Oh, the days of the classic mouse trap are behind us. Now there are snap traps, electric traps, sticky traps, live catch traps… How do you pick which ones best for your mouse infestation? 🐁🐁🐁
Keep reading to find out our top 5 mouse traps for at-home mice control. Provided by Good House Keeping.
1. No Touch, No See Electronic Mouse Trap by Victor – $21 on Amazon
“It uses sensor technology to determine when a mouse enters the chamber, then delivers a high voltage shock that kills the mouse quickly.” – Good House Keeping
- No-see, no-touch disposal
- Easy to clean
- Not ideal for large infestations
- Requires batteries
2. Hidden Kill Mouse Trap (4 Pack) by Trapper – $24 on Amazon
Works like a classic snap trap that’s designed to be no-see, no-touch disposal. “The Trapper Hidden Kill snap trap has a two-way entry that allows mice to enter from either direction and a removable bait cup for quick and easy baiting.” – Good House Keeping
- No-see, no-touch disposal
- Sleek profile
- Not reusable
3. Easy Set Wooden Snap Trap (12 Pack) by Victor – $15 on Amazon
Robust, reusable design. “The reusable mouse trap is also easy to use with a large, pre-baited plastic cheese pedal that eliminates the need to set up your own bait.” – Good House Keeping
- Easy to install
- Dead mice are visible
- Springloaded arm a little tricky
4. Jawz Plastic Mouse Trap (6 Pack) by JT Eaton – $13 on Amazon
A modernized class snap trap that can be set by hand or foot, “is fitted with a red label to indicate whether it’s properly set” – Good House Keeping
- Can be set by hand or foot
- Compact design
- Dead mouse is visible
5. Humane Smart Mouse Trap (2 Pack) by Catcha – $13 on Amazon
“The Catcha model has a spring door that closes once the mouse is inside the chamber, and it won’t open until you release the mouse. This trap is easy to bait, clean and reset.” – Good House Keeping
- Doesn’t kill the mouse
- Live mice could find their way back inside
Trapping mice at home isn’t as easy as set-it-and-forget, though.
There are considerable risks and drawbacks with DIY trapping. Consider the following before wasting time and money on at-home traps…
For starters, mouse traps aren’t a permanent solution.
Mice are curious creatures and will learn to avoid the same traps over time. So, they may work for a little while, but “each following instance will catch fewer mice. So, you have to go all-out on the first night and hope that your efforts reduce the population enough to prevent a new batch of babies.” – Carolina Pest
By the time you get new traps, the mice have already multiplied.
At the end of the day, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of all the mice in your home with one type of trap, or even multiple different traps. By the time you’re onto the next trap, they have already familiarized themselves with your old traps and multiplied over again.
Unfortunately, mice can breed really fast, so it doesn’t take long for a single brood to take over your home. Thus, you’ll have to deploy lots of traps to ensure that you can prevent mice from spreading too quickly. Even then, you might not get them all, leading to a new problem later on. – Carolina Pest
More time down the ‘mouse trap rabbit hole’ means more structural damage.
All the time and resources spent down the ‘mouse trap rabbit hole’ is more time for mice to cause structural damage, and turn what was a small hole in the foundation of your home or business into an open floodgate for more pests.
Handling mouse traps comes with serious health risks, too.
Not only is it disturbingly inhumane for some, and a hassle for many – but a health risk for all. Handling mouse traps means risking mouse bites, and coming into contact with a mouse’s bodily fluids.
Remember the plague? Well, it’s still a thing. An infected mouse can pass on the plague leading to “high fevers and extreme weakness” among other ailments.
Another risk of disease from handling dead mice is “rat-bite fever”. Despite the name, mice can carry it too – the scientific name is, Leptospirosis. Common symptoms include “high fever, head and muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice.” – mom.com
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We treat all unfinished attic areas, penetrating “deep into eaves and inaccessible areas” to control pests. We apply only the most effective and specifically selected products for rodent control, putting the safety of your family and pets first. Your property is sealed off from future rodent infestations by applying a protective barrier around the entire outside perimeter.
Specially designed tamper-proof traps are utilized to control invading mice. As part of our Pest Prevention Plan, we provide On-Going Protection including (3) visits per year. Should you encounter any problems, just give us a call and we will retreat any problem areas without additional charge.
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