Mouse traps are a modern necessity that no one thinks about until a rodent is running around their kitchen. Mice are, for the most part, uninvited guests that no one wants to see. They are not just irritating, leaving droppings all over the place and burrowing into your loaf of bread, but they are also very unsanitary. They can spread a number of diseases, and this is the reason why you should get rid of mice as soon as possible. With a little searching, you can find numerous different types of mouse traps but choosing the best can be difficult if you don’t know how each type works. Here is some information about the different kinds of traps for mice and rats to help make things easier for you:
Electronic mouse traps
These are the best mouse traps to use in our opinion. These may use the electricity or may function using batteries. True to their name, they kill the mice through an electric shock. The mice will be dead in the chamber and you don’t even have to look at them when disposing them off. Many off these traps will signal you through a green light to say that the mouse has been caught and killed. If you see a red light, it means that you should change the battery. This kind of trap is considered humane because the trap kills the mice or rats quickly with a jolt of electricity. An example of this kind of trap is the Victor Electronic Mouse Trap M2524.
The most well known traditional traps are snap traps, which almost everyone is familiar with. They are generally made out of wood or plastic these days. The board and the platform are solid, sturdy material and attached is a spring. You will also find a bar, which is u-shaped. When you apply pressure on the platform, the bar shuts down with a lot of force. You can lure the mice towards the trap using different kinds of bait such as peanut butter or soft cheese. Use something that you can smear easily on the surface of the trap. You can easily find these in grocery stores, hardware stores, and over the Internet on sites such as Amazon or eBay. You should, however, be very careful with these traps. If you don’t install them properly, your fingers might get snapped and injured rather badly. Every trap comes with instructions. You should read them carefully so that you don’t make any mistakes and end up with a snapped finger. Know that the mouse might not die immediately. Thus, if you are squeamish or if you’d rather not subject the mouse to a brutal end, you should not use these traps. Try an electronic trap instead which is quick an humane.
These traps are like the traditional traps. The credits for the design of these traps go to the Bell Company. The T-Rex traps are different from the traditional snap traps in that they can be set using only one hand. The set up of snap traps usually requires both hands. You will see ‘teeth’-like structures on the sides, the bottom, and the top of the trap intended to kill the mouse.
These traps are for those who don’t want to kill the mouse and just want to dispose it off away from the house. As the name suggests, these traps come with a highly sticky adhesive. When the mouse or rat comes to the trap, it will get stuck. However, you should be careful to keep checking the traps to see if the mouse has been caught. The mouse might not die immediately and again, it’s not the most humane trap. These traps are cheap and can be used very easily.
Multi-catch Humane Traps
These traps are very kind because they don’t kill the mice or rats. You should use these traps if you have a serious case of mice invading your house rather than just one or two. These traps can catch and traps up to thirty mice at once. Once all the mice have been trapped, you can simply dispose them off to a far off location.
Remember to go for a humane way of trapping or killing the mice if possible. We have no right to torture another being no matter how pesky and irritating it may be.
Another thing that you should keep in mind is to keep the traps in places where only mice frequent. These traps should be kept out of reach of children and pets because they could be very dangerous for them
Now that you know of the different types of mouse traps, you can choose the best according to your needs. However, along with the right traps you should also think about the right mouse bait in order to attract the mouse or mice to the trap that you set. In order to find the best bait, you should think about the location of the mice first. You should understand the habits of the mice in your house. Mice may be inquisitive but remember that they are limited. They will mark a territory of about ten feet in your house and never go beyond it. You should be able to identify the place that the mice frequent. That may be difficult because mice come out only during the nighttime but you can do it with ease if you listen to the sounds they make such as scratches, squeaks, and skittering. Once you know where the mice are you will be able to use the bait to your advantage.
Mouse Trap Bait Options
Here are a few recommended baits that you can use:
Sticky Bait: You may surely have watched Tom and Jerry and how Jerry usually manages to retrieve the cheese from the trap without getting trapped. This happens in real life sometimes too. Mice are actually very intelligent and they might just be able to escape the trap like Jerry always managed to. Thus, you should choose your bait wisely. Remember that your aim is not to feed it but to lure it to the trap. You should use bait that is sticky and can’t be removed from the trap with ease. For instance, if you are using cheese as the bait, you should go for cream cheese instead of Swiss cheese or cheddar. Marshmallows, jelly, and peanut butter are also extremely good options. If you want to go with solid bait, you can stealthily tie it to the trap using a thin string or floss.
Aromatic Bait: Know that the sense of smell of mice is very strong. Thus, the bait you use should be very aromatic and inviting. You can use pet food, pretzels, beef jerky, bacon, bread with butter, birdseeds, sunflower seeds, or oatmeal as good baits to attract the mice. You should make sure you change the bait after a period of time if the mouse is not caught because after a while it will rot and start stinking. The rancid odor will not just irritate you but it will also keep the mice away from the bait instead of attracting them.
Sweet Bait: Just like many other creatures and may be yourself, mice love fats and sweets. So it’s an option to with sweeter options to attract them such as caramels, gum drops, maple syrup, chocolate, tootsie rolls, jelly beans, candy bars, or Snickers. Another good idea is to dip cotton balls in vanilla, caramel, or chocolate flavoring in order to attract the mice to the trap.
Humane Mouse Traps
Here are some tips for finding a humane mouse trap and using it right to trap the mice:
If you are looking for an effective mouse trap that’s also humane, there are numerous options that you can choose from. Here are a few tips to help you out:
You should start off with evaluating the situation in your house. Are there too many mice? Where have they set up their residence? You can find all this out by checking their droppings. Once you know the location you will know how and where to set the trap.
Next, you should do some research to find the best mouse traps. You can also check out the local hardware store if you wish to. Make sure you choose only humane traps that will not kill the mice. They are usually affordable and easy to find too. Just a few minutes of research will do.
Once you buy the mouse trap you are satisfied with, it is time to set it up. Use cream cheese or peanut butter as bait to attract the mice. Read the instructions carefully and set the trap up accordingly. Be very careful because if you don’t do it right you might end up injuring yourself. The trap should be kept in a corner and not in the middle of your room. It’d be ideal to place the trap as close to their hideout as possible because mice generally don’t travel beyond ten feet.
Don’t just place the trap and forget about it. Check it once a day to see if the mouse has been trapped. If you leave the mouse like that, it will end up dying due to starvation.
Once the mouse or mice has/have been trapped, take the trap outside to a far off location and release the mechanism to set the mouse or mice free. Make sure the location is far away so that the mice don’t travel back to your house.