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Smart Rat, How do I outwit this ^%^%?
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Spence    Posted 10-05-2002 at 14:48:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I place a row of plastic mouse traps every fall on my foundation wall near the edge.

A few days ago one caught a mouse and fell to the basement dirt floor. On the floor there is an
old 3in hole. The trap with mouse was dragged into the hole by something. When I pulled it out there was a mouse head on the inside of the trap but no body attached. I took a coat hanger and probed for the rest of the body in the hole but nothing was there. I check the traps every week so decomposition isn't the reason.

I placed one of my super sensitive Victory spring rat traps ( I modify them by taking out the rat food pallet and using a mouse one and filing down the trip wire) but the rat or whatever doesn't take the bait.

I don't think it's there during the night because I don't hear it in the floor cavity or in the house. Could be that there's still enough food out there (corn bins,grain I live in the country) to keep him here permanently.

Don't want to use a poison that will cause him to croak in the house. I had a mouse die on me between the floors and had a heck of a time getting at him.

Thanks for the help.


A Dog's Friend    Posted 10-06-2002 at 15:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spence,

Might be you have a snake taking up residence in your basement. I had one once (that I know of) take a mouse out of the trap while it was still thrashing around.
I would'nt bother him. They're better mouse catchers then a Victory trap.


Jerry MN    Posted 10-05-2002 at 16:21:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joe K may be on the right track.
Put some meat on the trap. It might be a weasel.
Course if it is a weasel and you already have mice you might be doing yourself a disservice by trapping him. Weasel will eat least a mouse a day.
good luck


JoeK    Posted 10-05-2002 at 15:37:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
A little flour dusted around the hole may give you some tracks to ID varmint,could be weasel or such rather than rat.If hole isn't needed,,ake a plug outta firewood or such and dive it deeply into hole,determined varmint will dig around it,opportuniity feeder will prolly just move along.


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