When a pesky little mouse makes its way into your home there are a plethora of ways to deal with the pest but unfortunately most of these methods end up with a dead mouse and maybe a guilty conscience. If you’ve ever seen these little guys running around your kitchen they can be sort of cute so you might be interested to learn that there are some unique ways to trap and set loose unwanted pests without resorting to poison or critical harm. Here we’ll look at some innovative mouse traps that won’t kill the bugger and can usually be made from everyday household items.
The Tube & Bucket Method
For this mouse trap you’ll need a few items that pretty much anybody will have lying around the house. You’ll need a hollow cardboard tube (the inside of a toilet paper roll will work), a bucket, and some bait (peanut butter is the best). In order to set this up you’ll first need to apply the bait to one edge of the tube and then balance the tube on the edge of your counter or some place elevated with the baited side hanging off over the bucket. The basic idea is the mouse runs goes through the tube to get the food and it tips over carrying the mouse into the bucket sitting below. It’s a pretty effective method and you can leave it overnight and check back in the morning to see if it worked. If you find that the tube is falling too easily without the mouse you can anchor it with a small piece of double sided tape on the bottom of the tube.
The Can & Wire Method
For this mouse trap you’ll need a clothes hanger, a bucket, and an empty can. Place the bucket where you think the mouse is hanging out and thread the wire so that it goes through the top of an empty can and out the back. Next place the can suspended in the middle of the bucket with the wire and cover it with peanut butter. The wire should be secured to the bucket but also free enough so that it can spin. Place a ramp leading up to the bucket and leave it be for a few nights. The idea is that the mouse will climb the ramp and make its way onto the can suspended in the middle of the bucket, lose its balance, and fall in the bucket unable to escape.
If you do manage to catch and release a mouse it’s important to either wear protection when handling the mouse or not touch it at all. Mice can carry all sorts of bacteria and diseases so it’s important to avoid exposing yourself to these things if possible. Additionally, you’ll want to thoroughly wash anything that you think may have been touched by the mouse in the process. With all that being said these can make a fun project and are pretty timeless solutions to a pest problem without resorting to violence or poison.