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TW: Death and dying.

Today I punched a mouse to death.

We've been having mouse troubles, partly because I've been under a lot of stress the past few weeks and haven't been doing enough house cleaning. Today things escalated to the point where one was on the kitchen counters, so we and [ profile] alias-pseudonym embarked on a thorough cleaning.

One of the mice who had learned there was food on the counter was still searching for it this evening, though, and scurried under the plastic bottom to the dish-drying rack as soon as I came in. I removed the dishes, sandwiched it inside with towels, then punched the rack. It tried to squeeze out from underneath, and I punched it again as soon as its tiny head peeked out.

I really did not want to do this, but our traps have been ineffective and there are a lot of reasons why you don't want mice in your home. I'm slightly traumatized now, and have a cut on my knuckle.

On the other hand, there is now one less mouse, and I appreciate the morbid absurdity of being able to say that I punched a mouse to death.

I said a prayer of apology to the mouse's spirit, and asked their psychopomp to help ensure that they go someplace warm and safe in their next life.

Date: 2017-09-30 08:09 am (UTC)
spirit_zone: (ashley - pensive)
From: [personal profile] spirit_zone
We have rats in our complex, usually just in the basement (they like the warmth), but sometimes they go where they shouldn't. And that can be stressful.

One nonlethal deterrent that's worked really well for us is steel wool, stuffed in holes and cracks that are potential points of entry; it's like barbed wire to a rodent, and they won't try to break it. If one does get in, shooing out with a broom is another option.

I hope you can discourage or safely release them next time. I realize this isn't the answer you might want, but we all have a responsibility to do better by animals.

Date: 2017-09-30 06:17 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*hugs offered*

That's tough.

Date: 2017-10-02 03:37 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Eek. I'm sorry - it's been a bumper year for mice here, too.

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