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Put that in your mousetrap: mice don't like cheese
AFP ^ | 09/06/06

Posted on 09/06/2006 7:08:47 AM PDT by presidio9

Mice, contrary to popular belief and cartoons like Tom and Jerry, don't actually like cheese, British researchers said after studying their diet and those of other animals.

Instead, the tiny rodents prefer foods with a high sugar content like grains and fruit and would turn their noses up at something as strong in smell and rich in taste as cheese, scientists in Manchester in northwest England said.

Animal behaviourist David Holmes, from Manchester Metropolitan University, said: "Clearly the supposition of mice liking cheese is a popular premise. Mice have evolved almost entirely without cheese or anything resembling it.

"Mice respond to the smell, texture and taste of food and cheese is something that would not be available to them in their natural environment" and therefore they would not respond to it.


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1 posted on 09/06/2006 7:08:48 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Peanut butter is my bait of choice. It sticks to the pan causing Mr Mouse to dilly dally with it then SNAP!!!


2 posted on 09/06/2006 7:10:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek

Peanut butter ALWAYS works.


3 posted on 09/06/2006 7:11:50 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: presidio9

Reese's Pieces for the meeses!


4 posted on 09/06/2006 7:13:07 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: presidio9

But don't sheeople like cheese?

Moose?


5 posted on 09/06/2006 7:14:16 AM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: presidio9
According to an exterminator friend of mine, the best thing to put in a mousetrap is not cheese or peanut butter or any food product. He says put lint or cotton in the trap.

If you put peanut butter or cheese in the trap you are going to catch a male mouse who is out hunting for food. You can kill males by the dozens, but if you leave one female alive - you are going to continue to have a mouse problem.

If you use cotton or lint you are going to catch a pregnant female who is out looking for nesting material to have her litter in.

By killing the pregnant females - you will stop the infestation at its source. Kill all the females and the mice will die out after a while. Kill the males and you will have mice forever.

Made perfect sense to me.

Better living through science!

6 posted on 09/06/2006 7:16:17 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: presidio9
Not so fast! I've caught mice with cheese. Now why do people "think" mice like cheese? Because however they evolved, mice often inhabit HOMES and eat what humans leave unprotected. Undoubtedly cheese once was an item commonly left out, which mice would - eat. Also, certain cheeses are very sweet.

The thing they really love is glue traps.

7 posted on 09/06/2006 7:16:29 AM PDT by Williams
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly. We're doing that right now, as a matter of fact. PB is all we've ever used.


8 posted on 09/06/2006 7:17:00 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: cripplecreek; TommyDale

Absolutely!!!PB always works.


9 posted on 09/06/2006 7:17:11 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: TommyDale

The natural habitat of mice is behind the fridge or in the cupboard.


10 posted on 09/06/2006 7:17:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Tokra
"Kill the males and you will have mice forever."

The mice have artificial insemination?

11 posted on 09/06/2006 7:17:50 AM PDT by Williams
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To: Tokra

Great idea! I'll have to give it a try.


12 posted on 09/06/2006 7:17:56 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: TommyDale; cripplecreek
A refinement is to take half of a Nutter Butter cookie and stick it to the trap pan with peanut butter.

Now THAT is the mother of all bait!

We have caught 2 1/4 rats so far with it. Big rats. (One got away but left his tail in the trap.)

13 posted on 09/06/2006 7:18:02 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Tokra

Learn something new every day!


14 posted on 09/06/2006 7:18:23 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: nuke rocketeer

But would it work better if you mixed in some sugar?


15 posted on 09/06/2006 7:20:11 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: cripplecreek

BTW, I've had the traps licked clean. A friend suggested tying a string, like dental floss, through the part where you put the bait on and THEN covering it with the PB. That way they snag the string and then SNAP!!!


16 posted on 09/06/2006 7:20:44 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: presidio9
I use cheese in my moosetrap.

17 posted on 09/06/2006 7:21:19 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: cripplecreek
Peanut butter

Best by far. That's also what we used when I did 'small mammal' trapping for a biology class.

18 posted on 09/06/2006 7:22:10 AM PDT by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: evets
I was waiting for the moose reference. Now where are the cheese pics?
19 posted on 09/06/2006 7:23:17 AM PDT by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: presidio9

Mice don't like cheese? I wonder how much this gem cost the UK taxpayer?


20 posted on 09/06/2006 7:24:23 AM PDT by Colorado Mike
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To: soccer8

I just ordered a live trap yesterday so I can catch the woodchuck living under my garage. He comes out to eat pears and peches that fall off the trees so I've already figured out what to use for bait. I'm gonna turn him loose in the state land near by.


21 posted on 09/06/2006 7:26:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm gonna turn him loose in the state land near by.

Is there a liberal nearby with a doggie door...

