Thanks to whoever suggested the Pro-Ketch mouse trap!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by la dee da, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    A few years ago I saw a thread that reccomendd the Pro-Ketch mouse trap. It's a live catch trap that can catch several mice in one go. I told my dad about it and he decided to buy two of them off Amazon. A couple years later and it's more than paid for itself. We have a problem with mice living in our walls, which of course means our cats can't get to them. I hate the idea of poison because then we'd have quite a few bodies in our walls where we can't dispose of them. We actually got one trap for the house and the other for the coop, but we have a rabbit living under our coop and no mice or rats (praise God) so we just keep both traps in the house.

    The first time the trap caught a mouse it was actually a mother and her litter of four. Since then I've caught many more mice and played around with the bait to see what worked best. Recently I've caught 9 mice in three nights, and I know there's at least one still in the wall which I plan to catch tonight. I love this trap and highly reccomend it to anyone else with my problem.

    Tips I've learned:

    -Find a hotspot. In our case the mice go under our bathroom sinks, specifically mine. I could tell because of all the mouse droppings. If you have a cat they can tell you which bathroom the mice hang around.

    -The best bait I've found is chicken food mixed with cat food, with the cat food making a huge difference(my cat food is Taste of the Wild. It seems to work better than the old Purina I used to have, though the Purina also helped remarkably). Peanut butter stuck to the trap and didn't catch mice very quickly.

    -Check the trap everyday, even if you don't think it caught a mouse. Jossle it a bit. Mice have a remarkable ability to hide even when you can see everywhere in the trap.

    -Try to put the holes where the mice get in against a wall. I learned this from BYCers who explained mice tend to run along walls. I've found this to be true.

    -If you need to trap a mouse in your coop, take your chicken food away for a day and force your chickens to eat up the leftovers (this works best if it's not crumbles). Keep the food away at night and put chicken food in the trap. Put the trap where the mice are used to getting food.

    -Don't let your cats play with the trap! I put the trap temporarily where my cat could get to it (I was filling the bucket of water) and my cat played with the trap. Unfortunatly she accidentaly let the mouse out, and it took me three days to catch it again (mice learn!).

    -When dumping the mice, be sure they are in a corner and after you dump them, jossle the trap. Sometimes one will grab on and you don't know it's there until the others are gone and you shake it loose. I once dumped a mouse thinking it was the only one and almost released the other when I went to go clean the trap. Sometimes tapping on the trap works better.

    -Don't dump live mice in the toilet! I did this once (I figured it drowns them faster than a bucket) and the mouse almost jumped out.

    -Don't try to flush more than one mouse at once. I flushed two at once the other day and they clogged the toilet... needless to say it was gross and a little disturbing (they were already dead).


    -Is there a faster, less frightening/painful method to killing mice other than drowning in a bucket? I hate the idea of poison because it isn't instant and I can only imagine the pain. Drowning is the only method I can think of, but sometimes it takes a while to die and I don't want the mice being frightened all that time. Mom recently thought about getting stacking buckets and puting one on top of the other (the other has the mice and water) so they die faster, but we'd really like to know a less frightening way to kill the poor things.
    Please no telling me to release them alive. I've read several times that mice can find thier way back up to 5 miles away, and we are not going to waste precious gas to release live mice who will slowly starve to death or else become someone else's problem.
  2. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I catch mice with a live trap but walk them out in the back behind the shed and let them go. I don't understand why one would catch them live only to kill them later, and drowning can't be a better way to die than a quick snap of a bar trap. [​IMG]
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
  4. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Bar traps don't work on our tiny mice, and the mice mostly go under my sink, which is where my personals go. It would drive me crazy resetting that trap a million times as I accidentally snap it and they don't usually work after about 3 kills anyway. Also they don't catch more than one mouse at a time and the mice here usually come in twos or threes (and as with the 9 I mentioned earlier, sometimes entire litters). I would love to just instantly kill them with bar traps, but I have seen many a mouse suffer as the trap just missed the "kill range". Add that to the above problems, and it because a useless tool in my situation. I appreciate your oppinions, but I'm afraid bar traps just aren't right for my situation. If you could give me a suggestion on how to kill the mice more quickly and without pain, I would appreciate it.
  5. Gryphon

    Gryphon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2012
    You could try wearing heavy gloves and snapping their necks like you would with a small rabbit. That seems to be the quickest way.
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I get the live trapping.I had one in the wall of ds's bedroom,and the nasty decomp smell lasted 2 Weeks.Dump in a water bucket,put the lid on,,and come back later to empty.Dump them in a bucket with poison bait.Drive 10 miles and release,lol.
    I forgot you can gas them with the car exauhst.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  7. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    I thought about the car exhaust trick, but I've read that it's a painful way to die and I don't know what I would put them in to trap the exhaust (I could leave them in the live trap, but it's well ventilated). The two problems with poisoning them are 1: I dump them outside and poisoned mice could kill other animals who eat them and 2: Poison is a fairly long and painful way to die. At least with drowning the worst part is fear while swimming.

    I don't think I could snap their necks. It would be extreamly difficult to grab them (partly because of fear of wild animals with very sharp teeth) and if I do manage to grab hold of one I don't know if I could go through with snapping it's neck.

    I suppose the best thing to do is just lessen their fear by finding a faster way for them to drown. Thank you for the suggestions.
  8. momma of a chicken lover

    momma of a chicken lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2011
    Do you have a friend with large pet snakes?
  9. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    No, I don't know anyone with a snake of any kind.

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