We have had way too many mice this spring and summer; especially in the shed where the dog food, chicken food, cattle treats and other tantalizing mouse delicacies are stored. Though all the feed is in metal trash cans they still are in there nibbling on whatever they can find. We didn’t want to use poison on them since some other critter would probably eat their poisoned dead bodies and that would not be good. We aren’t the only ones around here with mice problems either. Our neighbor Marjorie had mice and showed us her mouse trap.
Doesn’t look like any mouse trap I’ve ever seen, but she said it works great and with no poison. Hers was made with a 5 gallon bucket, which I didn’t have so, I hauled out my empty detergent buckets. I don’t want to name any names, but someone here was not too confident in this mouse trap. In fact, Rick I mean he said it would never work and only helped me poke holes in the bucket to keep me from using his tools. I loaded the empty can with peanut butter just like Marjorie said, made sure the can was spinning freely added the water and put the contraption in the shed. I had to put it up on a chair so the dogs wouldn’t lick all the peanut butter. And guess what?
It worked! We have had little dead mice in there almost every day. We scoop them out with a gardening trowel and toss them into the woods. I stopped counting when we had caught a dozen – kind of tells you how many mice were running around doesn’t it?
The record is three mice in one night – and I haven’t even added any new peanut butter. Very efficient I must say, not high-tech, but it works great. And the mouse population in our shed is definitely down.