How to make a homemade mouse trap using a bucket

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If you’re currently dealing with a mouse infestation, or living through a mouse plague – you may be looking for a way to get rid of the pests without resorting to baits and poisons.

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When rodent numbers are out of control, store bought traps (which can only catch one mouse at a time), just won’t cut it. That’s where a homemade mouse trap can nhatroso.come in handy.

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Mice are an invasive species that can wreak havoc across ecosystems. Regions where grain is produced and stored can be particularly vulnerable lớn rapid increases in mice populations.

According khổng lồ research by CSIRO, one of the worst mice plagues on record in 2010/2011 caused $96 million worth of damage. Mice ate crops, attacked livestock, chewed through rubber and insulation which destroyed vehicles, farm machinery and buildings. That’s all without mentioning the knock-on impact of mouse plagues on mental health.


While there’s no quick way to giảm giá with a mouse infestation, reducing the numbers in and around your trang chủ can provide some peace of mind. This DIY mouse trap is cheap lớn make và can capture a large number of mice at any one time.

Trap pest data while you’re at it

You can help researches monitor invasive species, target pest control programs & predict future plagues by downloading the FeralScan Pest Mapping app. 


Gather your supplies

DrillEmpty soft drink can50cm length of metal wire1 Tbsp vegetable oilPaper towelPeanut butterPlank of wood

Here’s how

Step 1

Using a drill, make a hole about 3cm down from the opening of the bucket. Repeat on the opposite side.

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Step 2

Drill a hole into the bottom of the soft drink can & feed the wire through the can. Feed each end of the wire through the holes in the plastic bucket and secure. The soft drink can should be suspended over the bucket in the middle of the wire. Adjust until the can spins freely on the wire.


Step 3

Using a paper towel, spread vegetable oil around the inside of the bucket. This will help lớn prevent mice crawling out of the trap. địa chỉ cửa hàng 2-3 litres of water to lớn the bucket.

Step 4

Coat the soft drink can in a generous layer of peanut butter & lean a plank of wood against the bucket. The plank of wood will act as a runway for the mice khổng lồ reach the peanut butter & fall into the trap.


TIP: If using this trap indoors, leave khổng lồ work overnight. If using it in a shed or an outdoor area during a mouse plague, you may need to kiểm tra on the trap every few hours, as it won’t take long to lớn start working.

For instructions on how lớn dispose of dead mice correctly, contact your local council. Mice can carry diseases, so be sure to wear adequate protective clothing when handling and disposing of mice. For more information on how khổng lồ control mice & rats humanely, visit RSPCA. 


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