Introduction: Simple 'No-Kill' Mouse Trap

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Catch those furry critters with this simple mousetrap.

Step 1: The Tube...

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Take a toilet paper tube and tape a weight (ie: 2 quarters) to one side. Partially flatten the other side so it does not easily roll (see picture).

Step 2: Set the Trap...

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Position your tube halfway extended over a table or counter top, someplace elevated the mice can get to. Set a small raisin in front of the tube. Set another small raisin at the overhanging end of the tube. If you use peanut butter you may only need a tiny bit in the tube. Place a trash can or deep bucket under the tube. Edit: you can place some padding in the bin, consider they may chew on it. While the fall is probably not pleasant it does not hurt the mice.

How it works: The mouse enjoys the first morsel outside the trap and goes for the second. When it goes in the tube, the tube will tip and fall into the trash can before the mouse can get back out. Once inside the bucket the mouse will jump so make sure it is tall enough.

Step 3: The Catch!

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Congratulations! Hopefully you will have demonstrated your superior intellect and caught a mouse. Now you get to exercise your capability for compassion and take care of your new pet or set it free somewhere else. As noted by another reader it may be a good idea to release them in an area with another potential food source.


Jsoa (author)2017-09-14

The best rat poison is NO poison. Bad idea. A rat terrier perhaps?
One rat terrier holds the record for killing thousands of rats in just a
few minutes. Maybe find a trap or two? I would refrain from putting
any poisonous chemicals down where any other animal can get to it.

I use this electric rat trap

bakdrft (author)2015-03-17

OH MY........No kill? Cmon. PLEASE do your homework on this subject. YOU have no idea about what happens to this POOR little mouse when you "Place" it somewhere else? He usually DIES of starvation because YOU placed him somewhere where he CANNOT find food! Oh but that's OK He's NOT your problem anymore.

screwitdoit (author)bakdrft2015-06-26

what mice have you been talking to? the ones where I come from start entire new colonies if you catche them live and relocate them. I'm a huge animal Iover but loose mice in the house (not talking about pet mice) are disease vectors. I'm personally okay with killing (humanely) or releasing far off in a field but I am not okay with poisoning (that goes for any animal) or other methods that cause undo suffering. Anyway, not meant as a snub in the nose - just that around these parts we have mice just about everywhere and I cant' imagine where I could drop one off and it would die.

werikblack (author)screwitdoit2017-05-29

Totally agree with the disease vector. Mice and rats are carriers of Hantavirus in the U.S., and I worked with someone in my first job out of college who died from it. It's spread through rodent droppings and urine, and the CDC lists it as a 36-38% fatality rate for HPS, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

ItsNotWhatUthink (author)bakdrft2015-11-16

You're kidding right? Do you feed mice in your home? They shred everything and scatter feces everywhere. You live like that???

as a matter of fact, we have two or three field mice in our home, and i do in fact feed them and give them water. they NEVER chew on our wires or anything else...there has NEVER been any damages, all we have ever seen is a few tiny droppings....i see no reason to kill them, but we are making a different trap than the one shown, it is a no kill/no harm trap, out of a soda bottle and a clothes hanger...then we will drive out to a field down the road and release them...we wouldnt even try to catch them normally, but we are getting ready to move and i dont want the managers to exterminate them...i may even keep them if i can catch i already have a menagerie, one or two more would be welcome.

Justarandomhelp (author)bakdrft2016-01-15

I just put watter in thee bucket no starvation there

No starvation but if u ever come close to drowning you understand a little bit what this would be like why dont you use the traps that snap the little critters neck these traps r cheap and quick and b working since forever

Heart Queen (author)bakdrft2016-02-06

Listen what you do is put the toilet paper roll over a bucket or a trash can something tall enough so that they cant jump out then when u catch the cute bugger u drive a few miles down in the country someplace where there is no homes ( you dont want to save em just for someone else to kill it) and just let it out some people put water n the bottom so the mouse drowns but to me that is cruel and if i had to recommend a trap that kills it would for sure recommend the one that snaps there necks its quick most of the time

JayM68 (author)2016-01-28

I don't think this works with NYC mice. They're too smart for it and have seen too much. The mouse in my apartment just took one look down that toilet paper tube and got the hell out of there. He knew it was a setup. Now I think I hear him laughing at me :(

AnnamarieD (author)JayM682016-07-24

most mice are too smart for this kind of trap, your scent would be all over that tp roll and that is why he wont use it...mice are far smarter than you give them credit for

JayM68 (author)JayM682016-01-28

**UPDATE: The mouse just pushed the tube off the counter into the trash can and got away with the food.

grannyjones (author)2016-02-13

Just in case the thought has not been expressed; releasing vermin where they are not desired can be considered vandalism.

