the truce is officially called off.

After several nighttime kitchen encounters with increasingly brazen mice, I have dusted off the Snap-A-Neck brand mouse traps.  Last night, I put out a single trap in my prime killing spot, the end of the dark alley formed by the back of the microwave.  It’s like a high-speed Ho Chi Minh Path for rodents, giving them a straight shot from the counter to the fridge under the cover of darkness, and they can’t resist taking that tunnel on their nighttime food runs. 

Well, last night, the Highway of Death re-opened.

This is the tally as of this morning:

Mouse Wars 002

One trap, one spot, three mice in just a little under an hour.

Tonight, I’ll set up a few more rodent claymores in the same spot, spaced far enough apart for some chain kills.  Maybe I can get a whole squad this time.

Begun, these Mouse Wars have. (Again.)

26 thoughts on “the truce is officially called off.

  1. T.Stahl says:

    Will there be interlocking fields of mousetraps?

  2. Paul says:

    Trapping is good practice. All rodents follow the same pattern. Mice, rabbits, squirrels and deer. Only thing you need to change is trap size.

  3. Whitebread says:

    Chain kills.

    You’re such a WoW geek.

  4. glamdring says:

    Did you ever ready John Barnes story about one farmhouse he lived in? They kept pellet gun handy, when he heart shot a big bull mouse it would run a ways before falling.

  5. shooter says:

    We’d set up a 5-gallon bucket outside a likely spot where the mice would come into our deer camp cabin. Put in about an inch of water and wait a couple of days. Ten to 20 mice in just a couple days. But this is in a place where water can be a premium. Might try it and see, but YMMV

  6. Shootin' Buddy says:

    Did these mice behave as this:

    You’ll need bigger traps.

  7. BobG says:

    Any chance of setting some of those up at the House of Representatives? A couple in the Senate wouldn’t hurt, either.

  8. You need a decent mouser in that house of yours, I’d say.

  9. Desertrat says:

    Ever notice how raisins make mousies’ eyes pop out? Bait trap with raisin. Snap! Eyes pop out.

    Did a raisin/peanut-butter combo for a snap-trap here by the computer. Little devil licked off the peanut butter, unscathed. Brazen little critter. I figured that next he was gonna climb on my shoulder and read my email.

    Unfortunately for him, he went back for the raisin.

    Art

  10. williamthecoroner says:

    What you need, Marko, is a cat. For Castle Frostbite, a Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat. That’ll take care of them.

    • Marko Kloos says:

      I’d love to get a cat, but it would be incompatible with our pack of dachsies. I am not fond of huge vet bills and/or bloody viscera on my laminate flooring.

  11. LabRat says:

    Zug zug, huntar.

  12. megscole64 says:

    Is it just me or do those mice look huge? Any mice we’ve caught are tiny.

  13. Al T. says:

    What recipe for mouse? LOL…

  14. Hank says:

    I had mice years ago in my old house. Then I got steel wool and put it in every crack and crevice the little shits might squeeze through. Bingo. No more mice. Never saw one after that.

  15. MarkHB says:

    Oh that is so terrible. Those poor mousies! Why can’t you use a non-lethal alternative?

    Like a taser.

    Hur hur hur.

  16. Robin says:

    For the record: these are normal-sized field mice. Part of the house (the kitchen end) is on piers for some unknown reason. No amount of steel wool will solve this problem, unfortunately. I need several loads of concrete. As for the obvious need for a cat, aside from the dachshund/vet bill/dead cat issues, I just don’t want litter-box feet all over my counters–in addition to mice feet. At least the mice stay in the far reaches and dark corners, places I do not perform food preparation.

  17. MarkHB says:

    Also, traps do not require petting and attention (says he whose Wacom tablet just got knocked to the floor by a cat who decided she needed cuddles Right The Fuck Now).

  18. kneil says:

    You need to convince one of you neighbors to adopt a half-tame cat from the pound. Mine has been spotted hunting at least 100 yards from the house and one mother of a toddler has expressed her gratitude for a rat free hedge.

  19. Albert Rasch says:

    Don’t let those PeTA loons hear about this! They’ll be marching on your doorstep.

    Regards,
    Albert
    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
    The Failure of PeTA’s Moral Position

  20. Michael Best says:

    Bad news, your victories are likely to be temporary. The little buggers quickly figure out what a trap is and avoid it. I advise mouse pellets. It is not a poison, but causes the mice to bleed out internally. In your case, you will need to place the pellets in a place or container the mice can get into and the dashcies cant. Also that bucket trick with a little water and a stick which will allows the mice to climb up and fall in works in houses too. I use both.

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