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this a live catch trap for a small nuisances such as the mouse, rat and is very simple and effective ....enjoy!
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Step 1: Step 1

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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

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.
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rasqual2 years ago

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.

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
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 is humaine
turner22 robert6 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
canemaker496 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
bluefly12155 years ago
this is very funny. toss that bugger in the can. :) 
mr. clean5 years ago
i think ill try the 5 gallon bucket thing im going for a fox
DavidNZ5 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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