Searching \ for '[PIC]: A better mousetrap' in subject line. ()
Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure! Help us get a faster server
FAQ page: www.piclist.com/techref/microchip/devices.htm?key=pic
Search entire site for: 'A better mousetrap'.

Exact match. Not showing close matches.
PICList Thread
'[PIC]: A better mousetrap'
2006\05\15@034625 by Peter

picon face

http://www.brusselsprout.org/XmasTail2005/

Peter

2006\05\15@062911 by Russell McMahon

face
flavicon
face
Subject: [PIC]: A better mousetrap


> http://www.brusselsprout.org/XmasTail2005/

Our miscreant invaded the kitchen and was clearly very small. He
entered the pantry by gnawing a small-thumb (non-ARM variety) sized
half round hole in the bottom of a louver several louvers up from the
bottom one. He then ascended using unknown technology to apparently
inaccessible shelves at all levels and made a right mess.

My live-trap was cheaper and lower technology than Noel's bane. I used
a card index box (empty) - wooden style with hinged wooden lid cut on
a diagonal, a 4" nail, some stiff wire and suitable bait. Nail is used
to prop box open - nail head rests (AFAIR) on box edge such that as
the nail is rotated it moves across the surface and if rotated far
enough, drops into box. "Far enough" is adjusted to meet requirement.
Wire is bent around nail and down into box to form a bait holder and
hanging in space under gravity. Perturbing the bait rotates the nail
which rolls off the edge and the box closes under gravity.  Heath
Robinson would be suitably impressed.

First run saw lost bait, closed box and no mouse.

Second run saw closed box and bait lost inside captive mouse.

We released him in the park at the bottom of our section and I
promptly felt sad when i considered that he and we could have probably
come to a more mutually acceptable arrangement.





       Russell McMahon

2006\05\15@080346 by Bob Axtell

face picon face
Russell McMahon wrote:
{Quote hidden}

Ya know, Russell, I believe you might have a future in writing. This
report sings with highly interesting
prose. You need a better audience that just the PICList... There are
folks that would pay to read things
like this... and I'm no' kidding.

--Bob


2006\05\15@115931 by James Newtons Massmind

face picon face
> > http://www.brusselsprout.org/XmasTail2005/
>
> My live-trap was cheaper and lower technology than Noel's
> bane. I used a card index box (empty) - wooden style with
> hinged wooden lid cut on a diagonal, a 4" nail, some stiff
> wire and suitable bait. Nail is used to prop box open - nail
> head rests (AFAIR) on box edge such that as the nail is
> rotated it moves across the surface and if rotated far
> enough, drops into box. "Far enough" is adjusted to meet requirement.
> Wire is bent around nail and down into box to form a bait
> holder and hanging in space under gravity. Perturbing the
> bait rotates the nail which rolls off the edge and the box
> closes under gravity.  Heath Robinson would be suitably impressed.

My version is very effective and does remove mice in a completely automated
process, but cost more, cause more messes and damage, and occasionally
require trips to the vet and (sadly) replacement. The only justification in
the face of obvious inefficiencies is that my wife won't let me give them
away.

After years of use, there has been a strange shift in the power base until
it seems that I exist to care for the mousetraps rather than the mousetraps
existing to keep the house free of mice. I'm told by some who clame to be
able to understand them better than I that they have started referring to me
and the other members of my household as "the staff."

My wife claims they offer other services besides mouse trapping including
but not limited to: Entertainment, electric blanket replacement on cold
nights, education for the kids, food scrap removal and re-processing, and
stress reduction (how that could be is utterly beyond me based on the number
of extra loads of laundry, messes that must be chemically cleaned, early
morning, stepped in throw-up, cursing and so on that goes on).

I think the lazy bastards sleep, eat, poop, tear up the furniture and
generally act like they own the place.

Oops, I have to go now, one of them has demanded that I itch behind her
ears...

---
James.


2006\05\15@130721 by Alan B. Pearce

face picon face
>My version is very effective and does remove mice in
>a completely automated process, but cost more, cause
>more messes and damage, and occasionally require trips
>to the vet and (sadly) replacement.

have one like that too, but it insists that we like dead mice, and brings
then back while they are still alive. Occasionally they get where the mouse
trap cannot get them, but they cannot get away ...

2006\05\15@133828 by Vasile Surducan

face picon face
Take one half of fresh nut and one half of fresh hazel-nut.
Fixe both of them at exactly 1/4 lenght of the mouse you gonna get.
Tie taut a wire wrapping between two half margins of nut and hazel.

