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I think I need a bigger mousetrap

Things have been quiet over the cold weather, and while there was one mouse caught on its way indoors  during the winter, once the weather combined cold, wet, windy, frosty, and snowy together… the arrivals stopped.

While the system (of trapping just outside the door) seems to be completely effective, and it seems I can at last leave my back door open once again, I did have a quick look online for any new developments.

I think I’ll have to think about building something bigger, just to be sure.

They’re evolving!

I might keep this one 🙂



Russian genetic engineering?



No comment (but I will be getting a ‘humane’ trap).




March 11, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Squeaking wipers? Just use flick wipe

Having recently come across the cause of squeaking brakes

Our handy list of cures now extends to squeaking wipers (and a use for the flick, or single wipe option).

Squeaking Wipers

Squeaking Wipers

Last week, this thieving mouse stole a ride on a US deputy’s car.

Could have taken it home, for a treat 🙂

February 19, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | | Leave a comment

Upvote teamwork

No words needed.

Just enjoy the ending 🙂

February 18, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Bonus pic – The one that got away

Not entirely unexpected as these traps are really sensitive – banging on the same floor they are sitting on, if indoors, can set them off.

But I was still surprised to see the scene below this morning.

Mousey was actually still present on the other side, and beat it when I opened the trap.

This shows the problem, with a relatively huge gap under this outside door (fortunately on what might be described as porch or outhouse) which can’t be closed due to the shape of floor/ground.

A straight barrier was tried, for the door to close against, but after that had tried to kill a number of people on repeated occasions, as they tripped over this obstacle, it was removed.

I remember various hanging, flexible, seals that I saw fitted on badly fitting doors in Ye Goode Olde Days, but only got blank looks when I made enquiries.

The closest offered these days seems to be a spring-loaded brush strip that can be fitted along width of the bottom edge.

This would probably do the job – but the small matter that the biggest one on sale is less than half the height needed for this gap.

Still, inspired by this, I could maybe solve the problem with a pack of cheap paintbrushes from the Pound Shop, and just screw them to the bottom of the door.

You know… that joke doesn’t actually sound quite as silly as it did when it first occurred to me.

Mouse What Mouse?

Mouse What Mouse?

February 8, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

Hello cat, goodbye mouse

Congratulation to the latest member of the ‘mouser’ club.

I spotted this pic of a clever little cat catching its first mouse, and hopefully on its way to dealing with a few thousand more over the years.

Can’t see poor little mousey?


The pic wasn’t snapped until only the tail was left.

NOW can you see mousey?

Goodbye Mousey

Goodbye Mousey

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Squeaking brakes?

Not mine, but too good to let pass.

Probably just tired after keeping up with the car, and had to have a… brake.

Mouse Having Brake

Mouse Having Brake

January 31, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Thanks foxy, you save me from regular burial ceremonies

After the success of foxbutt, I was able to supplement that catch with some later pics.

And I think I should pay tribute to our local fox population.

I was getting a little concerned by the rate of mouse corpse collection in the warmer weather at the tail end of last year, as I moved my mouse invasion defence perimeter to just outside the back door, and dealt with them there, BEFORE they actually managed to sneak indoor with their little incontinent bodies, and drop pee and poop randomly throughout my kitchen.

Burying them to be neat and tidy was rapidly running out of space that didn’t mean digging up earlier work.

Then I was in a hurry to go out, and disposed of an inconvenient new ‘arrival’ by leaving it to deal with later.

And that was when I learned my furry friends were never far away.

I never even saw it – but as I closed the door before I left, the little corpse had already gone.

And subsequent disposals have been just about as quick.

Thanks foxy. Enjoy the free snacks.

Fox Return 1

Fox Return 1

Before disappearing.

Fox Return 2

Fox Return 2

Probably came back to check for another mouse. Sorry, but they don’t arrive quite that often.

I have one request.

Unlike cats, which bury their poop, foxes (and the odd dog that wanders through and leaves steaming mounds behind) just seem to ‘Stop And Drop’.

I have to keep an eye out for these offerings on the grass, as I prefer not to walk this back into the house.

You really don’t have to leave ANY payment for the odd mouse.

January 22, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

They’re getting bigger

It may be my imagination, but I’m sure they’re getting bigger.

And it’s not as if I’m feeding them boxes of bait either, which I gave up as they just seemed to eat it faster if I put out more.

Guess the quiet spell is over, and the cold weather makes little difference to their invasion.

Still Bigger Mousey

Still Bigger Mousey

I don’t even bait my traps, just lay them along the paths I now know mice will always follow, so I’m not feeding the ‘second’ mouse either.

Second Mouse

Second Mouse

January 18, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

Haven’t seen a mouse for a while

On this day, since I haven’t seen a mouse for a while…

Famous Mouse Trap

Famous Mouse Trap

January 13, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Christmas cat and mouse

I’m guessing our recent/current hit of pretty cold (-5 deg C) and slightly snowy weather (only a few cm, but the cold meant it lay) meant that my local mice made the wise decision of staying at home, wherever that may be.

But I thought this seasonal variation on the theme of cat presents was worth including (obviously not my pic).

It didn’t say, so not sure if cat is making present to useless hoomin hunter, or if it’s a present for the cat.

The look on the cat’s face… could be interpreted in many ways.

Christmas Mouse Present

Christmas Mouse Present

While there were quite of a lot of successful pics of cats killing/felling Christmas trees, and a few crazy solutions to ‘cat proof’ the tree, I found this one, which looks both simple and effective.

Cat Proof Christmas Tree

Cat Proof Christmas Tree

December 30, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unwanted early Christmas present

I thought the arrival of frosty days had curtailed the steady stream of unwanted little visitors, and occasional morning discoveries.

We’ve had a turn in the weather, and the line appears to have restarted as the Foehn Effect (it’s real, look it up) has brought mildness, and temperatures that have gone up to 12 deg C during day, and even night.

I actually heard this on during the night, and this was the result once it got light enough to see what had been going on in the dark.

Mouse Trapped

Mouse Trapped

I think they’re getting bigger – it may be time to go check out rat traps.

I saw someone who had a real infestation, and found a ‘trap’ that hangs on the rim of a bucket of water.

The working part is a smooth platform, hinged to drop down when the weight of a mouse overcomes a light magnetic catch.

Adding the magnet means the mouse has to be near the end of the platform before it tips, ensuring it cannot jump off and escape.


The few frozen days taught me it was a waste of time and effort to bury these corpses, just to be neat and tidy.

I just leave them out back, and is by magic, they have disappeared next morning.

It seems this works even BETTER in warm weather.

Deposited ‘Christmas Mouse’ at 13:01.

Had to go outside again at 13:06 – no sign of mousey.

Wonder who claimed the body?

December 24, 2017 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

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