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3 Easy Home Made Mouse Traps

by The Bug Doctor

Did you know that the standard mouse snap trap wire slams closed in 38,000’s of a second? That every year over 400 patents are applied for just for mouse trap inventions? To date all total there are 4400 patented mouse traps while only about 20 make any money. The first trap was invented back in 1897 by James Henry Atkinson a British inventor and his prototype of the wooden snap trap with springs and wires has not changed much at all since then. In the 1980’s glue boards were invented and widespread use was like a wild fire until people realized that the mouse died a slow and agonizing death usually squealing and dying from exhaustion. Emerson wrote the famous line;

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods. The world will make a beaten path to his door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Actually the message was about quality of workmanship towards success rather than specifically about mouse traps but in either case he has been proven prophetic.

Not do be out done many homeowners have sought to one up Atkinson and start their own 112 year streak of mouse trap dominance. Here are a few of the ideas and you can decide if they’re up to the challenge. Click on the pictures to enlarge and leave a comment as to which one you like or tell us of one of your own.

picture 43 150x150 3 Easy Home Made Mouse TrapsThe spinning can looks simple enough; run a wire through a beer or soda can and suspend it over a bucket of water. A stick or ruler is placed so he can climb up the bucket and peanut butter is put on the can to entice the mouse. When he gets to the can it spins like a log in water and he falls. Of course the mouse drowns in this scenario but you can leave the bucket empty but you’ll need to release him after he is caught.

The liter bottle trap is promising; Cut a plastic soda bottle 3/4 of the way up andpicture 151 150x150 3 Easy Home Made Mouse Traps invert the top spout into the base. Secure it with glue or tape and put bait such as peanuts or seed in the hole so it drops to the bottom. Grease the funnel with cooking oil or butter so the mouse gets no grip. Place the trap near a shelf or something so the mouse can jump or climb to the inverted top. Once in the funnel the only way is down, he won’t be able to climb out and you can release him to a safe place. This trap is also useful in that it can double as a fruit fly or gnat trap.

picture 16 150x150 3 Easy Home Made Mouse TrapsThe modified snap trap approach is a little more difficult to make but can provide good results; A rat snap trap, coffee can, small gauge wire and some hardware cloth with some screws is what you’ll need. First attach the trap to the can by screwing the wood just under the tongue (trigger) to the front of the can. Next cut the cloth about a 1/2 inch bigger than the size of the can. Place the cloth on the back side of the can and mold the edges slightly down around the edges. The concave or protruding side up, use your wire to attach it to the spring loaded snap wire of the trap. The long trigger release arm goes through the cloth and sets the trigger. Test the trap out to make sure the release arm does not block the cloth from covering the entire mouth of the can when it shuts. Bait the back of the can with nuts or peanut butter and set the trap. (you can also attach a board for stability to the back of the can) Catch the mouse alive and release him away from the home.

Well we’ve come along way in mouse traps but as you can see sometimes simpler is better. I’m notpicture 17 150x150 3 Easy Home Made Mouse Traps sure if any of these will usurp old Henry’s contraption but when you have a mouse infestation who cares, as long as you get your mouse. Before you get to cocky however, consider that the mouse has also had 112 years to study the problem and he hasn’t been sitting idle. Almost all of my mouse calls come after the do it yourself bugman has failed to round up his furry friend and I marvel just how a mouse can escape some of the gauntlets I see. Maybe while we’ve kept to the simple time tested methods the nation of mice have spread the word and gone high tech.

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  • http://www.dyeve.blogspot.com dyeve

    Nice blog..ha! Ha! mmm…poor mouse..:))

  • http://www.dyeve.blogspot.com dyeve

    Nice blog..ha! Ha! mmm…poor mouse..:))

  • admin

    Thanks,

    The mice are usually just fine, we invent,they re invent……been going on for centuries.

