Build a Better Mouse Trap

Build a Better Mouse Trap

The author's friend set up this mouse trap in his off the grid cabin. Photo: Jim Baird

The Ultimate Mousetrap 

1. Make holes in either end of a jar and push a spindle through.

2. Wrap a bit of tape around the spindle at tither end of the jar so the jar does not slide along the spindle.

3. Smear peanut butter all over the jar.

4. Lay the spindle over the top of a bucket and secure it to the rim of the bucket with tape.

5. Prop boards up on either side of the bucket at either end if the spindle to create ramps.

6. Fill the bucket about 1/3ed full with antifreeze.

How it works:

The mice run up the ramp, across the spindle, and onto the jar to get the peanut butter. The jar spins and drops them into the antifreeze where they drown. The antifreeze prevents the mice from rotting. It is effective for catching multiple mice.

Note: don’t leave this where a dog can get to it. Antifreeze has a sweet taste to dogs and is very toxic to them.

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.