Build a better mouse trap

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

Working on a project now where there is evidence of mice.


We all know that mice like to come into houses just to keep warm or to to enjoy the AC.  It really doesn't have a lot to do with cleanliness of the home owner.   I has to do with having a door way in.


My brother has a cabin up North that's abandoned for several months at a time and the mice like to come in a visit     He  told me, years ago, to place a bucket of water in a room with a little bleach in it ad a little ramp to get into the water but they can't get out.  Apparently the mice can't swim for a long time and they drown and the bleach will keep down the odors.


While working on this project I thought that I would give the bucket a little try.   Within hours of the basement being left alone poof we had one little culprit.


My wonderfully talented handyman, after finding the doorway for the mice, built this ramp.   They can now walk the ramp down to the bucket without falling.


Now we will set out to fix the doorway and find others.


Enjoy your laugh.

build a better mouse trap

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Comments (12)

Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

The most important point with mice is to try to seal up all cracks and crevices to prevent entry in the first place. We once had a mouse that was so ornery, I threatened to name him Jerry!

Aug 10, 2011 01:03 AM
Susan Morrison
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA

Good morning Virginia- I guess this is what cats are good for!!!

Aug 10, 2011 01:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Virginia- Whoa.. never heard about this trick but guess it makes some sense until you can close the entry. 

Aug 10, 2011 01:28 AM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

AARRRGGGGHHHHH, Make them walk the plank me bucko.... also , peanut butter on traps is very effective (you'll have to carry them out afterwards)

Aug 10, 2011 02:26 AM
Beth Pressler

Ha!  Love it!  Very creative indeed! Yes, peanut butter works much better than the "traditional" cheese!

Aug 10, 2011 02:39 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
I don't like mice at all so glad you found a way around this.
Aug 10, 2011 03:08 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

EEEEEEEEEEEEK!  Reminds me of a David Sedaris story!

Aug 10, 2011 04:27 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Yikes Virginia that is certainly one different way to catch a mouse!

Aug 10, 2011 05:24 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I'm so glad to see that my AR community has a sense of humor.

Tomorrow we will hit all the entry points with "great stuff" and see if that stems the flow.

I like the bucket because I don't have to touch a trap.   Just dump the bucket.

Aug 10, 2011 04:18 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Virginia--I must say you and the handyman are very creative.  Hopefully you seal out the mice.  They certainly are unwanted tenants!

Aug 10, 2011 10:05 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

No rascals for 4 days so I would say we have found the holes and filled them

Aug 14, 2011 12:31 AM
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

I thought the "mouse trap" was going to be figurative, not literal!


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