Saturday, July 17, 2021

Choker and Other Mouse Traps

Choker mouse traps are old, simple, and efficient.  

The basic construction is a baited tube in which the mouse’s movement unleashes a trigger which releases a spring tightening a wire or string noose around the mouse, asphyxiating it in short order.  

Asian choker traps made with a 2” round piece of bamboo tube and a split bamboo spring pole rising vertical through that same tube have been around for a 1,000 years.  19th Century European and American versions employ drilled hard wood blocks and metal springs, with late 20th Century versions trading hard plastic for wood.

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