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Re: [Phys-l] Jackson County Show and a Better Mousetrap

An M&M imbedded in a peanut butter smeared trigger rarely fails.
A skilled mouse can clean a trap, but sooner or later they tug that M&M.

43 kills in one very night at a lovely attic apartment I rented long ago as an undergrad.


Scott Goelzer
Physics Teacher
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Northwood NH 03261

On Sep 7, 2006, at 12:08 PM, Bernard Cleyet wrote:

P. butter is the recommended bait for the traps I've used. Consumer's
research uses rats to test the nutrition of various prepared fuds.
(Similar need to H. s. xcept for vita. C, and cheaper than Trogs) They
found cherios (plain) w/ milk grew the rats better than the commercial
rat chow! Next time try that.

bc, who wonders if Pat has a relationship w/ the rad. unit.

p.s. ants ignore diet drinks, and not the regular.

Patricia Sievert wrote:

I've known about the preference for peanut butter for a long time. We
had an interesting experience last month with a mouse. It apparently
got in while we were gone for the weekend, so had free run of the
kitchen for a few days. It got into a drawer and ate the dried berries,
dried apricots, raisins, lentils, dark chocolate and barley, but didn't
even try to get into any of the "prepared foods" in the same drawer:
jello, pudding, marshmallows, chocolate chips, snack crackers, etc.
Smart mouse, at least until I put the sticky trap in the drawer.

Brian Whatcott wrote:

I went to preview the County show exhibits last evening.
I find the grain jars, dry country alfalfa flakes, embroidery,
artwork, photos, and experimental trifold exhibits pleasing.
Last night, I learned a new experimental result and I was
truly encouraged.

The question? What foods do mice prefer.

I read from this poster display that in twenty five paired
presentations, a set of newly purchased pet mice chose items
like peanut butter, tootsie roll,cinnamon bun, etc., in
twenty two cases in preference to cheese.


Brian Whatcott Altus OK Eureka!

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