Since my previous posting about mice, we have continued to battle them. They are a thorn in my side. If only our rabbits were so prolific!
I’ve learned a few things in the recent months of this war that I thought I’d share with you.
- Mice are inexplicably drawn to silicone kitchen utensils. I have no idea why, but they will climb up to anywhere I store them and chew on them. Apparently it doesn’t kill them either.
- The pinch kind of mousetraps don’t work well. We tried those first because they were less likely to break an unsuspecting person’s finger if they came upon them. Occasionally, they will actually kill a small mouse, but more often they will drag the trap off and either escape or die in a place where you cannot find them. And then the stink sets in…
- It is possible to get two mice at once in the same trap! I was nearly giddy.
- Cats will fight over a dead mouse being emptied from a trap. On the one hand, this annoys me because I want them to catch their own. On the other hand, if they find them that delicious, maybe they are motivated to hunt more between freebies. Really, how filling could a mouse be?
- Natural peanut butter (the kind with lots of oil) is nearly irresistible to mice. It is also very aromatic.
- Add a fresh smear of peanut oil to the traps each day, even if they are not tripped. The peanut butter on them will dry out and lose its attractiveness.
- Find out where they get water and bait there. I suspect they lick condensation off of pipes because we catch them in places (like under sinks) where there is no food source but possibly water.
- Place traps along their pathways. They tend to hug baseboards and run behind furniture. You may be able to catch them just because of the traffic pattern even if your bait doesn’t draw them.
- Count on the mousetraps beginning to go off as soon as you drift off to sleep. That loud snap in an otherwise quiet house will jolt you out of a lovely dream, but at least it’s for a good cause. 🙂
What other tricks or tips do you have to share for outsmarting these awful little vermin?