stefan asked in PetsRodents · 9 months ago

Why aren’t mice getting caught?

I put two mouse traps and the peanut butter keeps disappearing without the mouse getting caught.

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  • 9 months ago
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    A better way to trap mice than an easily removed substance is to superglue a peanut to the trigger and put a tiiiny bit of peanut butter coating it for the extra scent. Once the mouse has licked the peanut butter it will want that tasty peanut. And inevitably. Tug on it.

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  • 8 months ago

    It might seem like it would be pretty obvious why mice avoid traps, but the truth is that it isn't obvious at all. The way mice perceive threats is different than how we do. They are not able to look at a trap and understand that it is a spring-loaded death contraption. They must rely on their instincts to avoid those traps. Let's take a look at some mouse behaviors that allows them to avoid getting caught.

    Mice have a great sense of smell. This ability helps them stay alive, especially where traps are concerned. Mice know what we smell like. If they smell us on, or around, a trap, they will avoid that trap. That is why it is a good idea to use gloves when setting mouse traps.

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  • 9 months ago

    You need a new trap

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  • Jack H
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Superglue a sunflower seed on the platform...

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  • 9 months ago

    The stickiness of it makes it difficult to get off the latch, and more likely to cause the trap to trigger. But, even with peanut butter, a latch can be cleaned off as if by magic. Another way mouse traps fail is when people don't give those mice enough credit. These are skittish and fast-moving creatures.

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  • 9 months ago

    Maybe the trap is not set light enough. If the traps are those with a piece of metal sticking through a hole, the end of it must be closer to the hole.

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  • patty
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    borrow a cat for w eek

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  • snafu
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    You need better traps. Peanut butter never fails.

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  • TB12
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    The mice are smarter than you are.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Keep baiting the trap, sooner or later they slip up and 'snap'.

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