The Ultimate Bucket Mouse Trap

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If you have a large infestation of mice, here’s an effective homemade mouse trap.

The best part is, this bucket mouse trap can be used to exterminate mice or as a live trap if you’d prefer to relocate the mice to another location.

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We first began using this trap in our barn near the grain storage bins when we started noticing families of mice moving in. We caught 18 mice the first day.

While we could opt to use poison, we have numerous hawks, owls and other predatory birds in our area and poison isn’t a viable option as it would pass along the chain poisoning the birds.

We simply re-purposed an old bathroom trashcan that we no longer used and had sitting in the shed, along with a curtain rod.

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.

Here’s a video of how it works:

If, on the other hand, you’d rather put out homemade mouse poison, here are 20 ways to get rid of Mice!

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7 Comments

  1. We made a similar one after viewing some of the plans available online. So far we’ve caught a few mice and none have made it past the trap to the kitchen.

  2. I would hope if someone chose this method, they would choose to use a high, smooth surface instead of drowning the mouse. After all, they’re just trying to live, no need to kill them. Just take them some distance and release.

    • I would hope if someone chose this method, they would choose to use a high, smooth surface instead of drowning the mouse. After all, they’re just trying to live, no need to kill them. Just take them some distance and release.

      You obtain iously don’t realize that rodents can carry the Hunta virus. This is a dangerous virus that can kill humans. If you don’t want them killed, then we will send them to you.

    • I would hope if someone chose this method, they would choose to use a high, smooth surface instead of drowning the mouse. After all, they’re just trying to live, no need to kill them. Just take them some distance and release.

      Mice and rats do not have bladders, therefore they urinate and spread feces wherever they go. In this is carried various diseases transferable to humans and pets such as Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, rabies, bubonic plague, yellow fever and many others. I will not poison them, but they will die to keep my family and animals healthy.

    • I would hope if someone chose this method, they would choose to use a high, smooth surface instead of drowning the mouse. After all, they’re just trying to live, no need to kill them. Just take them some distance and release.

      If u wanna be captain save a mouse… (#micelivesmatter) You’re obviously retarded.

      I love this bucket idea. I’m going to drown them all!!!!
      Thank you.

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