Frozen ratsicles, anyone?
November 8, 2008 7:57 PM Subscribe
I've been searching Metafilter for humane solutions to our rat problem and, while a couple sound promising (hmmm...so lighter fluid is really ether??), I haven't seen one possibility mentioned: sticking the little bastards in the freezer. I've tried it, and it works great. For some reason, though, my wife isn't too thrilled at the prospect of Brother Rat nestling, even briefly, next to the frozen peas. What do you think?
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First of all, before anyone proposes other solutions, let me emphasize "humanely" -- I know they're loathsome little vermin, but then again, so are a lot of CEOs and lame-duck politicians, and I don't want to head down that particular slippery slope. Way I look at it, our rodent brethren are just trying to make a living like the rest of us... plus, I feel a terrible hypocrite snaring them in a trap called "Hav-a-Hart" only to plunge them into the Icy Waters of Slow Death, which is what I had been doing. (It was the process of elimination: can't release them within 5 miles of another habitation or they just become someone else's problem--and I'd have to drive 100 miles round trip to get that far out in the country--plus they've figured out, swear to God, some way to snatch the bait out of spring traps! As for poison, from all indications the use of it just breeds generations of super rats as resistant to Warfarin as the latest strains of staph are to penicillin)
So, lately, I've been spraying them with water, wrapping the cage in several layers of garbage bags, then sticking the whole package in the freezer. Very effective. But as mentioned above, my wife isn't too wild about the idea, so I do what any other loving husband would do: I wait until she's goes off to work at night, then take them out before she gets home.
Anyway -- finally -- here are my questions: How reasonable do you find my wife's objections, and, in your opinion, how "humane" is death by freezing? I've heard that those who came close to it describe it as a fairly peaceful process...