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#11821167 - 02/12/17 I caught a mouse in the shop today
Clarkm Offline
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I am in a crowded suburb of Seattle.
I watch videos of trappers in Northern Canada.
I think I am doing well, considering where I am.
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#11821478 - 02/13/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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They seem to run in pairs,bait up and catch another.

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#11822708 - 02/13/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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Can you provide a picture of the fur on a stretcher? A few thousand more and you will have enough for a stunning set of earmuffs.

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#11822806 - 02/13/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: baldhunter]
Clarkm Offline
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Originally Posted By baldhunter
They seem to run in pairs,bait up and catch another.


You were right. I checked my trap line this morning. The one in the crawl space of the split basement was empty again. But the one upstairs outside in the shop had a mouse in it. Two days in a row:)



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#11829404 - 02/15/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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I got a third one in the shop.

I ordered a dozen mouse traps. I just can't go on with the wrong equipment, using rat traps.
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#11829414 - 02/16/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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Do the rat traps over-penetrate?
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#11830092 - 02/16/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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The traps are failing to go off 60% of the time, and all the peanut butter is gone.

Just a sec.. I will check my trap line.

Yes my downstairs bait has been stolen. It is rat trap that does not trigger with mice. It did bite ME once, I am looking at the scab:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AZJK46
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#11831201 - 02/16/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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A lot of liberals would look good in those traps jmo

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#11832773 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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Good deal on all the Democrats you are catching in your traps
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#11832876 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
Clarkm Offline
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I just checked my trap line. I have pulled the basement trap, so there is just one set in the shop.

I took a before and after pic of the trap. Look how much peanut butter the mouse can eat off a rat trap before he gets caught.

As soon as my hair trigger MOUSE traps arrive from Amazon, things will change.
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#11832890 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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too much bait.

Just fill that divit.

If needed, push a dime sized piece metal screen on it to make the f'er work it out.

They'll rotate all sorts of ways around it and set that thing off toot sweet.
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#11832922 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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I used to live in a hog barn. Needless to say, we had just a FEW mice in the apartment.

As college students will do, we set up a competition to see who could catch the most mice. A case of beer to the winner.

I ended up winning. I used standard mouse traps baited with cheese that I sat out for a day or so to dry and harden a bit. Then tie the cheese to the trigger with just a little slack. Mouse will nibble and eat a bit, and then, when he decides to try and take it with him, the string comes taught and bam. This set up, by far, caught more mice successfully as determined by number of dead mice and fewer baits taken with trap not triggered.
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#11832973 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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You are using way too much bait.
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#11833157 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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I smear peanut butter into a small strip of a rag and tie it on the trigger. Works great.

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#11833294 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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I wonder if that Rat trap will work on a Vole? We had one here a couple of years ago, and the damn thing was killing my shrubs by eating the roots. I tried a couple of Rat Sticky traps, but he threw it off. I killed the last one I think with poison. I put it out and it was gone, but it took a while. Well, I've got one again. I might have to try some of them rat traps.

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#11834179 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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I had a mouse problem in my garage. Baited four new wooden Victor mouse traps and came up empty several days in a row. First the cheese was nibbled off, then the peanut butter licked off.

Looked on the website for victor and found out mice love chocolate. My daughter offered to melt some chocolate chips and load the traps. After the chocolate cooled on the trigger, it wouldn't come off. Microwave the chips just long enough that they just melt. Apply to trigger.

Caught 4 mice in and hour and the other 4 by morning. Every trap had a mouse. The chocolate had light teeth marks, but was largely still there. Too hard for the mice to get a good bite. Best part is the chocolate is still working a year later. I catch a mouse every now and then and reset the trap.

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#11834267 - 02/17/17 Re: I caught a mouse in the shop today [Re: Clarkm]
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Wax or speed dip? You should consider running a fly trap line this summer Clark!
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