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What ever happened to a better mouse trap?

We've been having mice. Usually they disappear once the weather warms up, but they haven't this time. So rsc bought a pair of Tom Cat brand conventional mouse traps at the super market the other day. Before setting them up I decided to test one. The spring was messed up so when it was triggered it only went half way. I tried the other one and the little staple holding the mechanism pulled out. So I then bought another pair - this time Enforcer brand traps. I tested them and they were fine. I put on peanut butter and set them. The next morning they were still set and the peanut butter was gone. Robert said "maybe the ants ate the bait". So I put on little hunks of cheese. Several hours later I checked the traps and the cheese was gone. We have smart mice. So I rebaited them and hooked the cheese under a little thingee on the trap. A few minutes later from upstairs I heard the trap snap. The next morning I disposed of the dead mouse and noticed that the other trap was still set and empty. I rebaited it again in the morning and as of dinner time it was still there. I checked after the Red Sox won (although the local thunder storm knocked out the NESN signal and by the time we went to the radio Bill Mueller had hit the game winning double) and the cheese was gone. I just rebaited it again.

No, I don't want a cat!

Garfield: July 2, 2004
Garfield

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Even big, fat, lazy cats are very good at disposing of mice.

You might try one of those super-sticky adhesive traps.

You read GARFIELD?

My hopes for you are shattered. Shattered, I tell you!

We should give them the DVD of the movie when it comes out.

I'd bring Twinkie this weekend since she travels well and acclimatizes very fast, like 10 minutes after entry she will start exploring. She is a lousy mouser, but her antics slamming into wallas while chasing might scare the mice to death, and she's sure to scentmark every inch. But I suspect that the Goucester house may have some Twinkie-sized holes in it that are not doors we can keep closed, and before you know it she will be exploring the wild Gloucester yonder and we'll need to put a pile of fresh warm laundry on the porch to lure her back.

We should give them the DVD of the movie when it comes out.

Why, so we can beat the mice to death with it?

Update: the second trap had a mouse in it this morning. So Twinkie can stay home. (If she wandered around outdoors here, the other neighborhood cats would probably have a thing or two to say about it.)

Well, it's there in the newspaper. It's not like we seek it out.

You sought it out enough to include it in the LJ entry.

Yeah, well. I forgot to check whose LJ I was commenting in.

But y'all are shamelessly promoting your evil lifestyle of Garfield-reading by posting a strip in your LJ! Heathen!

You're buying off-brand traps and using bait that only works in Garfield cartoon strips.

Use the original Victor brand traps. The regular ones with the curved-metal bait plate, not the fancy one with the yellow plastic bait tray. Put smooth (not crunchy) peanut butter on the bait plate.

Obviously you guys are suffering the consequences of Darwinian Selection For Trap Avoidance, a clear sign that the future lies with Mus musculus after the right has destroyed human existence entirely.

no, no cats!

through a chain of association, whatever happened to the picture that john took of the three of us wearing will's finery?

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