Making your own glue for mouse traps from a common pantry item and water is easier than a trip to the hardware store or a call to the local exterminator. Glue traps are convenient because of their low profile, which allows them to be placed flush against a wall or cabinet, where mice like to travel. Making an effective glue cuts down on your pest control costs and provides you with a safe alternative to poisons. Unlike when using poisons, the mice die on the glue traps so you know exactly where to look for the rodents to dispose of them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1 quart corn syrup
- 1 quart water
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- Quart jar with lid
Pour the corn syrup and water into the pot.
Stir them well with a wooden spoon.
Put the pot on a stove burner set at high heat and boil the corn syrup solution, stirring frequently, until it is reduced approximately 60 per cent and resembles a sticky paste.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
Use a rubber spatula to scoop the glue into a quart jar, to be used when needed.
Tips and warnings
- The glue can be spread on the centre of a piece of cardboard or heavy weight construction paper for use.
- The glue can be kept, unrefrigerated, for up to three months and retain its effectiveness.
- Dispose of mice caught on glue traps immediately to eliminate the chance of offensive odours and attracting flies.
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