Looking for a mouse trap that actually works?
You’re in the right place!
In this guide, we’ll be covering the following:
- Our #1 overall mouse trap pick and our #1 humane mouse trap pick
- If you should use a snap, clam, or multi-catch mouse trap?
- The pros & cons of each type of mouse trap
- More information our top picks & recommendations
Our #1 Overall Mouse Trap Pick
The OWLTRA Electric Mouse Trap is the most humane solution to your residential rodent problem, and it quickly kills mice on contact without the need to touch or see them.
Our #1 Humane Mouse Trap Pick
For a homeowner who wants to catch their mouse (but not kill it) the Catcha is the best humane mouse trap.
The Catch 2 piece is perfect for smaller mice infestations and homeowners who don’t want to kill the mice when they catch it. This trap doesn’t use poisons, chemicals, or glue. It’s easy to use right out of the box and is pet and child safe.
Simply bait the trap with peanut butter and wait for a mouse to enter. When one does, the spring trap will close and you’ll have caught your mouse. You can open it up and release it outside into a wooded area.
Keep reading to learn more!
The purpose of this guide is to clear up any confusion you might have and help you out before you rush and purchase what you think “might” be a good trap for your home or office.
Our aim for this article is to provide a resource for those people who need a reliable (and more importantly, an unbiased) source of information to kill those mice in your house.
Let’s get into the details…
Ed has been working in the pest control industry for years helping 1,000's of homeowners navigate the world of insect and rodent management. He manages Pest Strategies now helping homeowners around the world!
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Top 5 Best Mouse Trap Picks
Out of all mouse traps we reviewed, below are top 5 favorites.
Take a quick look below to see what made the cut. Keep scrolling down to learn more about why we picked these and how to buy a mouse trap for yourself.
What Types of Mouse Traps Are Available?
For the first section in our guide, we wanted to provide an overview of the trap types on the market so you know what your options are. As a consumer, you have three main types mouse traps to choose from. Those are:
- Snap Traps: These use snapping mechanisms to catch rodents and are better for smaller infestations (2 or less rodents on the premises).
- Glue Traps: These traps use chemicals to create a sticky adhesive holding your rodent in place. The issue with glue traps is that it doesn’t actually kill your rodent. We’ll cover this a bit more later in the guide.
- Multi-Catch Traps: These are final types of traps on our list and are the preferred method of trapping for professionals.
If you’re reading this and think that traps might be too much for you or want to try a more subtle approach first. We’d recommend checking out our ultrasonic pest repellers buying guide. These devices use high frequency noise to drive away pests rather than lethal snares and poisons.
Snap Traps To Kill Mice?
There are two types of snap traps for mice. Bar snap traps and clam snap traps. They are similar in mechanics, but there are differences you should be aware of.
About Bar Snap Traps
Bar snap traps are spring-loaded devices which are designed to attract mice with food. Bar traps are designed to slam down before the rodent can escape breaking the neck or crushing the skull.
Not a pretty image, but extremely effective.There are many brands on the market composed of different materials, sizes and shapes but they all work pretty much the same.
The below video should give you an idea of how to set and place a snap trap.
What Are The Best Bar Snap Traps?
Here are my picks for the best “bar” mouse traps on the market. Take a quick look at my pros and cons for bar traps as well.
The Pros of Bar Snap Traps
- Snap traps, in general, are extremely inexpensive and easy to manage
- Bar snap traps produces (in almost every case) a quick kill, not pretty by any means but a very quick kill
- Snap traps are easy to dispose of due to the inexpensive price you can just toss out the trap with the dead rodent
- Relatively safe to use around pets and children
- Versatile against other pests, including roaches
The Cons of Bar Snap Traps
- Bar traps are hard to look at when they have caught a mouse due to the mess it makes after the kill. Not a pretty sight.
- Bar traps can injure pets and children if they encounter or trigger the bar on their fingers or paws. A strong bar mouse trap could do serious damage. Placement of any mouse trap must be in areas where children and pets can’t access
- Bar traps have the nasty habit of “biting” the hand that feeds them, in other words, be careful when you load the bait that it does not trigger on you
- The wood bar trap does not hold up well if placed in moist areas.
Clam Snap Traps To Kill Mice?
About Clam Snap Traps
Clam traps are like the bar trap mechanism however, the actual death is suffocation. A lot of homeowners prefer this method of removal because it tends to be less…
Take a look at the below video to get a better understanding of how these traps work and where they fit in a removal plan.
What Are The Best Clam Snap Traps?
Here are my top picks if you want to try out a clam trap. Take a look at my pros and cons for clam traps as well.
