20 Best Cordless Clippers

Updated on: June 2021

Best Cordless Clippers in 2021


Wahl Professional 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip #8148 - Great for Barbers & Stylists - Precision Cordless Fade Clipper Loaded with Features - 90+ Minute Run Time

Wahl Professional 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip #8148 - Great for Barbers & Stylists - Precision Cordless Fade Clipper Loaded with Features - 90+ Minute Run Time
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • PROFESSIONAL PRECISION: From Wahl Professional’s commercial grade line of products, the 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip is intended for professional use only and is designed to deliver the sharp performance that experts demand with the freedom of a cordless clipper.
  • STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL: The Magic Clip is the ultimate cordless clipper. It features high precision zero-overlap 2161 blades that offer superior speed and ease of use, a convenient taper lever for easy fading and blending, and a lithium ion battery for a 90+ minute run time per charge. Cord/cordless cutting capability.
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: For your convenience, the 5-Star Cordless Magic Clip comes with all accessories required for use. Package includes the clipper, (8) attachment combs, oil, cleaning brush, instructions, red blade guard, and recharging transformer. Accessory colors may vary
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: The 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic Clip (#8148) measures 6.25” long and weighs 10 oz. Power Frequency : 120 Volt - 60 Hertz
  • PLEASE NOTE: Wahl Professional Products purchased from this authorized dealer feature a manufacturer’s warranty, which is not available from unauthorized dealers. For sale and use in the U.S.A. only.

Master Cordless Clipper

Master Cordless Clipper
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Professional Master Clipper
  • Cord/Cordless operation for reliable power to last you all day long
  • Lithium-Ion powered battery for robust and long-lasting power
  • High-speed adjustable blade (000 to 1)
  • Can be zero-gapped

Andis Professional Cordless Fade Combo Envy Li Clipper & Slimline Li Trimmer 75020

Andis Professional Cordless Fade Combo Envy Li Clipper & Slimline Li Trimmer 75020
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Lightweight and ergonomic Cordless Envy Li clipper features a premium adjustable surgical fade blade (00000 to 000)
  • Cord/Cordless clipper features a lithium-ion batter for over 2 hours of run time; recharges in just 90 minutes
  • Lightweight and powerful Slimline Pro Li trimmer features a close-cutting T-blade; can be zero-gapped
  • Cord/Cordless trimmer features a lithium-ion battery for over 2 hours of run time; recharges in 2 hours
  • Made in the USA

Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Corded / Cordless Clipper Kit, Gunmetal (#41870-0425)

Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Corded / Cordless Clipper Kit, Gunmetal (#41870-0425)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Combines the power and durability of lithium ion battery innovation with Wahl's adjustable 5-in-1 blade to give groomers, animal professionals, and pet owners everything needed in a lightweight cordless clipper.
  • The 5-in-1 blade adjusts between sizes #9, 10, 15, 30, and 40, offering a convenient variety of cutting lengths.
  • The rechargeable lithium ion battery has a 90-minute cordless run time of cool running, low vibration, and quiet operation. The clipper will operate at full power until the battery is completely depleted; recharge the battery in 60 minutes or simply plug in the cord and continue to clip your pet.
  • Ideal for the feet, face, and all finish work on all dog breeds, light body clipping on small- and medium-sized dogs, and cat grooming.
  • The Bravura can also be used for trimming horse's bridle path, ears, muzzle, and fetlocks as well as trimming show cuts for goats, pigs, and cattle.
  • Measures 7 inches long, weighs 8.8 ounces and includes Wahl's one-year limited professional warranty. The Bravura clipper is made in Hungary; the blades are made in Germany.
  • Made for use in electrical outlets in the United States only; not designed for international use.
  • Includes one Bravura clipper, 5-in-1 fine blade set, 6 plastic attachment guide combs, cleaning brush, blade oil, instruction book, charge stand and charger, soft storage case

