this a live catch trap for a small nuisances such as the mouse, rat and others.it is very simple and effective ....enjoy!

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You'll need:
coffee can
1/4" screen
old scissors or diagonal cutter
slip-joint pliers and/or needle nose pliers
bamboo/wood skewers (from the grocer)
small screws
light wire
light drill
<p>Not your idea tho </p><p>http://marquardts.org/mindspring/mice/index.htm</p>
<p>i like the idea of using a rat trap as the trigger. will be using a stove pipe to trap a skunk.</p><p>the pipe will prevent the skunk from lifting its tail and spraying. and the solid walls will prevent spraying.</p>
Wow. <br> <br>I'm flattered, but it would have been a courtesy to at least say &quot;a tip of the hat to Scott,&quot; since you used no photos of your own, and cut and pasted my text verbatim. <br> <br>http://marquardts.org/mindspring/mice/index.htm <br> <br>Attribution, man. It's what netiquette's made of. ;-)
great way to re-distribute the potential energy of the trap, excellent.
Considering that I have had two &quot;musicides&quot; in my house recently, I think I will try to make this live-trap. I'd much rather relocate the furry critters to better surroundings than dispose of their sad little corpses each morning. At our old house, the cats did a pretty good job ...
lets see a picture of ur catch
I've never seen one try to push the wire open... they just try to gnaw their way through the wire. It doesn't work.
A pest control salesman once told me that if a mouse can get their head through anything their whole body can pass through as well. Sometimes even as small as a hole a pencil or pen could pass through.<br><br>This wire mesh might be better if it was smaller, with a tighter weave.<br><br>Have you noticed how long it takes for a mouse to try and squeeze out?
I think their bones can flex or something (except skull). Unless that is a myth. But they can fit through the tiniest of places and seem to surely fit through anywhere their head will fit.
you just gave me an idea! i'll use a rat trap, make a bogger box for it, and use it to trap rabbits and other larger animals GENIUS!
mice are so cute
I avoided stepping on a mouse in my home once, that same mouse got into my stove and chewed some wires causing a short circuit and almost burned my home down. I say DEATH TO ALL MICE who enter homes. I would squish that mouse every time if given the chance again.
&nbsp;how do you know the mouse didn't know any better? you may have put your house over theirs or their ancestors.. what does that make you to them?
I belive that it makes <a class="entryListTitle" href="../../../member/canemaker49/" rel="nofollow" style="line-height: 16.0px;padding-right: 4.0px;padding-left: 0.0px;">canemaker49</a> the mouse overlord. <br /> <br /> Landlord if mice could pay rent.<br />
&nbsp;well if it was a fair fight based on breaking and entering, or &quot;enter homes&quot;, then I'm sure humans would share the majority of the casualties.
cane maker49 should just buy a cat or adopt one from the pound my cat kills all the pest around my house includeing mice, rabbits, squirrels and even an opposum one time
bigger and stronger,&nbsp; DEATH TO ALL MICE WHO ENTER HOMES, I SAY. LOL<br />
this is very funny. toss that bugger in the can. :)&nbsp;
i&nbsp;think ill try the 5 gallon bucket thing im going for a fox
hey I think this is the best instructable i've seen so far =)
nice work funny story one day I opened my door to find a mouse so I got a mouse trap and set it up I didn't catch any mice for weeks and one day I went to check the trap and there was a dead snake in it the mouse trap had broken thru the snakes stomach and the were about five half digested mice on my flood
how big was this snake? 5 MICE!!!
It was a king brown snake wikipedia: Pseudechis australis, the common King Brown or Mulga snake, is a highly dangerous species of snake found in Australia. It is one of the largest venomous snakes in the world, the second largest in Australia, and capable of producing large amounts of venom. Despite one of its common names, King Brown, it is part of the Pseudechis (black snake) genus. I did not take the pics below
way TMI dude.
how clever and devious is this design, use a coat hanger to reinforce the edges of the screen to insure against escape.
