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lawnjocky
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# Posted: 26 Aug 2016 21:25
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For years I have used regular mouse traps baited with penut butter. The results have been so so. Last week end I asked a neighbor who lives at his off the grid place year around what he used. He told me to crazy glue an almond to the trap as bait and gave me a handful of almonds. I only had a little crazy glue left so I also used JB Weld. The JB actually worked better because it was thicker. I trapped four mice the first night.

FishHog
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# Posted: 26 Aug 2016 21:35
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good tip, might try that.

bldginsp
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# Posted: 27 Aug 2016 00:11
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I've used a small Havahart trap to catch a bunch of mice in my shed. Then I got a little cage to keep them in til I drive into town, and let them go behind the police station

Malamute
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# Posted: 27 Aug 2016 00:26 - Edited by: Malamute
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I accidentally bought some of the traps with the big square plastic trigger that looks like cheese. Being 30-some miles out of town, I decided to go ahead and use the stupid things. after using them a while, I realized I was catching most of the mice from them just walking across it rather than getting to the bait of peanut butter. I stopped baiting them for the most part, so long as I could set them with the trigger bar next to a wall where lice like to walk. I still caught lots of mice.

I bait them in my vehicle since the walls aren't that well defined. For most use, just putting them with the trigger end to a wall works quite well.

I started drilling a small hole in the corner of the trap and making a small loop of fine copper wire, then tying a string to that and anchoring it. Once in a while a mouse is poorly caught and drags the trap off into a unseen corner and dies, stinking the place up, and losing a trap.

Other than the first cabin I lived in, Ive not had mice in any place I built (didn't build the first place). Paying attention to details and not being sloppy and leaving holes and gaps helps keep varmints out.

Subs, like plumbers, do some really poor work and leave all sorts of huge holes and gaps. Need to back track all their work and fix the stuff they messed up.

DaveBell
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# Posted: 27 Aug 2016 13:54
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There are threads on the forum about mice. Just do a search. The bucket trap works well.

Julie2Oregon
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# Posted: 28 Aug 2016 00:42
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Figures that mice now think they're above peanut butter and have to be baited with pricier almonds. Hahahaha!

Haven't had a mouse problem in a long time. But when I moved into my first house, it was a new subdivision outside the city so land and habitats had been disturbed by construction. There were snakes, tarantulas, and mice to watch out for. You really had to be careful to ensure the garage door was closed tightly and to watch the door when you came in at night or a mouse (or worse) could slip in.

We had a few mice get in. There was a nifty boxlike trap that was the only thing that worked. Pricey, but it could be reused indefinitely. The box had a good-sized opening and inside the box was a maze. Once the mouse entered, there was no way it could turn around and exit so it had to keep going to the end of the maze, where you had put a bit of peanut butter or some tempting bait.

The clincher was that the box was battery-operated and wired. There was a steel plate at the end of the maze, and when the mouse stepped on it, a jolt of electricity instantly killed it. A signal light on the outside of the box told you when there was a dead mouse inside. And you could then simply open the lid and dispose of it. No fuss, no mess, worked like a charm. A lot more humane than spring or glue traps, IMO.

I don't know if they still sell this thing but it was awesome. I believe the Victor company made it.

lawnjocky
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# Posted: 29 Aug 2016 18:51
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"I've used a small Havahart trap to catch a bunch of mice in my shed. Then I got a little cage to keep them in til I drive into town, and let them go behind the police station"

Perhaps a few by the building inspection and planning departments would be good too.

brooksm29
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# Posted: 29 Aug 2016 22:46
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lawnjocky- YOU ARE A SAVIOR. We got a chipmunk in the house about 2 weeks ago and I couldnt catch the lil bugger because of the peanut butter issue. Tried your Almond trick and whammo...got him in like 6 hours. Bucket trick works great in the barn/cabin but not great in the kitchen...lol.

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