When cool weather starts settling in, you may find that you have furry little visitors that want to make your house a home. Not only are mice destructive, but they can also carry diseases. If you want to catch them using handcrafted, humane traps that will not kill them, use one or both the of the ones below using common household items.
Diving Off The Counter Trap
This trap is effective for mice that love to look for food on your kitchen counters. It uses a paper diving board that hangs off of your counter that is baited with peanut butter. When the mouse tries to get to the food, the paper will give way under its weight and make it fall into a bucket lined with petroleum jelly. This will make the sides too slick for it to climb out.
For this trap, you will need a standard sheet of notebook paper, a roll of tape, a gallon bucket, and a jar of petroleum jelly. You will also need a teaspoon of peanut butter.
Fold the paper in half longways, then fold it again. This will give it some thickness so that it will stand out securely from the counter. Place two inches on the counter and tape it to the surface.
Line the sides of the bucket with the petroleum jelly. It does not have to be thick, but just enough to make the surface slippery. Place the bucket under the paper.
Make sure you check your trap several times a day, especially in the mornings. Since you do not want to kill the mouse, you do not want it to stay in the bucket and starve.
If you find any furry critters in the trap, take the bucket to a field or the woods far from your home and release it. Then, clean out the bucket, rub on some more jelly, and reset the trap to get more mice.
Rolling Can Trap
The rolling can trap uses a soda pop or beer can that is suspended by a thick wire over a bucket. Bait is placed on the can to attract the mouse who is able to crawl along the wire. However, once it reaches the can, its weight will cause the can to roll and the mouse will fall into the bucket that is lined with petroleum jelly like the last trap.
For this trap, you will need a gallon bucket, an old can, a flathead screwdriver, and a piece of wire long enough to place across the bucket's opening. As with the previous trap, use peanut butter as bait. Its strong smell will attract any mouse roaming throughout your kitchen.
Use the screwdriver to poke a hole into the bottom of the can. Thread the wire through the hole and out of the opening on top. Attach the ends of the wire by twisting them to the bucket's handle and position the can in the center of the opening.
Spin the can to make sure that it rolls freely with a small amount of pressure. If not, use the screwdriver to make the hole larger.
Line the inside of the bucket with petroleum jelly and place a glob of peanut butter on the side of the can. Check the trap every day and release any mice you find in there. Then, reset it.
The above traps will help you control your unwelcome guests when a small family of mice moves in. However, if you find that you have more of a mouse problem than you originally thought, you may want to contact an extermination service to discuss non-lethal control methods.Share