I've had rats carry a Victor trap off in the Boston area. Maybe they immigrated in from Tx, stowed away on a big truck. I screwed the trap down to a small plank, making it too awkward to carry off. I've also caught Red Squirrels in that trap, using peanut butter for bait.Since we have crossed the line from bait to cruel and unusual punishment. A friend told me about a deficiency in Victor rat traps with Texas rats. They could pull out or carry off the trap after springing it. Small nails were suggested to keep them from pulling out. Stainless safety wire was used to keep them from hauling off the trap and keep them from chewing through a string. One last deficiency was noted if they went to the bait from the spring bar side they would be launched clear of the nails instead of being trapped. Thus the 2 long nails in the middle to make them get the bait from the kill zone. From the discussion so far, I see that the rats from the northeast talk tough but Texas rats are tough.
There are probably tough rats all over. Really did not think they are just Texas tough. Screwing the trap down is also a good idea. In my case we were in a mobile home at the time and room was limited, tying the trap to something heavy outside was the best way when trapping under the floor. Since pulling out of the traps is not just a local problem, on all those nails in my trap I predrilled the holes and pressed the nails in so as not to split the wood base.I've had rats carry a Victor trap off in the Boston area. Maybe they immigrated in from Tx, stowed away on a big truck. I screwed the trap down to a small plank, making it too awkward to carry off. I've also caught Red Squirrels in that trap, using peanut butter for bait.
He wanted to ask you to change the channel......This is getting surreal.
Three big retrievers me and the wife all watching the tube and I see something out of the corner of my eye.
The mouse is six inches from my elbow on the armrest standing on its hind legs and staring right at me.
I am trying to decide if I should swat it and it runs off.
Much more of this and we will have to get a really small place setting for dinners and all of us just settle right in.
Right now, I set up those buckets with a roller and put the peanut butter on the middle. Then fill about 4" of water in the bottom .
Assuming Texas hasn’t changed since I moved out it might well be the bloody roaches carrying the traps off.I've had rats carry a Victor trap off in the Boston area. Maybe they immigrated in from Tx, stowed away on a big truck. I screwed the trap down to a small plank, making it too awkward to carry off. I've also caught Red Squirrels in that trap, using peanut butter for bait.
I like that idea.That's how I do it. I made my own rollers from EMT tubing with brass pressed into the ends, then drilled and reamed the brass ends for an ⅛" shaft through with pointed ends. The inside part of the brass was drilled before pressing in so that there's only a short portion toward the outside in contact with the ⅛" shaft to reduce friction. The shaft is about ⅛" longer than the bucket ID so that the pointed ends bite in to the bucket. Couple dabs of light oil on the bushings and in the bottom of the bucket I use a water/antifreeze mix that acts as a sort of preservative so the mice don't start to stink in case I don't find 'em right away.