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Try chocolate instead of cheese
Big trouble for Stuart Little

It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “death by chocolate”. Scientists have invented a baitless mousetrap that attracts rodents with the irresistible aroma of chocolate.

In tests, the scented mousetrap proved more effective at slaughtering curious mice than snares impregnated with vanilla or the more conventional cheese.

Using chocolate spread instead of cheese has been tried as a lure before, but Martina Flynn, of the manufacturer Sorex, said the snares were the first to use an injection-moulded “attractant” to lure rodents to their doom.

In trials, mice were more willing to risk their necks for the smell of chocolate than the other aromas.

Ricky Singh, a spokesman for Innovation-Direct, a consultancy service at the University of Warwick, said: “It’s the same chocolate flavouring used in foods. In tests it was the outright winner.”

The traps can retain their scent for up to eight months.

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