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Here’s yet another scheme for a DIY mousetrap that doesn’t starve, decapitate, or Ebola-fy the guts of the vermin in your house. In fact, with all the cereal in the trap here, that’s gonna be one mighty mouse by the time you release him in the field across the street. Oh, I get it, he’ll be so freakin’ fat, he won’t be able to scamper back across the street when you catch and release.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. shbazjinkens says:

    I don’t think my mice will fit through the hole.

  2. vigodits says:

    I suggest putting a daub of white paint on your captured mouse’s back so you will recognize him/her when he/she returns to your buffet.

  3. ahclem says:

    You’d be amazed by how small a hole the little bastards can squeeze through.

    My only concern is the (20) holes near the bottom. A desperate mouse could, very quickly, enlarge them enough to make its escape.

    Neat idea, though.

  4. Jason0x21 says:

    “Across the street” isn’t nearly far enough to keep mice from coming back into your house. At least a mile away is more or less required to make sure they don’t come back.

  5. shoomaker says:

    This same trap works very well for catching minnows too. Put some dry dog food in there and toss it in the lake on a rope. Pull it in tomorrow and you will commonly have more minnows than you would immagine could fit in that space – sort of like a can of sardines.

  6. molly says:

    How does it work?