Want to know how to trap a rat or mouse. First, I should start this with saying – to me a mouse or a rat both are the same. They are rodents and in my mind better off dead. The thought of mice in the walls or rats in the garage irks me. Me and rodents are NOT friends.
No More Rats
Tonight was dinner with an art group I’m apart of. I’m stuck in the middle of an extra long booth between 2 people I don’t know very well. Out of the corner of my eye, I see it. A rat scurrying across the restaurant floor, under a table to a booth maybe 10 feet away from me.
YUCK. PANIC. CAN’T MOVE. I totally have a rat phobia. I know that mice/rats are God’s creation – but they might as well be God’s creation to disturb me. My deathly fear of these things paralyzes me.
When we moved into our home several years ago, we were the only ones in the neighborhood. A field mouse had gotten in the living room. I caught it out of the corner of my eye one day and for a WEEK I avoided the living room. I tiptoed my way around it. Of course, the mouse wasn’t still there. But I just couldn’t do it.
Our garage tends to still attract these rodents. Rodents = rats/mice in my mind people. Rodents on your roof, in your walls, the smell, the crap they leave – it’s all disgusting. Here is his latest rodent catching “technique” that we’ve used to rid our home of rats and mice.
Yes, this is like the redneck version of the board game, Mouse Trap. That’s right, this is a redneck bucket trap. I know this sounds corny, and people think I am totally kidding when I tell them about this – but guys, THIS TOTALLY WORKS for ridding your house or rats.
Redneck Bucket Rat Trap
Here is what you will need for the redneck bucket trap for catching rodents:
- Large bucket (the orange buckets from Home Depot would work great)
- Ramp (this can be a 2/4 cut to the appropriate size)
- Can (we used a tomato paste can)
- Dish soap
- Peanut butter (the rats aren’t picky, you can use generic)
- Wire coat hanger
- So now you have a bucket, a ramp, a can and peanut butter. You will take need to drill a hole thru the can (see illustration below.)
- Un-ravel the wire coat hanger, place thru the can and hook onto the side of the bucket.
- Fill the bucket with water, about halfway. Drop a few squirts of dish soap into the bucket.
- Place the 2×4 or whatever you are using as a ramp onto the side of the bucket.
- Put a glob of peanut butter smack on the can.
- The rodents run up the ramp, go to eat the peanut butter, slip and fall into the bucket which is filled with water.I also should note – make sure to put a few drops of soap into the water for good measure.
Natural Way to Kill Mice
The rodents run up the ramp, go to eat the peanut butter, slip and fall into the bucket which is filled with water.I also should note – make sure to put a few drops of soap into the water for good measure.
The rodents die from drowning. Make sure to check and dump the bucket out at least once a day.
The downside of this natural pest remover is if you place this somewhere you can hear the splashes. When we had just moved into our first home, we had a major field mice problem and my computer was next to the garage. I could hear splashes all day long. Not fun, but neither is a garage full of mice.
There you have it, a redneck bucket rat trap.
I wish I could say that this was a joke, but the husband swears by it. “I’ve caught a ton”.
Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Mice
Here are some other home remedies to get rid of mice naturally that our readers have recommended:
Peppermint Essential Oil
Essential oils to get rid of mice? Some people swear by it! Here’s what is recommended. Place peppermint essential oil on cotton balls. Plug up any holes with the cotton balls, and leave thru out the garage, attic or other locations that are infested with mice or rats.
Cats Catching Rats and Mice
Cats are a natural predator for mice and rats. The downside, these lovely pets want to show you their catch. It’s one thing to have a dead rat, it’s another when your cat brings the dead body to you. Some people have dogs that will chase mice and rats. Our dogs, not so much.
Mothballs to Repell Rodents
Some people swear mothballs work great for getting rid of mice, others say no. It may depend on the level of infestation as well.
Rats As Pets
I know, I KNOW – I have seen the comments on what great pets rats can be. Nope, sorry not for me – goodbye. I just can’t and won’t. I mean, I can’t even walk down the aisle at Petsmart that has mice. NO, nope, not for me.
Call me paranoid, call me a freak – just don’t call me if you see a rodent. The only downside of this trap – hearing the constant SPLASHES and knowing what exactly that means.