How to Build a More Humane Mousetrap

While mice are pests and can eat our food, ruin our fabrics, and bring disease into our homes, we should not only concentrate on building the proverbial better mousetrap, we should also work on building a more humane mouse trap.  After all, mice are not maliciously trying to upset our lives and property, they are simply doing what mice do: chew, feed, and nest.  Rather than destroy a creature of acting the way nature intended it to, it is much better to simply remove it from our property and into a more suitable environment.

Humane mouse traps are also known as live traps.  Rather than catch and kill the mouse, these traps simply catch the mouse.  They can then be easily transported to a field or forest and released.  Live traps are available at most hardware and home improvement stores.  When bought ready-made they are more expensive than traditional snap traps, but it is also possible to build a live trap in your home that is just as effective as killing traps and nearly cost free.

Building a humane mouse trap can be accomplished with as little as a two liter bottle of soda.

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Find a ledge or step that is the traffic pattern of your mouse.  Cut the bottle to the same level as the step.  Then turn the top half of the cut bottle upside down and tape it into the bottom half of the bottle.  Essentially what you are doing here is creating a funnel.  Put some gravel at the bottom of the bottle or nail it to a board; you don’t want it to tip over.  Then rub a little cooking oil (olive works best) along the outside of the funnel.  Place some fragrant food, such as peanut butter or potato chips, at the bottom of the bottle.  When the mouse is moving along the ledge or step he will smell the food and the oil, step into the bottle and then slide through the opening.  Until the bottle is turned on its side, he can’t escape.

This homemade humane mouse trap takes only minutes to construct and is just as effective as snap traps.  However, the size of the bottle neck dictates the size of creature that you can trap.  Therefore if you are not sure if you are dealing with a mouse or a rat, it might be best to put out some humane rat traps as well.

No Kill Mouse TrapWhile electronic mousetraps claim to be a humane way to kill mice that have gotten into your house, it is much more humane to trap mice in a no kill mouse trap and then set them free in a more natural environment, whether this be a park, a field, or a forest nearby your house.  Live traps are just as effective as electronic traps and consistently outperform snap traps.  They also eliminate the messy clean up of dead or disabled mice.  With live traps all you have to do is take the trap outside, press down a latch and the mouse with remove itself, often with alacrity.

No kill mouse traps are the best to have around a house with small children or pets.  For instance, if you keep a gerbil and it escapes, you could soon find your furry friend caught in an electronic mousetrap.  If you use poison or caustic bucket traps for your mice your cat or dog could ingest the poison, often with serious consequences.  Snap traps can mean pinched or even broken fingers for little ones.  Live traps not only protect the life of the mouse, but also the health and well-being of your other family members.

Most no kill traps act as jails for mice.  There is a trigger latch door at one end that snaps shut once the tripped trigger indicates that mouse has gone into the trap.  This is a one way door and so the mouse cannot get back out that way.  Instead it must wait and eat the bait you have provided for it until you take it outside.  It is best to check your live traps about once a day or you might end up with an inadvertently starved mouse anyway.  You can pick up the entire trap, but it into a sack and carry it to your chosen release site.  Then most traps have an outer release trigger that opens the top of the trap and the mouse can run out.  Even if you are squeamish when it comes to mice, the design of no kill traps means that you can open the latch without ever even having the chance of coming into contact with the mouse.

Live traps are also economical, as they can be used again and again as long as you replace the bait.  Use a no kill mouse trap and both your family and your conscious will thank you.

Electric Mouse TrapFor centuries mankind has been on the quest to build a better mouse trap.  That is because no matter how many mice we trap, there seem to be hundreds of them ready to take the place of their fallen comrade.  Mice are prolific breeders and reach sexual maturity after about three weeks of living.  Therefore, the trapping and killing of mice has always been an important task for humans.  Today, the best mousetrap for quick and clean kills is an electric mousetrap.

Anyone who has ever touched a light socket with a wet hand knows the power of electricity.  It is deadly.  It is also very fast working.  If you electrocute yourself or are struck by lightning, the damage is done in just a few seconds.  Therefore, if you are looking for a way to kill mice, electricity should be your weapon of choice.  All you need to do is convince the mouse to complete an electrical circuit, thereby shooting many thousands of volts through his body and stopping his heart almost instantaneously.

An electric mouse trap is the best way to encourage of mouse to complete an electrical circuit. 

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Let’s face it, you can’t pass out tiny forks to all the mice in your house and tell how much fun it is to stick them into light sockets.  Instead, the mousetrap lures the mice into a small plastic box with the smell of enticing bait, such as peanut butter or flavored potato chips.  For an electric mousetrap to be successful, it must stay clean.  This starts by using just a tiny bit of bait.  If you use too much it might fall on the electric plates, complete the circuit and then you will have killed your peanut butter instead of a mouse.  This also means that after you kill a mouse, you remove its body, make sure the trap is off and clean it thoroughly.

If you take the time to keep your electric mouse trap clean and in good working order, you should be able to kill about fifty mice without having to change the batteries.  You also don’t have to worry about using your mousetrap in homes with cats, dogs, or small children.  Should any of the abovementioned nose around the mousetrap and take off the plastic cover, the trap will immediately shut itself off and therefore eliminate the possibility of chance electrocution.  An electric mouse trap is your best bet for a humane and efficient kill.