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Seon

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Posted: 11/11/20 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've tried mouse/rat traps using peanut butter, chocolate, grain, etc with very little luck. I tried glue pad but only get one mouse and my barn is full of mice so that gets expensive having to throw away a rat glue pad for one mouse. I tried the 5 gal bucket with a rolls dabbed with peanut butter drowning just a couple at a time then nothing.

I even got a barn cat but then I got bitten up from their fleas.

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Ron3rd wrote:

coolmom42 wrote:

Please do not use poison. Eating a poisoned rodent is one of the main causes of death for raptor-type birds. It might also be found by a dog or cat who is someone's loved pet.

I prefer the snap traps.

Possibly the mice are long gone. Just keep an eye out.


X2 because as noted you potentially introduce a poisoned mouse into the food chain


It’s only an issue for animals the size of a mouse. The most common poison is Coumadin, the drug used for people with clotting issues. Called warfarin when used as poison, but the fatal dose for a mouse won’t cause an issue for a larger animal.


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Posted: 11/11/20 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TenOC wrote:

A glue trap is not very humane in my opinion. How would you like to be trapped by your hair. The best trap is an old-fashioned bang on the head baited with peanut butter.

However, I use the green poison bait that you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot. This is basically a blood thinner. After they eat it they get thirsty and go outside in search of water and die. The bait is a green cake about an inch long that I throw behind the drawers underneath the couch by the water heater any place out of sight.


So dying of thirst and a huge belly ache is better?

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Posted: 11/12/20 06:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I set a video cam towards an old style mouse trap and got this footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a-KW9xk2wM

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Seon wrote:

I set a video cam towards an old style mouse trap and got this footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a-KW9xk2wM
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I hope these responses are helpful to the OP.

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These are the ones I've had the best luck with. They're fairly inexpensive, re-usable and they help force the mouse to hit the trap head-on.

The problem I've had with the traditional cheap traps is that the mouse might approach it from the side, and I've had instances where a leg of the mouse is caught, instead of an instant snap of the neck. THEN, I had to go looking for the mouse & trap as death wasn't quick. And in one case, the poor critter was still alive.

Since using the style I linked to above they get snagged the first time. They're easy to dump the dead mouse, and reset.

One word of advice. IF you dump the mouse out of the trap and you notice the peanut butter is GONE, that means there was a second little rodent that came by later to clean up. That means you need to rebait the trap and set it out again.

Oh...check them frequently, put them along a wall where a mouse might typically run (dark, safe, not out in the open). If you trap a mouse and forget about the trap for several weeks or longer, it AIN'T pretty. THAT's when I just throw the trap and what's left of the mouse away.

Good Luck,

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2oldman wrote:

I hope these responses are helpful to the OP.
[emoticon] Were on page 3 of an often discussed topic. If the OP didn’t get enough direction by now they aren’t going to.

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My sister used to breed Akitas. She had a barn with kennels for her dogs. Mice infested the barn, so she got some cats. After a few months, the cats started disappearing, and she couldn't understand why. One day, after feeding the dogs, she stayed out in the barn to do some chores, and noticed that one of her dogs didn't quite finish its kibble. There were 3 or 4 pieces left in the bowl. She thought that was strange, so she watched. About 10 minutes later, mice came out and started feeding on the kibble. The dog just watched. A few minutes later, a cat pounced on the mice, and the dog pounced on the cat. She quit leaving kibble in that dog's dish.


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