Monday, September 17, 2007

Please ask ISS mouse trap questions or make comments HERE:


This Blog is to converse with anyone who wants to talk about the ISS (It's So Simple) mouse traps. After you have asked your question, if you want to return to the ISS traps site, click the link at the upper left of the page or click here.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

When I received my trap, I got about what I thought I would get. The description on the web site tells all. It was shipped right out the same day I paid through PayPal.

This darn thing really works. I was skeptical, but I have caught about twenty mice in the last week or so (four one night) I had it set up in my garage but have since moved it outside. Been a couple of days with nothing now.

It's So Simple is certainly a good name. Can't believe it has never been thought of before.
B.W.

Anonymous said...

I used this system first to thin out my chipmunk population and it worked flawlessly. Instead of the cylinder with peanut butter, you fill the pail half way with water and put black sunflower bird seeds on the top.
Damn chipmunks think they found the mother load and dive in! Killed dozens!
Been using the can coated with peanut butter on a coat hanger over the pail and decimating the mice population in the attic. Gonna set one up in the shed too! Leave the dead mice in the open field next to the house to attract the owls. Nothing like air support for the war on varmints!

Anonymous said...

I guess this is more of a mouse behavior question, but does anybody have any idea how far away from the house i have to go to set a mouse free and keep him from returning? i live in an urban neighborhood, but very near a large park. (Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, if you happen to ever have been here.)
I was hoping the little mice might at least enter back into the food chain in the park, but i don't want them coming back to the house, of course....

Fred Sowerwine said...

Anonymous,
How far away one has to take a mouse to keep it from returning is all guess (if they survive to return). Mice get into an area (house) from following mouse scent; urine, which is left pretty much with every step. It does not matter what mouse left the scent, all mice will follow it. In theory, mice can travel a long way, going from one mouse trail to another. There is a lot of mouse scent in this world. In real life, most mice turned loose in a foreign environment, perish to a predator or starvation; many just die of shock. In your case, it will depend how many mice live in your park and if the mouse trail leads from the park to your house.

To keep mice out of your living area, you have to seal up all the holes from which mice can enter. Once you have had mice, the trail is into your house and others will follow. Even new houses have mouse scent because it is on the building supplies. The only mouse trails that disappear are those exposed to strong sunlight for an extended period. Mouse traps will eliminate a population, but at some point, another population will find your home. If you don't seal, you need to keep mouse traps out. Even if you seal tight, mice will wait by doors and sneak in when they are opened. I keep the ISS mouse traps set up on the outside around my buildings year around. I must admit that I use liquid and only check them once a week or so. We no longer have a mouse problem.

Hope this help.
Fred

Anonymous said...

Thirty years ago I had set out a 5 gallon bucket of vegetable peelings, etc. In the morning I planned to dump it for the deer, etc. We kept it out of our trash as we burned our dry trash, back when you could still do that out in our very rural area when it was safe (wet enough) to burn.
The next morning I found a mouse or two drowned in the bucket, as it had rained so the bucket had extra water.
I think I used this idea one time since then, but have never had a mouse problem in or around our home as we have abundance of cats and owls.
Now our son and daughter-in-law have a severe mice infestation and I wanted to see if there was anything new to this idea. Apparently not, but with helpful ideas to ensure success. So I will gather up several buckets, bacon grease and/or peanut butter, sticks, string and set some ISS mouse traps in and around their home.
Thank you for posting this, Fred.
Ann in WA State

Anonymous said...

Been using the ISS trap for about two weeks now and have caught 24 mice. My best catch was four. Think I am mouse free now. Thanks 4 Dot Ranch.
John W.

Anonymous said...

thank you fred for a mouse trap that works. 18 eliminated in 8 days.
roy,de

Anne said...

I need someting for insdie the house. I have the same issue where the peanut butter is gone and the trap didn't go off. I even got the new tye that is like a mailbox, they crawl in and then it shuts and I have only been lucky once with both. I am terrified of them, I am new to this and will soon kill my husband if something doesn't work. I am tired of being locked in my room when he is at work. Any advice? How much penut butter should be put on a trap can to much be bad?

Anonymous said...

Hey,

I have a message for the webmaster/admin here at issmousetraps.blogspot.com.

Can I use some of the information from this blog post right above if I give a link back to this site?

Thanks,
John

Fred Sowerwine said...

Yes, John, you may use my content as long as you say so. A link back to what you are referring to would be fine.
Fred

Anonymous said...

hi, good site very much appreciatted

Anonymous said...

I bought this trap online because it sounded good and got good reviews. I thought it would be more complicated and I'd get a little more than what I got. When I got it I kind of got pissed because I felt I got ripped off.

I set out my victor traps and thought, what the hell, I paid for the damn thing I might as well use it. I set it up with a 5 gallon bucket, right next to my victor traps. The next morning I had 3 mice in the bucket and nothing on the victor traps, they were licked clean.

This thing works surprisingly well in my shop and I just leave it set up. In the winter the mice just die in the bucket overnight. I just put a few tiny dabs of peanut butter on the stick and they follow it right up.

Great trap!

Anonymous said...

Thank you - we used the bucket system and it worked like a charm!

