If you have a mouse infestation, you don’t have to spend a fortune on poisons and traps in order to deal with it. In fact, you barely have to spend any money at all, if you go with some of these easy-to-make DIY mouse traps.
The glass, nickel and peanut butter trap
This trap is as simple as it gets. All you need to do is smear peanut butter on the bottom of the glass, turn the glass upside down, and then rest the rim on a nickel placed vertically. This leaves an opening large enough for a mouse, and the mouse will enter the glass to eat the peanut butter. However, in order to reach the peanut butter, it has to rest its front legs on the side of the glass. This will displace the nickel and trap the mouse inside the glass.
The shoebox trap
Another straightforward trap is the shoebox trap. Take a shoebox, cut a moderately sized rectangular hole on top of it, and then very lightly glue some paper over the hole. This will create a trap door on which you can place your bait. The mouse will climb on the shoebox and go onto the paper to reach the bait, at which point the paper will become unglued and drop the mouse inside the shoebox.
The toilet roll/bucket trap
Take a toilet roll and place bait at one of its ends. You then have to balance the roll on the side of a chair or counter, with the baited end over the side. Finally, place a bucket under the baited end. When a mouse enters the toilet roll to eat the bait, the roll will tip over and the mouse will fall into the bucket.
The bottle trap
For this trap you just need a two liter plastic bottle and bait. Cut the top of the bottle, about two inches below the neck, place the bait inside the bottle, and then take the upper part that you just cut off and insert it upside down inside the bottle. Make sure to secure the bottle so it doesn’t tip over, and you’re good to go.
Dealing with very large infestations
Some infestations get so big that conventional methods are simply not effective. When this happens, you will need the help of a pro to completely remove the mice from the home. Contact us today and we can help you if you’re in this situation.