I was in line at the hardware store with some mouse traps in hand and the guy behind me taps me on the arm. It surprised me a little, considering that I was a “trap” waiting to happen.
“You know they have the sticky ones” he said. I told him that I found those cruel. “Yeah, but they work.”
The guy behind us is laughing. Obviously the fact that death is coming to said vermin is the overwhelming truth and he didn’t think it mattered how it came about and that we were debating it was just silly.
The back story is that some creature has been eating my dietetic rice cakes in the garage. I had thought it was my boy who breaks into my food all the time, something about it being just for Dad makes it irresistible. Somehow I had it make sense that the top and bottom of the package was open. Denial.
So I set out to catch the bandit. Starting with a rat trap that continued to have bait stolen (along with rice cake thievery) and not be triggered. Thus I realized the miscreant was much smaller. Poop size aided identification as well.
The experiment in place right now is to compare the two similar types of trap available – the classic “museum special” that has to be carefully set and risks finger bruising (nothing like the finger breaking potential of the rat version, though) versus the new fangled snappy looks like it is meant to hold a potato chip bag closed. Just pinch open and it snaps shut.
At issue is what is the right thing to do? Prevent rodents in the first place. Secure the premises. Patrolling cats. Remove grains and like materials. Sticky trap, poison, live trap, hormone sterilizing bait, kill trap – the list goes on. Each seems to have its own argument against it. I will not poison a creature. Too much collateral damage potential. No drugs. Being stuck in place while starving to death is asking for karmic retribution. And while trap and release has a certain poetic appeal … how do I know I haven’t altered the ecosystem in some other way? I probably will just be feeding a feral cat who then will be supported to eat more wildlife and songbirds thereby inducing all the little old ladies to lobby Congress and distract from the real issues of the day. Like finding a drug to neutralize Charlie Sheen’s tiger blood.
No, a quick kill is the way to go, as far as I’m concerned. But clearly (or really not so) the obvious answer as to the right way to do so, not to mention simply finding an effective way is much more elusive. And the hunt continues.
What I have come to understand
Even the simplist tasks can take much deeper thinking to realize. Truth is rarely clear. Spending too much time differentiating these is distracting from the activity at hand.