I find peanut butter works really well as bait. I once caught three mice in the same trap simultaneously, and also have seen one mouse eat through the head of a dead playmate already in the trap to get at the peanut butter!I live in the country and mice of all descriptions and rats are a constant fact of life here, as almost everywhere else.... it's just that most people don't see or hear them.
If you have mice, the rats won't be far away.
Perhaps a two-pronged approach.
First, but not for everyone, is a decent cat. Not all cats go for mice..... get a good one and he'll get the rats as well. Now, I can offer a rental agreement on my boy..... he has a split personality and changes out of his alter-ego the other side of the cat-flap. He's very reasonable and a complete expert. He even turned up with a living stoat once.
But seriously, and second, (this works best) is to invest in a so-called 'humane trap'. Conventional mouse-traps are fine but they are a one-shot pistol and mangled mouse-brain can be very messy to clean up.
A well loaded box-trap or two can accommodate more than one each, if you have the right incentives - i.e., bait. Position the trap where the mice tend to go and arrange the opening in line with a wall or what may be a run
Bait? Forget cheese. Waste of time and cheese.
Mice (and most other creatures) prefer sugar. Oddly enough, crumbled Chocolate digestives can be irresistible to most rodents.
After you've caught them it's up to you what happens next.
There's no food in the garage, we live on the edge of town, shelter I assume is why they keep coming..... and dying.As my name suggests, my workshop is in a barn, on a farm. I'm never going to be 100% mice-free no matter what I do.
I have a garage sized room off of my workshop area that is newly insulated and secure, so any food of any sort (tea bags etc) is inside cupboards in there. I rarely see a mouse, but do occasionally see their droppings.
Crime prevention advice is basically make it easier for a burgular to target your neighbour's house than yours, there are other units on the farm, so I want them to be a better habitat for the rodents than me!
These work well, and a side effect is they stop the wind whistling under in cold weather. Makes it a nicer place to work. Not sure it will be wholly mouse proof though but might deter a few. I get them this time of year, likely field mice seeking shelter after harvest.You will be trapping them until you die, the best solution is to keep them out using something like this?
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Get one of these and put a mix of salt and water (saturated brine), 2 litres or so. 4 parts water 1 part salt. Advantage; no smell. One of mine in the loft has been up there three years, and is still catching mice. Presume the earliest mice caught are well pickled by now, but as mentioned, no smell.My detached double garage is plagued by mice. I usually trap circa two dozen every year no problems. I found one in a box just this past weekend. They're entering via the gap [approx 1"] under the "up and over" garage doors and the concrete floor.
What is the best way to seal this gap and stop them coming in? I want to retain the use of the opening so as to move tools and large stuff in and out. Has anyone experienced a simialr situation? How did you resolve the issue?
I was thinking of securing a piece of conveyor belt to the bottom of the door? Thoughts?
Would be illegal in the UK.Get one of these and put a mix of salt and water (saturated brine), 2 litres or so. 4 parts water 1 part salt. Advantage; no smell. One of mine in the loft has been up there three years, and is still catching mice. Presume the earliest mice caught are well pickled by now, but as mentioned, no smell.
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It's illegal in Norway too, but since the mice haven't informed on me yet I don't see it as a problem. And drowning isn't such a horrible death anyway, much better than a 'misfire' in a mousetrap. Advantage with this trap is that it just keep working, as the bait is not touched. And it is easy enough to make, even from wood. Another possibility is to use a tall bucket, but it will have to be emptied regularly, because otherwise the little charmers chew their way out if it's a plastic bucket. For more ideas, see Mousetrap Monday Mousetrap Monday – Shawn Woods | New Mousetrap Videos Every WeekWould be illegal in the UK.
Keeping out mice is much like king Canute keeping back the tide. Have had some in my car (X-Trail), and am at a loss how they got inside. Traps seems to have done with them for the time being. Also, manufacturers use almond oil to keep window washer tubing supple, and no price for guessing why these are attacked by mice. Two friends have had expensive repairs on their Mitsubishi PHEVs after mice feasting.trapping mice is easy but I dont want to be trapping them for the rest of my days. The only solution is to keep them out.
And probably being a mouse in a former life, I hate cats.