If you want to mousetrap the produces results, consider the rolling log mousetrap. They don’t have dangerous snapping parts. Rolling log mouse traps are incredibly effective and they are also easy to use, inexpensive to make and can catch many mice in one night. With the rolling log mousetrap there is no need to use poison to get rid of mice.

Do rolling log mousetraps work?

Rolling log mousetraps work (Some people call them Cambodian or Mexican mousetraps). They are considered one of the best-designed mousetraps in the world. What’s more, rolling log mousetraps are eco-friendly. Since they don’t use dangerous poisons, you don’t have to worry about your pets or other animals in your home.

Are rolling log mousetraps safe?

Rolling log mouse traps are safe because they don’t use poisons or dangerous snapping mechanisms. When you use poisons to get rid of mice, you are putting your children and pets in danger. The roller log is safe to use to trap mice.

Because a rolling log mousetrap is nontoxic, there is no cleanup required. All you need is a bit of peanut butter on the rolling log as bait. Cleaning is simple.

Are rolling log mousetraps humane?

While other traps require dangerous snapping parts or toxic poisons, rolling log mousetraps offer a humane way to get rid of mice and other rodents. Once you catch the mouse, you can release the mouse far from your home.

What are the advantages of a rolling log mousetrap?

The greatest advantage of a rolling mousetrap is that it doesn’t require a reset. Due to its design, a rolling mousetrap can continue to catch mice without any action on your part. There is no risk of snapped fingers with a rolling log mousetrap.

The rolling mousetrap is a great DIY mousetrap. It is cheap to make. You can make a great rolling log mousetrap from recycled materials. It’s easy to find five-gallon buckets in the back of restaurants and retail stores. Virtually, every part of the rolling log mousetrap can be built from recycled materials.

Another advantage of this type of mousetrap is that it doesn’t require a battery. Many of the battery-operated mousetraps cannot be used outdoors. Battery-operated mousetraps are intended for indoor use only. Because there are no electronics in rolling log mousetraps, you can use them indoors and outdoors.

Rolling mousetraps are highly sensitive. These mousetraps are easily triggered. Only a few grams of off-balanced weight will turn the rolling log, causing the mouse to fall in the bucket.

One rolling mousetrap can catch a lot of mice. In one night, you could catch up to 15 mice with a single rolling mousetrap.

The rolling log mousetrap doesn’t use any chemicals or dangerous snapping parts.

How does a rolling log mousetrap work?

A rolling log mousetrap is a simple yet smart design. The most basic element of this type of mousetrap is a rolling log which could be made out of a piece of PVC pipe. You could use wooden or metal rolling logs too. Tin cans make excellent rolling logs.

First, of course, you need the bait on the rolling log. Peanut butter spread on the rolling log need is a five-gallon bucket.

You will need at least one but preferably two ramps to lead the mouse up the top of the bucket. It’s best to have the wooden ramps leading up to both ends of your rolling log on top of your five-gallon bucket.

Are mice smart enough to avoid a rolling log mousetrap?

Rolling log mousetraps work, meaning, mice cannot avoid them. If you have a mice infestation, and you set up mousetraps correctly, mice will be caught in the traps. It’s that simple.

If you are not catching mice with your traps, you haven’t set up the mousetraps correctly.

Here is what you can do to ensure that mice don’t avoid a rolling log mousetrap:

  •  Place the mousetraps where you heard or saw mice in the past. Please the traps where mice are the most active. Generally, mice infestation is in garages, cabinets, garden sheds, attics, corners, behind furniture and appliances. For outdoor infestation, place your mousetraps near fence lines, pool filter pumps, and patio walls.
  • Use the right mousetrap bait. Cheese is not the best bait for getting rid of mice. Without a doubt, peanut butter is the best bait for a rolling log mousetrap.
  • Check the rolling log mousetrap once a day. You should visually inspect your traps daily. A broken trap won’t catch any mice. Make sure to check your traps frequently. When you check, you can clear out any mice or debris to ensure the trap continues to catch mice for you.

How do you make a rolling log mousetrap?

