Can you make a homemade mouse trap?

homemade mousetrap

If you want to catch a mouse, why not use a homemade mousetrap? A homemade mousetrap is a great solution to all of your mouse infestation problems. Mousetraps work faster than homemade repellents. A mousetrap place in the right location can be a very effective method for getting rid of mice.

I’m in favor of the two-liter plastic soda bottle homemade mousetrap. You can build one a practically no cost. In addition, you can use recyclables for this homemade mousetrap. I think it’s one of the best DIY mousetrap options. What’s more, it’s one of the easiest traps to make. You most likely already have everything you need to make this mousetrap.

Plastic bottle with chopsticks homemade mousetrap

This mousetrap is effective indoors and outdoors. Unfortunately, you can only catch one mouse with this trap. After you catch a mouse, you’ll need to reset the trap to get it ready for the next rodent.

For this homemade mousetrap, you’ll need the following:

  • An empty, two-liter plastic bottle
  • Two chopsticks
  • A couple of rubber bands
  • A piece of thread
  • A paper clip
  • Bait – some grains or peanuts will do

Here are the steps to make this homemade mousetrap:

  • About one-third from the top of the bottle cut three sides of the bottle. After you have made the cut, the top third of the plastic bottle should easily flip up.
  • About one inch from the cut make two small holes. You can use a knife or a screwdriver to make the two holes.
  • Stick the chopstick through the two holes. It should move through the two holes snuggly.
  • About five inches from the top holes, make two identical holes. The distance between the top and bottom holes should be enough to create tension on the rubber bands. Between the two chopsticks, there will be one rubber band on each side. If the chopsticks are too close, there won’t be enough tension on the rubber bands. The tension is critical to snap the mousetrap closed.
  • Only about two inches of the chopsticks should stick out on the sides. You can cut off anything extra.
  • To test what you have done so far, lay the bottle flat with the cut to the bottom and lift the top section by pulling the cap up. If it snaps down when you let go, you have done it correctly so far.
  • Now make a small hole on the bottom of the bottle. You can use a small Philips screwdriver or a small knife.
  • Tie a piece of thread around the bottleneck, just under the bottle cap.
  • Take a paper clip and twist it to hold one-half of a peanut.
  • Stick the loaded paper clip’s pin end from the inside of the bottle through the little hole on the bottom you just make.
  • Now hook the piece of thread onto the paper clip. Now the tension from the rubberband should keep the bottle open.
  • Next, you need to position the DIY mousetrap and wait.

When the mouse tries to pull the peanut from the paper clip, it will trigger the mousetrap.

Plastic jar homemade mousetrap

For this homemade mousetrap, you’ll need the following:

  • An empty plastic jar. For this homemade mousetrap you will need a two to three-liter plastic jar.
  • An empty bottle. The size of the bottle should be under half a liter.
  • Glue gun

Here are the steps to make the plastic jar homemade mousetrap:

  • Cut around the shoulder area of the small plastic bottle. The cut should be made about three inches from the bottle cap. You can use a small knife or a box cutter. Always use protective gear when working with tools.
  • Still with a knife, cut the bottom of the small plastic bottle. You can make the cut one inch from the bottom of the plastic bottle.
  • With scissors now, cut into the bottle about three inches deep. You should make these cuts all around the bottle. The cuts should be about half an inch from each other. When you are done, you should have made about twenty little cuts in the bottle.
  • Fold the cuts onto themselves. The small cuts should be bent on the inside of the bottle.
  • Now place the cut bottle to the side of the plastic jar. Make sure the bottle is no more than an inch from the bottom of the jar. Mark around the bottle, so you’ll have a line to make your cut.
  • After you have cut the hole, you’ll squeeze the bottle halfway through the hole. Make sure the section with the small cuts is on the outside of the jar. As you can see, the mouse will be able to squeeze through the bent cuts, but it won’t be able to get out.
  • With the glue gun, glue the plastic bottle in position. Only about an inch of the bottle should stick out of the plastic jar. Make sure to glue all the way around the plastic bottle.
  • Remove the lid of the plastic jar and place the mousetrap bait. You can use peanuts, grains, cheese, smoked bacon, or a combination of them. For greater effect, you can smear some soft cheese or peanut butter on the bottom of the jar.
  • After you have installed the bait, twist the lid on your plastic jar mousetrap.

If you find that the jar moves too much, you could glue it onto a piece of wood or cardboard. Make sure to place it in an area with mouse activity. Since mice are nocturnal creatures, you should let the mousetrap sit in position overnight and check in the morning.

Trash can homemade mousetrap

For the trash can homemade mousetrap, you’ll need the following:

  • Trash can or bucket – The size of the trashcan should be about ten gallons, but a five-gallon bucket would work too.
  • Plastic film or plastic sheet – Make sure the plastic sheet is large enough to completely cover the top of the trash can.
  • Glue gun – You will need to glue gun to glue the plastic sheet to the top of the trash can.
  • Bait – Peanut butter is the best mousetrap bait. You can also use smoked bacon or cheese spread.

Here are the steps to make the trash can homemade mousetrap:

  • With the glue gun, glue the plastic sheet to the top of the trash can.
  • Using large scissors, cut the out-hanging plastic film close to the top of the trash can. Once you have cut around, you should have a trash can that looks like a drum.
  • Draw a six-inch circle in the center of the top of the mousetrap.
  • Make six cuts from the inside of the circle to the edge of the circle. When you are done with the six cuts, it should look like a cake with six cuts.
  • Add two ramps on the side of the trash can. The ramps will be steep, so create a surface that’s easy for the mice to climb.
  • Add the bait through the opening on the top. You can add peanuts, grains, or smoked bacon chunks.

Place the trash can mousetrap in an area with mouse activity. Since mice are nocturnal animals, you should let the mousetrap sit in position overnight and check in the morning.

Toilet paper roll homemade mousetrap

The toilet paper mousetrap will get the mouse out of your home humanely.

For the paper towel or toilet paper roll homemade mousetrap, you’ll need the following:

  • Paper roll – Empty toilet paper roll. You can also use an empty paper towel roll too. Since it’s much longer than a toilet paper roll, you might need to cut some of it to make it the right size. You should cut it to the length of a toilet paper roll.
  • Trash can – You can use a trash can or a five-gallon bucket.
  • Newspaper – The newspaper is to soften the fall for the mouse.
  • Garbage bag
  • Tape
  • Bait – Peanut butter is the best mousetrap bait. You can also use smoked bacon or cheese spread.

Here are the steps to make the toilet paper roll homemade mousetrap:

  • Next to a table or countertop, place an empty trash can or five-gallon bucket. It needs to be close enough to the edge, so when the paper roll with the mouse fall, they land inside the trash can.
  • Please a garbage bag inside the trash can
  • Put some crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the trash can. The newspaper will soften the landing for the mouse.
  • Put a crease on the paper roll to give it a flat bottom surface. The flat bottom will ensure the paper roll mousetrap is stable on the countertop.
  • Please the toilet paper roll on the edge of the countertop or table. One side of the paper roll should hang over the edge, just over the trash can.
  • Secure the paper roll in place with two-sided self-adhesive tape.
  • Smear a dab of peanut butter or cheese at the end of the roll.

Since mice are nocturnal rodents, you should let the mousetrap sit in position overnight and check the trash can in the morning.