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.

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