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Old 10-28-2012, 12:57 PM
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here's a mousetrap I made for the shop. It's made from a 5 gallon bucket, pop can, a bit of heavy wire and a board for a ramp. I smear peanut butter on the can and pour a few inches of water or anti freeze in the bucket. The mouse gets flipped of the can and drowns. A nice feature is that it keeps catching mice, it doesn't have to be reset.


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My adopted grandmother was having a great deal of trouble with mice in her canned food pantry. She had bee setting all kinds of mouse traps for months.

I spent a while in there studying where the mouse droppings were and it became clear they weren't there to eat they were just traveling through leaving droppings along the path.

Instead of using mouse traps, I pulled some of the full jars out, and replaced them with empty jars half full of water and a piece of tinfoil placed over the top.

I managed to catch 7 mice in two days with that, they were pretty impressed with my ten year old thought process.....

I had massive problems with mice at my last farm, I guess thats to be expected when you put a mobile home in the middle of 150 acres of barley field. I had dozens of traps and caught plenty in them, but they were breeding faster than I could trap them. We had 30 cats at the time and they were catching and eating a lot of them, but even with that we were overun with mice. What I eventually did was start raising domestic white mice in an old aquarium, when I got about 15 mice in there I set them loose in the old goat barn and just keep the two original adults. Before long all the wild mice started turning a real pretty golden color. I did this for about a year, and within one year of stopping, you could hardly find a mouse on the place. The change in coloring made the predators much more successfull in finding and catching them.

Thankfully I have no mouse trouble here, I do still have a lot of voles out in the fields at this new farm, but my cats are pretty dang good at catching voles, I see 3 to 5 voles a day being eaten by cats, who knows how many that I am not seeing.

Good luck with your mousing project.
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hope PETA doesn't find out about this.
somehow I doubt many PETAns read this board.

think I'll try this myself.
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Randyt, my younger brother suggested that it would be an excellent way to feed a pet snake. For rats, I suspect a fellow would need a deeper pail....
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perhaps a 55 gallon drum.
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You could use a plastic plate, upside down, hinged on a wire going through the plate and each side of the rim of the bucket too. These are called "repeating" traps, work great too. My personal best is 77 in two days.
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I have a few of those buckets setup, they work real good.

I have never used a ramp though.
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good reading here folks..

..i hope this kind of improvisation isn't bred out of us anytime soon
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dang rascals were eating my cat's food, so I took a little bit and put it in a bowl, then I took a small box, cut a hole in the top and placed a sticky trap beneath the hole, and put the bowl of food towards the back of the box. Caught 4 of them within 20 minutes!
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Meh...mice are food. Start eating them and they will leave...the news travels fast.

I'm joking of course...sort of.
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Now thats thinking outside the box.
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thanks for the comments. I wanted to add that I didn't invent this mouse trap, it's in common use at many of the hunting camps.

wanted to add to, that I don't really invent anything, I just pay attention to things around me and modify, adapt, alter for my own purposes
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Those "Adirondack Mouse Traps" really work! If you add a dash of dish liquid to the water it seems to make the mice sink and drown faster.
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Scale it up to a 55 gallon drum and a paint can and bury it to within about 10 inches of the top near a muskrat pond. You'll clean out the whole colony.
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I have seen a version of this in a truck garage. They put used motor oil in the bucket. Probably sank the mice quicker, maybe...
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My adopted grandmother was having a great deal of trouble with mice in her canned food pantry. She had bee setting all kinds of mouse traps for months.

I spent a while in there studying where the mouse droppings were and it became clear they weren't there to eat they were just traveling through leaving droppings along the path.

Instead of using mouse traps, I pulled some of the full jars out, and replaced them with empty jars half full of water and a piece of tinfoil placed over the top.

I managed to catch 7 mice in two days with that, they were pretty impressed with my ten year old thought process.....

I had massive problems with mice at my last farm, I guess thats to be expected when you put a mobile home in the middle of 150 acres of barley field. I had dozens of traps and caught plenty in them, but they were breeding faster than I could trap them. We had 30 cats at the time and they were catching and eating a lot of them, but even with that we were overun with mice. What I eventually did was start raising domestic white mice in an old aquarium, when I got about 15 mice in there I set them loose in the old goat barn and just keep the two original adults. Before long all the wild mice started turning a real pretty golden color. I did this for about a year, and within one year of stopping, you could hardly find a mouse on the place. The change in coloring made the predators much more successfull in finding and catching them.

Thankfully I have no mouse trouble here, I do still have a lot of voles out in the fields at this new farm, but my cats are pretty dang good at catching voles, I see 3 to 5 voles a day being eaten by cats, who knows how many that I am not seeing.

Good luck with your mousing project.
wow! That second part was really smart. good idea.
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I heard one the other day, use a paper towel tube hanging half over the edge of a shelf over a bucket. Put a tiny bit of peanut butter on the end and a mouse will walk down the tube to get it and tip it into the can.
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I've been using that exact method for years, works great! my mother in law moved in with us about 10 years ago (got rid of her this summer though thank god) when she moved in she dropped all her stuff in my garage, food and all.. (which of course created a rodent problem) two of those buckets in the garage, cleaned up that problem really quick like.
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I used snap traps with success. sometimes I got two rats in the same trap
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mm... deep fried mice...
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