mice evading traps

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by ge, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. ge

    ge Guest

    We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    off the traps without tripping them.

    We tried a 'balance' trap (a live trap, where the weight of the mouse
    tips the trap, which causes the door to fall shut). We got one mouse
    with that; it was smaller than others we've caught (possibly a
    different species?), but otherwise unremarkable. In general, though,
    they seem to be able to take the bait from these traps too, without
    tripping them.

    We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.

    We don't want to use poison, because we have a couple of (fairly) lazy
    cats.

    Suggestions would be appreciated.

    TIA,
    George
     
    ge, Dec 6, 2004
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  2. ge

    Guest

    What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    trap-wary.

    C.C.
     
    , Dec 6, 2004
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  3. ge

    Guest

    What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    trap-wary.

    C.C.
     
    , Dec 6, 2004
    #3
  4. ge

    willshak Guest

    On 12/6/2004 9:51 AM US(ET), ge took fingers to keys, and typed the
    following:

    >We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    >them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    >off the traps without tripping them.
    >
    >We tried a 'balance' trap (a live trap, where the weight of the mouse
    >tips the trap, which causes the door to fall shut). We got one mouse
    >with that; it was smaller than others we've caught (possibly a
    >different species?), but otherwise unremarkable. In general, though,
    >they seem to be able to take the bait from these traps too, without
    >tripping them.
    >
    >We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    >they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    >trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.
    >
    >We don't want to use poison, because we have a couple of (fairly) lazy
    >cats.
    >
    >Suggestions would be appreciated.
    >
    >TIA,
    >George
    >
    >

    I have used 'Mice Cube'live traps that have a door on one end that only
    swings in. The mouse pushes the door open to get in but can't push the
    door out to get out. http://www.naturallivingstore.com/smartmousetrap.html
    I caught 13 mice in two weeks from my shed using these traps.
     
    willshak, Dec 6, 2004
    #4
  5. ge

    Doug Miller Guest

    In article <>, wrote:
    >We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    >them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    >off the traps without tripping them.


    Use a spring trap baited with a raisin pressed down *hard* onto the bait
    holder.
     
    Doug Miller, Dec 6, 2004
    #5
  6. ge

    Lar Guest

    On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 09:51:38 -0500, ge <> wrote:

    :) We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    :) they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    :) trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.

    You might try gluing/securing a piece of cloth on the trigger of the
    trap...it is a good bait to use for mice. If they geton the glue
    traps they will leave some hair behind, so if they are clean the
    rodents aren't getting on then off. Another possibility would be the
    large outdoor roaches getting in. Their droppings are as large as mice
    droppings and they will also damage packaging to get to food. If you
    add bait to the glue board only put a dab of peanut butter about the
    size of a fingernail.



    Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!


    Dancing dog is back!
    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/smartdog.wmv
     
    Lar, Dec 6, 2004
    #6
  7. Also they make secure bait stations with the poison sealed inside that pets
    and children cannot get into. They last about nine months before needing to
    be replaced.
    --
    Peace,
    BobJ

    "Lar" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 09:51:38 -0500, ge <> wrote:
    >
    > :) We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    > :) they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the
    > glue
    > :) trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.
    >
    > You might try gluing/securing a piece of cloth on the trigger of the
    > trap...it is a good bait to use for mice. If they geton the glue
    > traps they will leave some hair behind, so if they are clean the
    > rodents aren't getting on then off. Another possibility would be the
    > large outdoor roaches getting in. Their droppings are as large as mice
    > droppings and they will also damage packaging to get to food. If you
    > add bait to the glue board only put a dab of peanut butter about the
    > size of a fingernail.
    >
    >
    >
    > Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
    >
    >
    > Dancing dog is back!
    > http://media.ebaumsworld.com/smartdog.wmv
    >
     
    Marilyn and Bob, Dec 6, 2004
    #7
  8. ge

    Bob Guest

    "ge" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to

    trap
    > them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating

    the bait
    > off the traps without tripping them.
    >


    I had this problem with rats once, and my solution was to take a
    kleenex tissue apart to get just one thin layer. I'd set the
    trap, lay the tissue over it, then bait the trap through the
    tissue. The rats would not see the trap mechinism, and it usually
    got them.

    Bob
     
    Bob, Dec 6, 2004
    #8
  9. ge <> wrote in news:vrr8r01fqern6u4eir3lgi04qffvcujj8h@
    4ax.com:

    > We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    > them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    > off the traps without tripping them.


    Buy this mousetrap -- it really is better: www.kness.com/Snap-E.html
    The mouse has to climb up onto the trip mechanism in order to reach the
    bait.
     
    Murray Peterson, Dec 6, 2004
    #9
  10. ge

    Guest

    Make sure that your next cat is one that used to be feral. I have a
    cat who is a stray who lived with a feral cat colony for several
    months. He eats all the bugs in the house and would most likely go for
    a rodent.
     
