I keep my bird seed in 5 gallon plastic buckets. Once I forgot to snug
the lid down, and the next time I opened it, two mice looked up at me
with 'What're YOU looking at?!' expressions.
I haven't trapped lately, once I realized they were only coming in to
get the peanut butter out of the teeter-totter traps, that had
previously worked quite well for me. I have NO idea how they do it- the
damn things are so twitchy that if I look at them wrong, the door falls
shut. Mebbe two of them work together, taking turns- one jams himself
under the high end, and the other goes in and gets the PB.
But, in a few months, come cold weather, I suppose it will all start up
again. Any food not in a hard-sided container goes in fridge, so
pickings are better outside in summer.
You really don't need that much detail. You just have to be smarter
a Mouse. LOL
I used the smallest bit in my Drill Index, I think a 1/16" and used my
9.6 Volt Makita Drill. I have NO idea what RPM it was. I used some
Copper wire I stripped out of telephone wire I had in my Junk Box. You
don't need to really lock down the Almond, just secure it enough to
the bait tray and trip the trap when the mouse tugs at the Almond to
carry it away.
What I do is superglue mouse bait to the triggers of, say, Victor Quick
Set Mouse Traps. I have very few false trips, and I usually get one or
two dozen mice before I have to rebait the traps. When I say "mouse
bait", I mean the greenish kind that contains warfarin and is available
in small sacks containing cylinders 3/16" in diameter by 1/2" long. I
usually glue two such pieces to the trigger.
Back in the day, My grandfather would use sewing thread wrapped around
cheese/trigger. Multiple wraps and the bait stayed on the snap trap.
That was for giant "rats ingenious". Even a mouse couldn't get past
the thread without a snap on the neck.
er, pat on the back........
I set some mouse traps one time only to have ants eat the peanut butter
off the trigger. So I put out ant bait in the little plastic squares
and the mice flipped them over and ate the ant bait. I could have sworn
I found a tiny little thank you note on the table.
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