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The art of catching mouse

My colleague just found out that a mouse has sneaked into his house this week! Haha. Initially he found newspaper in his storage room bitten into pieces. Then next day the rice sack has a hole in it. Looks like the population of mice in Britain is really on the rise. I myself have already caught two mice in my flat! And we are so careful with our kitchen door nowadays that we put a cardboard barrier between our kitchen and the door, in case we have to leave the door open, by just a wee bit, to air the kitchen when we cook. Gives me great amount of inconvenience, as everytime I go into my backyard I have to lift my leg above almost waist height to get over the barrier. I nearly get a muscle cramp once, no joke.

Live mouse trap

This is the live mouse trap I’ve used to catch the two wood mice. The first one was fairly easy to trap. It was trapped as soon as I put in bird seeds together with some toasted cashew nuts. The second wood mouse was very clever. We put toasted cashew nuts and pine nuts near the entrance of the trap and breadcrumb all the way into the trap. But somehow it managed to eat all the nuts without triggering the trap mechanism! We ended having to “extend” the seasaw-like trap mechanism using masking tape, and sticked toasted nuts on it, to fool the mouse into getting trapped. And you know what, this mouse did not go down without a fight. It actually tried to bite its way out of my plastic mouse trap. What a vicious little mouse!My mouse trap is now with my colleague. I hope it is still capable of trapping a mouse. He has tried using M&Ms (apparently mouse like chocolates, but M&Ms…hmmm) and bird seeds as bait. But so far the mouse is having none of it, and in the process has once again eaten all the breadcrumb trails! 🙂 Ultimately I think he will prevail in this cat and mouse game, but provided that he can up his game everytime he fails…hohoho good luck to him.

Wood mouse in our flat

About a week ago, a mouse sneaked into our kitchen while I was cooking, having left the kitchen door opened. Thought I’ve chased the mouse away, as I could not see where else could it have gone, that same night W heard mouse crawling noise in our kitchen. We tried searching it out, but nothing was found. So I left a few small pieces of cheese on the floor overnight to see if there really is a mouse hiding in our flat. To our “relief”, the cheese were still on the floor when we woke up.But that night, I myself heard noise in the kitchen when we were about to go to bed. After clearing up our kitchen for a bit, we still couldn’t find the little creature once again. Feeling challenged, I went to B&Q the next day to buy a live mouse trap. Now equipped with a mouse trap, I happily put in a piece of bread with some peanut butter as bait. After two days of waiting, nope, mouse was no where to be seen, and we did not hear anything too. So we concluded that the mouse must have left our flat. Then yesterday I found a small hole in the new bag of bird seeds I just bought! Some of the bird seeds were scattered on the bottom of the shelf where I keep the bird seeds, and some of them even found its way into my tool box!Looks like my bait was no good. Seeing that the mouse seem to like my bird seeds, I put a good amount of the seeds into the trap, together with some ground nuts, and oh yes freshly roasted cashew nuts too 🙂 I was quietly confident we will get the mouse this time, but W was still a bit sceptical on whether the mouse trap with such tiny entrance would work, and was considering buying some strong glue instead to encircle the bait. The use of so called “ox skin” glue to catch rats is common practice in Malaysia, with fried squid or salted fish being used as bait 🙂 These baits give out such strong smell that even rats located miles away might also be just about attracted to the trap, let alone those in the house!As expected, we heard the mouse wandering around in our kitchen again. But we let it have all the freedom it wants this time. The next morning, W woke up earlier than me. She heard something moving in the trap box. Yes, we got the mouse! It is tiny! It does not like a house mouse we have seen attacking our bird feeder in our backyard last year. It’s actually a wood mouse. So cute 🙂

Wood mouse in a trapWood mouse in a trap

Poor little wood mouse must have been feeling rather stressed inside the trap. I would love to release the mouse from the trap quickly, but I really don’t want it to sneak into my flat again. In fact we just found out that this naughty mouse has also put a hole in our bag of rice! How annoying. So I brought it to the woodlands in the university area, which is not too far away from where we live. That silly mouse initially wouldn’t come out from the trap after I opened it. Not until I started making some squeaky noise to attract its attention to look the other way towards the open woodlands area that it started half running and hoping away into the woodlands 🙂

Bird, mouse and me

The bird feeder I hang in my backyard is supposed to be for the birds. I’ve complaint before in my previous post about mice somehow mysteriously taken the fat ball I hanged outside. But these days the mice not only start taking food from my bird feeder, they are even bold enough to do it in the day time!

Mouse on the bird feederMouse on the bird feederMouse on the bird feeder

Unbelievable. I tried putting oil onto the pole and moving it away from the little bamboo fence hoping that they won’t be able to climb up the pole so merrily. But I was too naive. Tried setting up a fence using some sharp bamboo skewers hoping to keep them away from my bird feeder (in fact I was hoping to see the scenario where they will fall off from the bird feeder and will have their butts poked, just to teach them a lesson). Didn’t work as well. Gave up putting the bird feeder there. Put up a cage instead to protect my fat balls. But they still somehow manage to attack my fat balls. I put up two fat balls and they only lasted just more than a week. Bought a window bird feeder last week, thinking that they probably won’t come so close to my flat, and won’t be able climb up the feeder. Wrong again! They still somehow manage to take the whole fat ball away, again! I’ve moved the window bird feeder further up. So far it hasn’t yet been attacked by the mice. Let’s hope it stays that way. I definitely don’t plan to trap or poison them. Afterall they are still very cute little animals. But it’s not my intention to attract them here! I want birds!! How annoying!Bamboo skewer fenceCage for the fat ballWindow bird feeder