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DangerMouse 10-18-2010 03:51 PM

How to make a better mouse trap....for free!
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Meet my friend Mr. Jinks. He hates them meeces to pieces!

If you do not care how they die, as long as they die, here's a tutorial for you.

You will need the following items: ice cream bucket, coat hanger, empty plastic spice container or thin can, drill and needle-nosed pliers. (see pics)

Assemble them as shown, smear PB evenly on container, fill bottom of bucket with water to within a half an inch of the bottom of the rolling peanut butter covered container.

Use a stick to make a 'ramp' up to the hole for the little varmints to hurry along to their doom....

Dispose of drowned mice however you wish.


Scuba_Dave 10-18-2010 05:42 PM

I think I'm going to build 2 of these
One for the pool cabana
The other for the garage

DangerMouse 10-18-2010 06:29 PM

Be sure to drill the holes dead center on the container and slightly larger than the hanger wire so it spins freely. Po)
These work great!


PAbugman 10-18-2010 06:55 PM

Dangermouse: I love it; You should put this on the pest control forum.
It seems that this would be a choice for long-term trapping, such as in cabins closed for the winter, etc. Maybe use RV anti-freeze to prevent freezing, evaporation, etc. I can imagine the stinking mess of bodies after the season, but better dead mice than live ones.

1910NE 10-18-2010 07:11 PM


Jim F 10-18-2010 07:48 PM

Reminds me of our old camp. My father would put antifreeze in the toilet bowl to keep the trap from freezing over the winter and we would find it full of dead mice in the spring.

comp 10-18-2010 11:25 PM

:thumbsup: Aaaaaaaanother project to build

bobrok 10-24-2010 07:43 PM

I built the el-cheapo version of this and have used it for 3 years at my camp. Old drywall pail. I skipped the roller in the middle and just smeared the peanut butter a few inches below the rim. Works better than any mousetrap I've tried.

ballet6ft 01-16-2011 04:59 PM

This is genius and I am so thankful for the post! Any ideas of how a delicate female might dispose them drowned "rats?" Great homeschool project!:thumbsup:

DangerMouse 01-16-2011 05:23 PM

Just throw them in the woods, the coons love them.... lol Actually, it depends on where you live, and what disposal services are available to you.
Some people will flush them, and I imagine others will toss them down the garbage disposal. Neither of which I would do.
I did like the anti-freeze idea, PABugman, Thanks! makes a difference for two reasons.
With water in warmer weather, the peanut butter seems to mold up in a few days to where the mice avoid it, and in the winter, the other reason should be obvious. :laughing:
The anti-freeze bodies go in the garbage though, not into the woods.


gma2rjc 01-16-2011 06:47 PM

Good point about the anti-freeze bodies not going into the woods DM.

And that would be because another animal eating the dead mouse would also die from anti-freeze poisoning?

A friend of mine had a neighbor who would set a bowl of anti-freeze out in his yard to kill stray dogs and cats. :mad:

211 02-04-2011 04:59 PM

Can I make a modification suggestion?

I can't see the other side of the bucket, opposite of where you have an entrance hole. I'll assume that there's just the one...

Put a second hole on the other side of the entrance hole so they have two avenues of approach, then smear peanut butter at the center of the spice jar rollamajigger. That way no matter what direction they enter the trap they have to commit to climing onto the jar.

Nice trap. I've made these before but on a slightly smaller scale. Works great, and what's even better is you know right where they died. Too many times I've checked on a trap only to find it totally MISSING :eek:. Then eventually you smell the stench only to find the mouse was partially trapped and was able to semi-scurry off to die under some hard to reach area... gross!

DesignEye 06-28-2011 07:14 PM

Excellent, shall we call you Dr. Evil? Going to have to make one of these, have mice in the garage as we speak

cindygiggs 07-30-2011 11:50 AM

Thanks for the tutorial, I like it! I am declaring war on mouses tonight! LOL

DangerMouse 07-30-2011 11:59 AM

We're warring with bugs right now.... we won the war with the mice, more or less, haven't seen one in the house for ages!
I think we're close to winning the bug war too! Po)


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