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Old 10-10-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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It's mouse season

Cold weather coming. The critters are trying to get inside. I have been catching mice most days for about a week. One or two per day. Sticky traps. Sometimes there is a trap with lots of fur on it (and shit) where one was temporarily caught and got away. Something like this happens every year about this time but this may be a high.

All the traps are in inhabited rooms and are checked every morning. The mice patrol at night. Customarily I would drop the whole assembly in a paper bag, then WHAP! the bag on a counter for a quick kill. But not only was I running out of bags, some of the mice are barely stuck on there and I was worried that one would squirm off as I was picking it up.

So now I put a second sticky on top, making a mouse sandwich. Then I WHAP! the sandwich and drop that in the trash. These traps didn't cost much per trap, I bought a bulk case of traps a couple of years ago from a restaurant supply store and I still have a lot left. These are a cardboard card with the sticky stuff on it, not a plastic tray like consumer-store traps usually sell for several dollars per 2 or 4 pack. The commercial stickies can also be folded into a tunnel, and have side tabs that can be folded to make more of a tray, or left flat and slid under a baseboard.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Yup, they are out there. I only got one in the house in the past 10 years, but they are still out there. Just discovered two nests in the wood pile as I started using the woodstove. The suckers are crazy. Also, several mice holes near the foundation - since they cannot get in, they seem to bury themselves close to the warmth.

I usually look for them with a .22 loaded with CB shorts, low velocity. Hardly makes a noise. Of course, this is outside only.

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Old 10-10-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Makes seriously short work of mice in the house:



Also a good hiking partner. Great company for afternoon naps too.




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Old 10-10-2012, 05:03 PM   #4
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Also a good hiking partner. Great company for afternoon naps too.
Did you start harness training very early? Not that many cats will take a harness but I theorize that people start when the cat is too mature.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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Did you start harness training very early? Not that many cats will take a harness but I theorize that people start when the cat is too mature.
He is a Bengal - the breed is generally okay with a harness. We got him as a rescue when he was about 18 months. He adapted to the harness quickly but it took a LOT of patience to get him well trained enough to be a good hiking partner. Very cool animal: intelligent, fast, strong and bold.


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Old 10-10-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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This has been a partiularly bad year for the little bastards. They made nests in two bikes in my shop,,,, destroyed the wiring harness on an ST1300 and occupied the airbox on a Goldwing. Trapped 18 of them in week following.

This morning I opened the door of my van and found mouse turds all over the place. Found a small nest under the seat among the wiring. Hopefully they will be taken care of by the traps I left tonight.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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My wife's cat has caught and eaten quit a few in the last couple of months. Hopefully he'll bring my kitten up to speed soon and he can eat a few as well.

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Old 10-10-2012, 05:53 PM   #8
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What traps seem to be most effective?
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #9
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Nice looking cat, that's cool that you take him hiking with you.

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What traps seem to be most effective?
I've had the best luck with the plastic ones. Use a small dab of peanut butter for bait.
Wear a dust mask whenever dealing with mouse turds.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Makes seriously short work of mice in the house:


Also a good hiking partner. Great company for afternoon naps too.


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He is absolutely stunning. How lovely to be both decorative and useful!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #11
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I know this is a thread about mice ( and I am running a trapline myself at present) but that is a magnificent feline.

And I'm a dog-person!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #12
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My cat is a good mouser but not real smart in the brains!


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Old 10-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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My cat is a good mouser but not real smart in the brains!



Nice! It's like, Let me the hell out now!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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Makes seriously short work of mice in the house:



Also a good hiking partner. Great company for afternoon naps too.




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I'm not a cat person but wow, thats an amazing critter. Those whiskers are soooo cool!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #15
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google the 5 gallon bucket trap. I've used them for years. Got another little sob a few hours ago.
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