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Mouse Trap Mice Device Instructions

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How the trap works

The trap is designed to catch 5 or more mice per setting.  There are two ways to use the trap: Method 1 uses the latch to hold the door open for the first mouse, then the additional mice open the door themselves; or method 2 where all mice entering the trap open the door themselves.

Method 1: Using the latch

This is the method the designer intended over 20 years ago.  By applying the bait to the counter balance on the latch the first mouse can enter without the door coming into play.  The mouse trips the door when it starts to eat the bait attached to the latch.

Other mice enter the tunnel having been attracted by the smell of the bait.  Half way down they come across the closed one way lightweight hinged flap (door) which they push against and find it moves.  It's the nature of a mouse to push its way into tight areas with the assumption that they will find a way out, so a tunnel and flap are not a worry.  Once past the one-way flap the flap closes behind the mouse automatically, allowing more mice to enter and get caught without the possibility of escape. 

Method 2: No latch

By not using the latch to hold the door open, the mouse enters the tunnel having been attracted by the smell of the bait.  Once past the one-way flap the flap closes behind the mouse automatically.

Without the latch each mouse pushes open the door

Setting the trap

It is best to wear gloves when setting up the trap to avoid transferring human odours onto the trap
To open the trap: the latch is a simple hook on the blue handle that holds the clear top to the blue base.  To release the two sections, lightly pull the handle at the lowest point until the hook releases from the base.
To latch the trap closed: lightly pull the handle at the lowest point and close the lid so that the hook engages into the slot on the base and catches.

Place the bait on the trap floor well away from the tunnel, but remember once the bait is eaten by the first and subsequent mice, additional mice who rely on smell will not be attracted, so the amount of bait you use will determine your catch size (assuming there is more than one to be caught). 

We recommend crunchy peanut butter as the most effective bait but you can also mix in some bird seed.  Nuts, Chocolate, sunflower seeds, corn on the cob, Dynamic lifter, blood & bone, apple or cake also work, or use what you know it likes.  Interestingly cheese may work but is not as effective.

Placing the trap

As mice tend to travel beside the skirting board and have a regular route (avoiding open spaces where possible) place the trap in its path.  Also be patient and don’t move the trap around: leave it for at least 2 or 3 days in the so the mice get used to it.

Releasing the catch

Now it's time to go for a walk or a drive and be kind to your furry little friends by finding a safe place to release them.  A bush area is ideal.  We recommend at least 1km away from your house so the mice can't find their way back.  Unlatch the lid and the mice should run straight out as the sides on the base are very low.

If you are not having success

Mice will eat almost anything including cardboard, so food in the trap should work perfectly.  However, if you have another food source that is more attractive or easier to get to, the mice may not be attracted to the trap.  Identify the food source and take that source away.  Then place some of that food in the trap in same location (if possible) so when the mice next visit the food will there, but now in the trap.

Remember to check and empty the trap daily if you want to keep the mice healthy.

We have not seen a snake since we put them in (Snake Defence Solar Repellers) but the neighbours have, heehee

Kaye M

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