We all know that mice are cute little things but when they get into our homes and tearing up our possessions all we want to do is get rid of them! I have never written about catching mice in the home or mice in general so here we go.


We all know that mice are cute little things but when they get into our homes and tearing up our possessions all we want to do is get rid of them! I have never written about catching mice in the home or mice in general so here we go.

We had been seeing a mouse in the kitchen and spare bedroom a few years back. There are many types of traps and techniques to try that have varying degrees of success. Just setting a trap with butter or cheese did not work anymore for us. After a little research by my wife and me, and some experimentation, we found a great way to lure mice into the trap.

I took a small one-qaurter teaspoon amount of creamy peanut butter and put it on the little trip lever on an ordinary spring loaded mouse trap and set it. I then took a wooden match and struck a flame. While holding the trap a little sideways I singed the peanut butter for just a few seconds. This match heat set off a peanut aroma from the peanut oil into the air. I set the trap between the refrigerator and wall in the kitchen, put the lid on the peanut butter and walked to the other end of the house.

About 90 seconds later we hear “SNAP.” My wife and I looked at each other and said “No way!” I hurried back to the kitchen and sure enough the trap was sprung and the varmit was caught! A minute and a half! I was excited to be rid of the rodent but in just 90 seconds!?!

Use common sense when attempting this method so you don’t burn yourself or the house down. The really good news is that we have not had a mouse in the house since. If and when we ever do again I know how I will take care of the little varmit!

Scott Eckert is Harvey County Extension agent, horticulture.