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Aware of the liklihood there'll be a division of opinion on this one, but ...

Mice, exotic cockroaches, rats, cane toads and so on are regarded as pests. The simplest solution to dealing with them is to humanely kill them on the spot. This means an instant death, no injuries to linger from, no starvation to die slowly from. If you are going to do it, then do it and quick.

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Comment by Florence on February 9, 2010 at 8:47
I bought a couple of those plastic tunnel mice traps last night ~
Comment by Lotte on February 4, 2010 at 20:36
Having said that, they also don't get along with the local native wildlife :-(
Comment by Lotte on February 4, 2010 at 20:35
Have you tried the tunnel traps? We caught a couple using those last year. Then I just put them in a freezer bag and smack them against the house.

My dogs, whilst they are little so-and-so's, kill quite a few mice and most recently, a great big rat that had been leaving big, fat turds in the house - eeew!
Comment by Scarlett on February 4, 2010 at 18:37
our 'sometimes cat' kills the rodents, and we try not to leave anything out for them, which seems to work OK. i used to use traps and that was bad. i had to put poison out when the rats moved into the roof - but since midnight has adopted us i haven't seen any at all (except a dead one he left on the back door mat as a present - ew!)
our friend comes around for dinner and kills cane toads with the spade for us (thanks Haydn!!)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 3, 2010 at 20:40
Yes, Florence, there are a number of native toads around which can resemble the introduced cane toad. However, a quick way of checking is to remember that few native frogs or toads will sit out in the open like cane toads do so if it's hopping about on your back verandah or sitting out in the yard it probably is a cane toad and not a native frog. The cane toads sit so upright, too, once seen you won't forget how they hold themselves. The call of the male (and only males call) is closer to a loud 'purr' like a cat, just nothing like the sounds of native frogs or toads. The eggs are very different too.

As for the mice, Border Collies are reputed to be good mousers as are Fox terriers but individuals vary and you might not want to have a dog. Apart from not leaving out any food to attract mice (cockroaches, toads etc) either ignore them or use a back-breaker trap to kill them quickly.
Comment by Florence on February 3, 2010 at 20:06
Yeah, I agree with you although it's not what I wanted to do, but I understand it must be done as I don't want them to become a plague knowing how fast they can reproduce.... However, I have to get the entire household to agree with it ^^ I think those traditional mice trap should be a quick death but after cleaning up a couple of 'remains' my dad refuse to have any more traps set up...

Cane toads' a difficult one though. I don't know how to trap them and there's no way I want to get up close and personal with one.. I usually run away from them when I see them... Also, I've read there's a species of native frogs in Brisbane which look similar to a toad and many were killed because they are mistaken as toads..

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