Andis 74000 Professional Cordless T-Outliner Beard/Hair Trimmer

Andis 74000 Professional Cordless T-Outliner Beard/Hair Trimmer
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • The classic performance you expect from the T-Outliner, now with cordless freedom and convenience
  • Lithium-ion battery delivers over 100 minutes of nonstop run time; charges in just 1 hour
  • Extremely powerful, high-speed rotary motor with blade speeds over 7,200 SPM, featuring constant speed technology; won't drag or stall
  • Close-cutting carbon-steel T-Blade for lining, designing and dry-shaving — can be zero-gapped
  • Cord/Cordless operation features an LED light to indicate battery power levels

Andis Cordless Envy Li Nation Adjustable Blade Clipper 73045, Graffiti

Andis Cordless Envy Li Nation Adjustable Blade Clipper 73045, Graffiti
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Lithium-ion battery delivers over 2 hours of non-stop run time; Charges in as little as 90 minutes
  • Side adjustment lever adjusts the blade from 000 to 1 and can be zero-gapped - perfect for cutting tapers and fades
  • Rotary motor power with cord/cordless convenience
  • Lightweight for greater comfort — weighs less than 10 ounce
  • Unique and colorful design

Wahl Professional 5-Star Cordless Magic Clip Metal Edition #8509 - Great for Barbers & Stylists

Wahl Professional 5-Star Cordless Magic Clip Metal Edition #8509 - Great for Barbers & Stylists
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE: From Wahl Professional’s commercial grade of products, the 5-Star Limited Edition Metal Cord/Cordless Magic Clip is intended for Professional use only and is designed to deliver the sharp performance that experts demand with the freedom of a cordless clipper.
  • SLEEK AND FUNCTIONAL: The Magic Clip is the ultimate cordless clipper. It features high precision zero-overlap 2161 blades that offer superior speed and ease of use, a convenient taper lever for easy fading and blending, and a lithium ion battery for a 90+ minute run time per charge. Cord/cordless cutting capability.
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: For your convenience, the 5-Star Cordless Magic Clip comes with all accessories required for use. Package includes the clipper, (3) Premium Cutting Guides with Metal Clip, oil, cleaning brush, instructions and recharging transformer. Accessory colors may vary.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Wahl Professional Products purchased from this authorized dealer feature a manufacturer’s warranty, which is not available from unauthorized dealers. For sale and use in the U.S.A. only.
  • Wahl's quality testing procedures involve testing the product on synthetic hair. Bits of synthetic hair may be found on the product and is NOT a sign of previous use.

Andis 79005 Supra ZR II Cordless 5-Speed Clipper With Lithium Ion Battery

Andis 79005 Supra ZR II Cordless 5-Speed Clipper With Lithium Ion Battery
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Heavy duty, detachable blade clipper with a cordless design delivers a 3-hour run time on a 2-hour charge
  • Lithium-ion power mated with powerful rotary motor to cut any hair type — wet or dry.
  • 5 speeds: adjustable from 1, 800 to 3, 800 strokes per minute
  • Removable battery for fast, easy replacement
  • Detachable blade design offers the advantage of multiple blade options to achieve just the right cut length for your styling needs
  • Body Material: Polymer

BaBylissPRO Barberology Clipper, Gold

BaBylissPRO Barberology Clipper, Gold
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021

Oster Professional 76550-100 Octane Cordless Clipper + 1 Year Extended Warranty

Oster Professional 76550-100 Octane Cordless Clipper + 1 Year Extended Warranty
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Oster AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full Oster USA
  • Oster Professional 76550-100 Octane Cordless Clipper
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX Razor - Blades (Size 000 1) - Lithium Ion Battery 76550-100-BAT - Blade Guard - Cleaning Brush - Oil - Charging Stand - 5-Year Limited
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES Oster Professional 76550-100 Octane Cordless Clipper - 1 Year Extended
  • 1 Year Extended in Addition to the Included Full Manufacturer

Oster Volt Cordless Pet Clippers with Detachable Lithium-Ion Battery (078004-000-000)

Oster Volt Cordless Pet Clippers with Detachable Lithium-Ion Battery (078004-000-000)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • Cordless design ideal for grooming dogs, cats, horses, and livestock
  • Single-speed 2, 400 SPM motor efficiently cuts through matted fur
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery operates for up to two hours continuously and can be easily swapped out for extended grooming sessions (additional batteries sold separately)
  • Compatible with all Oster A5 detachable blades, including wide blades
  • High torque design with lower blade speeds allows blade to stay cooler for longer