    , Dec 6, 2004
    #10
  11. ge

    Jmagerl Guest

    I swear by these. http://www.intruderinc.com/mousetrap/mousetrap.html baited
    with peanut butter. Most of the time just push them up against the baseboard
    and you dont even need to bait. The mouse walks into them during in his
    nightly strolls.

    or get a standard snap trap and hot melt glue some sunflower seeds UNDER
    the metal paddle. The mouse will have to push the paddle aside to get the
    seeds. Doesnt work if you hot melt them to the paddle.

    "ge" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    > them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    > off the traps without tripping them.
    >
    > We tried a 'balance' trap (a live trap, where the weight of the mouse
    > tips the trap, which causes the door to fall shut). We got one mouse
    > with that; it was smaller than others we've caught (possibly a
    > different species?), but otherwise unremarkable. In general, though,
    > they seem to be able to take the bait from these traps too, without
    > tripping them.
    >
    > We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    > they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    > trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.
    >
    > We don't want to use poison, because we have a couple of (fairly) lazy
    > cats.
    >
    > Suggestions would be appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    > George
     
    Jmagerl, Dec 6, 2004
    #11
  12. ge

    G M Guest

    What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    trap-wary.
    C.C.


    Yup Peanut Butter gets them
    everytime for me.
     
    G M, Dec 6, 2004
    #12
  13. ge

    Marina Guest

    wrote in
    news::

    > What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    > and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    > --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    > trap-wary.
    >
    > C.C.
    >
    >


    Sometimes it won't work. The little things come and lick it off the trap
    w/o getting caught. hmmm.....
    Marina
     
    Marina, Dec 7, 2004
    #13
  14. ge

    Warren Weber Guest

    "ge" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    > them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    > off the traps without tripping them.
    >
    > We tried a 'balance' trap (a live trap, where the weight of the mouse
    > tips the trap, which causes the door to fall shut). We got one mouse
    > with that; it was smaller than others we've caught (possibly a
    > different species?), but otherwise unremarkable. In general, though,
    > they seem to be able to take the bait from these traps too, without
    > tripping them.
    >
    > We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    > they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    > trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.
    >
    > We don't want to use poison, because we have a couple of (fairly) lazy
    > cats.
    >
    > Suggestions would be appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    > George


    Try a mini marshmallow. It takes some tugging to get a bite. Warren
     
    Warren Weber, Dec 7, 2004
    #14
  15. ge

    dicko Guest

    As someone else in this thread said, I too like the intruder traps.

    From reading this thread, it appears there are a gadzillion different
    ways to trap mice and everyone has their favorite.

    I'll have to try the tissue paper trick, it sounds promising....

    I dont like the glue traps because I think they're inhumane. The mouse
    doesnt immediately die. I also dont like poison. I've had a mouse die
    in a bedroom wall and the odor wasnt something I want to experience
    again in my lifetime.

    dickm



    On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 09:51:38 -0500, ge <> wrote:

    >We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    >them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    >off the traps without tripping them.
    >
    >We tried a 'balance' trap (a live trap, where the weight of the mouse
    >tips the trap, which causes the door to fall shut). We got one mouse
    >with that; it was smaller than others we've caught (possibly a
    >different species?), but otherwise unremarkable. In general, though,
    >they seem to be able to take the bait from these traps too, without
    >tripping them.
    >
    >We've also tried glue traps. Either they're not going in these, or
    >they're not getting stuck. Tonight, I'm going to add bait to the glue
    >trap, so we'll at least know if they're going in there.
    >
    >We don't want to use poison, because we have a couple of (fairly) lazy
    >cats.
    >
    >Suggestions would be appreciated.
    >
    >TIA,
    >George
     
    dicko, Dec 7, 2004
    #15
  16. ge

    Jmagerl Guest

    The small mouse is probably a vole. I get voles, mice, and shrews in my
    house.

    "G M" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    > and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    > --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    > trap-wary.
    > C.C.
    >
    >
    > Yup Peanut Butter gets them
    > everytime for me.
    >
     
    Jmagerl, Dec 7, 2004
    #16
  17. ge

    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Marina <> wrote:

    > wrote in
    >news::
    >
    >> What kind of bait are you using? I use peanut butter, which is sticky
    >> and which they have to nibble at while on the trap. Works every time.
    >> --and that smaller mouse could have just been a younger mouse, less
    >> trap-wary.
    >>
    >> C.C.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Sometimes it won't work. The little things come and lick it off the trap
    >w/o getting caught. hmmm.....



    When I get one with a 'light tongue' I tie a piece of string or yarn
    to the trigger. The little buggers insist on trying to get the last
    taste of peanut butter off the string and pull the trigger in the
    process.

    Jim
     
    Jim Elbrecht, Dec 7, 2004
    #17
  18. ge

    VRadin Guest

    In article <>, e_c_l_e_s@a-
    znet.com says...
    > We have some mice this fall. Other times, we've been able to trap
    > them without any problem. This year, though, they're eating the bait
    > off the traps without tripping them.


    You need something new and different. Try this one:
    http://www.dixiegunworks.com/product_info.php?products_id=11582

    It's a little expensive, but you do get more bang for your uck that with
    a standard snap trap. (pun intended)
     
    VRadin, Dec 7, 2004
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