Somebody give this man a medal, a patent, and a manufacturing plant. This is genius. I know it’s cliched to say someone built a better mousetrap but some guy named Larry did that with his DIY Motion Sensing Vacuum Mouse Trap. He used an infrared motion wall switch hooked up to a mini-shop vacuum via extension cord. A paper towel tube and some peanut butter for the bait complete the trap. The mouse goes near the sensor, the shop vac turns on for 3 seconds and phhhhrreup- in goes the mouse.
The mice get collected inside the shop vac. No mess, no muss, no fuss. The neat part is that it can catch multiple mice since once it’s snagged one, it just resets again. It might even be effective at catching some giant cockroaches too, if they set off the motion sensor. For a DIY, it actually doesn’t seem that difficult to do on your own and not too expensive- small shop vacs like this Stanley one or the ones I’ve seen in Lowes run about $30, or you might even have one lying around your house or garage.
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