Mouse Update

You guys have advised how to place the peanut butter in various ways so that it requires pressure that would trip the spring trap. But he won't be lured; he'd rather go hungry than take the chance of applying the needed pressure. He also ignored the electronic trap; must've gotten a good jolt the other night.
The good news is that he gnawed on a chunk of poisonous block bait. Very little, but there are definite signs of gnawing in two places.
Mary
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On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 13:30:41 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@home.net (Jack) wrote:

The little bastard's smart. I wonder if he was a lab mouse at some elite college. Mary
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wrote:

They can lick peanut butter off without springing the trap. Use a raisin instead. Press it down onto the bait holder good and tight, and no mouse is going to get that off without springing the trap.
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Jack wrote:

I have had fairly good luck with a trap that captures the mouse live. It's cheap plastic, a gray box in which you put some bait and when the mouse goes in to get it, the box tips slightly and door swings shut and catches. Like other traps, sometimes the bait's gone without the trap having been triggered, sometimes it's triggered without catching anything, but mostly it catches the mouse. Then you can release the mouse near someone's house that you have a grudge against. -- H
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Caught a fruit rat in a Hav-A-Hart trap and put whole shebang in a bucket of water and went for a board to cover the bucket. When I got back I could see wet footprints on the pavement after the rat squeezed out of the trap.
On 23 Nov 2005 06:59:52 -0800, "Heathcliff"

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The bad news is that he will die a horrible death and probably inside your walls somewhere. You'll know by the smell.
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wrote:

They don't always smell when they plotz.
Some just dry out.
It might be a horrible death, but I'm not sure of that. Internal bleeding, right? Don't humans have that sometimes and not even know it? They just pass out and, if not treated, die?

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@bigfoot.com says... :) It might be a horrible death, but I'm not sure of that. Internal :) bleeding, right? Don't humans have that sometimes and not even know :) it? They just pass out and, if not treated, die? :) :) Supposedly rodents hooked to an EKG showed no signs of stress on their way out. Basically as you said, passed out.
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On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 13:30:41 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@home.net (Jack) wrote:

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I haven't been following the thread-- but has someone mentioned tying a piece of cotton string or yarn on the trigger before applying peanutbutter? He might just clean down to the string the first night--- but don't touch the trap and the smell will probably make him come back to clean up. The string catches in his sharp little teeth. . . SNAP!
Jim
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I use Hav-A-Hart live traps, with peanut butter. A little pricey, but if trap is tripped by a mouse (not bumping) I always gett 'em. Used to then take the traps, put them under a wooden box with a big hole at the top that just fit the tailpipes on my SS454 pick-up. Call it my "Little Auschwitz". But gas has gotten expensive. So now just leave the trap in the garage for 12-18 hours. They croak on their own. Open the trap and sling 'em!

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I missed the beginning of this. What's wrong with good ol' fashioned mouse traps, and a piece of cheese? Works every time for me. I use American cheese since it stays good as bait even after it dries up. No failures, stolen bait, or problems of any kind. Plus I like that it kills them quickly and humanely.

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Here's a link I found with more info:
http://unexco.com/mice.html

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AlfredE wrote:

Why mess with poisons and traps when a cute furry kitty will happily and cutely rip the mice to shreds?
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On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 21:54:29 -0500, Flarky

The only time I saw a cat eat a mouse, the mouse had been killed by a roommate who threw a boot at it. I didn't think that would work but it did.
The cat seemed to be sleeping when the mouse was laid in front of him. After 5 seconds or so (he smelled it?) he opened his eyes, and a second later swiped at the mouse and put all of it in his mouth, except for the tail. I left about 15 seconds later. The tail might have disappeared by then, I don't remember.
Of course maybe if it were alive he would have injured or shredded it in the process.
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mm wrote:

My cats are always murdering mice, scattering their bits. And that's fine because the mice are, as I understand it, eating the bugs that I don't want around. If I were interested in eating cats, it'd be a complete little ecosystem! However I suppose it is possible that my cats are getting poisoned slightly because we spray for bugs...
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On Thu, 24 Nov 2005 14:01:42 -0500, Flarky

Try it. You may like it.

Don't eat them then. There isn't much meat on them anyhow, iiac.
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1234567890abcdef.org says... :) However I suppose it is possible that my cats are getting :) poisoned slightly because we spray for bugs... :) :) depending on what you are spraying with, the amount of the active ingredient in the solution would be 30-250 times less toxic than table salt..considering the amount of insecticide effecting an insect that crawled through the treated zone, if kitty dined on the effected bugs constantly, sure kitty would have no effect.
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Come to think, some insecticides, powders I guess, kill by clogging the pores in their thorax through which they "breathe". Since it's physical, these aren't poisons at all, are they? And they wouldn't hurt us or the mice or the cats maybe? I forget what the instructions were on the box.
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