  • IronGuy

    First:
    I am the Retired Electronic Engineer that will now take the time to invent the best Rat-mouse Trap to date! Why? For the first time I am now living in
    this home where one Rat continues to try to chew it’s way through the wall at
    the sub floor level!
    When I bag my first Rat, I will perfect the Trap and find someone interested in building, manufacturing, marketing them, ha!
    IronGuy

  • IronGuy

    First:
    I am the Retired Electronic Engineer that will now take the time to invent the best Rat-mouse Trap to date! Why? For the first time I am now living in
    this home where one Rat continues to try to chew it’s way through the wall at
    the sub floor level!
    When I bag my first Rat, I will perfect the Trap and find someone interested in building, manufacturing, marketing them, ha!
    IronGuy

  • The Bug Doctor

    Necessity breeds invention– When you get him, send a pic and we’ll celebrate your victory. I remember a rat like that once. It took an all out assault with a covert operation but I got em.

    I Think! The body was never found, just some fur and he disappeared.

    Thanks for reading

  • The Bug Doctor

    Necessity breeds invention– When you get him, send a pic and we’ll celebrate your victory. I remember a rat like that once. It took an all out assault with a covert operation but I got em.

    I Think! The body was never found, just some fur and he disappeared.

    Thanks for reading

  • Zonya

    We have a mouse that has outsmarted us for 3 months. I’m ready to try anything . I’ve even been contemplating adopting a cat, but my husband has vetoed that thus far. Grrr…. at the mouse, not my husband.

  • Zonya

    We have a mouse that has outsmarted us for 3 months. I’m ready to try anything . I’ve even been contemplating adopting a cat, but my husband has vetoed that thus far. Grrr…. at the mouse, not my husband.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Zonya-
    I feel your frustration. If it helps watch my video on ‘Trapping rats and mice’ it may give you some insight on how to place the traps which makes a huge difference.

    I sort of agree with your husband..having a cat would be great until the mouse is gone. Try some of the traps in my article and if you still need help give me a shout- I’ll be happy to help.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Zonya-
    I feel your frustration. If it helps watch my video on ‘Trapping rats and mice’ it may give you some insight on how to place the traps which makes a huge difference.

    I sort of agree with your husband..having a cat would be great until the mouse is gone. Try some of the traps in my article and if you still need help give me a shout- I’ll be happy to help.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • Andrettianna

    I’m trying out the spining can option first. I was doing laundry and left the kitchen door cracked. Some small furry rodent came in and scurried under the dishwasher. It’s 2am here and my husband is at work, but I know I wont be able to sleep until I have that creature back outside- OR DEAD. 

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    I sure hope it works out– let us know.

  • KT

    Ok so for the last week I have been hearing something in my bathroom & dining/kitchen room. Everytime I go to see what it is I hear & see nothing. I had this feeling that it was something that I was not going to like. mouse or even the impossible rat for that matter. I have never seen a rat in real life but if I did or if it were in my home I do not think I could live there any longer. So anyways.. this morning at 5:30 am cst I was once again awakened by this sound, the sound of something rummaging around. I flipped on the dining room light and there was nothing there, but an ear of corn that was moved about 2 feet from where it was last night. I once again did not see anything, but felt very uneasy about it. I went to the ladies room and not more than 1 min this gray thing darted across the floor over my foot and jumped into the closet space that my husband opened up to the basement as he was working on our plumbing for the past week.. Now it ran so fast and was gone before I could get a good look at it, but I swear the thing was a little smaller then my foot, so to me seemed larger than a mouse.I was so scared that it could have been smaller than I think but regardless whatever it is DOES NOT BELONG IN MY HOUSE.. I am going to get traps today.. Can anyone help me find the right one? My husband wants to trap it so he can see really what it is, because I could not get a really good look at it.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Oh my KT, you’ve had some adventurous evening/early morns. My ‘guess’ is it is a rodent – duh- but rat or mouse is hard to say. I’m also gonna guess that the reason or at least the common denominator is that your husband was working on the plumbing and this somehow allowed an opening for the rodent to take advantage.

    I would get a trap big enough in any event for whatever it is–namely a rat snap trap. The wooden ones with springs made from wire are fine.

