Whether you think mice are pests to be eliminated by any means necessary, or simply cute and cuddly guests that need to be relocated, one thing is true: They need to be removed and you should know how to get rid of mice. Although serious infestations will require a professional pest control expert, there is still a lot you can do to mitigate your rodent problem by using mouse traps. These traps are designed to be easy to use, and since they’re available in a variety of types and sizes, allow you to choose exactly how you’d like to deal with captured mice.
What to Consider
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a mouse trap is whether or not you want to kill your mice, or keep them alive after they’re caught. If you’d prefer not to kill your unwanted houseguests, make sure to choose a “catch and release” style trap. These contraptions usually feature a mechanism that allows the mouse to enter, but traps them inside wherever until you can transport them to you plan to release them.
If you plan on killing your mice, go ahead and choose a snap-style trap or glue trap. Snapping traps do just that, snap their jaws onto the mouse once it steps on the trigger. These traps are usually disposable, since once a mouse has been killed in it, other mice will tend to avoid it. Glue traps are another lethal option, and use a strong adhesive to trap and immobilize the mouse when it walks on it, eventually killing it. Although we have been able to use glue traps without killing the mice they caught—we used olive oil to free them successfully—these traps should definitely be considered lethal.
How We Selected
We’ve used nearly every kind of mouse trap there is, and used that experience to assemble this list of options. The most important thing we kept in mind when choosing our traps was that we only include nontoxic options. Even the glue traps we included use a nontoxic adhesive, so if a small child or pet does accidentally touch the glue, they won’t be exposed to any harmful chemicals or poisons. We also did our best to include a range of trap sizes, so even if you’re in a studio apartment with minimal room, you should find a trap that won’t be too bulky or intrusive.
Tomcat Press ‘N Set
Best of all, the top jaw has a handy cutout, so you can bait the trigger before you even expose the teeth. Despite this simple operation, these traps are stronger than you might think, and ours was even able to catch three mice in a single snap. Its white plastic body is also easier on the eyes than black or metal traps, which was a nice perk.
- Cannot be used more than once
Best Glue Trap
Catchmaster Heavy Duty
Plus, the integrated floor anchors will keep them in place, even if your mouse tries to pull them away. The large size of these traps might not make them the most practical choice for heavy traffic areas like your kitchen, where pets or kids might accidentally get stuck.
- Not practical for areas where you may accidentally make contact
Best Transparent Humane Trap
Trazon Catch and Release
They’re free of any poisons, glue, or chemicals, so they can be safely used around kids and pets. This allows you to wash them out and reuse them after each use, which should save you money if you plan on using them more than once.
- Transparent construction
- Safe for pets and kids
Best on a Budget
Victor M154 Mouse Trap
Keep in mind, these aren’t as easy to set as the more modern-style traps, so there’s a higher chance of your fingers getting snapped or pinched. We’ve also found the trigger to be less sensitive than others, and extra-light or younger mice may not be heavy enough to set it off.
- Not as sensitive as other traps
- Difficult to set
Best for Catching Multiple Mice
RinneTraps — Flip N Slide
By using a simple ramp and tipping lid, it doesn’t introduce any poisons or chemicals into your unlike property, allowing you to use it as much as you want, disposable traps that can rack up high costs over time.
It doesn’t include the necessary 5-gallon bucket, although this is a relatively cheap item that can be purchased for a few dollars at the hardware store.
- No chemicals
- humane capture
- Does not include bucket
- Bulky size may not be ideal for some users
Best Low-Profile Multi-Mouse Trap
Victor M310S TIN CAT
This large lid also makes it convenient to set your peanut butter or cheese inside, unlike other traps that can be frustrating to bait. This trap is safe to use around kids and animals, and can either be reused or disposed of when you’re finished.
- Safe for kids and pets
- Large enough for multiple mice
Best Versatile Glue Trap
With a dozen traps per order, you’re getting a good amount of bang for your buck as well, unlike other similar options that only include two or three traps. Although they do use a strong adhesive, these traps are still considered nontoxic.
- Affordable price
- Versatile design
Best Electronic Trap
Victor M250S No Touch, No See
This chamber is detachable, so it’s easy to empty and clean out, and allows you to re-bait it before reattaching. A green indicator light also lets you know as soon as a mouse is caught, and will stay lit for up to a week, so you won’t miss it.
Replacing batteries in any tool can be inconvenient, but since this model can kill 100 mice per charge, you won’t need to switch them out very often.
- Quickly kills mice
- Green light lets you know a mouse is inside
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