6 Amazing Homemade Mouse Traps – Simple DIY No-Kill Traps

Do you have mice or rats in your home? If you do, you will probably want to do something to get rid of the problem. Because nobody likes a messy home covered in rat droppings and gnaw marks. Also, having rats is very dangerous as they carry harmful diseases that can even spread from their feces and urine. It simply means there’s no choice when you have rats in your home except finding the most effective ways to get rid of them. Mice or rat infestations need to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Fortunately, there is an array of options to go with such as traps, natural repellents, and home remedies. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. Well, I’m not here to debate the advantages and disadvantages of different methods. This piece of writing is all about homemade mouse traps. I am a big fan of DIY and, therefore, always wanted to share some ways to make mouse taps at home.

I personally prefer the idea of no-kill DIY mouse traps that don’t actually harm the animals. In fact, these traps just capture the rodent so that you can release it somewhere far away from your house. So, let’s discuss some amazing mouse traps that you can easily make at home:

1. DIY Bucket Mouse Trap Homemade

This is one of the simplest and effective ways to trap the rodents. However, it can be a little tricky to set up, but it gets the job done when placed properly. To make this mousetrap, you need a bucket, a coin, a cardboard paper towel or toilet paper tube, and some bait. Bucket Mouse Trap - paper towel roll

Bucket Mouse Trap – paper towel roll

  • Take a bucket and everything you need and keep at one place
  • Take the paper towel roll and crease it flat on one side
  • Take the roll and balance it on the edge of the counter with the flat side down
  • Make sure one end is leaning off of the counter
  • For perfect balance, place a coin to the top of the tube as it will keep it from falling off the edge
  • Place bait at the end of one of the tube, the end that is leaning over the bucket
  • Make sure there is a deep bucket under the opening of the tube to capture the mouse or rat

Your trap is ready now and when the rodent will crawl through the tube to get the bait, the tube will tip over. Ultimately, the tube will push the rodent down in the bucket. You can check the bucket on a frequent basis and once captured release the rodent far away from your house.

Bucket Mouse Trap – tin can rolling

If you have trouble making the first one, here’s another simple way to make bucket mouse trap. You need a few items like 5-gallon bucket, dowel, tin can, peanut butter, and scrap of wood for ramp.Bucket Mouse Trap - tin can rolling

Start with drilling holes at the top of the bucket, on two opposite sides

  • Take the tin can and drill holes in the middle of each flat side
  • Take the dowel and insert it through the bucket holes and the tin can holes
  • Make sure the dowel is inserted from one side and came out from the opposite one
  • The tin can should be right in the middle of the bucket, at the top
  • Bait the tin can with peanut butter and add a ramp for the mice to get up the bucket
  • Wait for rodents to walk the ramp, get the bait and slip right into the bucket

So, you have two ways to make the bucket mouse trap. Choose whatever suits you the most and catch rats or mice quickly. You can also get rolling mouse trap of Plan Life on Amazon if you like


2. DIY Walk the Plank Mouse Trap

This is one of the most creative ways to catch the rodents. Unlike glue trap, snap trap and all other methods, walk the plank is reusable and catch multiple rodents. You will not have to install multiple traps to make your home rodent-free. To make this trap you will need plywood, glue stick, divots, driller, wood screws, solid wood, plastic, and a bucket.

walk blank mouse trap

Here’s how to make Plank Mouse Trap Homemade

  • Take two pieces of plywood and cut them out on the bandsaw
  • Make holes and punch pivots in a way to make a ramp for the mouse
  • Drill them to make two larger holes for wood screws
  • Make a tiny hole in the corner for a pivot
  • Cut out the two pieces of solid wood, one as a rectangular block with a few holes into the sides and the back
  • Cut out the ramp piece with bumps on either side
  • Use plastic top to make the ramp more effective
  • Install a magnet in the back before mounting the pivot ramp
  • Mount the ramp in the bracket and screw the other half on to lock it in place
  • Put a wood with a hole to make a way for mouse to get up to the ramp
  • Put the right bait on the ramp with some traces on the wood itself
  • The ramp will reset itself to catch more than one mouse or rat

This can be a bit challenging for you as it requires a lot of steps. As the trap is quite difficult to make, you can also buy it online. It looks exactly the video you have seen on Youtube.


3. Bottle Mouse Trap Homemade

This is probably one of the easiest DIY mouse traps. All you need is a plastic bottle, some bait, duct tape, and something slippery like Vaseline. Try to use a 1-liter bottle as it will be long and narrow. Also, make sure the bottle is transparent and made of thin plastic.


