What Is A Humane Mouse Trap? (Do They Work?)

Are you wondering what is a humane mouse trap and why should you need one?

If you have ever had rat or mouse problems you know that trapping is one of the best ways to get rid of them. I have had the best results with the cheap snap traps you can buy in almost any store that sells rat traps. I know most folks think the snap trap is outdated, antiquated, and will not work.

This is not the case. The snap trap is still effective to this date. If you can’t get them to work it’s because you are setting the trap the wrong way.  You have to place the traps along the walls where rodents will travel and you have to place the right bit in the trap. There are a few more things you should do to make these work but this information is beyond the scope of this article.

In this article, we will be discussing a more humane way to get rid of mice using traps. We like to use a humane mouse trap because they are less lethal and the most effective way to remove rodents without injuring or killing them.

What is a humane mouse trap? It is the only trap currently approved and listed on the PETA website. This trap is safe, reusable, and poses no risk to the rodent. With the humane mousetrap, you can catch and release the mouse unharmed. You catch the mouse, release the mouse, then reset the trap in order to catch more mice.

Why Use Humane Mouse Traps?

Mice and rats are problematic for homeowners who are looking to keep them outside their homes. When these rodents get inside all we can think about is getting them out. We are scared they will bite us, bite or kids, or bite our pets. We are afraid these rodents are carrying diseases that can contaminate our food and water. This could make us sick and unwell.

We are also concerned that rodents like rats and mice can do considerable damage to the structure of our houses and also our personal property. Because of all these things we do not want rodents around. We want them out of our house as soon as possible, forever.

Without much thought, many people turn to poisons and traps when they want to get rid of mice and rats. Getting rid of rodents using traps and poisons is considered by many extremely cruel and inhumane. But that’s only half the story.

Although easy to use, these devices are also dangerous to humans and pets too.  The poisons are highly toxic to humans and pets who come in contact with them. Snap and glue traps can also be activated or set off by humans and pets causing bodily injury.

The Smart Mouse Trap

For these and a few other concerns, there was a need for a Smart Mouse Trap. The humane mouse trap approved by PETA is just one of many smart mouse traps.

Smart traps like the humane mouse trap are easy to use and ideal for homeowners, renters, and landlords who want to remove rodents without being cruel to them. This type of mouse trap is kid and pet-friendly so you don’t have to worry about them getting poisoned or injured.

Humane mouse traps work without any poisons or glue which are hazardous. They are reusable and best of all they are endorsed by many animal rights groups and human societies as the safes way to remove rodents without causing them harm or harming yourself.

Do Humane Mouse Traps Work?

Yes, this type of mouse trap is one of the easiest to use and will be one of the most effective products you will ever use. This is the perfect way to trap if you have a mouse you want to get rid of but don’t want to hurt the rodent. This will cost you a little bit more initially than snap traps but remember this type of trap can be used over and over again.

The mousetrap can be placed inside the house, garage, or basement. It can be used outside too. You just have to set it out with bait and check the trap frequently. When you catch the rodent, you should release him right away. Do not hesitate to get it done, release that rat or mouse.

How Often Should You Check Traps?

Whether working with a humane trap, live cage, or box trap it is important to check the traps often. We recommend you check the traps hourly. If you are unable to check this frequently you should not set the traps out. Instead, opt for a time when you can check the traps regularly in an hourly interval.

You should check the traps each hour.

This will ensure the rodent doesn’t needlessly die and you have the chance to release them right away. Understand the process of being trapped is a very stressful event for the rodent. A rat or mice can die in a few hours from this stress, exposure, or dehydration hence the importance of checking the trap each hour.

Related Questions

Where do you place mouse traps? The mouse or rat trap should be placed against the wall at a right angle with the bait side against the wall. The trap should be placed in the direct path the rodents will take. The mouse will be more likely to enter the trap if they are placed this way.

Do mice die instantly in snap traps? Yes, a snap trap will kill mice instantly, but only if you set the trap correctly. If not set properly the mouse will trigger the trap get injured and be left there suffering until you release it or it dies. Another consideration that affects whether the mice die instantly is the size of the trap. Don’t try to catch mice with a rat trap and vice versa.

Do rats learn to avoid traps? Mice and rats are a lot more intelligent than humans give them credit. They are very smart and adaptive. So yes they do learn not to enter traps and sometimes you’ll have to outsmart them. To get the upper hand on the rodent place the traps out a few days without setting them. Let the rodents feed freely. When you do decide to bait and set the traps you will catch the rodents off guard.

How do you deal with a mice infestation? If you see many mice running around the house it might indicate you have a mice infestation. Infestations should be taken seriously. You should follow the same steps you would take to get rid of a few mice except, much more time will be needed to resolve your mice problems.


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Lynn Edwards

I founded DIY Pest Control Guide with the intention of sharing practical, user-friendly pest control strategies. If you need assistance, reach out to me at lynn@diypestcontrolguide.com - I'm here to help you reclaim your peace of mind.

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