/ Decent multi-use mouse traps
Happy Saturday folks!
I after a bit of advice on decent mouse traps.
We seem to have a problem in the garage and in the loft.
I have used the Rentokill ones from Homebase which claim to be multi-use but after the first trigger, the strength of the trigger seems to damage the trap. I also bought a Rentokill electronic one last week, which says that when the device is triggered the light will flash green and the mouse will be brown-bread. Checked it this morning and the green light was flashing, the peanut butter was gone and the mouse, nowhere to be seen.
So Im after a robust device or two which will worked perfectly well time after time. I'd rather not kill them but I'm afraid that this really is the only option so catch and release arent of interest.
We use something similar to these :-
A bit fiddly to change the thread, but they work very well ( using a bit of emmenthal cheese) and usually don't kill the mouse, just trap them to be let out somewhere else !
These have been very reliable https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Cheese-Baited-Results-Guaranteed/dp/B005838M7W
In time-honoured UKC fashion though, I have to recommend a multi-occupant live trap too, even though you specifically asked us not to. https://www.trapman.co.uk/mouse-traps.htm
Great at catching loads at once. You should also buy a Skoda Octavia.
If Wilko still sell the black and yellow plastic traditional-style ones that I got a good few years back, get some of those. I found them to be very effective. They are nicely sensitive. I only had one genius Penn and Teller mouse that could get food and get away, and I eventually got him with a devious double set-up. The rest of them never stood a chance
And they are durable
Know what you mean about multi use - had exactly the same problem with a twin pack of traps. One works fine, the other one packed up after first use, but did, at least, catch the mouse.
Hmmm not convinced by Wilko current offering, seems too cheap, mine were about £6 each and that was ten years ago
I have one, but she's called Pepsi, 15 or 16 years old and can't be arsed with all that chasing around any more...
When I read the OP I thought "How is a mouse trap going to mow the lawn, or clean the windows" LOL
Anyway, we use these. Even though we have a Cat. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rentokil-PSW107-Wooden-Mouse-Trap/dp/B004SQ4XEQ
> So Im after a robust device or two which will worked perfectly well time after time. I'd rather not kill them but I'm afraid that this really is the only option so catch and release arent of interest.
I'd rather not kill them either but having caught one in a catch-and-release trap marketed as a 'humane' trap once a few years ago, I came to the conclusion it was anything but humane. The mouse was soaking wet, obviously knackered and traumatised, and was almost certainly going to be caught and killed by something not long after I released it anyway. The trap had been left overnight, so the mouse could have been in there for anything up to about 6 hours.
Since then when I occasionally have a mouse I've been using cheap, traditional 'Little Nipper' wooden traps. And whenever I've caught a mouse in one of those it's been a healthy, happy looking mouse if you see what I mean (apart from being dead, obviously). I've tried a couple of more modern looking plastic ones - hopeless. They don't seem to be sensitive enough - the mouse doesn't get caught but it does get fed!
As OP says, the humane traps are only humane if you check them very frequently. We had a situation in a shop many years ago where someone didn't check the trap and clearly the mouse died a horrible death in the humane trap. The multi occupant one you suggest looks much friendlier than the plastic tube style humane traps, and can catch more mice! Will remember that
'Little Nipper' - very effective - best to channel the wee beasties so that they approach from the front and place it up against the wall as they like to scurry along the edge.
I think you must have been unlucky as I've never had the problem you describe with either of these two traps -
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