Best Mouse Traps – To Kill or Catch and Release Mice

By now you know that one of the best ways to get rid of mice in your house is to use mouse traps.  If you only have a few mice you can catch them all in one night using the right traps placed on an active runway.

Over the last few years I have spent hundreds of hours researching and testing mouse traps to see which ones work best. I have narrowed the different types of mouse traps down to four categories which will meet the needs of most people who are looking to either kill or catch and release mice.

  1. Snap Traps
  2. Live-Catch Traps
  3. Electronic Traps
  4. Glue Traps

Electronic traps and glue traps did not test well and were ineffective in my opinion. As such, in good conscious I can not recommend these types of mouse traps to you. They were somewhat effective but your money, time, and effort would be put to better use if you focus your attention on learning how to use snap and live-catch traps.

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Which Mouse Traps Work Best?

I studied, review, and tested a lot of mouse traps. If I were going to buy today, I’d use one of the following mouse traps which will easily get the job done if your follow the instructions that come with each device.

Here are the top four mouse traps I recommend, only because they WORK!!!

  • Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Trap
  • Authenzo SX-5006 Mouse Trap
  • CaptSure Original Humane Mouse Trap
  • Authenzo Smart No Kill Humane Mouse Trap

Snap Traps

Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Trap

When it comes to simplicity the Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Trap is very easy to setup and use. To use the trap you just add mouse bait or an attractant gel, then press the set bar until you hear a click. After baiting and setting the trap, it should be placed wherever you have seen the most mouse activity. If you are unsure were to place the traps some good locations included inside cabinets, laundry & utility rooms, near appliances and in the garage.

This particular trap is disposable, so once you catch the mouse just pick up the trap and dispose of it in an outside trash can. These are inexpensive mouse traps are guaranteed to kill your mice or you get your money back.

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Authenzo SX-5006 Mouse Trap

The Authenzo Sx-5006 has many features that I like including being easy to set up & clean, safe to use, reusable and reliable. As far as reliability, the Anthenzo SX-5006 has a 100% catch rate when compared to the 76% catch rat for traditional wood traps. You can put this mouse trap into action with 3 simple steps.

  1. Set the bait the bottom slot of the trap
  2. Press and lock the spring lever in place
  3. Position the traps along in areas where you have seen frequent mice activity

Peanut butter works best as a bait, however, you can you use other common household foods too. You can use nuts, cookies, cheese, or bacon as a substitute or if peanut butter does not work for you.

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Live-Catch Traps

CaptSure Original Humane Mouse Traps

CaptSure Original Humane Mouse Traps are ideal for homeowners who are looking for a cruelty-free and environmental friendly option to remove mice without killing them. This 100% humane product is my go to catch and release trap for dealing with small house rodents. In addition, this trap is safe to use around children and pets, is reusable, easy to clean and easy to set up too.

With the CaptSure Orginal, you can safely catch and release mice without using harmful chemicals, electricity, glues, or poisons. You can set this trap up in four easy steps as follows:

  1. Remove the bait compartment from the trap
  2. Place food bait inside the compartment and return it back to the start position
  3. Push down on the traps spring door until it locks in place
  4. Place the humane mouse trap along the path where rodents are traveling

Best of all if you follow these simple steps to catch your mouse, you can release them in the wild away from your home without ever having to touch them.

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Authenzo Smart No Kill Humane Mouse Trap

The Aunthezo Smart “No Kill” Human Mouse Trap’s design was upgraded in 2019 to be more safer, durable, humane and user friendly. It’s easy to set this human mouse trap if you follow these instructions:

  1. Remove the mouse trap compartment door
  2. Place food bait in the bait compartment
  3. Replace the compartment door in the start position
  4. Press down the spring door to open it and wait for  mouse to enter and take the bait

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What Is The Best Bait For Mouse Traps?

Your traps will be less than effective, some people would even say useless without some good bait. Don’t think you can place any old bait in your trap to catch a mouse. Mice are a lot smarter than you think. They will not just eat anything, especially when other food sources are available, which is likely the case in your home now since you have a rodent problem.

Mice have to be enticed with the right bait. So what type of bait should you place in your traps? Sorry to say that cheese in not an effective bait for trapping mice.

I have personally found peanut butter to be the most effective bait. In all of our test and what we have found through research peanut butter is hands down the best bait for catching a mouse. Peanut butter is the only food that has consistently tricked mice night after night into taking the bait.

Peanut butter is the ideal bait and what you want to use if you ready to trap mice and get them out of your home or off your property. If peanut butter does not work, we have found the second best bait to be nesting materials. Shredded fabric, installation, paper, or string are all excellent nesting materials for mice. Instead of peanut butter, you can set your trap with these items. The mice will walk unexpectedly into your trap to get to these materials in order to build their nest.

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Lynn Edwards

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