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A simple and effective way to catch/kill mice in the garden
March 16, 2013
1:27 pm
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mamajoseph
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We were having a horrible time with mice/rats eating seedlings in our garden. Found this idea online, tested it out today by placing 3 of these bucket traps and in a few hours had already got 1 big drowned rat. I’m re-posting the info as quoted, along with the website. It was very long forum and would be impossible to find it otherwise.

in the event of a double post, please disregard:

find an empty can and drill holes through the middle of oppostie ends so you can pass a metal rod or wire through one end to the other ( in effect you have created a wheel and axle);

take a bucket and drill holes on opposite sides of the top of the pail;

pass metal rod, wire (axle) through one side of the pail, through can and back through other side…

pour water in pail to the depth of 6-10 inches;

bait can with fried bacon…

place 1 by 4 inch ramp to rim of pail…

in theory, mice get whiff of bacon scent, run up ramp and jump onto can and falls into pail…

it is worhy of note: floating victim always points to north…

good luck

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This is the website: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/ipm/msg0118535629276.html

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

March 16, 2013
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Yes, this really works! You can also use peanut butter for bait. One summer at our campground several of us did this as we had a mice infestation. One guy caught 18 in one night!

Be sure to not put too much water in the pail (we used drywall mud pails) as they can and will jump out. We only put in just enough to drown a mouse, 3-4 inches. You can also do this without using the can, just put pb inside pail around the edge of water line.

Never noticed if they were facing North, though!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

March 17, 2013
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happy-flowerThis is a great idea, we have a lot of fild mice and voles. My Husband sets traps using a mixture of peanut butter and bird seed on the old fashioned mouse traps. Some times we get the critter, but sometimes the bait is missing and no critter. I leave that job to Hubby, I can’t kill them, I can kill a bug or spider, but that is about it.

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March 21, 2013
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Plastic drink bottles with caps are easier to use. Same method and holes.

March 22, 2013
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I 2nd Ross’ suggestion as that is exactly what hubby ended up using.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

March 23, 2013
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Ross said
Plastic drink bottles with caps are easier to use. Same method and holes.

 

Hi Ross, how would we bait the plastic bottle? Maybe you could do a visual aid for those like me that “have to be shown”.

                              Thank you,

                                    Jo

 

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March 23, 2013
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We just smeared peanut butter on the outside of the bottles.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

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