I'm not having much success luring poor innocent mice into my cruel old-
fashioned mousetrap with a trigger and spring-loaded bale. I've tried raw
bacon for bail with slight success, peanut butter with none. I've tried a
newer trap that lets them in but not out. Worked once over many years.
Other traps? Bait you've used with success? Cats?(Mine died a few years ago
and I've never replaced her - I'm too old. it would long outlive me.)
"Things would be a lot nicer if antique people were valued
as highly as antique furniture!" Anon
I made one trap, but it was pretty specialize. We probably could have
peacefully co-existed but the mouse insisted on crapping on the kitchen
counter. I figured I could let gravity do the deed.
The core from a roll of paper towels would work, but not having one handy, I
made a triangular, mouse sized tube about 12" long. Mice love little spaces
like that. Next step is to put the bait in one end. He'd chewed into a loaf
of bread so I figured he liked bread and I sweetened up with a little peanut
butter. Balance the tube perpendicular to the end of the counter and put a
13 gallon trash can (empty) under the tube. The mouse spots the bait, heads
down the inviting tube, and eventually the whole thing overbalances and
falls into the trash can.
It took about 2 hours until I heard the thud and squeaking. Being Christmas
Eve, I just launched the mouse into the great outdoors.
Sadly, it didn't take the mouse too long to find his way back and that time
I used a conventional trap.
I once read a magazine artice written by an old exterminator. He said
that one of the reasons why traps become less effective over time is
because people tend to use the same bait. In the case of peanut butter,
the mice soon learn to be afraid of the scent of peanut butter because
it kills. So, another peanut butter baited trap will only be effective
against wild mice that come into your house looking for food.
Your best bet now might be to set poison out for them to eat.
But, even though you have the poison out, bait some traps with something
else, like fried bacon and set them out so the mice become accustomed to
eating fried bacon from the traps. Then you can start not only baiting
the traps, but setting them too so that they kill the mice that go for
Mice are, by nature, herbivores, so one should not expect much success with bacon. And they
can lick peanut butter off without springing the trap.
Try a raisin. Mash it onto the bait pan, don't just lay it there. Mice cannot tug it off of the bait pan
without springing the trap. My success rate using raisins for bait is 100%.
I had a infestation at one time, after buying a 100 pound sack of sunflower seeds for winter bird feeding...
I used a live box trap emptied at least twice a day outside. all the mice survived except the old grey elderly ones.
I DONT BELIEVE IN KILLING ANYTHING UNNECESSARILY!
I hear they make great cat food . Since we got chickens , there's feed and
hay/straw around <feed IS in a metal can w/lid> and now we got mice .
Currently awaiting the delivery of 2 feline rodent control specialists . The
day I opened my rollaway toolbox drawer to have a mama with 6 attached leap
out at me decided me . They stay outside or they die . There's plenty of
stuff out in the woods for them to eat .
For bait, I've had good results with "Motomco Gel Mouse Attractant" (it
also says Tomcat on the label). It's a gel in a small squeeze bottle, so
it's easy to apply to the trap, plus the mice have to work a little to
lick it out and splat. Then there is usually gel left in the trap for
the next one. People on Amazon have widely varying results, but my
particular mice liked it so well that when they got into my pantry
closet, the chewed through the top of a bottle of it to get to it.
For traps, I've had decent results with the plastic ones that sort of
look like big bulldog clips, that you just pinch at one end to set. I've
also used ones that are in little plastic enclosures (good for keeping
my dogs' noses out!) but haven't seen them around lately.
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