I have been periodically putting down mouse traps (Victor snap traps) in my garage over the years, and have had no problem catching mice. Until now.
Since we live next to a national forest small critters of varying types often look for a warm place to hang out during the frigid winter months. There is no food source in the garage that I am aware of, and the mice apparently have no trouble finding their way inside.
The garage is large, so I end up putting 4 or 5 traps in various places and normally I catch at least one mouse and often two in a single night. I use a dab of peanut putter as bait, and the traps are so sensitive that I often have trouble just putting them gently on the ground without setting them off.
Over the past few nights I’ve noticed something strange. When I go to check the traps in the morning they are licked clean, and they are still spring loaded, meaning a mouse has eaten all of the bait and didn’t set any off. I have seen this before with an odd trap here or there, but this mouse has been able to do this 4 nights in a row.
Can a mouse be so smart that it can eat the bait and avoid setting off a snap trap with a hair trigger? What can I do to catch this particular mouse? Sticky traps don’t work and I doubt he would fall for a live trap even if I had one… and don’t ask me to get a cat.