To make a rolling mousetrap you will need:

  • Five-gallon plastic bucket – If you want to make it a kill trap, you can add water to the bucket. You can leave the water out if you just want to relocate the mice.
  • Rolling log – The rolling log can be made of PVC pipe, metal pipe, tin can, beer can or wood.
  • Two bearings – There will be one ball bearing on each end of the rolling log. The bearings will make sure the rolling log spins easily. The two bearings should fit snuggly inside the metal pipe.
  • Two bolts and screws – The bearings should easily slide on the bolts you buy.
  • Peanut butter – You’ll smear some peanut butter in the middle of the rolling log. Mice cannot resist peanut butter. The most important thing here is to spread the peanut butter equally to make sure the rolling log spins easily.
  • Obstacle – If you add an obstacle in the middle of the rolling log, you will trap more mice with your trap. The obstacle is a simple ring in the middle of the log. You can use a wood or plastic ring as the obstacle. Because the mouse has to climb over the obstacle, it will more likely lose balance and fall in the bucket.
  • Drill with 3/8 drill bit – You will drill holes on each side of the five-gallon bucket. The holes will hold the rolling log.
  • Two wooden ramps – The mice will use the ramps to climb on the bucket.

But, how do you make a rolling mousetrap?

Making a rolling mousetrap

Make sure to wear protective gear when making the rolling mousetrap.

Step 1 – Get all the parts listed above

Step 2 – Drill holes

You will need to drill a 3/8 hole on the side of the five-gallon plastic bucket. You need to find a flat surface about two inches from the top of your bucket.

Then, on the opposite side drill the second hole. Make sure the second hole is the same distance from the top of the bucket at the first.

Step 3 – Assemble bolts and bearings

Take a bolt – be sure the shoulder is toward the threads – and slide the bearing on it. Then screw the nut to the bearing. Tighten it so it firmly holds the bearing. Make sure the bearing spins freely after you have tightened the nut. Next, place the bolt with the bearing in the hole from the inside of the bucket and tighten it with another nut. You will do the same on the other side of the bucket.

Measure from bearing shoulder to shoulder. The distance should be around 10 and 3/8, but you need to make your own measurements.

Step 4 – Tap bearings in metal pipe

You need to tap the outside of the bearing as you hammer it inside your metal pipe. You may need to sand the inside of your pipe to be able to tap the bearings in. After you have hammered the bearings in the two sides of the metal pipe the bolts should still turn freely inside.

Step 5 – Install the obstacle

Before you install the rolling log in the bucket, you need to install the obstacle. The obstacle should be placed in the center of the rolling log. You could cut a wood or plastic ring the fits snuggly around the rolling log. The mouse will try to climb over the obstacle and lose balance and fall in the bucket.

Step 6 – Place the pipe inside the holes

Stick the pipe inside the two holes in the side of your five-gallon bucket. You may need to squeeze the bucket to get the pipe in place. Once inside the holes, the rolling log should spin freely and easily.

Now, you can see your rolling log mousetrap taking shape.

Step 7 – Cut two ramps

Cut two wooden ramps. Make sure the ramps aren’t too steep to make it easier for the mice to climb on the bucket.

Step 8 – Test the rolling log mousetrap

You may have just built the last mousetrap you will ever need. It’s time to test it.

What is the best homemade mousetrap?

The best and one of the easiest DIY mousetrap is the rolling log mousetrap. Suspend an empty can on a wire over an empty five-gallon bucket. Apply chunky peanut butter on the middle of an empty beer or tin can.  When the mouse tries to reach the peanut butter the rolling log – empty can – starts to spin. As a result, the mouse loses its balance and falls inside the bucket. For the mouse, there is no escape from the bucket. Once trapped, you can easily relocate the mouse.

Can a mouse jump out of a bucket mousetrap?

It’s unlikely, but a mouse may be able to jump out of a five-gallon bucket. Mice are excellent jumpers. If you add water to the bottom of the bucket, this is not an issue. But to put water at the bottom of the bucket is not a humane way to get rid of mice.

The bottom line is that a rolling log bucket mousetrap is an effective way to get rid of mice. It’s a mousetrap that’s worth making or even buying. They are popular because they work. The rolling log mousetrap is safe to use and is inexpensive to build or buy. There is no need to reset a rolling log mouse trap. It can trap many mice without any work on your part. If you have a mice infestation, consider a rolling log mousetrap.