AnnamarieD (author)grannyjones2016-07-24

who said they were released where they were not wanted? ever hear of field mice? they were here before you were....putting your home where it is, probably chased them from THEIR home...ever think of that?

TracieK7 (author)2016-07-09

I had hampsters growing up. That's some cold hearted people out there to "drown"anything.,Poison, etc. , Panic & struggle & suffering comes with tha.. Yea they chew stuff up They are just trying to survive Are they attack mice? N,, So don't be cruel

Xamu (author)2016-02-05

As noted by another reader it may be a good idea to release them in an area with another potential food source.

E.g., Owls. :)

Justarandomhelp (author)2016-01-15

So i am also ussing this method but little different i live in aa city so i can't release it so you caan aalso just put water in the bucket it aalso helps against the jumping

AmandaU2 (author)2015-09-29

Love it! I hate killing litt critters!

tmv22 (author)2015-08-03

this is simply brilliant! thank you!!!

Hudkins1215 (author)2015-07-31

This is brilliant. Thank you

You know who I amI (author)2015-02-26

Perfect great way to get live food for Cthulhu.

Just to clarify, I have a badass snake named Cthuhu

CarlTrin (author)2015-02-06

The mouse from my place is almost big as a beaver, will no bite this one. His nickname is Splinter, becouse he stand in feet.

bquinn2 (author)2015-02-03

I have 6 mice I caught in my house (not with this trap, but I plan on using it if they escape) and I have them in a 35 gallon tank and I feed them and they are great. awesome idea.

skater7832 (author)2008-09-28

I just use the old rat poison cuz i have no pets or children that will get down there. so they can die quick n easy!

whiteoakart (author)skater78322008-12-16

Rat poison is a bad idea. And here is why: The poison causes the rats to die of thirst. Some of the poisoned mice will die indoors. Others, as they start to suffer, often go outside looking for water. Do you know what predators do? They look for the weakest animals to catch and eat. A hawk, owl, or other predator swoops down and eats your mouse. You have now given a small dose of poison to a beautiful animal. Now, these poisons do not disappear from the bird, they accumulate. Even if the toxin levels of one mouse are not high enough to kill the bird, it can kill their offspring, whether through the egg production process, or in the event the bird feeds its young with the toxic mouse. But, it doesn't stop at one mouse. A hawk needs to eat a lot of mice. There is a term for this, Biological Magnification. As you go higher up the food chain, the toxin is concentrated in the tissues. I suggest you take the time to use non-toxic pest management solutions. The paper tube method here is excellent, easy, and cheap. You could also keep a pet mouse for a couple of days before releasing it. A field mouse is way cuter than those homely white mice you get at the pet store. At our house, we catch shrews, voles, and 3 species of mice.

Kxris (author)whiteoakart2015-01-30

I was going to write something similar to your comment whiteoakart.

Thanks for your informative post. I almost always agree that poison should never be used. I saw a short news piece showing a fancy boar poison bait trap designed to keep racoons and other wildlife out. I was being used in an area someplace in the Southern U.S. The report didn't say what poison was being used, or how it effected predators including human boar hunters. A friend who lives in Tennessee said there was a ballot measure to poison deer to reduce the deer population. He said the measure was defeated and the new plan is to issue more deer hunting permits. The poison might have reduced human, bear, wolf and other populations.
Public water sanitation systems typically can't remove many poisons
in rivers and lakes municipalities depend on for drinking

One of my cats brought a mouse in the house last night. I was able to catch it today with a gloved hand and released it outside. Now that I think of it, the mouse may have been injured too much to survive being played with and grabbed by the cat so I should have turned it over to my neighbor who manages a wildlife rescue center for it to be fed to a predatory bird, fox, or etc. being rehabilitated or an orphan predator learning how to hunt.

simfire687 (author)whiteoakart2009-09-21

or you can slap mother nature across the face and put rat poison in peoples bird feeders. hawks and owls wont be complaining for long

You know thats illegal don't you?

This is so great to know!!!

I am a huge animal lover and I always love learning more about how we can be nicer to everyone and everything. I would never want an birds especially to be harmed.


