Wintertime is when us Mainers will notice a lot of mouse activity in our homes if they are vulnerable to outside invaders.  I know I have tried countless ways to get rid of mice including cheap spring loaded mouse catchers, poison, and even high-frequency emitting sound devices.

Not only are they a nuisance but they can also spread disease to humans and pets, according to

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is considered one of the most troublesome and economically important rodents in the United States. In homes they feed on and damage food, contaminate food with droppings and urine, cause structural damage to building by gnawing and nest-building, including chewing on furniture and wiring. In addition, house mice can spread disease to humans and pets, including salmonellosis (food poisoning).


If you are willing to try one more method, and even roll your sleeves up to make one, than this may be the solution for you.

What's amazing is that this device is an old French invention has been around for over four hundreds of years and seems to work very well.

All you need is a block of wood, a drill, large metal wire to use for the spring, heavy duty staples, a needle, string and some thinner metal wire for the nooses.  With that being said, if you are looking for an option where the mice survive, this is not the choice for you.

Check out the video below and see an old fashioned mouse trap that could work well for your home.  You even get to see it in action.

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