Win a copy of 5 Acres & a Dream this week in the Homestead forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Mike Haasl
  • James Freyr
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Kate Downham
  • Jay Angler
  • thomas rubino

Mouse Trap Idea

 
Posts: 34
Location: West Tennessee
1
forest garden rabbit woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I had a mouse trap idea I wanted to share for your consideration and input.

The basic approach is to lead a tube up a tree and into a bucket where birds of prey would easily find a snack. There probably would have to be a one way opening at the ground entrance to force the mouse to continue up the tube to "escape".

My home is just a few feet from some woods that the mice travel from to cohabit with me and my family. Since I cannot have cats around my dog (fun toys that they are), I was racking my brain upon a non-toxic and easily maintained system of control. This was the best that I have come up with so far.

Thanks,
-tfrankeberger
 
steward
Posts: 2719
Location: Maine (zone 5)
566
hugelkultur goat dog forest garden trees rabbit chicken food preservation
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm not sure how high a mouse will climb up but I know they will walk up a short ramp into a five gallon bucket. Smear a little peanut butter just out of the mouses reach on the inside of the bucket. They fall in trying to figure out how to reach the reward. I suppose you could just hoist the bucket up a tree for the birds if that is your goal, once the mice are caught.
 
Posts: 158
Location: Some where in the universe in space and time.
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I like the idea. Maybe a bird of prey that also acts as a scavenger. the bucket must have the ability to allow the bird to access the rodent with out being trapped or harmed in the proccess. Build a proto type and post pictures. That would be cool.
I like any way to remove unwanted guests with out using poisons this is a fun one to think about.
 
I've got no option but to sell you all for scientific experiments. Or a tiny ad:
2020 Permaculture Design Course for Scientists and Engineers, June 14-27
https://permies.com/wiki/permaculture-design-course-2020
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!