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How to Make a Bucket Mouse Trap

DIY-Do It Yourself

So you’ve got a mouse or two infesting your home, hiding in your walls, sneaking through your kitchen, and generally being a nuisance. What do you do? One quick and easy option for dealing with mice is to create your own homemade mouse trap. A simple mouse trap only needs a bucket, string, duct tape, an empty soda can, and some bait such as peanut butter. This particular trap is a great option for several reasons:

  • It’s cheap and can be made with household materials
  • It can be made in just a few minutes
  • It’s more humane and less messy than lethal snap traps 
  • It can be repurposed to capture all sorts of pests, including squirrels and rats

Follow these steps to create your bucket mousetrap:
  1. Punch a hole in the bottom of the soda can, then run a string through the hole and the opening 
  2. Tape the string to opposite ends of the bucket’s inside
  3. Spread a spoonful of peanut butter on side of the can
  4. Place the bucket upside-down in an area you know your target frequents, like the pantry or garage 
  5. Prop the lid up with your block of wood so that that it’s precariously balanced, but stable 
  6. Wait for the rodent to come
With a little luck, the trap will quickly capture the mouse. You may need to leave the trap area for several hours or even a couple of days for it to work. Once the trap springs, it’s up to you to decide what to do with the mouse. You may want to release it deep in the woods away from anyone’s house or call your local animal control for advice.

Take care not to handle the mouse. Though not directly dangerous, the rodents may carry dangerous diseases. If you have to grab it for any reason, use thick gloves to avoid contact and painful bites.

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