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exploding mousetrap

Blow the little critters to hell
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Using a relatively small amount of explosive charge one would enjoy several advantages in dealing with rodents. one could easily defeat those mice that get the cheese without springing the trap, you could hear it when mice are caught, and one could hrness the power of explosives and enjoy the results. The trap itself would be similar in appearance and design to a landmine and as with conventional traps mice will be lured into the trap with cheese
demo_nova, Dec 14 2002

shock 'em http://www.halfbake...dea/shock_20therapy
shocks the mice and repels them or kills them [goober, Oct 04 2004]

Baked for Gophers - Rodenator http://www.rodenator.com
Uses a mix of propane and air to blow up burrows. Videos on the site are interesting to see. [DanYHKim, Jul 02 2005]

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       Hmmm...all I'm seeing is fried pieces of mouse everywhere that would have to be cleaned up. Blowing things up is cool, maybe you could enclose this trap somehow to eliminate the gory clean-up.
waxingpoetic, Dec 14 2002
  

       This is Baked. Use a piece of two inch scaffold pipe with an end cap, a No.2 stage maroon and an infrared beam-break trigger.   

       Very effective, but the cost per mouse is about USD$ 6.00 which makes it uneconomic. Also, the loud bangs it makes can be irritating if the trap is triggered during the night.
8th of 7, Dec 14 2002
  

       <obligatory Carrott impersonation>"There's only one way to get rid of a mole...blow his bloody head off!" </obligatory Carrott impersonation>
egbert, Dec 14 2002
  

       Attach a nail or tack to corner of lever that would usually hit the mouse.
Remove shot and wad from 12g shotgun shell
Very carefuly remove nylon outer casing by sawing it off/other means you think is safe, so all you have is the metal charge.
Place 12g charge on corner of wooden board where nail strikes and carefully align the nail with 12g primer.
When trap goes off - nail will strike primer.
If there's 3 white mice, and they live, you'll have 3 blind, deaf, maimed mice performing a minstrel show, which as history shows, is just as disgusting as mouse entrails, though not as messy.
thumbwax, Dec 14 2002
  

       My stepdad used to tell me that the thing to do with moles, (or maybe it was groundhogs, I dunno), was to put some chewing gum in their burrow, surrounded by whatever it is that the critters eat. Because they can't belch, the intestinal gas buildup causes them to explode, according to the legend. I've never actually seen it done so I don't know if it works. But I wonder if the same thing could be done with mice.
RayfordSteele, Dec 20 2002
  

       If you build a better mousetrap
And set it in your house
Before long Mother Nature
Will build a better mouse........
  

       get a cat....or two....or three.....
Marassa, Dec 20 2002
  

       How did this get a croissant and my shock therapy is fishboned? (see link)
goober, Mar 07 2003
  

       Um, you guys are *tied* at -4 +3, you shameless elf-promoter
thumbwax, Mar 07 2003
  

       You could call it a vermine.
Cuit_au_Four, Apr 24 2006
  
      
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