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5 gallon bucket mouse trap?
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CAH    Posted 02-07-2005 at 11:23:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I once read how to make a mouse trap from a 5 gallon bucket filled part way with water but I can't seem to find anything on it now. The idea was the mice fell in somehow and can't climb out due to the slick sides and would then drown. It would catch many mice at one time. Has anyone ever used or seen such a thing. I don't remember what was at the top which allowed the mice to fall in. Possably a piece of carboard(or paper sack) with a trap door triggered by the mouses weight. Thanks.

MikeT    Posted 02-07-2005 at 15:41:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Put a brick in the bottom so that the top of the brick is 1" below the surface of the water. The mice will find it, crawl up on it, and scream all night long, attracting more mice. pour a little soap in the water too.

Al /Mi    Posted 02-07-2005 at 13:22:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some one on this site spoke of a wire run thru and soda can ( beer can ) and put peanut butter on it and as the mouse would try for the peanut butter it would roll and into the water it would go . Might have to put some antifreeze in it in the winter and fix it so the cats can't get it .

CAH    Posted 02-07-2005 at 12:30:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the information everyone. This is exactly what I was looking for. I tried a search in the "topics" section with no luck but I knew it had to be somewhere. Thanks Again

mud    Posted 02-07-2005 at 13:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Luck CAH,
And, thank you for the reminder. Sure was fun thinking it over.



TimV    Posted 02-07-2005 at 12:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
CAH: I can vouch for the trap that Ennis (re)-posted. We use these at our camp and they work great. Even if they freeze, the 5-gallon bucket is high enough that the meeses can't get out. We use anti-freeze in ours and it's good all year round, but I wouldn't suggest that if you've got any domestic animals around. Just checked a buddy's camp yesterday, and his trap (same variety) had a few in it from the winter.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-07-2005 at 12:08:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I simply leaned a two foot stick against the pail's side. Floated a couple slices of apple on the water and let the mice do there swan dives while I slept. My best night was five. No muss, no fuss. dipped them out come morning. And a trip to the creek after a couple/three days for fresh water.

They do make some interesting skealing sounds drowning! (Grin).

deadcarp    Posted 02-07-2005 at 11:44:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup, mine has a (upside down u-channel) tin teeter-totter over an open hole. they get curiuos, dart out for the peanut butter at the end, and by that time it's swinging down and there's nuthin for them to grab to get works!

boy oh boy-    Posted 02-07-2005 at 11:41:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your post gives me fond memory of my father and mice. He called their demise at his hand a 'Christian burial at sea.'

Here is how I remember the set up.

bucket -

paint stir stick.

chunk of cheese, or peanut butter.

large rubber band.

----- Set the paint stick across the top of the bucket, but not all the way across it. Suspend it near the middle of thestick with the rubber band. To do this you need to stretch the rubber band across the bucket's handle. Make sense? Well, I hope so, I've typed this 3X and it dont sound quite right yet..... grrr. Put the bait on the outer edge of the paint stick. When the mouse goes after the goodies he tips the balance on the stick and falls into the drink. He swims there until he is exhausted, then drowns. My dad used to flush them down the toilet until my Mom caught him one time!. Whew, that was a hoot. Dad ate crow for some time afterwards... hahaha

Thank you for mentioning it. Sure brought a smile to my face.


Ennis    Posted 02-07-2005 at 11:37:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is that info

Ennis    Posted 02-07-2005 at 11:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to JoeK from WI on 2003-09-16

JoeK    Posted 02-07-2005 at 15:57:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Da Nada"...Thats what it's there fore :)

ratface    Posted 02-07-2005 at 19:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use a variation. The cheapest paint roller holder I can find with a paper towel tube fitted over metal roller just like a paint roller. You'll have to cut a few inches off the towel tube. The roller will contact 3 points on the top of bucket. Drill holes and use a piece of wire or rope to hold in place. A 3' ft pc. of 1x4 as a ramp extending about one inch from roller. Peanut butter on towel tube. They haven't got a chance with the paint roller, that sucker really spins and in they go. Anti freeze is a good idea if you will be gone for an extended period otherwise a little water.I'll average three to five a week easy in the house. As I was constructing it my son had the nerve to ask if I was making a fun house for the mice?

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