Are you irritated due to the havoc caused by mice and planning to make homemade traps to catch them? This article will give you step-by-step directions for building a mouse trap at home.
Mice are one of the toughest pests to get rid of. There are many remedies to get rid of them, however, very few of them actually work. For example, ready-made mouse traps claim that their traps are the best in capturing mice, that too in just a couple of hours, however, even after a month, you are unable to see even the nail of the mouse in the trap. Traps are also quite costly and complex in structure, so if a ready-made mouse trap gets damaged, you can’t even repair it.
The best way out is to make a mouse trap yourself. There are quite a few benefits of a homemade mouse trap, such as you can always make any modifications in the trap, or you can also make a new one anytime. But the best of all is that you do not have to spend a penny on them.
Humane Mouse Trap
- Cardboard, wooden, or toilet tube
- Bait like cheese, cracker crumbs, or seeds
The humane mouse trap is the best option if you wish to release the mouse after trapping it. Make sure that the tube is big enough for the mouse to fit in. Shape the tube into a tunnel by folding one end of it. Now take a small table or chair and place it in the area of havoc. Place the tube which you have made on the table in such a way that ¼ of the tube is on the table and rest of it hangs off. Place a bucket under the hanging part of the tube. Put some bait in the mouse trap. All you have to do now is wait and watch. Do not stay near the trap constantly as mice are sure to smell the danger. Keep this humane mouse trap overnight, as the mice are much more free and careless during the dark hours. And when the culprit does get trapped, leave it in a far away area, but remember it is illegal to free pests in locals parks or farms.
- Five-gallon plastic bucket
- Peanut butter
- Styrofoam plate
- The longest part of a wire coat hanger
Start by making two small holes on the sides of the bucket, just under the opening of the bucket. Now place the plate upside down on the mouth of the bucket. One end of the plate should rest on the rim of the bucket, halfway between the drilled holes. Now, make a hole in the plate and insert one end of the wire hanger in the hole of the plate. Slowly insert the entire wire through the plate. Continue with the process until the wire comes out through the other end of the plate. Do not go to the tip of the plate as the plate can break. Make the second hole of the plate an inch away from its edge.
Let the wire coat through the drilled hole of the bucket. Once you are done with this, fill the bucket with 2-3 inches of water. Now place a stiff flat cardboard at both the sides of the bucket; they will work as a ramp. If you do not have cardboard, you can even use sticks. Now spread lots of peanut butter on the surface of the plate that is facing the water. Flip the plate so that non-baited area of the plate rests on the rim of the bucket. Put peanut butter on the other side of the plate also. Your work is now done. The mouse will climb this homemade mouse trap for the cheese and get dumped in the water.
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup instant potatoes
- 3 tbsp. plaster of Paris
If you do not succeed in catching the mice by any of the above ways, only then you can resort to poison. Mix all the above ingredients in an old tuna can with an old spoon. After you are done with the mixing, discard the spoon. Let the plaster of Paris harden. The mice will mistaken the mixture for food and eat it. Once they eat the mixture, they will suffer from constipation which will lead to their slow death.
The above mentioned homemade mouse traps will surely be able to get rid of mice from your home.