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An interesting article on the subject that I remember reading some time ago:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/scrap_the_trap.html

It's mostly talking about larger pests, but applies to smaller rodents as well. Basically, if you release them within a mile or so of your home they're going to come straight back to you - or one of your neighbors. If you release them further away, or in the woods, then most of them die.
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No, but I've never really had to. I typically do that whole "live and let live" thing with most things that get into my home though if they become too much of a pest then then I'll get them back outside. Even with insects, that I typically hate, I try to play it nice and let them go back as they do very little good indoors except feed spiders. And spiders I used to hate even more but these days I rather enjoy them. Having them around definitely lessens my insect problem so as long as they don't get all uppity and too comfortable in my space then they can stay.
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Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Usually it's easier to kill the pest than to catch and release.

On the other hand, I let my siblings live.


iriomote wrote:

An interesting article on the subject that I remember reading some time ago:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/scrap_the_trap.html

It's mostly talking about larger pests, but applies to smaller rodents as well. Basically, if you release them within a mile or so of your home they're going to come straight back to you - or one of your neighbors. If you release them further away, or in the woods, then most of them die.

When you live on a wooded mountaintop, throwing them in the woods is just returning them to where they came from.

Pests range from flies and gnats up to 40lb raccoons that wander over to the cat's food dish. My daughter is still afraid of raccoons
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I set insects free half the time. Sometimes, I feel weird killing them just because they're in my home. Other times, I just kill them because my mother asks me to.
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We pretty much have a no kill policy in our home. Our son is a huge lover of all things big and small. One time during a storm, three mice ran in. We caught every single one live, and then my better half drove them to a field and video taped their release for my son haha.
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dramamama79 wrote:

We pretty much have a no kill policy in our home. Our son is a huge lover of all things big and small. One time during a storm, three mice ran in. We caught every single one live, and then my better half drove them to a field and video taped their release for my son haha.

Aww that's very sweet. Good to see there are some decent people out there rather than those who'd use torturous traps.

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GavinB wrote:


dramamama79 wrote:

We pretty much have a no kill policy in our home. Our son is a huge lover of all things big and small. One time during a storm, three mice ran in. We caught every single one live, and then my better half drove them to a field and video taped their release for my son haha.

Aww that's very sweet. Good to see there are some decent people out there rather than those who'd use torturous traps.



We try I am not against killing if it serves a necessity or purpose, but we have raised the kids to understand all life is of value. Our son is very into science as well, and he constantly lectures his sister on how "even ants play their role" haha.
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I typically only release spiders, moths and small beetles. (Not Water Beetles though)
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Yes, mouse!
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I've kicked out some spiders after I've given them a chance to leave on their own. Those that build webs outside of my home, just outside the windows where there's arches get to stay. They can catch anything that attempts to fly inside. That's a win win situation for both me and the smart spider .
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Mico171 wrote:
This wasn't the first time I've set free a mouse, but normally I wouldn't do this.

So tell us, what do you normally do?

Is a slighter less cute mouse less worthy of life than a really cute one? Why?
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if it's a spider or grasshopper, i just pick and release it outside.
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I always try to take them outside carefully. I'm clumsy though so some haven't made it.
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I kill bad bugs roaches, nasty flying insects, ants
anything that is a spider I will try my best not to hurt daddy long legs.

if its something like lady bug or a June beetle I just show them the door
if its a large pest cats normally do a good job, they will weaken a mouse or a snake for you to be able to safely deal with it.
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