If you’ve got a mouse problem, you’ve probably considered all kinds of traps to solve it. Everyone wants to design a better mousetrap, but we all might be a few centuries late.
Youtuber Shawn Woods describes a mousetrap design from a 427-year-old book that’s as simple as they come: it only has two pieces, and you can find both in your kitchen:
The mousetrap design was detailed in a 1590 book by Leonard Mascall, where he introduces a number of inventions and contraptions to help people around the home. Among his many mousetrap designs is one involved a bowl and a tool called a fillboll. According to the book, a fillboll is a curved stick used to scrape the bottom of bowls, which makes it kind of like a 15th century spatula.
While a fillboll might be hard to find, there are plenty of tools to replace it. Just use something to prop up the bowl, and attach a piece of food to the free end. When a mouse enters the bowl to get the food, it will knock over the stick, trapping itself.
This is an extremely simple trap to set up, and it also has the benefit of being a live trap, so no mice need to be harmed. Who knew the best mousetrap was invented over 400 years ago?