How To Catch a Mouse Without Killing It

In an ideal world, our homes would be pristine bastions of hygiene, devoid of dust, pollen, mosquitoes, cockroaches and odors. Every surface would gleam, the air would be redolent of vanilla or the clean, fresh scent of flowers. Nothing would scuttle or scurry under the sink, inside the walls, beneath the bed, over our faces as we sleep at night. But for the majority of us, life just gets in the way of making that happen, which often leaves us with unwanted visitors in our home. Catching them usually involves a slipper and a smear on the wall, but what if you have an actual rodent in your home? Do you want to kill it? Blood and guts everywhere, gleaming and hot and steamy on trembling fur, little paws curling, tail twitching, brilliant black eyes losing their luster as the specter of death casts a pall over them? The answer is no, and so here’s a method to help you catch a mouse if one is intrepid enough to attempt to plunder your home of salubrious goodies.

First you need a pair of pencils or straight sticks. Second, get yourself a wide section of packing tape. Place both pencils parallel to each other on the tape, about an inch apart, with the tape cross-wise about 2/3rds of the way up. From there ladle a small amount of peanut butter or press a chip into the tape between the two pencils. Make sure its fixed well, and then place a second piece of tape across the food, holding it in place while still leaving a chunk of it uncovered.

Now comes the tricky part. Find a place along a wall. Mice, you see, love to scurry along the edges of rooms, eschewing the vast open spaces that terrify them so. Your point picked, lay down a broad section of cardboard. This is essential. Do not skip this part. Cardboard down, place the two sticks with succulent morsel attached upright within a heavy bowl, so that the sticks prop the bowl up. When the mouse reaches for the goodie, it will push the pencils over, removing the integral pencils, so that the bowl falls down and traps it. Voila!

Now the piece de resistance. When you wake up in the morning and find your bowl trapped over the intrusive critter, simple scoop up the whole ensemble by lifting the cardboard sheet, and exit your home in a calm and unhurried manner. Saunter a good 100 feet away and release the wee sleekit beastie. That distance is optimal because it ensures the mouse will not return but also doesn’t stress you out overmuch by making you walk too far from your home.

Safeguard Your Home From Electrical Hazards – A Proactive Approach

Your home is the place where you can take refuge from the world and all of its problems. Yet, even inside your safe haven, there may be dangers hidden from view behind your walls – unseen but real dangers from electrical hazards that pose a threat to you and your family. The best time to take action is now – before it becomes a problem, and do what is necessary to ensure your home is safe from potential electrical hazards.

Each year thousands of homes catch fire due to damaged or faulty wiring in the house, and many hundreds of people lose their lives. In many cases, it’s a tragic scenario that could have been prevented. Fortunately, with a proactive approach to safeguarding your home from harmful electrical hazards, you can avoid becoming a victim yourself.

Here are some things you can do:

1. Conduct a home inspection.

Whether you rent or own a home, you can easily do an inspection of your home to look for potential electrical problems.

2. Use GFCI receptacles.

GFCI or “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters” are specially designed devices that detect when electric current leaks from the electrical circuit to ground, and will shut the power off automatically at the receptacle before it can cause bodily harm. GFCI’s have saved literally thousands of lives in the 40 years they’ve been on the market, and they are sure to save many thousands of more lives in the years to come.

Check all of your outdoor appliances, pool pumps, fountain pumps, hot tubs, landscape lighting fixtures, and all other devices that use electrical power, and plug them into GFCI outlets that have waterproof covers.

Inside the house, make sure that all rooms with a water source that is within six feet of a receptacle are protected by a GFCI circuit.

3. Conduct a visual Inspection

Do a visual inspection of all of your electrical outlets and light switches for broken parts, cracks, loose fitting plugs, and replace or repair immediately. Also, be sure to check for any receptacles that are hot to the touch as this could be a sign of an electrical problem.

4. Check all of your power and extension cords for wear or damage.

Immediately replace any cords that are cracked, frayed, or display signs of wear.

5. Make sure there are not too many appliances plugged into one outlet.

This is important as too many appliances plugged in can exceed the typical rating of 15-20 amps for household outlets and create a shock or fire hazard.

6. Don’t run extension cords under rugs, carpets, and furniture where they can be easily damaged and create an unseen danger.

If you need to use an extension core, remember to plug the appliance first into the extension cord, and then plug the extension cord into the wall outlet to avoid possible shock and fire hazard.

Baseball Catching Fundamentals – Tips and Mechanics for Pitchers and Catchers

Getting a baseball over home plate requires several factors.

The first is speed, or the velocity in which the ball arrives at home plate after the release from the pitchers hand.

Then there is movement, or the path of which the ball takes to arrive at home plate. There is lateral movement, called cutting, which is going left from a right-handed pitcher. Running or tailing is movement that is the opposite of cutting. It is the ball moving from the pitcher’s arm side. The last and most devastating movement is depth. This movement lets rotation and gravity bring the ball down.

If a pitcher can incorporate speed with movement to a precise location (middle, in, up, or down) then they can develop into a consistent winning pitcher. The location of all pitches along with movement is and called ball placement. Most people refer to ball placement as control, but the word control really pertains to controlling body movements (mechanics) and control of the mind. The pitcher first must learn the movements and precision of pitching, then the individual pitches to successfully place the ball where he wants.

Ball placement must first be taught in a regular throwing. This means when playing catch, placement or location skills must be emphasized. There are three ways to play catch. There is conversational catch, or simply thrown to a partner with no real emphasis other than reaching your partner and talking leisurely. It is basically a relaxing activity of throwing.

The second form of catch is the purpose catch is based on ball placement. When throwing the ball in the purpose catch, a precise target must be thrown to. For example, in my pitching instructional classes I have all the pitchers playing catch and throwing to the head of their partner. They next throw to the partners left shoulder, then to the right shoulder. They then repeat the process; head, left shoulder, and right shoulder. They can also make two or three throws in a row to each specified target position. This type of catch develops the necessary skills of release, focus, concentration, and visualization. It will also enhance direction and rotation of the body in acquiring accuracy or ball placement.

The final phase in the catch is called the pitcher’s catch. This catch is designed to simulate the pitch or throw as if it were crossing home plate. One partner kneels down as the throwing partner throws the ball. The catcher catches it in the middle of his body while kneeling. This gives the thrower the impression of pitching the ball to a catcher. The pitcher’s catch will develop ball placement skills from all types of pitches, creating the feel of the release of the ball thrown to a specific location on the catcher. After 10 to 15 throws the partners can switch positions, catcher to thrower, thrower to catcher.

These three types of catches can be used by all players and will definitely help develop throwing mechanics and help pitchers with their placement skills.

Have fun and enjoy this great game!