Below are the some of the popular methods of making mouse traps and deterrents. Enough of the small talk lets get to it!
The Tipping Bottle Technique No Kill Mouse Trap
This requires a bucket, a plastic bottle, books and electrical tape.
Step 1: Cut the bottom and top off of the plastic bottle. It should look like the bottle in the picture below.
Step 2: Hang tape from the middle and tape a counter weight of penny's on one side.
Step 3: Place the bottle off centre on the bucket and tape the sticky side against the inside wall. Lay the counter weight on the books that the mice will use to climb on.
Step 5: Wait for the mouse to get the peanute butter and they will fall in.
The great thing about this technique is that the counter weight resets the trap automatically once the mouse falls in the bucket. Not only is it cheap and easy but it’s much better to catch these guys and send them on their way. As long as you mouse proof you’re home then you don’t have to worry about them entering again.
The Tipping bottle Technique (quick) No Kill Mouse Trap
If you are tight for time then you can quickly set this trap up in 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Cut the bottom and top off of the 2 liter pop bottle, tape a counter weight to one end and put tape hanging from the middle.
Step 2: Tape the bottom side of the bottle to the edge of the counter top where the mice will most likely be.
Step 3: Place a garbage can under the bottle and put some peanut butter on the edge and wait for the mice to fall.
This is only good for one mouse however you can add a counter weight to other end of the bottle to reset.
The Rolling Pop Can No Kill Mouse Trap
This requires a bucket, a piece of wire from a coat hangar, tape, string and a pop can.
Step 1: Drill holes on both ends of the top of the bucket
Step 2: thread the piece of coat hangar through the hole.
Step 3: Poke a hole at the bottom of the can and thread the wire through.
Step 4: Once the wire is completely through bend it to one side and some peanut butter on the can. You want to also place books or boxes beside the bucket in order for the mice to get up there. And then all you have to do is wait.
There are those out there that like to put water at the bottom of the bucket so that the mice won’t jump up which is fine but if you get a tall bucket then there is no need. I would not recommend drowning the mice because it’s not humane.
The Altoids Tin No kill mouse trap
This one’s quick and easy. I used this once when I went to my friends cottage and was sleeping on the couch. I could hear a mouse running back and forth so I grabbed a tin and the elastics and made the mouse trap.
This requires 3 elastics and an Altoids tin
Step 1: Place the 3 elastics around the closed Altoids tin
Step 2: carefully open the lid and make the tin look like an open book. Make sure the elastic is tense so that it will snap closed if something touches it. Put food in it, the best bait is popcorn!
Step 3: Watch it snap shut!
In all honesty I didn’t catch the mouse but it did scare it off once it snapped shut. So if not for the catching the mouse at least use it for piece of mind if you’re desperate.
Spray mouse deterrent
This is a great one to use if you’re looking for a little more environmentally friendly deterrents. Some people use peppermint oil spray but if you don’t have it then you can always make it out of crushed mints and water!
What you’ll needs is a spray bottle, crushed Altoids and a little bit of water.
Step 1: Empty to mind into a platic baggie.
Step 2: Crush the mints into a powder.
Step 3: Put a little bit of water in the bottle and add the powdered mints.
Step 4: Shake it up and start spraying areas that you want mice to stay away from
Tip: if you want to be extreme then add peppermint oil to the water and make a supper deterrent!
The best part about all these techniques is that they're cheap and super easy to do! Let me know of any other tehcniques in comment section.