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Old 01-09-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default Building A Better Mousetrap

So the cold spell brought a few uninvited critters into my home. I heard them crawling inside the walls late at night and my wife found that they had feasted on some food kept in storage. So I resorted to use a mousetrap that I had used with much success years ago.

So here are the tools:
1 Five gallon bucket
1 aluminum can (empty)
1 piece of wire
1 peanut butter
1 gallon of water (the picture shows anti-freeze, but water is better)
1 piece of wood (about 30"-36" long)

Here are the materials:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/3I17PWIcnMwEMDWk1

Here is the set up:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/vzRKK8Tv8nFr8zyP2

A view from the top:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/YJKuY1dswzAqB1fv1

The way it works is like this:
- the mouse starts eating the peanut butter that was smeared on the piece of wood.
- Once the mouse gets to the edge of the piece of wood, it sees a big glob of peanut butter smeared on the can.
- the mouse jumps on the can. The can is set to rotate on its axis. The can rotates and the mouse falls in the water and drowns.

I did not invent this. I read about it online years ago and understand that this contraption is used quite often in barns. Notice that there is nothing toxic here (if using water) so it should not be a problem using it around pets.

PS. I found three (drown) mice in the bucket this morning. Good catch!
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:46 PM
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Well done. I’ve used this setup successfully as well in a garage. One suggestion, I don’t think you need to put peanut butter on the ramp - the mice will smell it on the can and go up the ramp anyway, and you might get the one that only stopped to eat on the ramp
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:04 PM
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:35 PM
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:36 AM
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Well done. I’ve used this setup successfully as well in a garage. One suggestion, I don’t think you need to put peanut butter on the ramp - the mice will smell it on the can and go up the ramp anyway, and you might get the one that only stopped to eat on the ramp
Thank you for the suggestion! I think that I still have one renegade. I put just a little bit at the top of the ramp and it ate it but did not jump in. Putting just a bit on top works and let's you know if someone is lurking... Thanks!!
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