Business / News / Community / Education / 31st March 2021
Break Thru on the mouse hunt
The team at Break Thru Coonabarabran have come up with a solution to the mice infestation that has plagued the town of late.
A little different from the usual quality tables and chairs the group is known for making, they have turned their attention to sophisticated mouse traps.
The traps consist of a bucket with a wooden dowel through a plastic bottle, which acts like a bridge. The mouse runs along the bottle in an attempt to retrieve the bait. The bottle spins, causing the rodent to lose its footing and fall into the bucket.
Break Thru team leader, Cody Higgins said the team researched the idea and decided to make their own traps.
“In our past projects we have made things like tables and chairs,” Mr Higgins said.
“We wanted a new idea and one day we were sitting around discussing what we could do - and a mouse ran past us!
“That was when we decided we could try and make something that could help.”
Mr Higgins said they went with the bucket idea because some of their clientele are not able to get down low enough to empty, set and check the traditional mouse traps; the bucket style making it ideal for the elderly and others with disabilities.
The group wasn’t ready for the success of the traps, with multiple orders being taken since their idea was posted online.
“At first we were just making them for our and our clients use, but now we might have a little business going,” Mr Higgins said.
Mr Higgins said the group hadn’t decided on a price for the traps at this early stage, but said funds raised from sales would go back into Break Thru.
Although it stands as a possible fund-raising venture, Mr Higgins said those involved were just happy to see the success and popularity of the traps.
“All the guys just love seeing it work and how successful the traps are,” he said.
“They only take about 10 minutes each to make, but like a lot of things, not everything goes to plan.”
So far the group has constructed six traps, with another six being ordered recently thanks to word of mouth.
Mr Higgins said he expects many more orders to come through in the coming weeks as residents become more fed up with the current mouse plague.