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displaced air mouse trap

smother mice
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When oxygen is displaced by gasses a mammal's body doesn't recognize as toxic, the mammal goes to sleep and dies without pain, panic, or distress.

This long tube with a bit of peanut butter in it would be filled with nitrogen or sulfur hexaflouride. It would have a way for the mouse to enter without letting much air in with it. The mouse runs through the tube, starts to feast, and falls asleep. No pain or discomfort.

EDIT: added a word

Voice, Aug 05 2011

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       Because being eaten by an owl is more humane than being put to sleep...
Voice, Aug 05 2011
  

       Yes but then what do you have for dinner?
pocmloc, Aug 05 2011
  

       stuffed owl.
FlyingToaster, Aug 05 2011
  

       They got these. The gasses are produced by the mouse. Otherwise works just the same.
bungston, Aug 05 2011
  

       So, post “Game Show Mouse Trap”.
pocmloc, Aug 05 2011
  

       /Giving the mouse a fighting chance/   

       It has a chance with this scheme. It has to chew an air hole before the gases overcome it.
bungston, Aug 05 2011
  

       // Giving the mouse a fighting chance is far more humane //   

       Fair enough.   

       Would you like to buy one of BorgCo's latest lines, the Mouse Arena ? A perfect model of the Circus Maximus, crafted in genuine synthetic plastic effect. Comes complete with mouse-sized nets, tridents, helmets, swords and shields, plus a bag of sand for the arena floor to stop the blood soaking through. Buy it with the BorgCo "Emperor Nero" Deranged Psychotic Inbred Ruler outfit (Includes toga, gilded laurel wreath, and a signed certificate guaranteeing deification after death) and get FREE postage and packing !
8th of 7, Aug 05 2011
  

       What have you people (and you too, [8th]) got against mice?   

       This idea is baked, loosely speaking, at the Valley of Death, in Kamchatka.
mouseposture, Aug 06 2011
  

       What's needed, clearly, is a Shröedinger mouse trap, where one could dispose of it, not really knowing whether the mouse is dead or alive.
theircompetitor, Aug 06 2011
  

       Teleportation is clearly the answer here.
nineteenthly, Aug 06 2011
  

       //What have you people got against mice?//
For one thing is that they poop everywhere around the house or building they are in. Maybe you could teach them to use the toilet, so we wouldn't want to kill them so much![mouseposture] Besides that, they scare old ladies when they run across the kitchen floor at night! They chew holes in the wood to make doorways for themselves into the structure of your house and rip up the insulation in there to make nests...basically- they are like univited house-guests!
xandram, Aug 06 2011
  

       Conventional mouse traps trap the mouse by sandwiching the body between a lever arm and a platform. A similar device called a mouse liberator does the opposite by catapulting the mouse instead, using virtually the same mechanism. Simply aim through an open window or against a wall for varying effects.
rcarty, Aug 07 2011
  

       Coyotes are canids, not rodents.   

       Now... assuming that the proposed gasses are odorless, will they still be able to transport the smell of the bait outside of the tube in a recognizable way? Methinks that the inert gas might prevent any decomposition, which might put an end to the production of aromatic scents from the bait.
ye_river_xiv, Aug 07 2011
  

       [ye_river_xiv] No worries, just use pre-decomposed bait. Like Stilton.   

       Also: plenty of bacteria are anaerobic. Inert gas won't retard growth of the organisms that cause botulism, tetanus, and gangrene. A fine revenge for the hapless rodent.
mouseposture, Aug 07 2011
  

       You mean, "A fine revenge on the hapless rodent.", shirley ?
8th of 7, Aug 07 2011
  

       Well, I was picturing a tetanus- and botulinum-toxin laden cadaver, swollen with gas gangrene, bursting like a bomb in your* face, as you're emptying the trap.   

       *nothing personal, just a grammatical convention.
mouseposture, Aug 07 2011
  
      
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