The 9 Best Humane Mouse Traps

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This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in May of 2018. If you need to remove unwanted rodents from your property, but prefer a more compassionate alternative to exterminators or traps that kill, one of these humane mouse traps offers an effective way to get the job done without resorting to extreme measures. Constructed from sturdy plastics and metals, they provide an easy, contact-free way to capture, contain, and release small critters unharmed. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. CaptSure Original

2. AB Traps Pro

3. Mouse Hotel

Editor's Notes

May 25, 2020:

Some people get grossed out when they see rodents around. Aside from carrying diseases, they can wreak havoc on your property by raiding food areas and destroying personal property. In some cases, a person might decide that the best way to deal with creatures like these is to simply eliminate them with traditional mouse traps, electric devices, or a professional exterminator. But despite a rodent's destructive tendencies, you might be the type of person who would rather remove such pests from your line of sight without actually harming (or killing) them. One way to accomplish this is to use a humane mouse trap. These devices allow you to safely contain and transport the rodents to another location so you can release them unharmed.

Safe to use around children and pets, we've included the CaptSure Original. These two traps are easy to bait, set, see through, and clean.

Both the Mouse Hotel and Southern Homewares Repeater are equipped with breathable air holes, the latter of which fits easily in most corners and is difficult for mice to destroy.

We've also added the AB Traps Pro for its intuitive setup, sturdy locking mechanism, and lightweight construction for easy carrying.

The Hoont Walk The Plank may not be the most traditional solution around, but it comes in handy if you prefer to trap mice in a large bucket before moving them. Its diving board top angles downward when a rodent stands on it, causing the animal to fall in. This device also has a magnetic reset function.

Finally, the KindTrap Live utilizes a removable alarm to let you know when something is captured. My thinking is that forgetting about one of these devices after it has been set kind of defeats the whole point of it being called a "humane" trap in the first place, as a creature could otherwise suffer if left alone inside the container for a long period of time. Therefore, the alarm simply reminds you to check the device and take a little critter away before he's harmed.

Special Honors

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is one of the largest international animal rights organizations dedicated to fighting and ending the inhumane and unethical treatment of animals in both laboratory settings and the food, clothing, and entertainment industries. With over six million members worldwide, the organization works to expose (and bring to justice) any business or entity cruelly exploiting, harming, and killing rodents, dogs, cats, or other exotic species. The organization accomplishes this through public education, cruelty investigations, research, and animal rescue efforts.

4. Hoont Walk The Plank

5. Southern Homewares Repeater

6. RatzFatz Cage

7. Havahart 1020

8. Mice Cube

9. KindTrap Live

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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