The Pros of Clam Snap Traps
- Clam traps, while more expensive compared to most bar traps, are still inexpensive
- Clam traps produce a kill within a couple of minutes, not as quick as bar traps but much less ugly
- Clam traps are easy to maintain, they can be re-used by simply pinching the back and releasing the dead rodent in the garbage
- Clam Traps are not as hazardous around pets and children as the bite is not as sharp
The Cons of Clam Snap Traps
- Clam traps, while effective are still a daily maintenance issue
- Clam trap failure (rare) is normally due to rodent acceptance or placement
How To Bait Bar And Clam Traps?
Both the Clam and the Bar trap require “baiting” to attract the mouse to the station for the final coup de grace. The bait (food) should be what the mouse has been feeding on in your house, dog food, meat, cheese, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, etc.
A small amount of bait works better and prevents licking and nibbling which at times will not set off the trigger. For meat or cheese people have tried securing the bait with a piece of dental floss to prevent “stealing” the bait. Mice are crafty, and they are known to steal the bait without setting off the trigger.
How To Place Bar And Clam Traps?
This is critical, and these traps should only be placed around areas of activity and close to the walls and structure where you are seeing feeding, droppings or rub marks.
The direction of the trap is also important. Make sure to place the baited end next to the wall so the rodent following the normal path against the wall will not have to detour around the trap.
Other Mouse Guides
Curious about other mouse articles? Check out our other detailed guides to help you deal with your pest problems.
Glue Boards To Kill Mice?
Glue boards have evolved to a point, where they are overused and became a focus of attention with many animal rights groups.
While we all would agree to the extent that mice can’t co-exist with humans for many reasons (disease and food contamination), the method and how we eliminate them will still raise issues.
The method of operation is simple, find areas of activity bait the boards with seed or peanut butter and place into action out of the reach of children, pets or other non-target species.
Mice will attempt to address the food and become stuck on the board often with vocal and violent gestures as they struggle to free themselves. There have been cases of rodents chewing off limbs to free their bodies.
Here’s a video to give you a better idea of what we mean.
The Pros of Glue Board Snap Traps
- Very few other than excellent monitoring devices for insects
- Inexpensive and disposable
- Easy fit to difficult access areas
The Cons of Glue Board Traps
- Many feel this is an inhumane treatment which the evidence agrees with non-target attachment, kids, pets, birds are constantly getting stuck in this. If this happens, grab the WD-40 the reaction will free the capture
- Cannot be used as a stand-alone treatment. When glue boards are used, they are used in conjunction with other treatment options like traps or baits, never alone
Multi-Catch Traps To Kill Mice?
About Multi-Catch Mouse Traps
Most of them are used in commercial kitchens and industrial sites. They don’t have to baited, the mice simply enter the device out of curiosity and a trap door shuts them inside.
Other traps drop them the mouse into an area below or behind where they entered. Both methods can be opened for disposal, cleaned out and reused.
What Are The Best Multi-Catch Mouse Traps?
Multi-catch traps tend to be more expensive than other traps, but at the same time, they are a more “humane” approach to killing mice. Here are my top picks for multi catch traps:
The Pros of Multi-Catch Traps
- Effective where other traps fail
- Good around food establishments where the use of rodenticides are not recommended
- Good where bait competition is a factor and mice are not attracted to the bait
- More “humane” approach to getting rid of mice
The Cons of Multi-Catch Traps
- More expensive than the snap traps
- If not placed or managed correctly they become quickly ineffective
- Needs to be monitored and dumped every day to reduce odor
- Can be an eye sore around your house
What About Newer Mouse Traps?
Electronic Mouse Traps
While the idea sounds bizarre, like “Old Sparky” for the rodent world, a lot of these devices are hitting the market.
Basically, the station is powered by normal “AA” batteries, the rodent enters the station, which is baited as the other traps are, and the rodent gets electrocuted. These are reusable and safer than rodenticides.
The Pros of Electric Traps
- No blood, no fuss no mess
- Fairly safe, low charge generated by low impact flashlight batteries
The Cons of Electric Traps
- Need more time to see how effective it is in infestations
- While it can be reused, it still must keep it cleaned after use
Trapper Hidden Kill Mouse Traps
As someone who’s been in the industry for 20+ years, this trap has my attention.
The device is clean, effective, can be used in sensitive areas such as office buildings, a doctor’s office, homes or other areas where other traps can’t be visible.
The mouse enters a pre-baited compartment, concealed on the bottom of the station. The entry slams shut, killing the rodent and trapping it inside.
The indicator on the station will show if the station recorded a false reading or if there is an actual mouse inside. At that point, the entire station with the dead mouse can be tossed.
When looks matter this station may be your best bet. This is a bit new on the market to pass judgement, but I cannot see it failing. The price point surprisingly low enough for the typical homeowner. I would say that this is not for industrial work on heavy infestations, but it does certainly has its niche.