Build an Effective Plastic Bottle Mouse Trap

We often use mousetraps of many forms – ranging from the traditional ones or the thickly glued paper or board that we have on the market these days.  We need to eliminate rats in our house since they usually eat our food or worst, our things like clothes and shoes and they’re also known to carry diseases.

If you are having a hard time using the traditional mousetrap since you are afraid that your finger might get snapped or you want to be able to catch a mouse or rate humanely, well… the long wait is over, since we will be making a fairly safe but effective plastic bottle mousetrap.  This is highly convenient and cheap as well.  


Step 1:  Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • Plastic bottle with edges
  • A pair of chopsticks
  • Long nose pliers
  • cutter
  • yarn or a thick thread
  • 2 pcs. Rubber
  • A small piece of smelly bait (e.g. beef jerky)
  • A piece of small paper clip

Step 2:  Cut the 3 sides of the plastic bottle.  Leave the wide part intact.  Cut it 5 to 7 inches just below the cap.

Step 3:  The bottle should look like this when it is bent.  It should look like a flapping bottle.

Step 4:  Put a small hole on the longer side of the bottle near the opening flap on the lower side.  The hole should be enough to accommodate the thickness of the chopsticks.  Make a pair of hole for this one.

Step 5:  Make another pair of hole on the shorter flap of the bottle.  This should be aligned to the hole on the longer flap.

Step 6:  Take note that the hole should be parallel to each other.

Step 7:  Put the chopsticks now on the upper bottle flap or the shorter side of the bottle which carries the cap.

Step 8:  Put the other chopsticks on the lower bottle flap or the longer side of the bottle.

Step 9:  Cut the excess chopsticks on the side but make sure to leave at least 1 to 2 centimeters on each side.

Step 10:  Remove the cap from the bottle head and tie the thread on the head.  Return the cap to secure the thread firmly.  Make a small knot at the other end of the thread.  This will hold the bait later on.  Make sure that the thread is not too long and not too short when the bottle flap is open.

Step 11:  Straighten one end of the paper clip.  The other end should remain as is.  This will look like a hook.

Step 12:  Put the bait on the hook.  The bait that is used here is a beef jerky.  Choose a bait that is very smelly to attract the mouse fairly well.

Step 13:  Place the rubber bands on each side of the exposed chopsticks.

Step 14:  Put a small hole on the butt or the extreme end of the plastic bottle.  This should be aligned to the bottle neck.  Place the bait hook through the hole and carefully hook the loop of the thread that is connected to the bottle head.   

Step 15:  Done!  You can now tactically place your mousetrap in your home or camp area.

Once the mouse enters the plastic bottle and eats the bait, the thread will let go, thus the bottle flap will close since the flap is forced by the rubbers placed on the sides.  This is safe for humans since this will not cut your fingers at all if ever you make any mistake in placing the bait.

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