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Looking for advice after a recent home invasion

 
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How do I get rid of them?   I spotted nine this morning.

They're multiplying throughout the neighborhood and my garden, and made some kind of a nest on the school playground.

Is this something that local kids can take care of, or do I need to call professionals?
 
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Mice? What kind?
 
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What kind of nibblers did the home invasion?

Nine is a lot! Raccoons? Mice? Squirrels? Snakes?

Maybe live traps would work for whatever the nibblers were.

The forums have gotten several threads on rats and mice lately.

During the summer the threads were on voles.
 
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Definitely not racoons or snakes.  I can only see the faces on most of them, not the bodies.  But definitely not rats.  These seem smaller, rounder, and are in various shades of light to dark brown.  They don't move quickly at all, but a couple of them look like they are wiggling about frantically.   I think they came from the Christmas trees.  I'll set up a trap and upload some photos later.
 
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Got 'em... at least some of the smaller, slower ones.  

Had to bait 'em to trap 'em.

The next question is whether I should free 'em into the wild or attempt to domesticate 'em?  

Or....um...dispose of them?  Or should I notify the appropriate permaculture professionals?  Advice?

P.s. Please don't tell my wife I opened this inside the house.  
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Oh Lordy, that's serious. Hard to identify if they're elves or trolls. Put the lid back on -- don't let them loose in the forums!
 
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I am afraid that some of them have gotten loose in the house and are secretly looking for that Christmas tree.

Rest assured they will come out next December and find the tree.

Until then ...
 
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