We used a piece of snickers bar as bait and they loved it. The first two nights the mouse was able to get out of the five gallon bucket, we only knew it was there because the snickers had been gnawed on.

The third night we put a few inched of water in the bottom and placed the snickers in a plastic tupperware - making it a boat. Within an hour of putting it out the mouse was splashing around.

We had to set it up the next night for one more and within 45 minutes the mouse was caught.

Anonymous said...

My Husband laughed at me for getting this trap.. I got the last laugh when he disposed of the 8 mice I caught in the first two nights.

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely delighted to find this. Good job!

Anonymous said...

Greetings,

This is a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at issmousetraps.blogspot.com.

Can I use part of the information from this post right above if I give a link back to your website?

Thanks,
Charlie

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am certainly happy to find this. Good job!

Anonymous said...

About the hypothermia - last year our porch had a bad roof, leaking copiously with every rainfall. Several (8) barrels setup to catch major drips -- found a mouse mother swimming in one of the barrels. They had been nesting in the overhead insulation. Fished her & 2 babies out & installed them in an aquarium (couldn't just kill the little mothers!). Checking every 45 minutes or so, found 3 more babies (individually) in other barrels over the next 5 hours. Mother & all 5 babies survived, fed & grew over the next 5 weeks. Mother started to push babies away, then gave birth to 2 new ones. Next day, we relocated all 8 to a field about ½ mile away. So hypothermia does not (always) kill in 2 minutes. Our "mouse tv" actors swam around in cold water for fairly long periods of time!
keotaman#yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am really glad to discover this. Good job!

Anonymous said...

Fred,

Thank you again for sharing your solution for capturing mice. We own a country home here in CT and, as new owners, quickly learned that we had a fair amount of tenants. Much of the activity was discovered over the winter months and I suspect that the field mice were looking for a warmer spot to nest in. I ultimately determined that they were parking themselves within comfort range of our furnace.

At first, your trap yielding no results after having been in the basement near the furnace for nearly 2 weeks. I had read some of the posts on your site and learned that some folks were putting the trap in a remote place of their garage. I decided that might be the secret since the mice were most likely entering the basement from that location.

After another 2 weeks in that location, I returned to the home to discover the trap delivered as promised: 2 mice.

While I was excited about the result, I am convinced there are more in tribe that didn't make it into the trap and wonder why it didn't capture more.

Some observations: I noticed that while we are here, the mice are not brave enough to explore the trap so they must really like a quiet home before being bold.

In any event, there remains no doubt: your trap works, plain and simple.

E.S.

Fred Sowerwine said...

E.S.,
The secret to the ISS trap is the bait. Don't be hesitant to try different things that are highly aromatic. And the teaser spot (one time for each and any new bait and being no bigger than a 1/4 inch circle) tells you if the mice are coming to the trap and like what you are offering them. The bait has to be more enticing than anything else they have around to eat; "good enough to die for".

Anonymous said...

Cheers for the post, definitly something which i discovered interesting, sufficient to make me drop this comment.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Nice work, Thanks

Tim said...

Buckets with rollers are still too complicated.

I'm using a 5 gallon bucket with a large funnel that fits the rim of the bucket. You can find this at a beer brewers supply. Cut the funnel hole bigger at least 3 inches.

Next, dangle peanut butter from a string about 3 inches above the hole. I used a penny with a hole drilled in it. Be sure to use a long piece of wood so the mouse can crawl up to the bucket rim. This works great!

Later, ask me how to catch a polar bear with a bag of frozen peas.

Tim said...

Buckets with rollers are still too complicated.

I'm using a 5 gallon bucket with a large funnel that fits the rim of the bucket. You can find this at a beer brewers supply. Cut the funnel hole bigger at least 3 inches.

Next, dangle peanut butter from a string about 3 inches above the hole. I used a penny with a hole drilled in it. Be sure to use a long piece of wood so the mouse can crawl up to the bucket rim. This works great!

Later, ask me how to catch a polar bear with a bag of frozen peas.

Tim said...

Buckets with rollers are still too complicated.

I'm using a 5 gallon bucket with a large funnel that fits the rim of the bucket. You can find this at a beer brewers supply. Cut the funnel hole bigger, at least 3 inches.

Next, dangle peanut butter from a string about 3 inches above the hole. I used a penny with a hole drilled in it. Be sure to use a long piece of wood so the mouse can crawl up to the bucket rim. This works great!

Later, ask me how to catch a polar bear with a bag of frozen peas.

Fred Sowerwine said...

The following comment by klosam was deleted by my mistake so I will post the conversation.

klosam has left a new comment on your post "Please ask ISS mouse trap questions or make comment HERE":

I don't understand what you get. Just a stick? The pictures are not very good

My response:
Well klosam,
Yes, I guess it can be said that it is "just a stick." However, what you get is not "just a stick"; It is a product that will eliminate your mouse population if you will follow the directions. It is a very simple idea hence the name "It's So Simple" mouse trap. If it does not eliminate your problem, you may send it back.

There are lots of ideas for bucket mouse traps; some are effective at catching mice, some are not. If you have a rodent problem after trying other methods, maybe you should try an "It's So Simple" mouse trap.