Make A DIY No-Kill Mousetrap With A Toilet Paper Roll

Make A DIY No-Kill Mousetrap With A Toilet Paper Roll

Have a rodent problem but don’t have the stomach for traditional mousetraps? Blogger Chris Glass details his simple, inexpensive method for catching a mouse without a mousetrap.

His simple methodology?

  1. Get a toilet paper tube and crease two lines to form a flat sided tunnel.
  2. Put a treat on one end of the tube: A cracker and dab of peanut butter works great.
  3. Get a tall (at least 20 inches) bucket. A trash can works well.
  4. Balance the tube precariously on the edge of a table or counter with the treat hanging directly over the tall sided receptacle.
  5. The mouse will scurry to the treat (they like tunnels) and fall into the trap.

Set the fella loose at least a mile away from your abode.

Postnote: It worked within the hour.

You can’t argue with success.

How to catch a mouse without a mousetrap [Chris Glass via DIY Life]


  • That is awesome.. I’m going to try that tonight

    I think the same could be done for roaches.. but In the bucket you would need to put water.. because if not they could fly out.. They also don’t weigh as much.. but hey its worth a shot

  • This would work even better if the tube was along a wall and hanging over the edge, as rodents tend to follow walls. It’s similar to the method of catching escaped pet mice – put a postpak tube (with one end sealed) on the floor along a wall and they’ll generally find their way in.

  • Bunnings has a clever humane mouse trap for about $2. It’s a blue and yellow plastic tube with a square profile and a bend in the middle. Open the cap at one end and place peanut butter. Close cap. Open the door at the other end and prop up on the legs. As the mouse advances through the tube toward the peanut butter its weight causes the trap to tilt and the door snaps shut. If you don’t want the mouse to suffocate the instructions advise drilling a hole in the door.
    This trap works well as it can be left on the floor where the mouse likes to run around.

  • Worked really well, a great idea!
    It’s nice to add an old tea towel at the bottom of the trash can, so they have a safe cushioned landing. I worried that they might hurt themselves falling from such a height.

  • well this will work fine if you can get the mouse up ton a counter, BUT those little suckers run along the floor more than they do on counters. So while this may work on elevated areas it wont work when the mice are on the floor…

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