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Water Mouse Trap
DIY & Crafts
Here's how to make the trap, you'll need:
1 Bucket ( 5 gallon pail, rubbermaid tote, small trashcan or other fairly deep bucket)
1 piece of pvc pipe slightly larger than the dowel (or a soda can or other can)
1 wooden dowel or plain curtain rod, etc
peanut butter or cheese (bait)
Drill holes in the top of the bucket, one on each side. You'll want to make sure that these holes are near the top of the bucket as the mouse will climb onto the rod. If they're placed too far down, the mouse will not attempt to reach the bait.
Slide the wooden dowel through the hole, then slip the piece of pvc onto the dowel (or rod), then continue sliding it through to the other side.
Smear peanut butter onto the small piece of pvc, alternatively you can use a soda can as well.
Fill the bucket 1/4 of the way deep with water (this IS going to cause the mice to drown) If you'd prefer them NOT to drown and want to dump them next door at your neighbors house or relocate them down the road away from your house, do NOT add water. Simple, huh?!
When the mouse walks across the dowel and then steps onto the pvc to get the peanut butter, it will spin, causing the mouse to fall into the bucket. Mice can jump relatively high and can climb any slightly textured surface to be sure to use a smooth pail or fill the bucket partially with water (which will drown the mouse).
Once you've placed the trap where mouse have been seen or signs of mice have been found, lean a lightweight piece of wood onto the side of the bucket