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Spare That Flea!

CircusMaximus

CircusMaximus  Male  North Yorkshire
26-Nov-2021 09:27 Message #4848358
Is it possible to keep your home free of rats, mice, moths and ants without killing them? And which ones should you get rid of—and which should you learn to live with?
It’s easy to get angry with household pests, and sometimes – on encountering a particularly rapacious mouse, say – it’s possible to wish them great harm. But most people, I suspect, would rather be as humane as possible when getting rid of invaders. And even when kindness can’t stop you killing things, squeamishness often will. Unfortunately, many pest control products still associate effectiveness with lethality. The ant trap I bought says it “destroys ants and their nests!” I really just wanted them off the worktop. Is it possible to keep your home pest-free using only humane, nonlethal means?

What do you do?
CircusMaximus

CircusMaximus  Male  North Yorkshire
26-Nov-2021 09:28 Message #4848359
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Templar2013

Templar2013  Male  South East London
26-Nov-2021 10:01 Message #4848366
I don't like killing any living creature but I have never given much thought to saving fleas.
capnblackbeard

capnblackbeard  Male  Hertfordshire
26-Nov-2021 11:21 Message #4848405
yes lets save the fleas whilst the world burns,
get a grip, lol
MrQuiet_aka_MrD

MrQuiet_aka_MrD  Male  Northamptonshire
26-Nov-2021 11:54 Message #4848418
I'm not keen on any uninvited livestock lol.
Molly

Molly  Female  South Yorkshire
26-Nov-2021 13:21 Message #4848438
I agree with Templar and not deliberately killing anything but sometimes fleas, flies and few other nasties have to go.
NoSaint

NoSaint  Female  Devon
26-Nov-2021 14:28 Message #4848453
How many people say "I wouldn't hurt a flea" then demolish the poor little things.
Minnie-the-Minx

Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Nov-2021 15:31 Message #4848466
Until they start paying their own poll tax, they're on their bike.
Elj

Elj  Male  North London
26-Nov-2021 15:43 Message #4848468
Jue reckon there's fleas in pork scratchings?
eurostar

eurostar  Female  Merseyside
26-Nov-2021 16:14 Message #4848469
I have wasp killer, flea spray,ant killer, and bleach in my cupboards only ever used bleach lol
I try to move bees,wasps etc out the house,cats kill spiders and maybe scare off mice?
But I do have a Mr rat in the garden who wanders around quite happily, oh and I have a bug house in garden too.
Greencare

Greencare  Female  Berkshire
26-Nov-2021 22:18 Message #4848588
Seeing mice caught in the old type spring traps makes me feel quite ill.
HotOrWot

HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
27-Nov-2021 07:52 Message #4848617
How many people say "I wouldn't hurt a flea" then demolish the poor little things.

Or do they say "I wouldn't hurt a fly"?
ToBeAdvised

ToBeAdvised  Male  Essex
27-Nov-2021 08:49 Message #4848631
Greencare 26-Nov-2021 22:18
Seeing mice caught in the old type spring traps makes me feel quite ill.

The traps are not nice. But the end would be so quick they wouldn't of known what had happened and it's not just what you can see but what you can't as they'll be leaving trails of urine over every surface.

I wonder if that would make you feel less ill or if you found they'd chewed their way into your packet of muesli and what you thought were chia seeds were in fact their droppings.

!!
Minnie-the-Minx

Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire
27-Nov-2021 10:05 Message #4848634
I had a mouse visitor who could get the cheese and the chocolate off the trap without springing it. It didn't seem to be too worried by the two cats either. It eventually disappeared and I found it months later mummified under the freezer. I assume that one of the cats had started earning its keep and that's where it crawled to.

capnblackbeard

capnblackbeard  Male  Hertfordshire
27-Nov-2021 10:12 Message #4848636
that old cheese trick doesnt work minnie, best think is to spread some peanut butter or nurella onto the trap, , they love nutella,
i dont let them go to waste either, my pet hedgehogs love dead mice, :)
Mazer

Mazer  Male  South East London
27-Nov-2021 21:27 Message #4848712
We get a lot of our knowledge of animals from cartoons.
capnblackbeard

capnblackbeard  Male  Hertfordshire
27-Nov-2021 21:34 Message #4848718
thats right, only time i ever seen a woody woodpecker was on tv.:)
ToBeAdvised

ToBeAdvised  Male  Essex
28-Nov-2021 09:26 Message #4848777
We get a lot of our knowledge of animals from cartoons.

Yes, even that they can talk.
Who knew ?!?!
Mazer

Mazer  Male  South East London
28-Nov-2021 09:35 Message #4848778
We get a lot of our knowledge of animals from cartoons.

That was tongue in cheek. I was thinking more of the misinformation and details we learn and associations we make as kids.
Cats and milk. Mice and cheese. Goldfish memories. Bulks and colour red. I had thought of a few others when I posted but can't recall them now. Must be my old age creeping up on me.
Minnie-the-Minx

Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire
28-Nov-2021 10:05 Message #4848782
well, my mouse clearly liked cheese and he managed to take it without springing the trap.

Rats like bananas as we found out when our row of terraced houses has a wee rodent problem.
Sea

Sea  Female  Essex
28-Nov-2021 11:08 Message #4848800
It is impossible to get rid of most inavaders of your home, without them coming straight back again. Bees and ladybirds I tend to catch and put outside but not so with others. Ants if able to catch would just come back, as would mice. And mice can breed and have babies every six weeks, so if you do have any you can quickly be over run and they would nibble through any food and electric wires etc. Blow flies definitely get squat, as can give you all sorts of illnesses if landing on food and laying eggs.
Andromeda

Andromeda  Female  Berkshire
28-Nov-2021 11:44 Message #4848804
Molly Female South Yorkshire
26-Nov-2021 13:21 Message #4848438
I agree with Templar and not deliberately killing anything but sometimes fleas, flies and few other nasties have to go.


I feel the same. Not wanting to kill anything but some are too likely to cause illness or damage to be allowed to roam about.
HotOrWot

HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
29-Nov-2021 07:12 Message #4848969
Murderers!!!!!


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