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Pest control in austere environments is a very big deal. While pests in modern times are just a cause of inconvenience, it was much different in the past.
Today, we look pests as creatures that cause damage to property and give us the general uncomfortable critter feelings. Specifically, how to set up a DIY self-resetting mouse trap.
Throughout history, before pests were effectively controlled, they were harbingers of disease! They brought death into your town as surely as an invading force. In most cases, they were even more effective!
In a true SHTF scenario, we will lose the ability to control those pests. Likewise, waste management failures will invite more of them.
To combat this we need to know how to deal with pest control from a simple DIY perspective. We also need a self-resetting mouse trap that works over and over again.
Self-Resetting Mouse Trap
By using a simple 5-gallon bucket and some simple mods, you can create your own self-resetting mouse trap. This method works by luring mice up to a simple walkway and through a hole in the middle of the bucket. There is a large can on a swivel that leads to some peanut butter on the opposite side.
When the mouse steps on the can, en route to the bait, the can will spin. Waiting below them is an inescapable pool of water that will effectively drown them.
My favorite DIY instructions for a self-resetting mouse trap is at Five Gallon Ideas.
Just understand that having plans to deal with pests is going to be essential in a collapse. These creatures will attack your food stores and infect you with diseases and viruses that might kill your entire family. Don’t forget there will be little or no access to doctors.
If you can catch them, you can control their populations in your immediate area. Mice make great bait for larger animals, as a side note!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.