glue kind of traps during an inspect?

Don't get me started. I got one stuck to the back of my head in a crawlspace this summer. . . and it already had a dead mouse on it. . . 

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On 11/26/2018 at 9:38 AM, Bill Kibbel said:

Stepped on many and also stuck to firearms in crawlspaces.

Would that be your 'forearms' maybe? Firearms vs. mice in a crawlspace, we'll want to see the video.  😃

There's a deer mouse that has long hind legs like a kangaroo. Also those are the ones linked to the Hanta virus.

Mice babies in the glove box, you could blame that on the wife's dust cloth, a cozy baby blanket.

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Mice babies in the glove box, you could blame that on the wife's dust cloth, a cozy baby blanket.

The invasion of unwanted species came during, we are fairly sure, a retreat weekend in the NC mountains where we parked the little car on some steeply sloped ground where the uphill side came really close to soil/grasses.  Cabin air filter plus outside air ports we think were entry points.  Cabin air is right behind glove box.  Cabin air filter material was first nest.

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