Ruth Meyers wrote:You need to bait your traps with a strong odor they can't resist. I've found peanut butter works pretty well, but a dab of tuna is even better.
T.J. Stewart wrote:I'm not the OP, but David, upon your endorsement, I'm ordering The Better Mousetrap(s) from your affiliate link. (Michael, I looked at the link that you provided, but I'm in The States, so I can't try that one). I'll try to remember to come back here and report how it goes for us. :)
T.J. Stewart wrote:Our traps arrived today (gotta love Prime, even if you hate the machine lol).
My soon to be 16 year old son unboxed the traps. There were 6 of them. They didn't look especially strong or effective, but they were here and we were going to try them out. But first, my son had to do the "finger test". Yes, that means that he wanted to see what it would feel like if the trap snapped his finger. We all looked on in anticipation...well, actually, first I told him that I didn't think he should try it because it might really hurt, but his hands are pretty big (he's a farm boy after all) and he wanted to try it, so in the end, I said "go for it." lol
SNAP. It looked like it didn't hurt AT ALL and my son confirmed through his laughter that it didn't. Okay. Hummmm. Oh well, I thought, maybe they'll still work. We didn't have anything to lose by trying them since we had already bought them. I told the boys to set some and put them in place. They must have decided on using peanut butter because as I left the room, I saw them spooning it out.
Fast forward a couple hours later when everyone had retired to their rooms. SNAP.... screechhhh screechhhhhh (ah ha! We got one!) 10 minutes later: SNAP....... screechhhhh 1 hour later: SNAP....... Screechhhh
I really can not believe it, but these things really work! Thanks for the recommendation, David! :)
BTW, another thing that we like about them is that they are reusable and super simple to set.
thomas rubino wrote:
Plain cheap dryer sheets placed where the mice go , supposedly will drive them off quickly! The down side of course... is the smell... drive me off quickly as well.
Give it a try if you can and let us know.
thomas rubino wrote:That's the sad part of outdoor cats. They are hard on the bird population.
Coyotes, wolves , birds of prey ,cougars all prey on kitty cats.
Absolutely! A lesser known predator of rats are the mink family. When poultry feed isn't kept safe from rats/mice, there is a risk that mink will move in with disastrous results. I'm told that raccoon target rats also - don't know for sure if they target mice - but it's easier to fence a coon out than a mink. I want and need these predators around because they keep things in balance, but the trick is to keep them from deciding that domesticated animals are tasty because too often, once they decide they are, the predator becomes prey to humans.
Right now there is a population in the turkey house - i see them when I go in after dark to feed the turkeys. I need to get some traps in there, because I'm feeding about 15 mice too.