As I sit at my computer next to the open window, I hear the snap. Another field mouse has been captured. That is number 21. Is there hope that I can enjoy the birds at my feeders without a mice invasion?
A few weeks ago I watched with horror as field mice scurried between the feet of the Mourning Doves scrounging for scattered seed beneath my feeders. If I thought they would stay safely outside, I would tolerate their presence. However, when I began to imagine them seeking shelter in the house when winter approaches, it was enough to make this nature lover turn ruthless.
I had tried using spring-loaded traps in the past, but found them difficult to use. I would carefully set them, and then they would snap as I placed them on the ground. I put off dealing with the mice because the task seemed overwhelming, particularly when I thought about the potential of many pinched fingers.
As I was eating dinner on my patio a few days ago, a spied a mouse climbing into a nearby pot planted with annuals. And then, later that evening, two mice were climbing up the stems of the perennials outside my bedroom window. That was the last straw!
The next day I visited the hardware store to peruse their selection of mouse traps and discovered Victor Mouse Traps that worked much like a clothes pin. All I needed to do was swab some peanut butter on the trap mechanism, place the trap under a plastic mesh crate to keep it away from my dog, and wait for the curious mouse. Disposal was as easy as pinching the trap open and dropping the mouse into a plastic bag.
Actually, it took a few tries to perfect the ideal location for the peanut butter. On my first few tries, the mouse got trapped, but didn’t die. I figured it would suffocate in the plastic bag. Instead it chewed out and escaped from the trash receptacle.
Once eradication is complete, I will need to work on prevention. If you have been successful in dealing with and preventing field mice at your feeders, please share your experiences.