How to Make a Simple Live Mouse Trap

Things You'll Need

  • Empty 2L plastic bottle

  • Utility knife

  • Sand

  • Duct tape

  • Food

  • Olive oil

  • Stack of books

Mice find their way into many homes. Once they enter your home, they feed on your food and nest in your walls. You may not ever actually see the mice, but chances are you can hear them crawling around at night and you have probably seen more than a few mice droppings in your cupboards. Build your own live mouse trap to solve your mice problem without hurting or killing the little rodents.

Step 1

Remove the lid on the 2L bottle.

Step 2

Cut the top of the 2L bottle off, right where the top curves out to the full circumference of the bottle, with a utility knife. Cut away from your body to prevent cutting yourself in the process.

Step 3

Fill the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the bottle with sand.

Step 4

Place a few small bits of food, such as raisins or cubes of cheese, in the bottom of the bottle on top of the sand.

Step 5

Flip the bottle top you cut off upside down and stick in in the open top of the bottle like a funnel.

Step 6

Tape the two parts of the bottle together with duct tape around the outside.

Step 7

Grease the spout of the bottle that you flipped upside down with olive oil.

Step 8

Set the bottle up with books stacked to make a sort of stair step up to the ledge of the bottle so the mice can reach the top of the bottle.

Step 9

Take the mouse outside, after it is caught in the bottle, and set the bottle on its side so the mouse can crawl out. Be sure to release the mouse far away from your house so that the mouse does not return.