Introduction: Mouse / Rat Trap From Recycled Water Bottle

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This I'ble will show you how to Make, an extremely effective rodent catching device. This trap may also be used for "live captures". Got a rodent issue? You have come to the right place. Build this free trap and rid yourself of these pests.

These take less than a minute to construct, allowing you to build multiple units for severe situations.

Lets begin!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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You will only need a few basic items for this project.
They include

~ A 1.25L or larger soda / water bottle
~ Scissors
~ Tape
~ Craft knife

Step 2: Constructing the Unit

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Cut the neck off the bottle. Make the cut about 1 inch below the threaded section.

Now make another cut about 2 inches down from the cut you just made.

Keep the two large pieces.
These will be our trap.

Place the bottles neck aside to use in a future project.

Step 3: Constructing the Non-return Entrance

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Take the smaller top section (which will be the funnel) and cut some slices about 1 inch long down it, starting from the end you removed the thread/opening off.

Make the cuts at diagonals to form spikes. They do not need to be spikes, but have to deter the rodent from trying to climb/jump back up the funnel.

It should look something like the pictures.

Step 4: Inserting the Funnel

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Apply some tape around the rim of the funnel.
Insert the funnel into the bottom of the funnel as pictured.

Fold the tape over the edge tp seal the funnel in place. You may wish to add a little more tape to secure.

Step 5: Trap Some Rodents

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Free your home from these unwanted housemates.
These are suprisingly effective. I have trapped up to 3 rats inside, one 1.25L bottle in a night.


If you intend on letting the rodent go, simply cut the tape and remove the funnel. Make sure you drop them off far away from your property or they will return.

However if this is not an option or you feel the need to permantley dispose of the rodent, I would recommend a simple bucket of water. Put the bottle in and put a brick over it to submerge the trap. Walk away. Come back when all the drama is over and dispose of the entire bottle.
Preferably empty cotents and recycle / re-use the trap.


XboxhoodlumX (author)2017-01-13

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GopalG12 (author)2016-05-27

The best way to teach kids on how to use recycle cold drinks bottle

ryzonecowboy (author)2015-12-01

they will chew through this

Rainh2o (author)2013-01-13

you can kill them by taping over the top and placing in the freezer overnight...whats the use in a "humane" trap if your just going to drown them? I personally use the snap traps, it kills them fast and the good metal triggers work almost everytime...

raymondcarver made it! (author)Rainh2o2015-09-22

Please DO NOT put mice and/or rats in your freezer to kill them. Rodents carry so many diseases, including Bubonic plague, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) (kind of like a native version of Ebola virus) and so many other viruses and bacteria. You do not want diseased rodents in your food prep are, nor your cold food storage appliances.

СергейК18 (author)2015-09-07

There are many types of rat traps that you can choose based on the type of rodent. You must choose the best Rat Trap, that is right for your home. In general, it's easier to prevent rats, than try to catch them. If you have too many rats, you should to use electronic trap. I read few good advice in this post I hope, my message will help to someone.

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ALadyDragon (author)2009-03-09

Awesome idea, Just made mine and putting in some of my dog biscuits (something is going for it) and I'm not having any luck with mouse traps. So i thought your idea might be the one to track down the little tacker that is sneaking about in the night. I attached my trap.. Thanks again.

arkho (author)ALadyDragon2010-09-06

I think this is too small

arkho (author)arkho2010-09-06

Here's the picture of the top cover that I used, didn't any luck with it neither. I have laid a commercial sticky trap, didn't have any luck with it neither. It was sitting under my bed for almost 2 weeks now. Until my wife saw 2 of them running around, chasing each other like in a fight, as if not scared of humans. So she put it along their path where it passed through in one direction. Sure enough when it came back, swooop! Ssstick! And it caught it. Ever wonder about the other one? Well, as her story goes, the other smaller one then saw the opportunity to attack the stuck mouse. So it jumped into it like she's not watching. Here's they're picture.

casey321b (author)arkho2011-11-14

What do you use as a tacky glue that doesn't dry too much over time?

arkho (author)casey321b2011-12-10

I just bought it from the grocery. It looks thick solvent glue but something is added so it does not dry up so easily.

casey321b (author)arkho2011-12-10

I found this recipe online for rat trap glue made with corn syrup and water:

I needed to make a large quantity for a prank on a friend. He's been doing some nasty stuff, so we decided to play dirty as well. (Luckily he has a buzz cut and we wont need to worry about his hair.)
There are also instructions I found for removing the glue using peanut or baby oil, - Beats me why someone would want to cook babies :) - liquid dish detergent, and shampoo.

TN777 (author)casey321b2012-03-24

Baby Oil is an oil used FOR babies! It is used with moisturizing their skin? I think that is what it is used for anyway. No babies are harmed =)

dotsie.watson.5 (author)TN7772014-12-12

It stops them from squeaking.

casey321b (author)TN7772012-03-24

I know. It's a joke. :)

TN777 (author)casey321b2012-04-14

I knew that=)

ceekay (author)ALadyDragon2010-07-18

Peanut butter is a very good rat bait.

ALadyDragon (author)ALadyDragon2009-04-15

After a couple of days , it finally got in, but knocked it over and got out, So wedging it upright again caught something but this time it chewed its way out. So yay for catching.. But it ate off two spikes to get out.

arkho (author)2010-04-15

This question may seem dumb, but I'm just curious bro, if the bottle is upright, how would the mouse be able to jump in to it. I mean, how big a mouse is our target here anyway. For small mice, it might not be able to jump in to it if its upright.