KEMEI Men's Electric Powerful Cordless Styling Tools Hair Clipper Trimmer Cutting Machine Haircut Trimming Powerful Rechargeable Professional Grooming Clippers

KEMEI Men's Electric Powerful Cordless Styling Tools Hair Clipper Trimmer Cutting Machine Haircut Trimming Powerful Rechargeable Professional Grooming Clippers
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • PROFESSIONAL PRECISION: From Professional’s commercial grade line of products, the 5-Star Balding Clipper is intended for professional use only and is designed to deliver the sharp performance that experts demand
  • POWERFUL & DURABLE MOTOR: It is built to achieve maximum performance with an advanced, patented motor that provides substantial power and speed without producing additional heat and noise
  • LOW VIBRATION AND ULTRAQUIET DESIGN: Designed for Barbers, the high-speed mute motor provides low vibration that prevents your hand numb. The motor sound is below 60db creating a comfortable cutting for children and the elderly
  • TITANIUM ALLOY SELF-SHARP BLADE : Laser grinding, which can maintain long-term sharpness, and the blade speed is extremely fast, and there is no carding phenomenon, which is suitable for dry/wet hair style.. Professional hair clippers can protect the fragile scalp and prevent snags and pulled. Blade system is easy to remove and rinse
  • Adjustable Head: The length of the cutter head can be adjusted by gears. You can shave the specific length you liken,Four lengths of guide comb can meet your different needs of hair shaving style

Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Lithium-Ion Cord/Cordless Detailer Li #8171 Ultra Close Trim from the Line Loved by Barbers- 100 Minute Run Time

Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Lithium-Ion Cord/Cordless Detailer Li #8171 Ultra Close Trim from the Line Loved by Barbers- 100 Minute Run Time
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • PROFESSIONAL PRECISION: From Wahl Professional's commercial grade line of products, the Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Lithium-Ion Cord/Cordless Detailer Li is intended for professional use only and is designed to deliver the sharp performance that experts demand.
  • EXCELLENT EFFICIENCE: The barber's favorite trimmer has gone cordless! This professional quality USA-made unit is for everyday use in the busy barbershop or salon. The Cordless Detailer Li comes equipped with an extremely close cutting t-wide blade designed for detailing and fine line trimming, a lithium ion battery, and a recharging stand with a unique swivel cord rotation feature. Runs corded or cordless!
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Wahl Professional Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Lithium-Ion Cord/Cordless Detailer Li includes trimmer, 3 trimming guides (1/16" - 3/16"), recharging transformer, recharging stand, pre-shave brush, oil, cleaning brush, operating instructions & red blade guard.
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: Wahl Professional 5-Star Cordless Detailer Li (#8171) measures 5.75 inches in length and weighs 6.6 ounces. Features internal rotary motor, lithium-ion battery with a run time of 100 minutes, and a 2215 Adjustable T-Wide Blade. Made in U.S.A.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Wahl Professional Products purchased from this authorized dealer feature a manufacturer's warranty, which is not available from unauthorized dealers. Intended for sale and use in the U.S. only. Runs on 120V- 60Hz.

Andis 73000 Envy Cordless Lithium Ion Clipper

Andis 73000 Envy Cordless Lithium Ion Clipper
BESTSELLER NO. 14 in 2021
  • Lithium-ion battery delivers over 2 hours of non-stop run time; charges in as little as 90 minutes
  • Side adjustment lever adjusts the blade from 000 to 1 and can be zero-gapped - perfect for cutting tapers and fades
  • Rotary motor power with cord/cordless convenience
  • Lightweight for greater comfort — weighs less than 10 oz.

Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Cordless Senior (#8504-400)

Wahl Professional 5-Star Series Cordless Senior (#8504-400)
BESTSELLER NO. 15 in 2021
  • The 5 Star Cordless Senior is a one of a kind clipper with it's precision fade blades, metal bottom housing and cord/cordless capabilities.
  • It's powerful rotary motor results in consistent power to tackle thick hair. The 2191 blades are adjustable with zero-overlap capabilities.
  • The 5 Star Cordless Senior offers a high quality lithium-ion battery with 70 minute run time per charge and it's ergonomic design fits comfortably in hand for easy maneuverability.
  • Accessories: premium guides (1/16" -3/16"), recharging transformer, styling comb, oil, cleaning brush, operation instructions and red blade guard

Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit, Beard Trimmer, Hair Clippers for Men (13 pieces)

Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit, Beard Trimmer, Hair Clippers for Men (13 pieces)
BESTSELLER NO. 16 in 2021
  • Fits in the palm of your hand so you can easily reach the back of your head, neckline and around your ears Precision ground, stainless steel blades easily cut through even the thickest hair, reducing pulling and snagging
  • 9 Length Combs Cuts 1/16 5/8 inches(1 5 to 15 millimeter) to achieve the exact look you desire
  • Lithium, Rechargeable Battery 40 minutes of cordless runtime The Shortcut Pro Hair Clipper can also be used corded for maximum versatility and convenience
  • 13 Piece Kit Includes Hand held clipper, 9 Length adjusting combs, cleaning brush, storage/travel pouch, oil (charging adaptor also included)
  • Extra wide Curved Blade The blade contours to your head with maximum coverage to provide a close, even cut Shortcut Pro Hair Clipper is 100 percent Washable Conveniently rinses clean under the faucet; Non slip grip

Wahl Professional Animal Arco Equine Horse Cordless Clipper Kit (#8786-800)

Wahl Professional Animal Arco Equine Horse Cordless Clipper Kit (#8786-800)
BESTSELLER NO. 17 in 2021
  • Featuring Wahl's signature 5-in-1 blade, enjoy the convenience of having five blade sizes in one easy-to-adjust blade in the Arco Equine cordless clipper for precise trimming of the ears, muzzles, and bridle paths of horses
  • The Arco Horse Clipper is powerful enough to shave through bridle paths and fetlocks while still quiet enough to keep noise-sensitive animals comfortable and calm
  • Includes two removable batteries, each with a run time of 80 minutes; the 5-in-1 blade easily adjusts between sizes #9, #10, #15, #30, and #40
  • With a 75-minute full charge time, keep one battery on the charger and the other in the clipper to ensure continuous, uninterrupted clipping
  • Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand, the Arco is lightweight and helps prevent wrist and shoulder fatigue
  • The clipper is made in Hungary while the blade is made in Germany
  • Measures 6.75 by 1.44 by 1.44 inches (H x W x D); weighs 7.9 ounces and backed by a one-year warranty
  • Made for use in electrical outlets in the United States only; not designed for international use

Wahl Professional Animal Arco Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Cordless Clipper Kit, Champagne (#8786-452)

Wahl Professional Animal Arco Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Cordless Clipper Kit, Champagne (#8786-452)
BESTSELLER NO. 18 in 2021
  • The original 5-in-1 clipper, the Wahl ARCO is the tried-and-true cordless option for precise trimming in hard-to-reach spots such as ears, faces, and paws to give groomers, animal professionals, and pet owners everything needed in a lightweight cordless clipper
  • The 5-in-1 fine blade adjusts between sizes #9, 10, 15, 30, and 40, offering a convenient variety of cutting lengths
  • With a rechargeable battery, this clipper has an 80-minute cordless run time and 75 minute charge time; it's easy to clean with a no-maintenance motor.
  • Wahl's pet clipper can be used on small and medium-sized dogs such as Bichons, Shih Tzus, Terriers, and Spaniels, as well as cats; can also be used as a horse clipper and is great for trimming and touch-ups on the muzzle, face, ears, legs, fetlocks, and bridle paths
  • The slim, lightweight design fits comfortably in your hand while reducing wrist fatigue
  • Measures 6.75 inches long, weighs 7.9 ounces and includes Wahl's one-year limited professional warranty. The ARCO clipper is made in Hungary; the blades are made in Germany
  • Made for use in electrical outlets in the United States only; not designed for international use
  • Includes one ARCO cordless clipper, 5-in-1 fine blade set, 2 drop-in NiMH rechargeable battery packs, a soft storage case, charging stand and charger, 4 plastic attachment guide combs, cleaning brush, blade oil, and instruction book

