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A Reddit user recently posted on the forum r/vegan to get some Support from the vegan community about a recent experience they had.

Snap traps at work :'(
by u/samanthaskyes in vegan

The user, u/samanthaskyes, who has been vegan for over five years started out by saying that they have no vegan friends to discuss a recent experience with so she came to the forum to ask for some Support or advice.

A few weeks ago, they noticed a little mouse friend at their work along with some other coworkers. They had noticed droppings a few times and they concluded that there must be a few of them living in the wall. The boss was not too happy about it so the poster offered to take care of it. They got a catch-and-release trap and set up a few around the buildings. However, after weeks, the mouse friends did not fall for the trap and continued to make a mess in the building. The boss then took matters into his own hands and set up multiple snap traps.

“I’m so conflicted I feel sick to my stomach about this. I’m terrified of closing up and turning the lights off at night because that’s where the mouse traps are and no matter what I have to walk past them. I cannot imagine hearing it go off at work or seeing a critter suffer endlessly.”

Their boss told them: “I understand your point of view but sometimes things need to get done.”

“I just don’t know what to do after seeing the traps. I feel so sick.”

Users sympathized with the poster and offered Support.

“It may be worth mentioning to the boss that snap traps, like catch and release, don’t solve the big issue, which is how the mice are entering the building in the first place,” one user commented. “You could suggest contacting an expert who specializes in humane removals, as they are good at finding and blocking access points. Many will even set up one way critter doors in these areas, so the rodents can leave, but not return.”‘

Others suggested using mouse repellant in the opening on the building to discourage them from coming in.

Spray rodent repellent everywhere except your traps. Also spray the outside of the building and again every time it rains. I’ve found repellent to be very effective with rats.”

For those of us who are against killing other creatures, a mouse in the house can feel like an even bigger issue. How exactly are we supposed to catch the thing without killing it? Well, rest assured that where there is a will, there is a way. It’s most certainly possible to humanely catch a mouse, and as a matter of fact, it’s about as equally effective as the typical spring-loaded mousetrap or those horrible glue things. Check out our guide on How to Humanely Catch a Mouse in the House

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