I have several mouse traps around the house. I've noticed that a few
of them have snapped and there is nothing in them. Both that snapped
have been there for about 1 month. Will mouse traps let go by
themselves after a lenghty period of time if they don't catch
Depending on how you've baited it, mice can take bait without tripping the
trap, or take it and get away without getting caught when it trips.
The best thing I've ever found for baiting a mousetrap was a plump, fresh
raisin. Smush it down onto the bait pan good and hard, then set the trap. They
can't lick it off the way they do peanut butter, and there's no way they can
tug it off without snapping the trap.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I've caught a few with them.
My best so far though is those "cheese pedal" traps you put near the
wall, with no bait.
Little bastards just run along the wall, and WHACK!
One woke me up thrashing about, and the little bastard got out. Don't
think that was because of the type of trap, though.
I had a little mouse in my 'office' a few days ago, wandering around.
I didn't have anything to hit it with, but I put a hiking boot by my
chair, even though I thought he wouldn't be back.
An hour later he was back, wandering around almost the middle of the
room. I whacked him with the shoe and he was stunned. I whacked him
a few more times and without going into detail, he was dead.
This is definitely the non-survival of the non-fit. Most mice
wouldn't put themselves in such risk.
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