Its a shame you can't pet wild mice. They look so cuddly. If you want a mouse you can pet and stuff get one from pet shop. I would, but I can't. We have a cat, So I can't get birds or mice. Also, rats are very much hated but they make good pets if not wild. And rats attach a lot. they're good company, but dogs and cats are best for company. :)

Just don't stroke Mr. Mousie.

dragonreaper (author)whiteoakart2010-05-18

Sure they may look cute, but i don't think you'd want to catch wild mice as pets >_> They could be contaminated with diseases that show no symptoms in mice, but could prove fatal for humans. Aside from the fact that they can be ridden with disease, taming them is also another problem. If they're born in the wild, they should stay in the wild. The sudden change of environment could kill the mouse, or we do not have the means of raising these mice. It's better just to release them farther away from your home, or to just kill it if its causing a problem.

whiteoakart (author)dragonreaper2010-05-18

@ dragonreaper: understood.  We don't actually keep them as pets, per se, although we have kept them around for a day or so.  Never had one die on us and we certainly don't handle them.  But we do take them a loooonngg way form home before releasing them. Usually under the porch of one of our annoying neighbors.

Ya. that was what I was going to do. However tempting it is to stroke that little mousie you can't for a risk of getting tics, fleas, or any type of disease.

But do any of those diseases carry through air.....?

dragonreaper (author)whiteoakart2010-05-19

;) Good idea rofl. Just dont let them see you :P Or you could be in for quite the surprise XD

X4i5 (author)dragonreaper2014-01-03

I've done research and it is very rare unless they carry rabies, which is pretty much the only contagious disease they carry, which causes them to die soon anyway. I had a pet shrew that i rescued and it died of rabies shortly after being rescued. Signs of rabies in rodents include blood in mouth, malformed claws and paws, rotting skin and tail.

kodiwoedee (author)X4i52014-08-05

Medical researchers have investigated " Do mice get rabies?" In controlled laboratory studies, the mice died very quickly. They were even too sick & weak to attack. That is not to stay that technically they can't get rabies in nature. They could, but it is thought that they are so small and fragile that they will not survive the trauma of the rabid animal that is attacking them. We should be more concerned about the other diseases mice can carry such as Salmonella, Rat-bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Hanta Virus Pulmonary Syndrome. Wild mice can carry many fleas and ticks too. Check out this link if you would like more info:

chuckr44 (author)whiteoakart2009-01-29

Whiteoakart, I think they phased out that particular poison. They now use a blood thinner which will not hurt larger animals like predators.

beehard44 (author)chuckr442010-08-20

it's murderous to rats in .01g doses ut good idea to go to the hospital for some gastric lavage....

countable (author)chuckr442009-03-25

Plus it's not as dangerous if consumed by humans (treatment for ingestion of anticoagulant is high doses of vitamin K, however i would recommend in the first instance to go to hospital).

Silence (author)whiteoakart2010-04-01

Actually it causes internal bleeding. The unsanitary and inhumane part is it will take them a while to die and then you have a dead mouse where you cant find it.

Have you ever tried to keep a wild mouse as a pet ? they are houdinis at the worst of times and can jump like they were fitted with springs, ordinary hampster cages will not do. The only thing that would hold the mouse i had was an 85 gallon fish tank covered with a window screen. And i got rid of it after a few days cause it stunk something fierce.

mr.break_it (author)whiteoakart2009-03-29

or "Bioamplification"

hippyland2 (author)skater78322009-09-21

ok i dont agree with the animal rights protester bellow you (thats puting it very, very, very, very, very kindly) one rats a vermin a pest that don't as fr as i know help at all the world. maybe im thinging of rats. and yes owls and other birds eat them. but back on track. oh a animal that is disease ridden dies of thirst. yea the bird eating poisoned mice will make that happen but one poisened mouse isn't gonna do all that. all of those reasons don't mean squat to me.

hippyland2 (author)hippyland22009-09-21

however i do care that rats/mice/insects and other animal can quickly adapt to poison and we have to use stronger poisons and eventualy nothing will stop them. my advice kill them maualy or kepp them untill they die in a container sure i think it's inhumane but like the guy blow me said set it free

hippyland2 (author)hippyland22009-09-21

sorry to annyone i offended . please disregard any message that you thought to be ofeesive im sorry if you were offended

clairebo6 (author)hippyland22010-02-11

 you know your name doesn't really suit you. hippies loved earth and everything that lived on it. no offence but your a hypocrite. i hope to god that a poor mouse doesn't venture into your house because it will be tortured to death by being starved or poisoned. it is just as easy to catch a mouse in a bucket and set it free whenever it is convenient for you, rather than wait days for it to slowly starve. have a heart.

hippyland2 (author)clairebo62010-03-27

its only a name. like if your user name was shorty582 you don't have to be short

X4i5 (author)hippyland22014-01-03

well, I dissagree, 'hippy'. :P

beehard44 (author)hippyland22011-01-20

pwned XD

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