Surker Mens Hair Clippers Cordless Hair Trimmer Haircut & Grooming Kit For Men Beard Trimmer Rechargeable LED Display

Surker Mens Hair Clippers Cordless Hair Trimmer Haircut & Grooming Kit For Men Beard Trimmer Rechargeable LED Display
BESTSELLER NO. 19 in 2021
  • ULTIMATE ELECTRIC PROFESSIONAL HAIR CLIPPER - Designed for smooth, quick, and precise clipping performance on all types of hair with high quality long lasting high-carbon enhanced self-sharpening precision stainless steel blades(blades can be removed and washed by water).
  • WIRELESS WITH HIGH CAPACITY BATTERY - Built-in rechargeable 2500mAh premium and safer Lithium Ion battery cell, offers up to 300 minutes of running time with charging 3 hours , LED light indicates battery level
  • LENGTH ADJUSTMENT LEVER - The thumb taper lever on the left side enables easy haircut length adjusting(From 0.8mm to 2.0mm), You may use screwdriver to tighten the lever
  • SIX GUIDE COMBS - Comes with 6 high quality ABS plastic attachment guards: 1.5mm 3mm 4.5mm 6mm 10mm and 13mm, also including adapter, cleaning brush
  • 1 YEAR GUARANTEE-1 year guarantee for Surker Hair Clipper. Just contact us if you are not satisfied and we will offer 100% satisfaction sulotion for you.

Wahl Professional Animal Motion Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Corded / Cordless Clipper Kit (#41885-0435)

Wahl Professional Animal Motion Pet, Dog, Cat, and Horse Corded / Cordless Clipper Kit (#41885-0435)
BESTSELLER NO. 20 in 2021
  • The Motion Animal Clipper from Wahl Professional Animal is ideal for clipping and trimming dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and livestock
  • The clipper offers Constant Speed Control which provides constant torque to power through tough spots
  • A traffic light LED multi-level battery capacity display gives a quick visual indication of the battery level remaining while the removable finger grip provides ultimate control and stability while reducing the risk of the clipper being dropped and broken
  • The Motion Lithium provides professional power up to 5,500 strokes per minute
  • The 5-in-1 blade technology adjusts the blade to sizes #9, #10, #15, #30, and #40
  • Measures 7.5 by 2.25 by 2 inches; weighs 9.4 ounces
  • The clipper is made in Hungary, the blade is made in Germany. Comes with a one-year warranty
  • Made for use in electrical outlets in the United States only; not designed for international use

March of the Mammals: Tales of Autumnal Encounters with Spiders, Mice and Other Pests

It's Autumn, which means it's time to start pulling out the bug spray, mouse traps and cobweb clippers. But for the love of God, learn from my mistakes

Warning: I've killed a lot of mice, and I like talking about it. If you don't like hearing about it, then don't read. But if you want to hear some funny anecdotes, and cautionary tales, then read on...

Here they come, two-by-two. See them march in a line, beating a path to your door. Autumn may be the season for festive scarves and little boots, but it is also the season for declining temperatures and dying plant life. Imagine, if you care, the scene: clenched buttocks, horrified squealing, fingers pointing shakily, and Autumn's great motto: "WHERE ARE ALL THESE SPIDERS COMING FROM?"

Well, we know where they are coming from, don't we- outside. This is the time of year when your bath becomes a rehabilitation center for maimed and shell shocked spiders, and your light bulb fixtures fill with fruit flies (how do they even get in there?). Little scampering insects and mice scramble into your warm, cozy house filled with plentiful supplies of food. Of course, they can appear at any time of the year, but in September they come in numbers, and they are bigger. So big that my only way of getting rid of spiders, power hosing them down the drain with the shower head, has failed. Last week, I found a spider in the toilet bowl, and have spent far too much time wondering if it was in there before I got to it, or if there are arachnids crawling around in my pants, or worse, in my ass.

