Sometimes, our homes receive unwelcome visitors, be they bugs, mold or rodents. If you have a mouse infestation in your home, you will want to handle the situation sooner than later because one mouse can quickly turn into more than you can handle. Some people may reach for kill traps like spring or glue traps, both of which are inhumane and ultimately unnecessary. If you're looking to rid your home of mice without causing harm, you can build your own humane mouse trap using an empty soda bottle and a couple of inexpensive supplies.
Types of Mouse Traps
Mouse traps are not hard to find and come in a variety of styles. Some of the most common mouse traps include spring traps, which use a piece of food as bait to lure the mouse into the trap before snapping onto the mouse and killing it.
Another type of trap is the glue trap, which is essentially a piece of paper covered in glue on which the mouse steps and from which it cannot remove itself. This type of trap will likely catch your mouse but will not kill it anytime soon, resulting in a slow, cruel and unnecessary death that you will likely have to facilitate.
Poison traps or bait stations are also sometimes used. They work by providing a poisonous block of food for the mouse to nibble, effectively killing it within a day or two. Bait stations are often the trap of choice in larger buildings with bad infestations, but they can also prove harmful to pets and small children when used inside of the home.
DIY Mouse Trap
For those who do not wish to torture their unsuspecting vermin while still removing them from the living area, humane traps are also available. There are several types of humane traps from which to choose, nearly all of which rely on bait at the end of a long chamber that your mouse will need to walk through to reach its prize but then cannot back out of it.
Thanks to their fairly simple design, humane traps can be made at home with options like a water bottle mouse trap or a Coke bottle mouse trap, making it easy, safe and cruelty free for everyone involved.
What You Will Need
To create a humane mouse trap bottle, you'll need an empty plastic bottle. A large size like a two liter will work best, but you can try a smaller bottle like a one liter of water, which should work for small mice. You will also need a block of wood about the size of a brick, a smaller piece of wood about 2.5 to 3 inches long, a drill, a screw long enough to reach through the width of the bottle and, of course, the bait of your choosing. Once you have your supplies, it should only take a few minutes to build the trap.
Building a Mouse Trap
To build a humane mouse trap bottle, start by adding your bait to the bottle, and then drill a hole through the width of the bottle so that both sides are punctured. Then, slide a screw long enough to reach through both sides through the hole and screw it into the larger piece of wood, which should be running lengthwise along the bottle. Once the bottle is screwed to the wood, it should be able to move up and down like a seesaw on the screw.
Next, place the smaller block of wood so that it is nearly flush with the mouth of the bottle. To hold the wood block in place, you can glue or screw it to the larger piece of wood. From this point, your mouse should be able to climb up the small block of wood and into the bottle to reach the bait. When it turns around to escape the bottle, the weight of the mouse will tilt the bottle downward, and the mouth will be blocked by the smaller block of wood.
To release your mouse, simply move the trap outside and lift the mouth of the bottle so that it sits over the small block of wood that prevented its escape. Humane traps will allow you to catch vermin without harming them, but they will need to be removed and released from the trap in order to stay alive, so always be sure to check your traps shortly after setting them.