I have had an ongoing, if minor, problem with some rodents.
First in the garden, then they took up housekeeping in a shed. I cleaned out the shed, and the nest, by the expedient of just taking everything out and putting the whole nest & occupants into the trash can (black plastic in the hot summer sun…) Well, that was fine, but a couple of survivors then moved into the garage… As my garage is also almost completely full of “stuff”, the “empty and toss” strategy is a bit harder…
I bought a commercial spring bail rat trap. They ignore it near as I can tell. I’m not willing to pay $40 for a plastic box with some scented glue in it. So what to do?
Well, of course, I headed to YouTube for ideas. (H/T to Another Ian for motivating me via a ref. to Small Dead Animals) While I’m most fond of the “walk the plank” trap, with a bigger rat sized plank, that will be in the bottom video: I found this video just compelling. Soooo simple. Soooo easy. Sooo effective.
So say you are a young boy in a poor rural 3rd World area with a rodent problem. You’d like to catch some mice, but will NOT have any power tools nor even much in the way of materials. Maybe just an awl (big nail even), some electrical tape, an old soda bottle, and a chunk of PVC pipe. What would you do…
I’d originally thought this next one was the most creative and effective, but it has complicated assembly, a magnet glued into wood (to make the tip/plank more sturdy before it ‘breaks’ and tips) and is much bigger with more parts. Still tempted to make one of these as once the things you hang on the bucket are made, they can be set aside when not in use. Ditto a couple of boards for the “ramps”.
At this point, I’m thinking it would be most effective to knock together one of the “pipe and bottle” traps and let it run while doing all the materials buying and building of the “walk the plank” one.
Any suggestions of a better solution welcome (and no, I don’t want to adopt your cat! ;-)