This humane mouse trap has no moving parts, does not need to be
set, can be made in 10 minutes or less, using inexpensive and readily
available materials that you probably already have, and best of
IT WON'T HURT THE MOUSE
How To Use The Mouse Trap
This trap design is different than most in that the mouse enters
from the top of the trap. Most designs have the entrance close to
the ground. A question I get a lot with this design is "How
does the mouse get in there? It is 8" tall!" The answer
is this- Mice are avid jumpers. The average house mouse can (and
will) jump at least 12" high.
If you set the trap out and you know the mouse has been near the
trap but cannot seem to find his way in, you may have a handicapped
or especially lazy mouse. No big deal, just place something right
next to the trap to give the rodent a little help. The "step
stool" should be half the height of the trap (like an empty
coke can- with some rocks in it for weight). So far, I have not
seen the need for this little addition. But I figured this was a
possible scenario that I should cover.
The trap should be checked often, as a zealous mouse will chew
it's way out if given enough time to do so. You may have a separate
container ready, something sturdy you can transfer the rodents to
until you find a place for them. To get the mouse out of the trap,
you simply untwist the wire and remove the "bowl" on top.
NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY -
This is a very important part of what makes this trap work so well.
A couple of squirts of non-stick cooking spray in the bowl will
make the bowl and spout slippery, making it easy for the rodents
to get in, but more importantly keeping them from being able to
get back out through the spout.
It is best to smear the spray all around the bowl and the spout.
Then wipe off the excess- it's kind of like "buff waxing"
the bowl and spout.
BAITING THE TRAP -
You can experiment with whatever bait you so desire. I recommend
using a whole grain cereal like corn Chex or Cheerios, coupled with
a cracker smeared with peanut butter.
Pour the cereal into the trap (do not fill past the first row of
holes in the base). I figure when a mouse sees all of that cereal
through the clear plastic, he supposes he hit the jackpot. The peanut
butter helps attract the mouse because peanut butter has a smell
that carries farther than the cereal.
The cereal is for the up close visual attraction, while the peanut
better gets the mouse to the trap because of it's stronger smell.
TRAP PLACEMENT -
It is best to put the trap along a wall, somewhere in the rodents
path. Mice tend to stick close to the wall since they cannot see
too well. They rarely go into the open unless they are dashing across
the floor, and they are not likely to stop to eat if they are dashing.
If you need to put the trap in-between 2 objects such as a washer
and dryer or between the counter and refrigerator, simply remove
the base and squeeze the trap into the space. As long as the trap
does not tip over, it will work fine.
I read that mice will generally stay within a 30' area, and will
very rarely travel out of that area. So place your trap in the area
you have seen the mouse or signs of a mouse (droppings, torn bags
of food, etc).