Granted, mice are dirt and filthy. But should that warrant a death sentence, if there is another way to get rid of them? They canít help being disease-carrying, flea-infested, freaky almost human-handed little vermin, can they? I have to say though, with the dismal failure of the ferret stink deterrents, my Mom is seriously considering walking down the De-Con trail. Just before Thanksgiving they stole all of her pumpkin seeds and buried them in her herb window pots, making a huge dirty mess behind them, AND they peed on her egg timer. She is not amused.
So, I have been inspired by Saddlebags ingenious mouse trap, and have invented a Have-A-House trap. It works off of the same principal, but is a non-lethal alternative. I have included some drawings for illustrative purposes.
Tell your father to fill a 5 gal. Pail 1/3 full of water. Cut small holes near the top rim so a piece of dowelling will span the pail. Drill thro the cap and end of a small plastic bottle and thread it on the dowel to the middle. Smear a little peanut butter on the bottle. As the mouse attempts to get the peanut butter, the bottle will spin and mousey will drown in the water. I'm told this is the only way that's 100% effective, better than traps.
My trap uses a large flower pot with an attached saucer, instead of a five gallon bucket. Two holes are drilled up near the rim, and a dowel with a peanut butter smeared bottle is inserted. There is also a biodegradable funnel under the dowel. See picture: DSC_5775.jpg
Note that the attached saucer has a bit of water in it so the mouse won't be thirsty before you check your trap. When the mouse is trapped inside, you put a lid on the flowerpot and carry the whole thing by the supplied handle to a far away place or to a disliked neighbor's home, flip the pot over, and remove the handle/dowel. See picture: DSC_5788.jpg
The net of supplied food swings over and the fluffy bedding falls down. By removing the handle, you open up two escape holes, and the mouse can go; yet it has a little home to return to if the weather is fierce. The attached saucer now stops being a water bowl, and becomes a rain-proof roof. Ingenious, no?