On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:50:22 -0500, trader-of-some-jacks
I like the bucket for multiple catches.
But I have to plug victor's new electric traps. 4 aa batteries & it
electrocutes the little buggers. Flip open the top & dump in toilet.
No mess, no touching anything the dead mouse touched. I got 10 on
the first set of AA's over a 2 week period.
The signal light was supposed to glow red when the battery was weak--
but when my peanut butter disappeared without a mouse I changed
batteries and got a few more the next week.
A little pricey at $20, but I'm glad it was marked wrong at my local
These two are better than the Looney Tune ones, that I never got very
good at setting, let alone then sitting them down without tripping them,
however they don't meet all of your requirements.
They are very easy to set, and do the job. Unfortunately, you do need to
reset and rebait them, but I just use something like a tongue depressor
or wooden coffee stirrer (and a jar of peanut butter devoted to that
purpose only!). And they are very easy to empty, but you do have to do
Same with this one - http://www.d-conproducts.com/traps/ultra-set.html .
It's even easier to empty, and it's covered so you don't even have to
see the mouse. (I actually got pretty good at emptying it into a plastic
bag without actually looking, LOL).
OTOH, if I had another mouse invasion (like I had a few years ago from
some nearby construction), I'd definitely try the battery op one someone
poision they may not leave die and stink up your home, that happened
to a buddy of mine.........
smell lasted 2 weeks:(
you must prevent entry, seal every little crack and crevice, leave NO
FOOD SOURCE AROUND.
We were over run once when I was feeding birds sunflower seeds.
evicted near 40 mice.
used a live trap released them away from home, no they didnt re
why kill anything un necessarily?
I can attest to how convenient these traps are. They pose no danger to
the user, as the older "spring-snap" type did.
They are easy to bait and catch a lot of mice. If you put peanut butter
on the trigger you can catch several mice before you have to re-bait the
trap. You can cleanly open the trap (without touching the mouse)and drop
the little bugger in the toilet for flushing.
Occasionally the trap will only grab the mouse and not kill it. This is
awkward. I solve it by dropping the trap and mouse into a bucket of
water. When you pick the (trap/live mouse) up you have to be sure you
don't open the trap and let the little bugger get away. The whole thing
sinks and drowns the mouse. Not the best scenario, but it works.
EJ in NJ
Lee B wrote:
I use this kind of trap, but rather than baiting with peanut butter, I
superglue a couple pieces of mouse bait to the trigger. I can get
12-20 mice in a year this way without having to rebait the trap. The
bait I use is greenish, comes in a little cellophane bag, and consists
of little cylindrical pieces about 1/2" long and maybe 1/8" in
Out in my back yard there are mice colony. But I don't have any one
inside the house. Peppermint oil smell is good mouse chaser.
Since weather got so cold, we have birds, peasants, wild bunnies, deer
in my back yard for food.
Look up "Towser," a cat who, for 23 years, was the "Mouser-In-Chief" at the
Glennturrent Distillery in Scotland. During her career she dispatched 23,898
mice (plus a few rats and an occasional rabbit).
Enshrined in the Guiness Book of Records, Towser averaged about three mice
per day during her service.
As an aside, if I were Towser's supervisor, and she was brining me three
mice a day, I'd have hired a mouser-trainee to assist in the project.
A few years back the BBC aired a program where cat owners retrieved and
kept (frozen) all of the birds that they could from their free-roaming
cats. Every owner was astonished at the number and variety. Keeping in
mind that the cats likely captured many others that the owners never
found out about.
The majority were song-birds and they showed footage of cats capturing
many of these both from branches and actually plucking them from the
air. You grossly underestimate cat's skills if you think they can only
capture slow birds on the ground.
Red squirrels kill more birds than do cats in our area by a factor of
more than ten to one. They will clean out a nest faster than you can
blink - and NOTHING is out of reach to them.
Too bad the little buggers are so viscous that not many cats will take
You're probably right. I've seen my cats interact with Mocking birds. After
a few desultory lunges, the cats try really, really hard to ignore the pest.
It seemed to me that going after a bird was calculated as almost futile.
There was an Animal Planet show a bit back ranking the top ten feline
predators based on what they hunted. As I recall, number ten was some
obscure Indonesian cat that had only two prey: mud turtles and fungus. The
list went up through lions, cheetas, bobcats, and so on to number one. The
most ecumenical hunter of all the cats was ... wait for it ... the domestic
house cat! Yes, your ordinary kitty has over 10,000 enumerated species on
its menu, including small birds, rodents, insects, worms, snakes, small
mammals, amphibians, larger birds (like chickens), moles, spiders, and
Somebody here suggested 'peppermint oil'.
That leads one to ask; "What about those strong smelling camphorated
They any good to deter mice????
Cheers. Greetings of the Season and New year.
On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:50:22 -0500, trader-of-some-jacks
A 5 gallon steel pail 1/2 full of water, with aramp up to the top
and a stich across the top - with the bait on a metal wheel off the
side. When the mouse goes for the bait, the slick wheel turns and
dumps him into the water. He might swim for a while but he won't last
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