Here’s how to make Bottle Mouse Trap Homemade

  • Take the bottle and cut around its circumference one inch from the place where it starts to taper toward the cap
  • Do not cut the top completely off as it is going to work as a door that will shut off
  • Place the bottle on its side with the hinge on the table and mark two points on the side
  • Mark points, one on the right side and one on the left side of the cut, approximately one centimeter from the place it has been cut
  • Rotate the bottle and place symmetrical marks on the other side
  • Insert two five-inch wooden skewers into the bottle and press them through the bottle from one point to the other
  • Make sure that the skewers pass through the points in two parallel lines running perpendicular to the bottle’s orientation
  • Insert the third skewer into the end of the bottle
  • Bait the end of the skewer which is inside the bottle
  • Unscrew the cap and affix a string to the bottle
  • Make sure the string is as long as the bottle
  • Screw the cap back to the bottle with a string still partway inside
  • Place rubber bands or elastic hair ties around the two skewers with the hinge on the upper side of the bottle
  • Loop one band on the left side of the bottle and another on the right side
  • Tie the other end of the string around the skewer out the far end
  • Bait and place the trap along a wall or in an area where you suspect maximum rodent activity
  • Once captured, take the rodent away from your home and release

Making a bottle mouse trap is very easy as it does not have a complex design. Also, you don’t need so many things to make it.


4. Shoebox Trap DIY

Yes, you can use your show box to make a mouse trap. It is one of the simplest traps that do not require too much material. Take a thick shoebox so that mice can’t chew it and escape.

shoes box mouse trap

Here’s how to make Shoebox Mouse Trap by your self

  • Take a shoe box and cut a hole out of the top
  • Get a piece of paper and cut it in half
  • Tape two pieces of paper to form a trap door
  • Place a little bit of bait on the trapped doors
  • Make sure you don’t put too much bait on the papers
  • Rodents will come to enjoy the bait and will fall under the box
  • Take the box away from your home and release the rodent

Keep in mind that mice and rats are smart and they chew the cardboard. So check the trap frequently and empty it as soon as possible.


5. Glass Traps DIY simplest way 🙂

This is one of the simplest and cost-effective ways to catch mice and smaller rats. All you need is a glass, a coin, and the right bait. You can also take something bigger like a container if there are big rats around. However, it should be heavy enough so that the rodent can’t escape.Glass mouse trap

Here’s how to make it:

  • Take the glass container and place it on the floor
  • Bait the bottom of the glass with some rodent favorite food such as peanut butter
  • Place the glass upside down but not completely
  • Use a coin to prop it up at one end
  • Make sure that the glass balances properly on the coin
  • Once the mouse or rat will go in for the food, the coin will fall and the glass will come down
  • The rodent will be trapped and you can release it away from your home

While using this trap, you may find little bit difficulty in balancing the glass on the coin. Secondly, taking the glass up with rodent inside it can be tricky.


6. Toilet Paper Roll Tube

This is a humanely and inexpensive method of catching mice. To make this simple trap, you need just a toilet paper, rat favorite food, and a bucket.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Get a toilet paper tube and form a flat sided tunnel on one side
  • Put the bait on one end of the tube
  • Put the tube on the edge of a table or counter with the bait on hanging side
  • Get a bucket or a trash can and place it beneath the tube
  • When the mouse or rat will come to get the treat, it will fall into the bucket

Making and using this trap is extremely simple but you may have to set it up again and again. Or you can hang it in a way that it does not fall into the bucket, only the rodent should.


When you have mice infestation, there is no shortage of traps, poisons, and repellents available. However, if you don’t want to kill or hurt the tiny animal, you will have to be pretty creative. Don’t worry as you can easily make the above-mentioned traps at home. These are some humanely ways to catch the rodents. Once they get captured, you can release them anywhere far away from your house.

Mouse traps can be a little expensive, especially when you need a lot of them. If this is the case, you have the option to make cheap, effective mousetraps at home with everyday items. When it comes to homemade mouse traps, those described above are the most effective. They are the easiest and cheapest ways to deal with the mice infestation. However, a severe problem may require you to buy some smart traps or get professional help.

When it comes to releasing the trapped rodents, I would suggest not releasing them near the residential area. They tend to come back and infest the residential areas again and again. Therefore, try to leave them in woody areas or forest area so that they don’t infest again.

So be a little creative and get rid of those tiny, furry creatures that are damaging both your property and health…

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