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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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Step 1: Step 1

You'll need:
coffee can
1/4" screen
mousetrap*
old scissors or diagonal cutter
slip-joint pliers and/or needle nose pliers
bamboo/wood skewers (from the grocer)
small screws
screwdriver
light wire
glue
light drill

Step 2: Step 2

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You're going to be mounting a mousetrap to the open end of a coffee can as shown, so that the hinge is right at the top edge of the can.You can use two or three small screws to do this, as shown. By pressing the trap against the partially driven screws, you can easily mark the trap for drilling pilot holes. You'll need these to avoid splitting the wood when driving the screws.

Step 3: Trigger

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Before mounting the trap to the can, you're going to bend the bait/trigger loop out of shape a bit.
Note: Don't bend anything outside the yellow ellipse, if you can help it. Otherwise, you'll have to perform some painstaking tweaking of the trigger when you've finished the trap.

...when the trap is set, a length of the skewer will stand straight up in the hole, with a tight fit.
You'll put the skewer piece in later.

Step 4: Step 4

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Once you're content that you haven't screwed up the trap's trigger with all this bending, press a drop of glue into each hole, and mount the trap to the can.
Note: It's also possible to do the following steps before mounting the trap to the can; it's a matter of whatever's most convenient for you.
rasqual1 year ago
Wow.

I'm flattered, but it would have been a courtesy to at least say "a tip of the hat to Scott," since you used no photos of your own, and cut and pasted my text verbatim.

http://marquardts.org/mindspring/mice/index.htm

Attribution, man. It's what netiquette's made of. ;-)
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Did you miss the part in title about "live catch trap". That means they are not going to kill the animal. Joe
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You guys are so immature. This almost entertaining, but mostly sad...
i agree
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now ladies lets talk about the instructables. sorry robert they just had an argumenton on your instructable good jobthough im going to try this trap
robert (author)  Cinder20077 years ago
lol
They modified the trap so it does not kill it. Good job robert! Great instructable.
It closes the door. The wire mesh is attached to the killing spring of the trap. The mesh is pushed down to open the door and the trap is set. Then the "prey" enters the can over the top of the mesh and sets the trap off, trapping themselves inside. Good job BTW robert...
for nuisance pests that do damage ...cats, you can give them to the pound or animal control smae with racoons< give them to animal control or rele4ase them into the wild away from your house ....it is humaine
turner22 robert5 years ago
screw you dude if you give them a nice home wit unlimited food you're doing them a favor, tard. raccoons are some of the friendliest critters out there. go sit on an egg.
some of the frendliest critters out there? BULL-SH*T
i have a whole list of things screwed up with that but i was hoping to sleep before 1:00 am.
unless you piss them off. then theey get nasty.
wow. that's a lot of delay.
QSDR2 years ago
great way to re-distribute the potential energy of the trap, excellent.
foxpaw1592 years ago
Considering that I have had two "musicides" 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 ...
0087adam5 years ago
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.
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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.

This wire mesh might be better if it was smaller, with a tighter weave.

Have you noticed how long it takes for a mouse to try and squeeze out?
eBandit DIY-Guy2 years ago
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.
mcaliber.503 years ago
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!
anibioman4 years ago
mice are so cute
canemaker495 years ago
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.
 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 canemaker49 the mouse overlord.

Landlord if mice could pay rent.
 well if it was a fair fight based on breaking and entering, or "enter homes", 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,  DEATH TO ALL MICE WHO ENTER HOMES, I SAY. LOL
bluefly12154 years ago
this is very funny. toss that bugger in the can. :) 
mr. clean4 years ago
i think ill try the 5 gallon bucket thing im going for a fox
DavidNZ4 years ago
hey I think this is the best instructable i've seen so far =)
mowie6 years ago
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
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way TMI dude.
*pukes*
0087adam5 years ago
how clever and devious is this design, use a coat hanger to reinforce the edges of the screen to insure against escape.
Davetech5 years ago
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 %$@#&'s rotten corpse which I have to deal with. Same reason poison is a bad idea.

meddler5 years ago
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.
torrey4485 years ago
lol i thought it was soposed to kill them like flatten them but then i looked at it....
torrey4485 years ago
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
Davetech5 years ago
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.
arentnancy5 years ago
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.
nc5275 years ago
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.
Kendallkip6 years ago
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...
Bubbler6 years ago
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.
Dodgy6 years ago
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.
picbuck Dodgy6 years ago
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.
Dodgy picbuck6 years ago
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.
krajesj526 years ago
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!
krajesj526 years ago
Very ingenious device! I made one of these in less than an hour and it got a mouse within minutes. Thanks!
logic bomb7 years ago
Great Instructable! Nice to see folks using survival skills.
shooby7 years ago
Looks like a good idea to me.
nagutron7 years ago
Nice Instructable! We're trying to figure out how not to kill our rodents, here at the office...