22 posted on 09/06/2006 7:30:15 AM PDT by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: cripplecreek
He comes out to eat pears and peches

He likes peaches too if anybody wonders.
23 posted on 09/06/2006 7:30:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep. Peanut butter works very well.


24 posted on 09/06/2006 7:32:06 AM PDT by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: soccer8
Is there a liberal nearby with a doggie door...

LOL HAPPY GROUNDHOGS DAY M'Fers. GIT SOME!!!!!
25 posted on 09/06/2006 7:34:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: presidio9
I have to chime in for peanut butter.

Works great for about any mammal - including rats with bushy tails.
26 posted on 09/06/2006 7:38:02 AM PDT by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - Okay?)
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To: cripplecreek

Who needs traps/bait? Until her recent passing, Kat was quite the little mouser.
27 posted on 09/06/2006 7:38:11 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: cripplecreek

Peanut Butter!


28 posted on 09/06/2006 7:38:13 AM PDT by Doomonyou (Moderate Bumper Sticker: Bush Lied, Terrorists Died!)
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To: Tokra
Poor little critters -- they must have some use besides in a laboratory.

Carolyn

29 posted on 09/06/2006 7:46:28 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: cripplecreek
I always use peanut butter too...

have not seen a friday silliness thread lately...
and this one sort of fits into this thread.

It's called "Latest Iraqi Booby trap"

  
30 posted on 09/06/2006 7:47:50 AM PDT by AzNASCARfan
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To: CDHart
Poor little critters -- they must have some use besides in a laboratory.

They do - see post #27!

31 posted on 09/06/2006 7:49:42 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Williams
The mice have artificial insemination?

I should have said, "Kill MOST of the males" - it only takes one male to keep the generations going. Catch the females and its the end.

32 posted on 09/06/2006 7:51:42 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: presidio9

Forget peanut butter. What works even better is gummy bear type of stick candies. Get that in the trap and the mouse is sure to tug the trap shut

I used to use PB butter but too often the mouse would eat around it. Or eat gently


33 posted on 09/06/2006 8:04:47 AM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who go through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: dennisw

sticky candies


34 posted on 09/06/2006 8:05:09 AM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who go through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: presidio9

Hmmm. We had a mouse that got into our house one year when we bought a Christmas tree. The first time my dad put peanut butter on the trap. The mouse licked out the peanut butter and never sprung the trap. The second time he put cheese on the trap. The mouse was caught.


35 posted on 09/06/2006 8:06:48 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy (Better to really live than to merely exist.)
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To: presidio9

I have used both cheese and peanut butter and both seem to work. The last infestation we had was the worst. I caught two with cheese but we still had the little critters rattling and rustling around and they wouldn't go for cheese any more so I switched to PB and nailed 4 more which put an end to the problem. In the two previous infestations I have dealt with cheese did the job by itself. I also tried the poison blocks which the mice happliy nibbled away on but which never killed even a single mouse.

BTW I am amazed at how destructive these little vermin are. They chew their way into everything and - like rust - never sleep (or so it seems).


36 posted on 09/06/2006 8:08:44 AM PDT by scory
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To: Williams
Not so fast! I've caught mice with cheese.

Me too.

I go with what works, and do not consider I am under obligation to provide a condemned mouse with a last meal it might prefer.

37 posted on 09/06/2006 8:36:18 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: presidio9

I like cheese.


38 posted on 09/06/2006 8:38:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I like cheese.

39 posted on 09/06/2006 10:30:34 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9

The Ministry of Truth needs to go back and fix all those Tom & Jerry cartoons.


40 posted on 09/06/2006 10:38:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: presidio9
Mice used to pick my mousetraps clean even when I did my best to wedge the cheese or peanutbutter into the "pan" on the trap. Turns out I was just feeding them and not catching many, lol.

Then I began greasing all the moving parts and working PB into little pieces of absorbent string and tying them in a knot around the pan. The traps are vicious. Haven't had a problem with mice since.

41 posted on 09/06/2006 11:01:36 AM PDT by LibWhacker (There are no such things as moderate muslims, only jihadis in a larval stage.)
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To: Tokra

I know. So really it is mouse heaven for the surviving males.


42 posted on 09/06/2006 11:39:22 AM PDT by Williams
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To: presidio9
"Larry! Moe! Cheese!!"


43 posted on 09/06/2006 11:54:16 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: presidio9

Bttt for later...


44 posted on 09/06/2006 11:56:35 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: presidio9
I put the PB under the cheese on the trigger so they have to work for it. I may try the gummy bears someone mentioned. I use lettuce covered in PB for my box traps for skunks, rats, raccoons, etc.

The Cal Fish and Game trapper set a barrel trap in my neighbors orchard today. I wonder what they use for bait?. I got pictures of 3 Black Tail Bucks just over the fence in his yard this morning. It's a month early for them to be in Rut...
45 posted on 09/06/2006 5:43:33 PM PDT by tubebender
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