I am not sure if it the extra cover we have around this year or the lack of a harsh and cooler winter, but we seem to have more mice. While picking and moving pumpkins, my wife seen a few mice. I have seen one with the lawn mower, and tried to run countless ones over in the alfalfa field.
So last weekend, after my wife had a run in with a mouse outside, I went out and bought 2 of the tomcat traps with poison inside them. I was a bit excited thinking I might see results or a dead mouse int he garage driveway. So far, nothing.
So after some talking to my aunt, she reminded me of a few ways my grandfather used to catch mice. I took his 5 gallon pail method and applied a little technology to try to make a better repeating mouse trap that I would be able to see the results with.
So I had a bucket that someone left at my house (if your reading this Dad, pick up your crap, yeah, I used it) I cut up an metal clothes hanger that I get free with my shirts getting ironed, and I bought a pepsi. So in total, I have just over $1.25 into this and I was able to enjoy the pepsi.
My hope here is that the mice will climb the 2x4 looking for the peanut butter I have all over the pop bottle. Once they are up there, I hope they reach out to try to get the peanut butter and find them-self on a spinning bottle falling to their death in 6"s of water. There might be a flaw in my plan as i have no clue how close to put the 2x4, but I have time to experiment before the snow flies and I have to pack it up for the winter.
Here are my pictures. I am open to all suggestions and plan changes.