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Neat no-kill mouse trap

 
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Just saw this on reddit.  https://i.imgur.com/W4IVm9y.gifv.  Not sure if it will stay on there forever so here's a crude description.

Take a 2 liter plastic soda bottle.  Poke a wire through it near the middle to act as a pivoting teeter totter axle.  Locate it so that the bottle is barely heavier at the bottom of the bottle.  Set the bottle on its side on the ground and raise the axle 1/2 inch and mount it there.  Now the bottle acts as a teeter totter that moves up and down an inch at each end with the butt resting on the ground.  Then put a brick or spacer by the top of the bottle that the mouse can climb on and enter the mouth of the bottle.  Set it very close to the bottle.  When the mouse climbs in to get your bait, its weight lowers that end of the bottle and the brick blocks its exit.
 
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I have always had just one question for advocates of no-kill mouse traps: what do you do afterwards?

I mean, I could see using them myself, if only to ensure that they are killed quickly. But I am not going to keep them as pets, and there's no place you can release them where they won't immediately die or become someone else's problem.

And snap traps, or worse, glue traps, have an indefensible record in terms of injured (read: severely crippled and in agony) live escapes. And I loved my previous cats, who were definitely both catch/play/bat/kill/decapitate/eat traps, and damn good at it, but I am allergic now. So I suppose I would get one of those group traps and dispose of them in water every morning.

I have seen versions of this trap before, but this one is well-executed. Very Rube Goldberg. It just needs a stainless steel ball and some dominoes.

-CK
 
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I'm not sure what you do with it after you catch it, but if you're interested in catching them without killing them, it's an approach.
 
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I feed them to my chickens.
 
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