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How to Make Sticky Glue for Mouse Traps

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.

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  1. Pour the corn syrup and water into the pot.

  2. Stir them well with a wooden spoon.

  3. 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.

  4. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Use a rubber spatula to scoop the glue into a quart jar, to be used when needed.

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart corn syrup
  • 1 quart water
  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula
  • Quart jar with lid

About the Author

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.

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