The mouse will come and smell the nuts.
He cant decide what to eat: the nut or the hazel?
So he will move his head between the nut and the hazel,  without
deciding, till suicide himself by cuttig his throat...

:)

Without jokes, I had a mouse which was so old and smart so he was
gnowing the rope of the mousetrap from outside and after that eating
the trap contents safely.
If I didn't saw him, I never belive it.

Vasile



On 5/15/06, Peter <spam_OUTplpTakeThisOuTspamactcom.co.il> wrote:
>
> http://www.brusselsprout.org/XmasTail2005/
>
> Peter
> -

2006\05\15@135759 by James Newtons Massmind

face picon face
> >My version is very effective and does remove mice in a completely
> >automated process, but cost more, cause more messes and damage, and
> >occasionally require trips to the vet and (sadly) replacement.
>
> have one like that too, but it insists that we like dead
> mice, and brings then back while they are still alive.
> Occasionally they get where the mouse trap cannot get them,
> but they cannot get away ...

Some part of my brain that has obviously been totally damaged over time
wants to say that the solution to that problem is to have several more of
that same model mouse trap laid about so that no mouse in its right mind
will attempt to come close to the house. That seems to work for us. We have
only seen one (rather diseased) mouse anywhere in the area since we got
them. NEVER in the house.

BTW: I watched a top 10 show about the most deadly animal "killing machine"
and their #1 was the common house cat. In terms of how many different things
they kill, how much time they spend hunting and killing, and the total
number of other creatures they kill in their life time, house cats reign
supreme.

The wife still won't let me get rid of them.

---
James.


2006\05\15@140249 by Mark Samuels

picon face
I actually did a PIC-based project once, that wasn't so much "mousetrap" as
"mousecounter-for-mousetrap-effectiveness-measurement."

The client made bait traps, and they wanted us to come up with a rodent
activity logging device.  We made a little battery-powered box with a PIR
sensor that sat above the bait in the trap, and would log/timestamp
detections in external EEPROM, along with a vibration sensor, and a few
other sensors I can't remember off the top of my head.  Every so often, when
the technicians would service the traps and replace the bait, they'd whip
out their Palm device running our custom app which would connect to our box
via IrDA, download the log from the EEP, and resynchronice the RTC in the
box.  When the technician was done, he'd hotsync his Palm, and another
custom app would generate emails to send the logs back to the home office.
There, they'd be able to gather "performance data" on all their traps out in
the field... track rodent activity/times, see how often the units were being
serviced, check battery life, etc.  Pretty neat system.  The client even
supplied lab mice for our testing!

-Mark


{Original Message removed}

2006\05\15@143526 by William Couture

face picon face
On 5/15/06, James Newtons Massmind <.....jamesnewtonKILLspamspam@spam@massmind.org> wrote:

> Some part of my brain that has obviously been totally damaged over time
> wants to say that the solution to that problem is to have several more of
> that same model mouse trap laid about so that no mouse in its right mind
> will attempt to come close to the house. That seems to work for us. We have
> only seen one (rather diseased) mouse anywhere in the area since we got
> them. NEVER in the house.

They also protect against polar bears in your house.

Bill

--
Psst...  Hey, you... Buddy...  Want a kitten?  straycatblues.petfinder.org

2006\05\15@145028 by Bob Barr

flavicon
face
On Mon, 15 May 2006 14:35:26 -0400, "William Couture" wrote:

>On 5/15/06, James Newtons Massmind wrote:
>
>> Some part of my brain that has obviously been totally damaged over time
>> wants to say that the solution to that problem is to have several more of
>> that same model mouse trap laid about so that no mouse in its right mind
>> will attempt to come close to the house. That seems to work for us. We have
>> only seen one (rather diseased) mouse anywhere in the area since we got
>> them. NEVER in the house.
>
>They also protect against polar bears in your house.
>

Good point. I hadn't thought about it but I must admit that I haven't
seen a single polar bear in my house in all the time that I've had my
cat. :=)


Regards, Bob

2006\05\15@145451 by Bob Axtell

face picon face
William Couture wrote:
> On 5/15/06, James Newtons Massmind <jamesnewtonspamKILLspammassmind.org> wrote:
>
>  
>> Some part of my brain that has obviously been totally damaged over time
>> wants to say that the solution to that problem is to have several more of
>> that same model mouse trap laid about so that no mouse in its right mind
>> will attempt to come close to the house. That seems to work for us. We have
>> only seen one (rather diseased) mouse anywhere in the area since we got
>> them. NEVER in the house.
>>    
>
> They also protect against polar bears in your house.
>
> Bill
>
>  
When I was a kid, in the back of my favorite magazine as a kid was an ad
that read "Surefire Way To Kill Roaches!
No chemicals! Complete kit, $1". So I bought it.

