Nope. No food or crumbs, no mice. I was using the teeter-totter traps
baited with peanut butter, and relocating them, 2 or 3 a week, to a park
on other side of river. But 4-5 months ago. I noticed the bait was
vanishing, but the door was still open, and the trap hadn't tottered.
Dunno how, trap still functioned fine, and hinge pins weren't gummed up.
Maybe 2 mice cooperating- one eating, and one holding door end down and
open? So I quit setting the traps out, and quit seeing mice. I keep the
bird seed in tightly sealed 5 gallon buckets. In the kitchen, only food
not in fridge is sealed cans or bottles- no paper boxes or plastic bags
in pantry. Even keep the bread in the fridge. And I have trained myself
to not eat anywhere but kitchen table any more, so no crumbs in other
I'll take the occasional whiff of mouse over a the constant stench of a
cat litter box, any day. And litter boxes ALL stink. Cat owners that
claim otherwise are in denial, or they are so used to it that they don't
smell it any more. But guests sure do.
You're probably right. But so what?
I am indifferent to whether my guests are offended.
Conversely, if I don't like an environment with which I have an occasion to
visit, I leave and don't go back.
Or set the place on fire.
Funny mouse story from years ago.
The company I worked at WG Johnston was closing:( The remaining
workers were moved to a small area in the building. I was in field
service still working, came in and checked the box of donuts in the
adjacent kitchen like area.
Kinda peeked in box to find a mouse looking back at me:)
So I walked in office and said lennys here. Leonard lewis bought the
company to shut it down and was universally despised.
Fear gripped them every time he visited more were let go:(
I said no not lenny lewis:)
Lenny the mouse in the donut box:):):)
The mouse was long gone. the donuts tossed.
After this the donuts lived on a small table in the middle of the
office where everyone could watch them!!!
Johnstons was a great job, worked there 9 years and went in business
for myself as it closed........
Q: The bait is being eaten off the snap trap but the rodent is not being
A: Try to use the least amount of bait possible in any style mouse trap
used. The more bait you use, the easier it is for rodents to remove it
without disturbing the traps. The goal is to have them apply extra force to
the trigger pedal with their nose/tongue to remove the bait. To do this
press a small amount of bait into the bait pedal.
Additionally, by using nesting materials like a string, mice will need to
tug on the material to free it from the trap.
Be sure to position the snap trap so that the baited end of each trap is
placed perpendicular to the wall. Rodents generally travel with their
bodies against a wall for protection. It may be necessary to bait a rat
trap without setting the trap and allow the bait to be eaten a couple of
times. Then set the trap with more bait. Rats tend to shy away from new
objects so this method gets them accustomed to the trap. Mice are more
inquisitive than rats, so pre-baiting is less likely to be needed.
True. I had rat traps set, but they kept getting licked clean without
tripping. Huh? Then, one night, I looked out the window to see a rat
approaching. I'm 2' away, behind glass, so he doesn't see me. Not only did
he lick it clean... He held the bait shoe with both hands while he was
licking it! Amazing. Unfortunately for him, I smear some peanut butter on
the underside of the bait shoe. When he was all done licking the top, he
stuck his head underneath to get that last little bit.... WHAM! The trap
did a backwards cartwheel, I jumped a foot in the air. I survived. He
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