December 03, 2008

Smart Mice

We have an old drafty house. We have lots of kids scattering lots of crumbs on the floors. We have no cat. What do we have lots of mice roaming the premises.

So far I've seen five mice and we've only killed three. The other night I looked up from the computer to see a mouse sniff the mouse trap and head the other way. I thought peanut butter was irresistible to them, but apparently this particular mouse was smart enough to resist temptation.

Having no desire to move to glue traps or poison, we'll have to see how long they can hold out against the lure of peanut butter. Resistance is futile (I hope).


We've learned that mice can eat the peanut butter right off the trap without setting it off. A mix of flour%water with peanut butter sets up hard enough to set off the trap.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at December 3, 2008 12:01 PM

Mice like the high fructose corn syrup added, well-preserved, never need to stir peanut butter -- not the healthy stuff you buy! :)

Posted by: Frazier at December 3, 2008 01:50 PM

Not to "rat" on the rodent community, but our rats love anything made of wheat or corn, like bread, crackers, tortilla chips, etc. Maybe put the pb on a cracker? Shhh, don't tell my rats I shared this. ;) Let me know if it woks if you do. Another thing they love is yogurt drops (treats at the pet store).

Posted by: Kim at December 3, 2008 02:29 PM

Our mice have been hiding out. We saw two (we think) on Halloween, but haven't seen any evidence since. The cat is utterly useless. I heard something scrabbling in the corner before I was convinced we had mice- the cat was looking the other way!!

Posted by: Lenise at December 3, 2008 03:42 PM

From one dweller of an old drafty house with messy kids to another I have had the same problems.

We haven't seen too many mice lately.
We have a Yorkie who spends most of her time in the kitchen area so I'm certain that her presence has evaded our once persistant mice. We also have an outside cat who has eliminated our lizard population and enjoys catching gophers, mice, birds and even squirrels. We call her the verminator.

As far as peanut butter on traps goes, it never really worked for us.


Posted by: Melissa at December 3, 2008 09:32 PM

Ugh, so sorry. We had a little mice invasion last winter at our house. Jay was so kind to even post pics on the ole blog, much to my horror. Hope you win the war!

Posted by: Tricia at December 4, 2008 11:53 AM