Introduction: Bucket Mouse Trap (kill or No Kill)

Catching mice is easy with a bucket mouse trap. Mice walk up the ramps, jump to the peanut butter which is applied to a round container and spins when the mice land on them. When you wake in the morning you'll either have drowned mice or, if you choose to not kill them, a bucket full of mice.

Happy Hunting!

Step 1: Parts and Tools


5 gallon bucket

2" PVC coupler

2 X 2" PVC end caps

Wire hanger

You'll need something to use as ramps. We found some cardboard and foam board lying around the house. You can use yard sticks, small pieces of wood, or anything the mice can use to get to the edge of the bucket.



Small drill bit (the size of the wire hanger)


Step 2: Wire Hanger

The wire hanger should be wider than the bucket. Cut the long and straight part of the wire hanger using pliers.

Step 3: Prepping the Bucket

Drill two small holes near the top of the bucket to thread the hanger.

Step 4: Preparing the Roller

Assemble the roller by inserting the end caps into the coupler. Drill a small hole into the center of both couplers.

Step 5: Threading the Wire

Thread the wire hanger that you cut through the holes in the bucket and the holes in the PVC end caps. Using pliers turn up about an inch at either end of the wire to keep the wire from sliding out of the bucket.

Step 6: The Bait

Spread peanut butter evenly around the cylinder.

Step 7: Finished

All you have left to do is lean a couple of ramps against the edge of the bucket. You can use anything as a ramp from yard sticks to cardboard (as shown in picture).

Step 8: Kill or No Kill

Kill: Fill the bucket with 4" of water

No Kill: Plan on taking your bucket outside to free the mice that loved the peanut butter spread all over your new mouse trap.