But the spiders, well they're harmless enough, right? And unless you are as happy-go-lucky as my father with the bug spray, nobody is going to die from exposure to flies. But the mice, they're the ones that make you worry. I have the pleasure of living in a room with a hot-press as an annex. It appears that this is the Achilles' tendon of my father's brilliant designs, because mice flow out of there like they are getting bitten by radioactive spiders (I'm telling you, they're getting bigger and I want to know why!). Last year, we had a nest of mice move in. And let me tell you, every mouse-ridder in the world has been tested in my house. If you would like it, here are some reviews:

1. The humble mouse trap. I like mouse traps. I know people think they're inhumane and grisly, but to be honest I've seen worse (see Poison). Plus, you don't necessarily have to use cheese. I know this, because last year a mouse ate through a bag of Jelly Tots in my handbag like frat boy with the munchies. There is nothing quite like waking up suddenly when you hear that snap in the middle of the night, and then hearing your father whoop with joy from the next room.

The problem with mouse traps, of course, is that they don't always work. We have all experienced our own little Jerry who is far too clever and elusive to fall for a trap. Or, they catch the wrong limb, and the mouse is left with a new fun leg brace, or a torture device that will kill him very, very slowly.

2. Poison. The theory behind poison is that the mouse or rat is already out of the house before it dies, because it can take several days for the poison to fully kill them. This is sometimes the case, but there is always the fear that they die inside your walls. It is also dreadfully cruel, sucking all the moisture out of their cells until they dehydrate. And I can tell you from experience that sometimes their organs rupture.

I want to share with you my worst mouse story. It involves poison. I was lying in bed, listening to music. When I took my headphones out, I could hear it: the telltale scratching of little mouse claws on carpeting. I ran to turn on the light, narrowly missing stepping on the mouse, and saw him. Until now, and ever since, my experience his been with field mice. They are cute, in a squidgy kind of way, and very small. But this guy was the living image of Mighty Mouse, and he was slowly dying. I fled the room and didn't go back for weeks, but my dad very kindly filled me in on the details. The mouse was pregnant, and her little belly was exploded all over my carpet. There is still a tiny blood stain there. If you are going to use poison, you are going to have to be prepared for the possibility that one night you will have to scrape a dead mouse off your carpet or out of your wall.

3. Electronic Pest Repellent. For a very long time, I was a big advocate of these. Just plug it in and it emits a high frequency noise along all the wires inside your house, driving the sensitive little mammals away. There are two main problems with this. The first is that if you are a teenager, like my brother and I were, you can hear that high pitched noise. It's basically the same thing McDonald's use to get rid of kids with hoodies. And nobody over 25 will believe you. The second problem is that, unlike you, the mice eventually become immune. Tinnitus is really no match for starvation in a cat-eat-mouse world.

4. Humane Mouse Traps. These are for the kinder folk out there. The ones that like to glue Speedy Gonzalez's feet to a box and then release him into the wild, shouting: "Be free!" A week later, they will catch him again. And the week after that, ad infinitum. Also, just like regular mouse traps, you only bag stupid mice.

And if you are cocky enough to think you can catch a mouse with your bare hands: a cautionary tale. My brother found a mouse in our living room last year, in the middle of the day. Mice are usually nocturnal, but a bad winter last year got the poor souls all confused. My brother, ever the hero, decided that poison, or throwing a shoe at it (my suggestion) would be cruel. He decided he would catch it with a shoe box. The room was small and boxy, and while I can forever cherish the memory of my Neanderthal brother lumbering after an infinitely smaller, quicker and more intelligent creature than himself, you do not have that luxury. Needless to say, the mouse won.

The fact is, that if you want to really rid your house of a mouse, you are probably going to resort to killing it. Some alternatives may be attempted that seem kinder, but rarely are. Yesterday, my father and brother were discussing the time my father found a nest of about forty mice nesting in our shed, clinging to a big sheet of tarpaulin (if you have not already guessed, I live in the country). He decided to dislodge their little vice grips on the tarp with the power hose. As far as he was concerned, it was successful, and not unnecessarily cruel. My brother argued that it was one of the most grisly scenes he had ever seen outside of a Tarantino movie.

"I don't know what you're talking about," my dad argued.

"Dad," my brother said with wide eyes and an incredulous tone, "half of their heads fell off!"

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