Friday, May 24, 2013

Home made mouse trap.

We've had too many rodents in the garden. Any time we planted brassica seedlings, such as brocolli or cauliflowers they would disappear overnight. So we decided we needed to have a round of trappiing agin. We don't use poisons as they kill other animals that may eat the sick mouse/rat. There are some poisons that do not cause secondary poisoning but they are still pretty toxic and a nasty way to die for the little beastie. Racumin is one that is safer to use but we'd still rather not use that method.

Attracting raptors to your garden is great, if you can figure that out.. our place has too many trees sticking up, but there may be an owl who visits while we're not looking.

I decided to try a home built mouse trap that drowns the mouse.

It's very simple. You need a tub, a bottle (I suspect a glass bottle would be better, as it would harder for the rodent to grip as they fall in), a towel or other piece of cloth to drape over the bottle to hold it in place, and some peanut butter or freenut butter (made from sunflower seeds, it's excellent and won't kill peanut allergy kids).

I set it up so the towel drapes down to the ground next to mousey's house. It caught a mouse within a few hours.

Simple, and along with my other non-snap traps we're sorted out half a dozen of the little rotters in the last few days.

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