Who is eating the peanut butter in the mouse traps?

philipw2October 26, 2009

I have an attached garage with mice that appear in the fall and winter. I bait the mouse traps with peanut butter and regularly catch mice. But something is eating the peanut butter. SO that about half the time the traps have no bait. I saw a camel cricket near the traps the other day---but then the the garage and basement are filled with camel crickets.

Is there something I can use other than peanut butter to lure mice?

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Salami. Keeps forever and gives off an attractive smell, and it's hard to delicately lick it off without setting trap off. Tie it on with thread.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2009 at 3:30AM
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"Tie it on with thread."

Unwind some picture hanging wire and use a single strand twisted around the bait and the trigger.

Small scraps of dog biscuit with a little peanut butter under them also work well.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2009 at 9:19PM
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A mouse can eat so delicately that it wont trip the trap unless they step on the tab. I changed to traps with the big yellow plate rather than the metal tab. Now I cath mice 3 out of 4 times rather than 1 out of 4.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:07AM
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You only need to put a TINY schmear of peanut butter on the trap, barely big enough for a human to see it. If you put a lot on, the mice can eat it without tripping the trap.

Good luck with the traps and be careful with disposal. My husband is currently recovering from hantavirus and we've learned about disposal in detail from the NM state health department.

First, spray the trap and mouse with a 1/10 bleach solution and leave for several hours to dry. (Bleach and/or sunlight kills hantavirus.) Wear rubber, latex, or nitrile gloves. Dispose of the mouse and trap in a double plastic bag. Be VERY careful of breathing any airborne mouse feces or urine. NEVER, and I mean NEVER, sweep or vacuum mouse droppings!!! If cleaning up an infested area, wear an N-95 respirator map and (possibly) protective clothing.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 10:23AM
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Dianne, you need a flame thrower propane weed burner to render those droppings harmless.

Works like a treat.

Here is a link that might be useful: Flame Engineering

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 6:29PM
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The absolute best bait for mice is using the wooden traps with the small flat brass or copper bait tongue that curls up in the front. Then take a piece of Nacho Cheese Dorito and use enough to wedge a piece in the bait tongue. I use it religiously and have caught mice sometimes in minutes.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2009 at 9:59PM
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Corn chips, tied on with string, although I've had mice remove that too without triggering the trap. Never did find the string.

Try tying it on with many wraps so they cannot get to the corn easily, really cover it up with string.

Sticky pads work for the tiny mice. I have had the sticky pad go missing too, big mouse. Found it a few feet away, no mouse.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 5:37AM
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