How To Build A Better Mouse Trap 101

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First lesson: be smarter than the mouse.

Which, apparently I am not.

Several weeks ago, I thought I saw evidence of a mouse. No droppings, just some chewed up paper & plastic. Now, we live in the country, so occasionally we do get mice in the house, but it disgusts me knowing these unwelcome guests are making themselves at home, mostly while we sleep.

A typical house mouse is about 5.5 to 7.5 inches long, including their tails, and they only weigh about 1/2 an ounce, but they can wreak havoc. They contaminate food preparation surfaces with their droppings, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning and their constant gnawing causes damage around the house. I have also read that mice are incontinent and as they are traveling through your house raiding your pantry and crawling on your counters and through your bedrooms and wherever else, they are constantly dribbling urine. That is just plain nasty! 

Which is why I want it (them?) gone. 

I hate setting those bait and set traps. I'm always afraid of the loud "snap" sound they make and that they will pinch my fingers off so I decided to try a different kind of trap, since my husband wasn't around to set it for me. This is what I decided to try:
And, I must say, I hate this kind of trap. They do not work. At least for me. They are very sensitive and go off if barely touched. There is a trap door that you open to put bait, and I used peanut butter. Well, we also get those pesky black ants in our house year-round and apparently they LOVE peanut butter. They kept eating the bait out of the trap. Needless to say, no mouse caught.

So, my husband set a couple of the bait and set traps we had on hand. Still, nothing. He thought maybe they had too much of our scent on them since we've used them for several years. By now, I had visual proof of a mouse. Eeek! I was sitting up late one night and saw it in our laundry room and then watched it run into the bathroom. By the time I got up to get the broom, it was gone. Later that night, my 13 year old saw it run across her bedroom floor which prompted her to stand on her bed, freaking out.

I ended up going out and purchasing some new traps from the Family Dollar store, which turned out to be very cheaply made. Surprise, surprise. But, about 4 of them worked so we scattered them throughout the house, along with the two that we already had, a small box of D-con (placed in an area that is inaccessible to my smaller children),  and reset the spin trap. Still, nothing.  You've got to be kidding me! I have a highly trained Ninja mouse on my hands.

I've been checking the traps on a regular basis, and the only thing I've seen come close to them are those stupid ants.

Now what? Somebody suggested to me to get glue traps. "Their the best!" That's what I was told anyway. No luck with them either. The day before yesterday, I opened my linen drawer to find one of my favorite aprons chewed to bits. Yesterday, it was several of my cloth napkins. To top it off, I opened my utensil and silverware drawers to find droppings. Did I mention how nasty I think this is? I spent an hour bleaching everything and trying to booby trap the drawers. I thought I'd be smart and put a row of 5 glue traps across the drawer along with some tempting paper and several peanuts scattered near the traps. When we looked in the drawer, we found no mouse, some chewed up paper, and all 7 of the peanuts were gone. This mouse went to Harvard. Or MIT. I am undecided. He is way too sophisticated to be in our humble country home. Maybe he is really City Mouse who traded places with Country Mouse for an extended sabbatical.

So, tonight, this is what is awaiting Country Mouse, or City Mouse, or whoever he is.

I really need more glue traps, but I am hoping it will try to get the peanut stuck to the glue, and get stuck itself. Oh yeah, I stuck a couple of peanuts in the spin trap, reset it, and put it in the drawer as well.  Not really sure what I will do if I open the drawer tomorrow and find a mouse stuck to one of the traps. I will be thrilled, for sure, but what do I do with the trap? Ewwwww.......

If I don't catch anything tonight, I am going out and buying more of the glue traps (which come in a box of 6) and lining my entire drawer. Surely that will get it. Right? Unless I am dealing with an illusionist mouse.

Stay tuned for more Saga of the Mouse........

In the meantime, if any of you have any suggestions, I'm open. :)


Meagan at Fairly Fabulous Blog dot com said...

haha. I have to laugh. We live in the country, too. Most of our field mice are in the garage, but occasionally they sneak in to the house. I saw one scampering across the floor the other night. Apparently our mice are dumb. All we have to do is set traps along their paths (do you set yours up against a wall or solid surface? Mice usually run along a wall or solid surface for protection. They don't often zip across wide open spaces. They are chicken like that...most of them anyway. We don't even have to bait our snap traps with peanut butter anymore. Just put them in their typical path and SNAP. Little mousy friend 'sleeping'. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

farmerboyk said...

haha i thought of the peanut in the middle of the glue traps :P

My So Called Homeschool Life said...

I thought of it first, the night before. I just didn't do it!

My So Called Homeschool Life said...

Meagan...Yep, we put them sideways along the wall so they get caught when they are running along the baseboard. Usually works every time, but just not with this mouse! LOL Our mice must be sick of peanut butter. We use bacon sometimes too. I caught one in the drawer last night trying to get the peanut on the glue trap. I am hoping that was the only one, but I have my doubts!

Noteable Scraps said...

I feel your pain! Have grown up in the country and dealt with the mice and the ANTS! Ugghhh! Ants are driving me crazy this year. Each year they seem to have built up immunity to everything we've used before and we have to find something ELSE that is safe to use around kids and dogs!!! You have Houdini the Mouse there! Good luck! :)

farmerboyk said...

Oh @noteable Scraps we have HORRIBLE ant problems around late spring/early summer.
I hope the mouse caught in the peanut-glue trap was the last one for this year :P