2020-05-20 22:23:08 UTC
We all know the saying, "if you build a better mousetrap..."
Here's a great DIY trap - it's pretty simple. (Also, if you prefer, AND the bucket is deep enough, you can put 2 inches of water in the bottom. You don't want the water to be too high, and you don't want it accessible to pets or children, of course.)
One nice thing about it is that the video itself is non-verbal, so it's intelligible to any interested person in the world with Internet access!
I suspect one reason it works is that it doesn't look anything like a regular trap, even though any mouse or rat could detect the human smell on it.
There's also a video - from Cambodia? - that's even simpler. The cardboard was replaced by a sticky piece of long tubing, maybe an inch across, that was longer on one side of the wire than the other, so that the edge of the bucket would stop it. So, aside from the drill and the wire clipper, all you needed was the bucket, the "ramp," the thick wire, the tubing, and the bait. The problem was that the bait seemed to come off too easily.