Challenge: build a better hamster trap

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Not my hamster, but an idea for where to look!
Not my hamster, but an idea for where to look!
Anxious geek via flickr

Update: The General has returned! None of my traps worked, but that actually allowed me to consider he might have made his way to the first floor. I found him hunkered on the floor of the coat closet. Thanks, everyone!

They say if you can build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door. I say if you find a way for me to find my missing hamster, I will stop beating myself up.

General Fuzz, my daughter’s pet hamster, escaped from his cage at some point Wednesday night. It was totally my fault. Now he could be anywhere. I hit the googler and found some advice. Right now I have tried putting out food surrounded by flour, so if the General eats some, he should leave a trail of floury footprints behind. I also tried tying a long string to a piece of food, which he would hopefully drag behind him, leaving a clue to his whereabouts. I also put a schmear of peanut butter in a shoebox.

What would you do?

Challenge: build a better hamster trap

Updated