Their numbers outside are peaking. I don't know that they are trying to get out of the cold. I think their population is so high that they are being pressured into very niche, cranny, crack and crevice of habitat.
So I heard that gnawing sound a couple of nights ago. Mice.
|I am back to using these. I was having too many "misses" with the traditional traps with the bent metal trigger.
|Stuff the knot in the top of a screw top bottle. Add at least two ounces (60ml) of water.
|Screw on the top.
|I like using a combination bait. A mouse might lick off the peanut butter off the trigger but they have to tug on the raisins.
|Peanut butter pulls them in. It is the smell. The peanut butter that is scraped off on the inside the rim is plenty good enough for bait.
|Ready for placement.
Catching the second mouse is always a letdown. Two mice is the biological equivalent of an imaginary number. Imaginary numbers may exist but they flicker in-and-out of existence so quickly that they do not exist in time as we know it.
This type of trap also works well atop girts in pole barns. You need to use a box nail or a drywall screw to fix the business end to the top of the girt. These traps do not need to be baited when placed in a run!
Another good place is to put them near storage tubs (bins) that have been pushed up against the wall. Due to the taper of the bins, there is nearly always a "runway" between the bottom of the tub and the base board. Mice cannot resist the perceived security of running those enclosed stretches. It must be a primordial fear of owls and hawks.
Good luck!!! I am pulling for you.