Lftndbt (author)arkho2010-04-16

 Make a stair case out of books / position at bench level etc.

dotsie.watson.5 (author)Lftndbt2014-12-12

Be sure to boil the books after each catch.

ilikechemicals (author)arkho2010-07-05

put it on its side dude.....seriously

arkho (author)ilikechemicals2010-09-06

I put it on it's side, I let it sit upright, put it against the wall, next to a box, a small table and every other position imaginable, sigh, still no luck. I'll post the picture of my creation later on. I sort of made the hole a little bit smaller than that of the picture. I guess that's the fault. I'll modify it, when I get home. Meanwhile, here's the picture of my target. Flaunting me out in the open, grrrr.

arkho (author)arkho2010-09-06

Here's a couple I caught using commercial plastic sticky trap.

BGR8FUL (author)arkho2011-09-13

boooo, that's cruel

arkho (author)BGR8FUL2011-09-25

Put your self in my shoes, if I let them live, they'll eat our fruits, rice, snacks, you name it. The only thing that they have not touched are the once I put in the fridge. But you can't put them all in there. Sometimes whe the plates are left unwashed overnight which rarely happens, they eat on top of the leftovers and leave their crap and piss on the plates. Doctors say that the virus on their refuse are not killed even if you boil them for one hour. As well as the cure for the illness it cause is yet to be found. Yeah, I have to break those chinawares they infected out of anger and hatred. I'd shoot them on site if I have to.

Chro (author)arkho2011-12-09

As EHST major I have to say that last bit about the "unnamed super disease" is completely false.

They spread diseases but nothign incurable or unkillable by boiling.

Soozannah (author)Chro2012-10-08

I thought every virus could be knocked out by leaving "infected" item in direct sunlight for a few hours.

arkho (author)Chro2011-12-10

Well that's comforting, I realize that I learned it from the news once, that leptospira is not killed even by boiling. So it is hoax then. Does that mean it is safe to use our rat urine and poo infected kitchen wares by washing it with regular liquid soap. It says antibacterial.

Chro (author)arkho2011-12-11

I would boil the dishware as well as soap/water clean it. Its always better to be safe than sorry, leptospiria is not unkillable but it is a serious illness and it would always be safer to prevent illness to the best of your abilities.

arkho (author)ilikechemicals2011-12-10

ALadyDragon says:
After a couple of days , it finally got in, but knocked it over and got out, So wedging it upright again caught something but this time it chewed its way out. So yay for catching.. But it ate off two spikes to get out.

Nah, sideways ain't too good an idea. I guess it has to be upright and double taped at the bottom.

arkho (author)ilikechemicals2010-09-06

BTW, I used peanut and choconut. It's grounded peanut sweetened and molded into a foil wrapper. I used it as bait because when I left it on the table, it ate half of it. The hole I made is a little over an inch. Also, I have one of those plastic paper trash can in my room where I throw my snack wrappers, it caught one and got trapped in it. Because it was empty, it could not jump high enough to escape. It looks like this.

VyT (author)2014-11-03

More about rat traps, please visit

bahij (author)2014-03-14

For more info see

petrolon (author)2013-05-29

I just have a cat, although, I think it might be worse. Demonic presences and all that stuff.

Isaacbarger (author)2013-01-18

I have been in the rat catching business for a long time. You would be better off using this on regular snap traps. The proper baiting and traping of rodents is listed in their instructions on the page.

Cotopaxi (author)2013-01-14

So what would you recommend I use to bait this rat trap of yours?

ClareBS (author)2011-03-27

If you toss them over the fence into your neighbor's yard they'll be back in your house before you are. Rodents are territorial and like where they live. Better to dispatch them permanently.

dontkillpenguins (author)ClareBS2011-09-27

no you can bring them 5km away from your house and let them go

ClareBS (author)dontkillpenguins2011-09-27

That might be practical if you have one in your house. When you have a hectare on a river and thousands of mice and/or rats, relocating them is not feasible. I don't mind them if they stay away from my house but I really don't want them climbing the downspouts, swinging onto the roof and crawling inside or coming in from the bottom.

Soozannah (author)ClareBS2012-10-08

Have you tried sealing off all rat entry/exit spaces (1/2" or larger) with aluminum sheeting cut to size of the hole? Rats/mice can't chew through it.

ClareBS (author)Soozannah2012-10-13

We've got metal gutter guard on all of our gutters so they can't get in that way any more. Our house has decking on three sides and it is impossible to check that there are no holes smaller than the diameter of a pencil (mouse size) under the decking.

mikee963 (author)2009-12-21

I'm planning on combining this idea and the toilet roll trap.hope it will work...

Soozannah (author)mikee9632012-10-08

A rat will eat thru that in no time.

cynicman (author)2009-06-07

I am planning to catch loads of RAT for a domestication/breeding project. I have been looking for a cheap, affordable and simple NO HARM trap for catching specimans... I will let you know how it comes out.

Fafnir956 (author)cynicman2010-11-16

Rats are already domesticated... why don't you get the initial stock from local breeders, or adopt them like I did?

Soozannah (author)Fafnir9562012-10-08

And you get the fleas for free! Then you can get all the disease they carry for free as well!

Kryptonite (author)cynicman2009-10-17

Sounds sadistic. And cool. Are you doing this just for fun or what?

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