Yesterday I talked about the mouse plague the east coast of Australia is grappling with at the moment. I thought I would share with you the (poison free) mouse trap my grandfather used to catch and kill the mice that would get into his hay – he was a saddler and used the hay to stuff the saddles.
If you are wondering if it works, the answer is yes. When I visited my Grandad when I was little, I had to check the bucket in the mornings – there were always 3 or 4 mice in it. I also recently shared this with a friend who has a farm and last count she’d caught 21 mice this way 🙂
A long necked beer bottle or wine bottle
Peanut butter and rolled oats
Tape, cloth or sock or similar
Tape the bottle to the edge of a bench (sometimes putting a sock or cloth over the bottle and fixing that to the table is easier. My Grandad used a vice.
Make sure the neck of the bottle sticks out over the edge of the bench and is nice and clean/shiny (= slippery).
Put a spoonful of peanut butter and rolled oats mixture inside the mouth of the bottle and put the bucket (filled about a 1/4 of the way with water) underneath the neck of the bottle.
The mice love peanut butter and oats and will run along the bottle trying to find the peanut butter, when they hit the slippery neck they fall off into the bucket and drown.
Have you ever seen or used an inventive mouse trap?