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November 23rd, 2011
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Effing mice!

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From:quasiskunk
Date:November 24th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
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I smear the peanut butter on the spring on the snap trap; they can't get it offa there without snapping it. Sometimes, they've been able to take the PB right off the trigger without setting it off.

Then again, I seldom have mice..I get short-tailed shrews instead...which don't appreciate peanut butter. :P
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 24th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
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I don't eat peanut butter except inside Reese's cups. Perhaps I should get some just for this purpose. Putting it on the spring sounds like a good idea.
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From:quasiskunk
Date:November 24th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
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I have a ton of Reese's leftover from the aborted Halloween crawl still..I'll leave them at coffee next week...use some of them for bait...if you can stand it XD
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From:rcfoot
Date:November 27th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
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uh, you don't have as many Reese's as you might think. I like em' too :)
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From:robin_june
Date:November 25th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
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Curious. When I've had a multispecies infestation, The Mice Cube will preferentially catch me a shrew before it catches me a Peromyscus (deer mouse). I put the peanut butter, smeared on a small piece of cracker, deep into the Cube, and smear a whiff of peanut butter on the outside of the door to lure them in.

Shrew metabolism is so notoriously high, that if they don't eat every several hours, they die. Where the Peromyscus can afford normal (for a wild rodent) neophobia and avoid a freshly-set trap, a shrew is much more desperate.
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From:quasiskunk
Date:November 25th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
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There have been times when I've seen the shrew trundle by the trap, yet it could be days before it'll finally attempt to eat the PB. I'm thinking that since they are carnivorous, they don't really understand what peanut butter is, and the smell isn't enticing enough until they become desperate. It isn't like I have food out anyway; I know when its harvest time that I have to be more vigilant on making sure dishes are washed and foods are put away promptly.
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