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Old 10-13-2012, 06:55 AM   #31
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Just be careful, do NOT use antifreeze in the trap if it is someplace that pets can get to it.....
No need either, throw a couple of handfuls of rock salt in the water, it still won't freeze and there will be no exposed eth gly.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:20 AM   #32
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What traps seem to be most effective?
A 5gallon bucket filled with anti-freeze. I take and drill a hole about 5" down from the lid on two sides to support a 1/2" dowl rod. Take a soda /beer can cut UFC both ends and slip thw dowl rod thru it. Put a small coating of peanut butter inside the can! Give the little bastards a nice ramp tp walk up to the lip of the bucket

They'll walk the rim get down to the dowl rod and walk out to the can one step one the can and it twist dumpin them into your liquid.. In the AM pick out the floaters!

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:28 AM   #33
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A 5gallon bucket filled with anti-freeze....
I take it you didn't bother to look at, for example, Post #26?

Or #30 regarding the anti-freeze.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:21 AM   #34
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Just be careful, do NOT use antifreeze in the trap if it is someplace that pets can get to it. The sweet smell of the Ethylene Glycol attracts dogs and cats and if they consume it, causes kidney damage, resulting in more deaths annually than rodent baits like D-Con. EG poisoning is difficult to diagnose so by the time it is diagnosed, it is fequently too late and the pets die of kidney failure (not a pretty way to go...).

We had a cat in our shop at a marina, during the winterizing season there was plenty of antifreeze around open and unopened. the cat got into some of it and died over three days.
first went blind then lost its balance, then got stuck in some stuff under the work benches and pasted away there... the vet said it will either die or come around. they said it was too late to pump the stomach and the freeze was taking control... the owner of the shop said oh well.... pretty sad to watch the critter go out like that... the staff ripped the cheap sob a new one as he wouldn't put the money into the cat to put it down. and didn't want us to take it out to shoot it..
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #35
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:47 AM   #36
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If that sucker was still alive and got loose while somebody was holding the tray, it could get interesting.

Damn that one is big enough to shoot. The little mice I catch, I just smash 'em.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #37
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Just be careful, do NOT use antifreeze in the trap if it is someplace that pets can get to it. The sweet smell of the Ethylene Glycol attracts dogs and cats and if they consume it, causes kidney damage, resulting in more deaths annually than rodent baits like D-Con. EG poisoning is difficult to diagnose so by the time it is diagnosed, it is fequently too late and the pets die of kidney failure (not a pretty way to go...).
RV anti-freeze is supposedly non-toxic. Never thought of the salt, sounds like a good idea.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:33 PM   #38
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I take it you didn't bother to look at, for example, Post #26?

Or #30 regarding the anti-freeze.

Yep and as a responsible pet owner I make sure to put "MY" contraption in a safe place so that " MY" cats and dogs would not possibly have access to the bucket of antifreeze! You fill you bucket with what you want and I'll do the same!
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:10 PM   #39
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I use these, unbaited.



And just put them in spots where I know the mice walk in the garage. Make it so they have to cross the traps. I have 5 in a row on the garage concrete sill on either side of my garage door. Catch a ton. Bury them in the garden.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #40
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Bury them?

I just fling them out onto the grass. Either a hawk picks em up or my cat has a fun afternoon playing with them.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:21 PM   #41
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I have a sacrifical rock out back where I leave them,
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RV anti-freeze is supposedly non-toxic.....
I agree with you that the stuff for RV plumbing (also used for seasonal houses) is supposed to be non-toxic. But when people just say "anti freeze" without further description, it isn't clear what is being referred to. I don't happen to have any RV plumbing anti-freeze, I'd have to go get some. But we do have rock salt already.

BTW, used the salt trick once while staying "down south" with relatives. They had an unusual cold snap and their washer drain, which went into the slab at the perimeter of the house, turned out to be frozen. (Found out when we tried to do a wash!). So while everyone was running around saying stuff like "get a hair dryer" and "poke it with something!", I got a canister of Morton's out of the kitchen cabinet and poured it down the tube.

While that was working, I relocated the washer discharge hose into a big plastic trash can and finished the wash. (We dumped that water outside.) In the mean time the table salt (not like that had a bag of rock salt there) did its thing and we were then able to run more wash just keeping the drain flowing with warm water at intervals.
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I have a sacrifical rock out back where I leave them,
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Sky burial!
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update, every last bit of peanut butter was gone, no dead mice, big deer hanging around the mailbox when I got there tonight.

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