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Nov 28, 2012 02:32 PM

OMG!! Mouse in the garbage disposal!


We have had a chronic problem with mice but I haven't seen one in quite some time now. I guess a few of the leftover Thanksgiving dessert plates were hit with a splash of water but somehow left in the sink last night (someone will get a talking to about this). I come home to a mouse nibbling away at apple pie and my immediate reaction was to cover it with a tupperware container and push it into the disposal with the water running and flipped the switch! I didn't see him run off but now I'm worried that my 1st instinct might leave me with a big mouse carcass remnant issue. I ran the garbage disposal for 5 minutes and poured copious amounts of bleach. Anything else I should do or worry about? Anyone else ever vaporize a mouse?

    1. re: Chinon00

      well, yes I felt horrible after I realized what had just happened to the poor thing, but...

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        while yes it is regrettable, in the grand scheme of things it's far more instant and humane than those awful glue traps. a roommate used one once and the poor thing cried for hours until I finally drowned it in a bucket (the mouse, not the roommate)

        1. re: hill food

          Get a Havahart trap and relocate the poor mouse!

          1. re: RUK

            Relocate it to where, the neighbor's apartment?

          2. re: hill food

            Our friends lived on a lagoon, and he took the glue trap & mouse she wouldn't touch and threw it in the lagoon,. It landed right side up and they watched the poor thing float out to sea.

            1. re: Nanzi

              that is sadly funny. I'm a bad person.

                1. re: Nanzi

                  This story is extremely funny and merited a long, loud and very enjoyable fit of laughter by myself and my sick- sense- of- humor twin sister, when I read it to her. Great visual of the stuck mouse floating off to sea...... they are nasty, filthy animals that poop constantly as they travel around your home. We are still laughing. It has been several minutes. Bon voyage.

                2. re: hill food

                  I would use the glue traps as "catch and release" traps. I'd take the stuck mice to the woods, squirt the the glue pad with "Goo Gone" which would liquify the glue, and watch the mice run off. I was the crazy woman who would be driving the mice to their new wooded homes at two in the morning. That did change after the "Hannibal Mouse" event.

                  1. re: Vidute

                    Hannibal mouse? that sounds like a story I'd LOVE to hear.

                    A dear friend of mine had a mouse in her bathroom. She tried to trap it with whatever was handy... the silly thing escaped the plastic crate she threw over it, and ran off. Next she saw, it was perched on top of the handle of the plunger. We call that the "Jedi Mouse" event... this is not the mouse you are looking for. LOL

                    ETA - I think I see the Hannibal mouse story below.

                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      Mice....the worst "pop-ins" ever.

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              1. I probably would have had the same reaction! Yuck! I would think if you ran the disposal for that long he's probably long gone.

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                1. re: juliejulez

                  I wouldn't feel bad if I were you. Anyone who has had rats or mice would be in complete sympathy with you. In addition, it's a public health issue. Field mice at Yosemite, caused several hantavirus deaths this year.

                  Would those people feel badly if you had garbage disposed a roach? They are just anthropomorphizing animals. I doubt that the mouse had any qualms about killing insects to eat.

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    Agreed. I had a rat in my house once and I sure didn't think of relocating it. Well relocating it alive. It was relocated to the garbage along with the trap

                    1. re: scubadoo97

                      we had huge DC rats (think bigger than a teacup poodle) in the kitchen once when the city was re-doing our sewers. I am not a fan. I bought a rat trap, but actually was afraid to try to set it. thing was big and strong enough to break my hand.

                      1. re: hill food

                        The one I had was a big citrus rat. Pulled loose from the sticky trap I first put out. Had to go back for the heavy gun snap traps

                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          citrus rat? I'm guessing you're in a semi-tropical climate. I was sort of surprised once while visiting LA and a friend idly commented that she needed to call the landlord to trim her palms "why?" "rats nest in the dead fronds" that was news to me.

                          1. re: hill food

                            That's why, in Hawaii, they place aluminum 'wraps' around the trunks, toward the top.
                            The rats can't get ahold (slide) and are, therefore, unable to get to the top of the tree and nest.

                        2. re: hill food

                          I'm with you -- I let my bug/pest guy reset the traps, cuz I was afraid of breaking fingers and knuckles. Mouse traps? No problem.

                          1. re: lsmutko

                            Yeah, we removed the palms in our yard when we bought this house, and we occasionally have to ask the neighbors to have their garden guy cut their palm fronds that dangle over our roof. We've read that rats like the scratchiness of the bark 'cause of their fleas. Disgusting creatures, and they drop from palm fronds onto your roof and into your attic.
                            Years ago, we actually moved from an apartment when we couldn't catch the mouse that was tormenting us. Glad he didn't crawl into one of our packing boxes and come with us!

                      2. re: chocolatetartguy

                        I totally agree. While I am a complete wuss about killing mice, spiders, etc., I have no trouble hiring exterminators to take care of the problem if it's serious.

                      3. re: juliejulez

                        < I would think if you ran the disposal for that long he's probably long gone.>

                        Opposed to what? :). Reinventing himself and climbing back out of the disposal?

                      4. Draining bleach water through it will not leave bleach sitting on it, let alone the high areas of it, to kill germs. There are instructions on cleaning your garbage disposal, just Google it. It involves capping off the outlet where it drains so that the bleach solution actually sits IN the disposal long enough to do the job.

                        I'd replace it, though. I'd never be able to NOT think of what I did when flipping that switch.

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                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          Yea, it has occurred to me, but replace it, hopefully I can avoid investing in a new disposable because of that lil bugger.

                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                            I honestly don't think there's a need to replace the disposal. I get it - there was a rat in there, but don't people throw raw meat and chicken in the disposal?
                            I think a solid bleach clean should take care of the germs that damned things carry.

                            I see that you can fill your disposal with ice cubes and rock salt to clean bits that are clung to the blades. If you don;t have rock salt, use vinegar. When sink is empty, fill with ice cubes, pour vinegar down, turn on cold water and turn disposal on for about 10 seconds.

                            My maintenance guy was the person who explained the pipe cleaning trick to me because even though something went down the disposal, it could still be in the pipes and a sink-full of bleach water should do it.

                            1. re: nikkib99

                              ice cubes are good, maybe a myth but I've heard they help keep the blades sharp. another is that every time you use a lemon save the skin and toss it in after a load of dishes or running a bunch of other refuse and grind it up. deodorizes the thing.

                              1. re: nikkib99

                                Exactly. *Gross* things go down the disposal, you don't eat what's touching it after all. I'd pour a big pot of boiling water down the thing and then forget about it.

                                1. re: nikkib99

                                  Wait! We can put meat in the disposal? Are you kidding me?! All this time Inhave been stinking up my garbage.

                                    1. re: nikkib99

                                      I thought melpy's comment was hysterical. I think you missed the joke, nikki.

                                    2. re: melpy

                                      just be sure there aren't any bones in the meat.

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