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Bowl Traps


Very effective extempore traps may be set up in a few minutes by

the use of a few bowls. There are two methods commonly employed.

One consists of the bowl and a knife-blade. An ordinary tableknife

is used and a piece of cheese is firmly forced on to the end of

the blade, the bowl is then balanced on the edge, allowing the

bait to project about an inch and a half beneath the bowl. The odor

of cheese will attract a mouse
almost anywhere, and he soon finds

his way to the tempting morsel in this case. A very slight nibble

is sufficient to tilt the blade and the bowl falls over its prisoner.

In the second method a thimble is used in place of the knife. The

cheese is forced into its interior, and the open end of the thimble

inserted far beneath the bowl, allowing about half its length to

project outward.

The mouse is thus obliged to pass under the bowl in order to reach

the bait, and in his efforts to grasp the morsel, the thimble is

dislodged and the captive secured beneath the vessel. Where a small

thimble is used, it becomes necessary to place a bit of pasteboard

or flat chip beneath it, in order to raise it sufficiently to afford

an easy passage for the mouse. Both of these devices are said to

work excellently.