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Got a home infestation on your hands? Before you call the exterminator, try these solutions to rid yourself of insects, rodents, and more.
You Will Need
- A trash can
- Some newspaper
- An empty paper towel or toilet paper roll
- Some tape
- Some bait, like cheese or peanut butter
Position trash can
Put an empty trash can below the edge of a table or counter, add a garbage can liner, and fill the bottom with crumpled newspaper.
Set the trap
Place an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll on the end the counter or table, letting one side hang just a bit over the edge, directly over the trash can. Secure it in place with tape.
Add the bait
Place some bait—like a dab of peanut butter or a piece of cheese, or both—at the very end of the roll, on the side above the trash can.
Wait for Mickey to take the bait. Rodents like food and love tunnels, so it’s just a matter of time before he sees or smells the treat, scampers through the roll to get it, and tumbles into the trash can.
Take the trash can far away, ideally to a wooded area, and tip it on its side, setting Mickey free.
Repeat with a new paper roll. Rodents can sense the recent presence of a fellow rodent and might not fall for your little scam if you use the same roll.