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Old 09-25-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Well, it sure isn't this one:
http://www.orthohomedefense.com/smg/catalog/productTemplate.jsp?proId=prod10230002&itemId=cat5 0086

I got this trap because it is all enclosed, so my 8 month old should be safe from it.

The Ortho Kill and Contain Mouse traps get it half right....

The mouse will be contained, but not killed. No wonder the directions say dispose of the trap after use (kind of a pricy proposition for a $10 2 pack), because the mouse doesn't get killed!. It just sits inside crapping and pissing all over itself and the trap while it tries to chew its way out! I'm no fan of mice by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd prefer a nice clean kill vs. a prolonged death by dehydration, or worse yet, a chew to freedom! I've caught 2 different mice with 2 different traps. With both I had to get the mouse out (once by just releasing the trap and shaking it, the other I had to force out with a little stick), then beat the mouse to death with a piece of fire wood!

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That is actually pretty cruel, this is probably the worse step to sticky traps. I don't get why they make these things.

Snap traps are the most humane and effective way to kill mice. At least they die instantly in most cases.

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I place my traps where they are not accessible to inquisitive youngsters.

snap traps are the only way to go from my experience, unless you are a sadist or catching dinner for the python you have as a pet.
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I use snap traps
I killed 14 mice that way the 1st year at my last house
I set 2 traps in the attic....folded the pull down ladder back up
Started to walk away...snap....dang ....false snap I thought
Nope....1 down

Also recently killed 6 mice in my pool cabana
I'm adding more traps in my garage
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I thought this was just a snap trap with a hood. infortuneately it has a much weaker sping and lifts the whole floor of the trap up, with the weight of the mouse resisting, untill it makes contact with a couple of platic ribbs.

I guess I could stick some sewing pins in through the back wall and make it a little mousey Plastic Maiden, but it still wouldn't be a quick clean death.

no doubt the standard snap trap is the way to go. Plastic just isn't a good material for a mouse trap, and this one is a bad drsign on top of that.
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The wife says she saw a mouse last night, so I set 3 snappers with peanut butter.
Got up this morning and the 3 were un-tripped, but the cat seemed happier.....

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we have a dog that assists our traps. She seems to do a better job than the cats we have. The wife hates is when she starts hunting mice because she knows the dog will eventually catch it...and set it by my wife.


I remember hearing about a guy that used to live by my grandma. I don't remember if he had mice or rats but he used one of these

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I guess it was very effective.
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Yup, our Shepski is a match for any cat when it comes to mousing too.
And she got some shrews that made it into the house a while back too.... man, those are MEAN little varmints!

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it! That would be my first thought. The old fashioned ones always worked (well, at least 95% of the time), and they were CHEAP!

But, for the sake of cleanliness and "humane-ness", I might opt for an electronic device, which hopefully will keep the mice from entering the house in the first place. But I have my doubts as to whether any of them actually work.


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They do not. Google it.
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I spent the extra for those "no-touch" traps once that are supposed to kill the mouse inside and you never see or touch it. Never caught one. Now I just stick the old snap traps inside an empty paper bag or soda carton lying on it's side so I can just throw the whole thing away. Also prevents any splattering which happened to a friend of mine. All over her pots and pans. Just don't buy the generic ones at the dollar store. Did that once and ended up w/ a live mouse that had dragged the trap across the room wheezing through it's crushed snout. Had to resort to a frying pan. Never again; the name brand ones are cheap enough.
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We're poor, we just wash them and use them again.... lol

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Ortho, the same company that makes the slow-death-trap in the original post, also makes a white plastic snap trap. It is different in that the bait is in a stationary cup surrounded by a shoe plate that serves as the trigger. They are one-touch to set. Very easy to use.

I've had mice lick clean conventional snap traps week after week. When I switched, I got 2 mice each night for three nights in a row!

They were 2 for $3.99 at Home Depot.

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