Homemade Humane Mousetraps
simple setting enables one to catch a mouse in a way appropriate for ulterior
transportation. It is easy to build and to set up. Its main limitation is
that it only allows the entrapment of one mouse at a time (as almost every
common trap, however unlike our one-way wheel trap!). A plastic bottle containing
the bait is placed horizontally at the edge of a box, in an unstable equilibrium.
When the mouse ventures too far into the bottle, the latter topples vertically
in the box and the mouse is caught. Nice for the mouse: it has nothing better
to do than peacefully eat the prepared bait, before being carried away...
effort and creativity is necessary to build it but it is the only home-made
trap we know that can catch all the mice you have in your house at once, without
any external intervention ("flushing"). The trap's entrance is a
wheel than can turn only in one direction. From the outside the mouse climbs
on it and reaches its top (our mice love to climb). At the moment the mouse
crosses this unstable position, the wheel starts to turn (by the gravity acting
on the mouse), accelerating it into the trap. Once inside, the mouse cannot
climb again on the wheel because the latter starts turning towards it.
When a friend told us she had a mouse in her appartement but didn't want to kill-while-catching it we started thinking about non-harming mousetraps to help her solve her problem.
We currently cannot guarantee by any means the efficiency of our traps with wild mice. We are only awaiting your own experiences to build relevant statistics, which we consider will build (or precisely not) the ultimate confirmation.
Pascal B. and Aric G., November 2005