Saturday, February 23, 2013

Traps: 1

I guess it was only a matter of time before we had a mouse problem. At least we think it’s a mouse problem. We first noticed something around Christmas time when several bags of rubbish in the garage got disturbed. Lately, though, we’ve been hearing noises in the ceiling and crawl space between downstairs and upstairs.

So I bought some old-fashioned traps the last time I was at Home Depot. Luckily they were cheap enough to be one-time use traps if we need them to be. This was the first time I had used mouse traps. Previously, when we had a problem, we phoned the pest control guys and they came and dealt with them using sticky boards.

The directions were very simple and I felt a bit silly that it took me so long to work out how to set them. The fear of snapping my finger off made me cautious. I decided to use peanut butter to stick a small cube of cheese on the trap.

I put two traps in the garage between boxes where I'd seen evidence of their presence. Then I put six of them in the attic space. Thankfully we have easy access to the space since the hot water cylinders and the air handlers are up there.

I'll let you know in a few days how successful we are.

These traps came in packs of four.

I bought a couple of larger, Texas-sized traps, just in case we find we have a bigger problem.

The only cheese I had was the good stuff from Jason Wiebe Dairy.

I had trouble getting the cheese to stay, so I used a little peanut butter as glue.

Setting the trap was a bit fiddly, but I eventually got the hang of it.

I set eight traps like these.

I put this one in the garage between a box and a tub.

I put six in the attic where I'd seen evidence.


  1. Those little guys are lucky to get such a nice last meal! :-) We had a mouse awhile back, but it was in my kitchen. Yuck. He had good cheese for his last meal, too.

  2. When we had this problem Guthrie would nail them to the floor (Traps) before setting them. Then they won't make so much noise flopping around! OR fall into the wall where they will really stink up your house. Almost hate admitting to having a mouse and a fruit rat!!!!!