The 8 Best Mouse Traps

Staff, Courtesy of Victor

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.

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Best Overall

Tomcat Press ‘N Set

These snap traps served us well during a particularly aggressive mouse infestation. They are extremely simple to set up so there’s minimal risk of pinched fingers, you just press the rear tab, the jaw opens, and the trap is ready to go.

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

These Catchmaster glue traps cover a large surface area—10 by 5 inches—which increases your chances of trapping your furry intruders. They’re simple to use—just pull the two boards apart and place them on the ground—and should last for up to a year under normal circumstances.

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

If you’d prefer to keep your furry friends alive during capture, these Trazon traps could be just what you’re looking for. Their transparent design allows you to see when a mouse is inside, as opposed to traps that require you to open or shake them to be sure you’ve caught your intruder.

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

If you’re looking to trap several mice, but don’t have the budget for more expensive disposable traps, these classic Victor models might be a great fit. You get eight units per order, which makes these great for running along a runway that your rodents frequently use, which increases your chances of success.

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

This RinneTrap bucket trap is designed to humanely capture multiple mice, making it well-suited for barns, warehouses, or anywhere else that has large populations of mice that need to be removed.

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 Victor is large enough to catch up to 30 mice, but its 1.9-inch height still makes it compact enough to use in your home without taking up too much space. Its cutout window lets you know when a mouse is inside, and the lid is simple to open, so you can easily release them whenever you’re ready.

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

Trapper Max

The versatile design of these glue traps allow you to use them either as a traditional flat trap, or folded together, creating an enclosure that is less likely to get your pets accidentally stuck. Their peanut butter scent makes for a natural bait, and at 4.5 by 6.5 inches, offers plenty of room for four-legged intruders to get stuck.

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 lethal trap features a unique system to destroy the mice it captures—using an electric current to quickly electrocute any rodents that walk inside its “kill chamber.”

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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