This is more like what I used, although it would be more accurately called a "feeding station" than a "trap". It's not the exact one but one much like it. http://all-starmaidservice.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/tip-trap-live-mouse-trap1.jpg
Cleaning the thing would have been redundant as the mouse usually got it pretty thoroughly and I only tried it 3 or 4 times before I decided it was more of a "rodent restaurant". Thankfully, I haven't seen one since, because getting them off a glue board is truly a mess. John
These are the actual traps of that type (mice) I bought and used:
Thay work the exact same. They also sell them at our local hardware store (not Home Depot though). I like them. I bate them with peanuts or cookies as it is easier to clean then peanutbutter (since they are reused). :)
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Thanks David, I haven't seen that particular kind of trap. The live traps I tried, I used peanut butter as bait and they seemed to love it...but the traps never worked once. The glue boards are a real pain as cooking oil will get them loose but you have to work at it a while and it's obviously messy, then you have to get it in something to transport it in. Anything I catch, (I once caught a possum living under the house) I release next to a large creek about a mile away. As I mentioned though, I had one mouse about 8 years ago. The cat hasn't caught any so I suspect they simply know better than to come in.
"Stink bugs" do deserve their name but thankfully, I don't see them very often and I don't think I've ever seen one in the house, (or on a glue board). While I rarely see bugs in the house, I'm amazed at the numbers I find on the boards. This year though, is the year of the cricket and I do see them hopping across the floor occasionally. So apparently, does the cat. I've seen her chase them, and found a numer of dismembered "cricket carcasses" that I have to pick up.
The glue boards are mostly where the cat can't get to them but there are 2 that she can. Fortunately, she's learned to avoid them although she did accidentally get stuck to one the other night. If you try to pull a mouse off a glue board without using the cooking oil, you'll quite possibly pull a foot right off. The cat though, may lose a little fur but unless she actually lays down on the thing, a quick tug and a short yelp, and that's all. She apparently forgave me. John
On the mouse traps, the attached image is of the ones I tend to use and they have worked well for me. Mostly it depends on the bate you put in them and they can catch a bunch of mice. I think I once caught 6 in one night and then drove them to the resivour to free them (where as much as I like to imagine they live a long and happy life, I bet they make a snake for a hawk or fox).
The glue for bugs? Remember Shell No Pest Strips? I wonder if they stil make them. They were in a box and I do not think your cats can get into them. :)
I hope that she gets over the glue tape! :)
We are not being overwhelmed by the conifer seed bugs (stink bugs). The other evening Donna was trying to cound them on the deck posts and she was finding over 30 to 40 per post! ANd we have like 10 posts and that does not cound the sides of the house, roof line or garage doors. Ick!
They make something called a "glue board" for catching mice, and even larger ones for catching snakes and rats. Well, I learned a long time ago that if a mouse gets stuck on a glue board, you use cooking oil, which is apparently the only thing that will simply make the glue let go of it. I won't use poison for mice. Aside from being cruel, they die in the walls and in spite of any claims to the contrary, they will stink for days. I tried live traps which work well for possums, cats, racoons, etc., but they don't make a good live mouse trap. I could never get one to work. And of course, you know how regular mouse traps are. Glue boards, unpleasant as the experience must be, are the only things I've found that will catch anything without killing it, and even though I have no idea why, cooking oil does work to get them loose and you can release them outside.
I don't have any mice now, probably because I have a cat, but I do get bugs. I could probably tolerate a bug now and then but I don't want to be overwhelmed with them and this being Missouri, it's just going to happen. So, I've found that glue boards do catch bugs. No, I can't get the bugs off like I can a mouse, but it's better than poison, and as for natural defenses like cutting hedge-apples in 2, they're about as effective as putting up a sign that says, "No bugs allowed". Putting a glue board along the wall, catches a disturbing number of bugs.
One year it was something called "sow bugs", this year it's crickets. Not a pleasant way to deal with them but better than living with them and better than the other alternatives.
There is of course, an added problem. The cat learned very early on to avoid the things. Yes, she learned the hard way. But accidents do happen. Last night she was making a lot of racket and I thought she must be chasing something, so I got up to see what was going on. Yep. Glue board. It was easier to get off than usual but still not very pleasant. She usually sleeps right next to me at night. Not last night. This morning, I hope all is forgiven. John