    You should have some answers soon providing you set the trap right. Check out this link for help on that & Good Luck. http://pestcemetery.com/chalk-talk-episode-3-trapping-rats-mice/

  • KT

    Hello again! I have had 2 wooden mouse traps out with peanut butter & 1 black plastic rat trap out with peanut butter. They are all located in the same location. I have had these up since last Friday, and nothing. Ever since last Friday I have not been able to sleep well at all. I keep hearing things. One night I even dreamt it was on my bed and I woke up screaming. The dream seemed so real. I hope that whatever it was we catch it soon, because I NEED SLEEP. :) If we do not catch anything by next week, I may go crazy :)..

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Hey KT,

    Are you ‘seeing’ evidence? Mice are very curious and you should physically see droppings or other signs. If not then perhaps it’s not mice. You could try this little trick which would give you visible proof. Sprinkle baby powder in the areas you’ve heard the noise and check the powder in the morning for tracks. If you don’t get some results I would call out a pro. Putting a set of trained eyes actually on the situation may make the difference between you getting some good sleep or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connie-Ramsdell/100002723721021 Connie Ramsdell

    we have a mouse running around out side and found this post and since mouses,mices ect can chew thru plastic I used a Glass jar with  a plastic dome lid like you get when you order a cold coffee and taped it on the top and  put in the jar a piece of cheese with peanut butter and two pieces of dog food.Lets see how well this works

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    You may be on to something there! Please use the “ask the bug doctor” feature at the top of this page and send a pic. I’d love to see it and hear how it goes.

    http://pestcemetery.com/bug-doctor/

  • http://masterlocksmithchicago.com/ LocksmithJonathan

    I sure every will be so great.
    Thank you!

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    You’re welcome- I hope they work

  • Elizabeth J

    I’m house- and cat-sitting for friends. Their lovely cat likes to bring live birds and mice. She brought a mouse three nights ago. The mouse apparently eluded her. In any case, I’m trying the spinning can sans water. While I was constructing the apparatus, Friend Cat laying in the middle of the floor observed the proceedings with a feline “Whatever are you doing?” look.

    I’ll let you know if I catch the mouse. I think this is an experiment in psychology that Friend Cat is playing on me. Don’t get me wrong: she’s a wonderful cat but does display a sense of humor.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    If you find friend cat in the bucket-you’ll know his curiosity trumped his psychology. Either way, this cat sounds a bit to smart and cocky. I’d watch him! ;)

  • Elizabeth J

    You’ll love the outcome. The next morning I found the mouse in the trap. I thought it would sit tight till I finished getting ready for work. I came back and the mouse was gone.  Boy, did I feel stupid.

    So the lesson is to immediately remove the mouse in trap as soon as you spot it. Don’t count on the mouse to be polite while you postpone the deportation. The trap did work.

    I’m sure my feline friend is relating the story to all her buddies in the neighborhood.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    So is the mouse….. ;)  The cat is saying you’re a terrible ‘mouser’ and the mouse is saying you’re a sweet heart!

  • http://abouthowtogetridofmice.com/ Mouse Control

    In 1st method make sure you have big bucket, because mouse can vertical jump up to 12-inch. 

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Good advice- I must say however, # 3 on your site has been proven not to work time and time again.

  • April

    Thanks for this post with the visuals, I am against killing the mice, but want them out! I hope the liter bottle trap works!

  • Chris Wellington

    hey, i was watching call of the wild man and he said to plant mint oround your house because they cant stand it. i have a few plants growing out in my garden and im going to grow them indoors now for the smell and for the repellent

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    You could grow your own deterrent but it may be easier and more versatile i.e.; you can place this product in places you wouldn’t be able to grow a plant…. check this link out and I think you’ll be much happier. http://pestcemetery.com/repelling-rodents-without-baits-it-really-took-a-block/

  • Bob Warren

    I have mice in my barn, but have a good live trap to catch them. I use an old ShopVac that died and just leave a length of hose attached so it touches the floor. The mice go explore up the hose and fall in at the top and can’t climb back out to the opening. I have caught as many as 10 or 12 at a time and simply drown them before emptying the ShopVac and resetting it.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    NIIIIICCCCCEEEE!!!!!!!

    Great idea!

  • Gavin

    why not use a regular trap, seems like drowning them defeats the purpose of having a live trap.

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