It consisted of two 1" squares of balsa wood, labeled A and B.

The instructions read "Place cockroach on  Block A. Slam Block B quickly
down against Block A. That kills the cockroach."

and it did.

--Bob

2006\05\15@151109 by James Newtons Massmind

face picon face
> > for us. We have only seen one (rather diseased) mouse
> anywhere in the
> > area since we got them. NEVER in the house.
>
> They also protect against polar bears in your house.
>


And Elephants. Except for the ones that have learned to hide in thimbles, of
course.

---
James.


2006\05\16@035023 by Alan B. Pearce

face picon face
>And Elephants. Except for the ones that have learned
>to hide in thimbles, of course.

Hmm, when I was at school they hid in strawberry patches by painting their
toenails red ...

2006\05\16@092641 by Carey Fisher

face picon face
yeah... kats are kool...

2006\05\16@093346 by William Couture

face picon face
On 5/16/06, Alan B. Pearce <.....A.B.PearceKILLspamspam.....rl.ac.uk> wrote:
> >And Elephants. Except for the ones that have learned
> >to hide in thimbles, of course.
>
> Hmm, when I was at school they hid in strawberry patches by painting their
> toenails red ...

Q: How can you tell if you have a elephant in your refrigerator?

A1:  His footprints in the cheesecake

A2:  You can smell the peanuts on his breath

And any furthur responses in this thread should be moved to [OT]

Bill

--
Psst...  Hey, you... Buddy...  Want a kitten?  straycatblues.petfinder.org

2006\05\16@145512 by Peter

picon face

On Mon, 15 May 2006, Vasile Surducan wrote:

> Without jokes, I had a mouse which was so old and smart so he was
> gnowing the rope of the mousetrap from outside and after that eating
> the trap contents safely.
> If I didn't saw him, I never belive it.

I read somewhere that small rodenta and mammals score consistently
higher than humans in maze tests. Apparently the hunt for food in the
wild weeds out all the profound thinkers and leaves the practical guys
to collect the protein.

Peter

2006\05\16@145745 by Peter

picon face


On Mon, 15 May 2006, William Couture wrote:

{Quote hidden}

How do they do that ? Sacrifice themselves in great numbers as food for
the bear so the bear is satated when you get home, or ... is it
something else.

Peter

2006\05\16@145941 by Peter

picon face

On Mon, 15 May 2006, Bob Axtell wrote:

> When I was a kid, in the back of my favorite magazine as a kid was an
> ad that read "Surefire Way To Kill Roaches! No chemicals! Complete
> kit, $1". So I bought it.
>
> It consisted of two 1" squares of balsa wood, labeled A and B.
>
> The instructions read "Place cockroach on  Block A. Slam Block B quickly down
> against Block A. That kills the cockroach."
>
> and it did.

Was it still your favorite magazine after that ? ;-)

Peter

2006\05\16@152622 by David VanHorn

picon face
>
>
> > They also protect against polar bears in your house.
>
> How do they do that ? Sacrifice themselves in great numbers as food for
> the bear so the bear is satated when you get home, or ... is it
> something else.


Whatever that is, it works. I've never even seen a polar bear in the
neighborhood!





--
Feel the power of the dark side!  Atmel AVR

2006\05\16@180336 by Bob Axtell

face picon face
Peter wrote:
> On Mon, 15 May 2006, Bob Axtell wrote:
>
>  
>> When I was a kid, in the back of my favorite magazine as a kid was an
>> ad that read "Surefire Way To Kill Roaches! No chemicals! Complete
>> kit, $1". So I bought it.
>>
>> It consisted of two 1" squares of balsa wood, labeled A and B.
>>
>> The instructions read "Place cockroach on  Block A. Slam Block B quickly down
>> against Block A. That kills the cockroach."
>>
>> and it did.
>>    
>
> Was it still your favorite magazine after that ? ;-)
>
> Peter
>  
Sure!

More... (looser matching)
- Last day of these posts
- In 2006 , 2007 only
- Today
- New search...