Friday, December 05, 2008

MiceCube: A Review!

A few weeks ago, I found some mouse droppings in both garages & was less than thrilled to know that we had been visited by a rodent. However, I can deal with a mouse or two outside. We back up to a big field and are surrounded by fields and a golf course...plenty of places for little critters to live!

However, when I found droppings in Jeff's office and in the laundry room behind the dryer, that was enough! Mice are not welcome in the house!

I set out to WalMart to find something to trap our guests. I didn't like my options much.

*Poison: I didn't like the idea of a mouse eating the poison and having to walk around the house before it died. What would it touch with it's poison-laden feet & poop?

*Sticky trap: Completely inhumane. Even though I don't want the mouse in the house, I also don't want to give it a death where it must starve over a period of days.

*Traditional snap-trap: I couldn't bear to find a squished mousey. And Reese is very curious...I was worried he would just need to touch it. Even though he's a big 5 year old now, the bones in his fingers are still very tiny!

Then I stumbled upon the MiceCube. This is more along the lines of what I was looking for...a live mouse trap. Something to catch them & then I can take them to a field far away and let them go.

The MiceCube is about the size of a stick of butter, and is made of gray plastic. There is a little trap door at one end, and when the mouse enters, gravity closes the door and traps the mouse. To release the mouse, you simply turn the trap upside down, the door opens and the mouse can be set free.

We set the trap according the the instructions: Put peanut butter on a little part of a cracker and place at the back of the trap. Put a little peanut butter on the outside of the trap door to leave a scent trail. I placed the traps in the places I had seen mouse droppings.

Sure enough, it only took 2 nights to trap this:

He was the tiniest little thing and had a big cracker snack before I took him far away from our house and let him go in a field!

To clean, I filled the trap with hot water & dish soap and let it soak.

We're waiting to see if any more mice come to dine. The first night the traps were set, the mouse (mice?) had licked all the peanut butter off the trap doors but didn't enter the trap. The second night, we caught 1 mouse. Nobody has licked the peanut butter off the trap doors in 3 nights now, so perhaps he was the lone mouse in the house?

I would highly recommend using the MiceCube if you've got a rodent in the house & you'd like to consider an alternative to killing it. The MiceCube worked exactly as it was supposed to!

It probably seems odd that I'm writing this review, but I was so excited at the success of our MiceCube that I just had to share!

5 comments:

cbashara said...

I'm so glad you used a humane trap. I'm just like you - I can't imagine having to deal with a snap trap and the sticky trap just sounds like bad kharma waiting to happen!

Renee said...

That's funny! Well we use the snap trap and it IS gross to deal with all that! I would much rather use this one but my redneck husband would probably shoot a bb gun to its head while it's still in the micecube!!

Kathi said...

I love the mouse cubes too! They are by far the best trap I've tried. One night I caught three little mice - eeeek.
Joyfully,
Kathi
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Keeley said...

We used one of these, too! Caught both our little mice visitors in one night and my husband released them the next morning. We were really thrilled not to have poisoned, starved, or crushed the little things, even if they do creep me out.

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