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Fruit Jars Make Effective Mouse Traps
A fruit jar mouse trap was likely something pioneers figured out. The design is super simple attach nail-like wires to create a funnel. The rodent can get in, but not out.
  But, how many variations can be made on that concept?
  Its difficult to know, says Tom Parr, owner of the Trap History Museum in Galloway, Ohio, which is also home to the North American Trap Collectors Association (NATCA).
  The quarter-size opening narrows to about 1/2-in., too small for a mouse to get back out. Its painfully effective, Parr says. He knows after poking his finger in an Old Tom trap.
  Parr notes they were probably effective and are easy enough to make. Just solder small nails about 2 1/2 in. long angled in a funnel pattern on a standard size jar lid. Put on a jar, chock it so it wont roll and toss in some bait.
The disadvantages are that you have to deal with a live, trapped rodent. And youngsters - or oldsters, like Parr - may be tempted to test the trap with their own fingers.
  Parr welcomes questions about fruit jar and other traps and invites people to make reservations to see his museum, which contains more than 4,000 traps of all kinds, including the worlds largest bear trap, built by Ed Sauvola, a fabricator from Chassell, Mich.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Parr, North American Trap Collectors Association Museum, Inc., 6106 Bausch Rd., Galloway, Ohio 43119 (ph 614 878-6011; www.traphistorymuseum.com;

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3