It’s not easy finding a mouse trap that works well in all types of weather and locations. But, the stress of capturing these pesky little buggers may have just gotten a bit easier. With a few simple steps and supplies, you can build your own mouse trap at home.
You’ll need the following materials:
Coat hanger or stiff wire
Scrap wood-preferably a 2 x 4
Clear plastic bottle with the cap included (having a larger cap is more preferred than a smaller one)
Washers (this is optional)
If you are one who likes to do home projects, then there is a good chance that you already have these supplies hanging around in your garage or tool shed.
The mouse trap designer discovered that the mice were jumping out of the water bottles in his previous models, so, he used a bigger bottle cap this time around and pressed the tip of a screwdriver into the cap. This allows the mouse to go into the bottle, but the frayed edges of the cap makes the mice get caught when they try to escape. The bottle cap should end up looking like it has a star carved into it when you are done inserting the screwdriver.
You’ll then use your gorilla glue to attach two small magnets onto each side of the bottle cap.
Now, it’s time to build the rest of the model. First, you will use your scrap wood to build a ramp for the mouse to walk up. You can place one piece of wood as the base, then attach another piece at an angle, creating a slight ramp. You’ll have a third piece of wood standing upright, with a screw inserted into the top.
Next, poke a hole in both sides of the bottle and outline the hole with glue from a glue gun. You’ll then bend your stiff wire so it’s in the shape of an arm. The bottom part of the wire will wrap around two screws that are placed on each side of the wood that is positioned upright and vertical.This will be the hinge that moves your bottle around. Once you insert the arms into the bottle, you will see that the magnets will pull the end with the cap so they attach to the screw. Now you have yourself a moveable bottle.
The most important part is to put a little treat in the bottle to lure the mouse to it. Sunflower seeds are a great option.
Set your trap out overnight and get ready to see some mice the next morning. If all goes as planned, the mice will climb up the ramp and go for the sunflower seeds in the bottle. They will then be trapped inside the bottle thanks to the spiked bottle cap. If they try to jump and escape, they will be caught in the cap. Believe it or not, mice have the ability to jump pretty high when they want to escape from somewhere. So, this is a safe and effective way to rid your home or yard of these critters.