This is the "no view, no touch" mousetrap. No unpleasantness to the householder.
Seriously though - would any self respecting mouse enter this? It just screams "TRAP".
Obviously our mouse figured out what the system was and refused to eat even though there was no other food available.
So other methods were deemed necessary and poison was purchased. I am not a big poison person – I think it is a bit cruel – the old fashioned mousetrap was fast and efficient and the mouse died happily munching the bait (with pleasant thoughts of the generous householder providing its last meal).
The paper satchet of poison says that it kills mice that have become resistant to Warfarin poisons (basically super mice). It comes in a paper packet which you just leave lying around without opening – because mice love to chew through wrapping. The instructions say to leave it out for 6 days to ensure that the mice get a big enough dose to kill them. They then go away and die with nasty thoughts of revenge!
So, a packet was placed near the oven and sure enough we soon heard the sound of rustling paper. We did not disturb his dinner but later looked and saw that he had, indeed, eaten through the paper and into the stuff inside.
We have not seen him since but I don't really believe he is dead. I think he is just waiting for me to get all those good chocolates back out of the microwave!