I prefer to catch them alive. Not because I'm squeamish... I hunt deer. But I have had regular traps wound mice and then they get away only to die inside a wall, under the fridge, wherever, and stink my house up until I go find the little %$@#&amp;<sup>'s rotten corpse which I have to deal with. Same reason poison is a bad idea.</sup><br/><br/>
I have been taught all my life that you kill vermin, I am not attacking your beliefs, but if vermin, mice, rats, etc come in my house, they die. I really don't have to worry to much though, the cats outside, and the ones inside pretty much eliminate any mice in the house.
lol i thought it was soposed to kill them like flatten them but then i looked at it....
dude.. lol its like a mouse waffle! but rly humane traps r beter it doesnt hurt anyone and u dont make like a big mess that YOU have to clean
Ha! I built one and it works great. Caught two today. I just had to figure out that they didn't like peanut butter. Guess they heard about the salmonella scare. Anyway, once I tossed in a saltine cracker, they are lining up to get inside. Seriously though, I'm going to cut the other end out of the can and put hardware cloth on it too.. that way it doesn't look so confining. My mice didn't think to try pushing the "door" open. They only tried chewing their way out and chewing on steel wire got them nowhere (besides making a lot of noise alerting the Giant that they had been caught). They are now residents of the city park. Heh.
squirrels can be shifted from an area with mothballs - might not be the most "green" method, but it got the family in my attic out - keeps neighborhood cats from scent-marking your house foundation too.
would this work with a squirrel?
my thoughts exactly! my dog has been going crazy over a squirrel, but it keeps coming back!
I saw you said a 5 gallon bucket for cats and raccoons ect. I go to Maine with my dad over the summer so, what would you reccomend for bears and mountain lions? Suggestions are appreciated.
yay! I caught me a racoon and kept it! (illegally XD) But i set it free.
this girl i know found a baby raccoon on the side of the road, and it followed her home and her family kept it! they named it Zorro and they had it trained like a dog. literally it played fetch and followed them everywhere. it lived in the backyard until their neighbors called animal control on poor little Zorro...
Dodgy, Bunnings in South Australia have a roll of this mesh for about ten bucks, fairly long but only about twenty CMs wide. Try the garden/nursery area. This is a good trap and could be used for safe trapping of animals. I prefer the trap to kill rats and mice though. I have complete control that way.
Hi. Nice design, but where can I get the wire mesh? I am in Australia, and have tried my local Bunnings Warehouse (hardware store) and they have it, but in 5M rolls, at 90cm wide, which is about $38!! I only need a small piece of it. Any other ideas? I have 1cm mesh, but the wild mouse can be so tiny, that they can EASILY fit through the holes. Thanks.
It's called hardware cloth, and it's sold by the foot in every hardware store in the world. Or...that was true when there were hardware stores. But in America we fell for home ripoff's smooth sales talk, and the hardware stores are no more. So now prices are up, and buying a five-cent washer to repair a faucet is only a memory. These days you buy a new faucet. So they got to you too, Australia? These Bunnings guys? And so it goes. Attention third-world countries. Don't let this happen to you! Buy your hardware at a real hardware store, and be glad you can.
OK thanks! hardware cloth? Sounds like a fabric. as far as not being able to buy a 5c washer & having to buy a 15 washer assortment pack for $5... yeah we sometimes get that craziness here too. SOme hardware stores (the independent ones) will have a loose one, somehow, and let you have it for free! BTW: what we call taps, you call faucets.
Also, if you hot melt glue the skewer into the trigger hole there is no re-work of the trigger necessary. Faster and easier. Thanks for the inspiration!
Very ingenious device! I made one of these in less than an hour and it got a mouse within minutes. Thanks!
Great Instructable! Nice to see folks using survival skills.
Looks like a good idea to me.
Nice Instructable! We're trying to figure out how not to kill our rodents, here at the office...

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