An easy (and safe) way to get rid of chipmunks, mice, voles, and other rodents

WARNING: The trap is deadly for chipmunks, mice, voles, and other rodents in campers, RVs, camps, houses, barns, sheds, outdoors, well damn, anywhere you use it!

My previous article,  An easy and very effective way to get rid of chipmunks (and mice too!), explained how to make a very easy and effective trap for chipmunks, mice, voles, and other rodents. Unfortunately, it didn’t contain any pictures.

So here is the explanation one more time with pictures!

Material needed:

  • 5 gallon plastic bucket
  • Piece of wood @2-3 inches wide by 4 feet long
  • Black oil Sunflower seeds with the shells
  • Water

But first: WARNING! Do not use this bucket trap where children can fall into the bucket head first. Small children will not be able to get out of the bucket and may drown!

5 gal bucket for chipmunk and mouse trap

5 gal bucket for chipmunk and mouse trap

Black Sunflower seeds (with shells) for chipmunk and mouse trap

Black Sunflower seeds (with shells) for chipmunk and mouse trap

Wooden ramp for chipmunk and mouse trap

Wooden ramp for chipmunk and mouse trap

Place the bucket where it will be located. Fill it about 1/2 way with water (bucket can be filled prior to placement and moved into place if desired)

Place the wood with one end extending over the bucket and the other on the ground. Only about 2-3 inches needs to extend over the edge of the bucket. If you find the wood won’t stay well and slides down, a nail or screw can be driven about 1 inch from the end. This screw or nail will then hook over the edge of the bucket, keeping the wood in place. Make sure the nail or screw does not extend above the wood, this may stop the chipmunk or mouse from getting close enough to the edge of the bucket to look in and decide to grab all the seeds for themselves…

Slowly pour Sunflower seeds into the bucket. You want to cover the entire surface of water but not put so many seeds in as to make a solid surface. Scooping them in by hand may work better for you.

Pouring seeds in bucket

Pouring seeds in bucket

Spread a few seeds around the bucket and up the ramp. Not too many, you want the chipmunks and mice to follow the trail up the ramp to the gold mine within!

Placing sunflower seeds on the ramp of the chipmunk and mouse trap

Placing sunflower seeds on the ramp of the chipmunk and mouse trap

Check the bucket in a few days. I suggest emptying it at least every 3 or 4 days anyway. The seeds will eventually sink, exposing the water. Also, after a few days the seeds will begin to stink.

And here are a few pictures of the results:

3 chipmunks in trap

3 chipmunks in trap

And this is the result of just a few days of leaving the trap in one place:

10 mice killed using the bucket trap

10 mice killed using the bucket trap

If you have children or animals you need to keep out of the trap, cut a circle out of a cover and place the cover on the trap. Here is a cover I made up:

Cover for chipmunk and mouse trap

Cover for chipmunk and mouse trap

I would spread a few seeds on the surface of the cover to keep the buggers looking for more.

For winter use, water cannot be used because it will freeze. RV antifreeze can be used instead. DO NOT use automotive antifreeze, it is toxic to people, all animals and the environment.

RV antifreeze

RV antifreeze

Have you used this trap? Did you find it worked great? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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