Building a Mouse Trap with a Pill Bottle and Bucket

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What You'll Need
Metal hanger
Plastic bucket
Water (optional)
Bleach; 1 tablespoon (optional)
Peanut butter
Empty pill bottle with lid
Drill with bits
Stirring stick for paint
Duct tape

Finding a mouse scurrying around the house can be a terrifying and disgusting experience for many people. Mice typically enter the home looking for food and shelter. A mouse can cause a lot of damage as well as spread disease. The following article will show you how to create a simple mousetrap out of items that many people already have in the home.

Step 1 - Preparing the Bucket

Gather up a 5-gallon plastic bucket and fill it 1/3 with water. The temperature of the water does not matter. The idea here is that when the mouse enters the water it'll eventually tire from swimming and drown. To make the trap deadlier, add a small amount of bleach to the water. The thought of killing a mouse may not sit well with you and, if that is the case, you can make this trap non-lethal by omitting the water.

Step 2 - Preparing the Bait for the Mouse

Now comes the potential messy part of making this mousetrap. Take the wire hanger and unravel it. Use your pair of pliers to make the hanger as straight as possible. The hanger will become the proverbial pole that dangles the carrot. Grab your drill and pill bottle.

Select a drill bit that is slightly larger than the thickness of the hanger. Now, make sure that the cap of the pill bottle is sealed tightly. Next, drill a hole through the center of the cap and thread the wire hanger through the hole. Finally, open up the jar of peanut butter and generously coat the outside of the pill bottle. Try to cover the entire bottle.

Step 3 - Setting the Trap

Place the trap where a mouse is likely to come across it. Search your home for evidence of a mouse droppings. Keep in mind that mice, on natural instinct and because they have poor eyesight, stay along the walls. Once you have located the perfect spot place your bucket. Use the duct tape and affix the wire hanger halfway down the bucket.

Now, bend the wire hanger so that the pill bottle that is covered in peanut butter dangles over the center of the bucket. The last thing to do is to prop the paint stirrer on the side of the bucket so that the mouse can run up it. They will smell the peanut butter and race up the stirrer. In their need for the peanut butter they will take a leap at the bottle but will wind up in the water.