HD mouse-traps, 2 per package, are $1.50 or so (more?),
and that gets expensive after a while.
The instructions say to NOT reuse them.
question: Why not?
. disease (to me)?
. mouse-smell repels others?
I have reused them when I didn't have any replacements. They work fine the
second time around.
But I don't do it normally. I use about a dozen traps a year, so, the $10
I bought a mechanical trap that flings them into a bin. I checked on one
after the winter was over. Can't even say roughly how many it caught, but
the bin was pretty full.
But it kept catching them. so the mouse smell can't be a problem.
To sell more traps?
Many years ago was told not reuse if there was mouse blood on them. But I
always have. Run them under the hot tap for a moment and then hang on
clothes line to dry.
Recently, as fall weather came, caught three mice, two in an old reused
spring trap. One in a new spring trap.
Also bought four new ones recently two in package for $1.50. Same old wood
metal gadget as always; baited with cheese, peanut butter or a bit of bacon.
But no further mice that I can detect.
There was a newer type trap on display, looked something like a large
plastic spring paper clip, called "Easyset" IIRC.
So maybe somebody HAS invented the proverbial better mouse trap?
Of course there is always the suggestion to feed the cat some cheese and
having it sit near the mouse hole with 'baited' breath!
Just saw a TV commercial for a D-Con mouse trap. It is a circular black
plastic? can, that kinda looks like a tuna can.. The mouse enters a hole
in the side, and the top of the can rotates to close the hole. What
happens inside is not shown, but the commercial says "No see", "No
touch". The whole can is thrown out. I can't find a pic with Google.
This is by far the best mouse trap I've ever used. Its reusable too. I'm
going on 20 or more mice on some of them (yes, I have a mouse problem). Far
more sensitive than the wooden ones.
If you do use the wooden ones, I find that if you hot melt glue a few
sunflower seeds under the trip lever they work better (fewer false trips).
THe mouse has to push the lever aside to get to the seeds. I also reuse the
wooden ones with this method. Mouse blood doesn't seem to make a difference
although I wash it off too.
You can reuse them if you wash them well. It's not the blood as stated in
another posting, as mice are cannibalistic (when starving). If a mouse
recognizes the trap as danger (as in near miss) or a trapped and injured
mouse pees on the trap, the urine scent serves as a warning to all other
mice. Just wash the urine smell off with dish soap and water and it will
work fine. I use peanut butter above and underneath the trip tab and get
very few misses.
On 29 Oct 2004 17:40:09 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org (David Combs) wrote:
:) The instructions say to NOT reuse them.
I would guess it is marketing.
:) question: Why not?
I would think most exterminators will suggest reusing the traps.
:) . disease (to me)?
Wear long gloves when handling, you are not just dealing with what is
now a peice of spoiled meat and the various "germs" that go along
with that, but fleas from the cold body will readily jump onto your
arm as you are picking up the trap.
:) . mouse-smell repels others?
the multi catch type of traps use the odor of the caught rodents to
help them be more effective.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
Dancing dog is back!
replying to David Combs, Havok wrote:
/I have used wooden traps all my life and only replace them if they get broken
or disappears, someone else throws it away.
Using a small piece of bread, tie it on with a small piece of thread. Place one
or two drops of used oil on bread. Set trap and place where wanted, sit back and
listen for the snaps./
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