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  • sauer38h
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Peter S:
    my rat trap has been "improved" by my brother, and it "works" well...</font>
    So now that he's "built a better mousetrap", does he catch better mice?

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  • Peter S
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    I use sultanas and sellotape them to the latch of the trap. They have to try a bit harder, it works well. Even cheese works well when it is sellotaped like this.

    Squeamish people shouldn't read this... my rat trap has been "improved" by my brother, and it "works" well... he hammered short nails through from the bottom side. So they stick up about 10mm through the top surface. There is no escape, I'm afraid.

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  • Weston Bye
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    Moved into an old house. First night a mouse got into the bread drawer and tunnelled lengthways through a new loaf of bread. Out came the traps. Got six in three hours.

    On another occasion a widow, knowing I was a vetran, gave me her deceased husband's VA hearing aids. Obviously the ear mold wouldn't fit so I cut it off and made one out of part of a white urethane rubber alligator clip boot - worked great until I left it on the workbench one night and a mouse ate the boot. Apparently the urethane absorbed, and was flavored by, ear wax.

    Wes

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  • Dawai
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    Rollo candy, it has a toffee peanut butter caramel of the proper consistiency to trip a trap without the mouse getting away with lunch.

    Next mouse has rollo and meat.

    I caught 15 one night in Chattanooga. Next night I was too tired to keep resetting the trap.

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  • m squared
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    I had a mouse problem recently in my tool drawer under the bench where I keep my rifle cleaning cradle. They gnawed the top off of the plastic squeeze bottle I keep my Hoppes #9 in. Seems the hydrocarbons in the Hoppes didn't sit to well with them and they were pretty well dead by the time I found them.

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  • Evan
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    The only snakes we have around here are the elusive snow snakes. I don't think they eat mice.

    http://www.naturenorth.com/winter/snwsnk/snwsnkF.html

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  • ahidley
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    Yea, this year mice, next year snakes, the following year whatever eats snakes..............

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  • HTRN
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    The preferred bait for mice is peanut butter, they're are a couple of ways to use this - put out a cracker with peanut butter on it surrounded by glue boards, or how about this one for those mice that manage to nick the bait without setting off the trap - glue a peanut onto the tripplate, and smear it with peanut butter. They can't resist the peanut after licking the peanut butter off..


    HTRN

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  • Duct Taper
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    I say kill 'em. Anytime, anywhere. I used to sit late at night watching TV with a BB gun that had a peepsight and wait for them to run along the baseboard. Got six one night. But that stopped the night I chased one into the kitchen firing along the way. It ducked into the oven vent on the stove just as I fired one last BB. I missed the mouse but succeeded in taking a quarter size chip of porcelain off the stove. Boy did I get out the white paint quick! Mom didn't find that chip for 20 years.

    But if you have a heart and just want them to go away, if you can figure where they are coming in, put a moth ball there. If you don't like the smell of the moth ball, put a light there so the mouse has to go through the light to get in. Leave it on all the time. They don't like light. Also, I have heard that a bag of mint leaves works too.

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  • Arbo
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    My wife was cleaning house yesterday. She found that a family of mice were invading one of her cupboards. I got out a few old fashioned Victors, and some cheese. By this morning, with two traps and lots of resetting, I had anhialated a total of ten mice! Merry Christmas you little bustards!

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    Here's an idea you could experiment with. You know how mice like to chew hard items? Find where they congregate, lay out 2 Viagra, wait 2-4 hours till the (SVEHM) kicks in, brush them into a bucket of hot water. It causes them to see a blue haze so they don't even know what's happening. Oh yeah, that stands for Sudden, Violent, Epileptic, Hunching Mechanism. Worked for ME last month, smashing 3 disks and couldn't walk for a week! They will die smiling, Happy New Year!

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  • rockrat
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    I have been told that a 5 gal bucket filled 2/3rds of the way up with water and corn floating on the top will fix them too. They look in and go for the corn only to find the water underneath.

    Not much fun outside in the winter I would think. Water would freeze.

    rock-

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  • Evan
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    Wife got two more today on the trapline. She isn't even bothering to bait the traps. She has found thier main runways and puts them there. Along comes mouse... "hmmm smells like Fred was here. Wonder where he is...? SNAP"

    We have a real plague of mice this year. We have never seen anything like it. It started late this summer when I was mowing the lawn and suddenly there were mice all over the place. I stomped three of them in a few seconds. Ever since they are everywhere except in the house or shop. The house and garage are pretty well sealed and I don't think they can get in. At least, there is no sign of them inside at all. If there was the Beardog would know.

    It isn't just here either. My daughter lives in Hinton, Alberta and is a manager at a supermarket. They have never had mouse problems until this year. Now the mice are putting on performances for the customers. They have tried everything and can't get rid of them.

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  • sauer38h
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by fixxit:
    A Havaheart trap and peanut butter.
    Works every time.
    Recommended to me by a biologist who did mice population surveys.

    Fixxit

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    The screen-type Have-A-Hearts work well, though of course only on one mouse at a time. I never got the smaller plastic Have-A-Hearts to work at all.

    My varmints don't go for peanut butter, but they like pizza. They grab a slice by the pointy end and try to drag it back home to devour at leisure. Then they abandon it when it wedges between immovable objects. In the AM I can tell where they've holed up because the stuck pizza slice points, like an arrow, right towards their foul lairs.

    I have moles, too. They like marshmallows. Their mightly exertions to drag those into their hidey holes don't work too well, either. A marshmallow stuck in a small hole by the radiator is a bit of a giveaway.

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  • fixxit
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    A Havaheart trap and peanut butter.
    Works every time.
    Recommended to me by a biologist who did mice population surveys.

    Fixxit

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