How To Catch A Mouse Without Killing It
Seeing a mouse scurrying across the floor might cause you to jump up onto a chair, but that doesn’t mean you want to see the little critter dead. In fact, if you have ever witnessed the results of glue traps, mouse traps, and other kill-traps, then you probably wouldn’t ever want to use them in your home.
Thankfully, there are a few different humane ways of catching mice so you can get them out of your home without killing them. If you want to learn how to catch a mouse alive, then here are a few simple solutions that work.
Spoon and Bucket Trap
If you find evidence that the mouse likes to walk on your countertops, then this trap is a good alternative for other, more deadly traps. Simply set a large bucket up against the counters. Then, place a dollop of peanut butter on the handle end of a spoon and balance the spoon off the edge of the counter so the end with the peanut butter is hanging out directly over the bucket. When the mouse crawls out to get the peanut butter, the spoon will tip and both it and the mouse will land in the bucket where it will stay until you get up the next morning.
Soda Bottle and Bucket Trap
For this trap, you need one plastic soda bottle, a metal skewer, a bucket, a piece of wood, and some peanut butter. Run the skewer through the soda bottle and rest it on top of the bucket so the neck part of the bottle is near one side of the bucket. Place some peanut butter near the base of the soda bottle. Cut the piece of wood so it will work as a walkway for the mouse. As the mouse climbs out on to the bottle to get the food, the bottle will rotate under the weight of the mouse and the mouse will fall into the bucket.
Coin and Glass Trap
This simple trap needs just a nickel, a glass, and some peanut butter to work. Apply some peanut butter to the inside of the glass and then place the glass upside-down on the ground with the nickel propping up one end of the glass. When the mouse enters the glass to get at the food, the nickel will fall and the glass will drop, trapping the mouse within.
Keep in mind, that in order for any DIY mouse-trap to be effective, it’s more than just catching the mouse. You need to make sure that any entryways the mouse was using previously are completely closed off. Once a mouse marks its territory, it can find its way back very easily and from quite a distance. So, after you catch the mouse, you need to release it several miles from your home in order to have the best chance of it not returning.
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Mice are incredibly crafty and they can be very challenging to catch. Often, you’ll be surprised to discover that your bait is gone and there’s no mouse in the trap. Then there’s the risk that you don’t just have one mouse. In fact, where there’s one mouse, there’s usually several!
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