8 Best Mouse Traps | March 2017

We spent 29 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you have a rodent problem in your home, restaurant, food warehouse or other workplace, one of these nifty little mouse traps will take care of the critters in a snap - literally, in many cases. But we have also included an option for humane catch and release for those of you with gentle souls and a love for all living creatures. Skip to the best mouse trap on Amazon.
8 Best Mouse Traps | March 2017


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The JT Eaton Stick-Em provides a non-allergenic, peanut butter scent with a foamed adhesive to ensure that mice will sink far down into the material for improved capturing results. The plastic is also thick and heavy enough to resist chewing by large, aggressive rodents.
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Offering increased capturing power with no false triggers, the Trapper Mini T-rex is capable of being set with just one hand using a single motion. Each trap can be placed alone or back-to-back in pairs, along walls, in cupboards, or anywhere else that mice happen to be.
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As one of the most humane options available, the Mouse Hotel is the ideal way to eliminate your problem without poison, glue, or metal snaps to kill the mouse. Once a rodent is in the trap, the front door remains closed until you release the mouse back into its habitat.
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The Kness Snap-E Mouse pack is both a smart and affordable choice in circumstances where you may have a mouse infestation in multiple areas around your property. The traps deliver a durable polystyrene and steel construction, making them a relatively sturdy option.
  • traps resist stains and odors
  • preformed bait cup is convenient
  • triggers are not sensitive enough
Brand Kness
Model 102-0-019
Weight 8.8 ounces
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Effective in both residential and commercial settings, these Woodstream Victor M325 Holdfast come as a set of 12 wire snap traps, each with its own large and scented plastic trip pedal that eliminates the need for using your own bait to attract unwanted rodents.
  • each trap is 4" long by 1-3/4" wide
  • price is very affordable
  • they are a bit cumbersome to set
Brand Victor
Model pending
Weight 7.2 ounces
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If traditional mouse traps and poisons concern you, then the Easy Gift Mouse Catchmaster is a simple, safe and effective alternative. Simply lay the trap down on a flat surface and, once a mouse touches the ultra sticky and viscous glue, it will find escape very difficult.
  • suitable for food production areas
  • also works for insects and spiders
  • 5 traps are included
Brand Easy Gift
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
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The PIC Simple Set includes two separate traps, each one with a deep bait well that can be filled with peanut butter, chocolate, or any other sweet attractant for keeping your mouse problem under control. Each trap is also ideal for placing along walls and at right angles.
  • no poisons or chemicals
  • the traps are reusable
  • kill mice quickly
Brand PIC
Model pending
Weight 7.2 ounces
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The Intruder 16000 Better mouse trap offers both a super compact design and easy operation. Simply squeeze the trap back to set it, squeeze again to release your catch when your pest has met its demise, rinse, and reset. The trap is also effective on gophers and chipmunks.
  • sanitary and easy to use
  • made from non-absorbent molded plastic
  • 30% more force than conventional traps
Brand Intruder
Model pending
Weight 4 ounces

Become The Mousemaster

I lived in a frat house in Meadville, PA for a few years in college, and in addition to significantly bolstering my immune system by exposure to incredible amounts of germs, I became something of an expert on mouse traps. At first, it was a cute visitation from one or two mice who would sweetly scurry across my carpet. Little did I know that where there are one or two mice, there are likely dozens.

We tried a few different traps throughout the weeks leading up to our most successful capture period, which we turned into a contest. The vermin didn't know what hit them as we began our official 2007 Mousemaster Capture Competition. The rules were simple: You could only place traps in your own bedroom, and you had to have another member of the competition verify the capture and removal of each mouse.

At the end of the one-week competition, I came in second with 15 mice. First place went to a guy with 17, and third and fourth place tied with 12 mice each. That's 56 mice caught in a week in one large house. If you've seen even one mouse anywhere in your home, you need to set some traps. What kind of trap you utilize will depend a lot on you and the rodents in question, as there are essentially three categories of trap for you to consider.

First, you have your glue traps. These give off pheromones or certain food scents, and many mice will run across them without thinking twice about it. The glue ensnares their weak little legs and sticks them there to starve. Second, there are your snap traps, a category that includes the classic, spring-loaded wood and metal mouse traps as well as the modern plastic type. These snap closed with tremendous force when a mouse, lured by a piece of food placed within the trap, triggers a pressure sensor and its mechanical release.

The last type of trap on our list is more humane by design, and this is the non-kill version. A piece of food lures your mouse into a small enclosure, the door to which closes automatically behind him by the same mechanism that would cause a snap trap to crush him. Then, you're free to set him loose into his original habitat.

Intolerable Cruelties

For our Mousemaster competition, we used snap traps across the board. We wanted the mice dead, and the glue traps seemed unnecessarily torturous. Using the same type of trap for each competitor also kept the contest at a more even keel, which is why the numbers ended up so close in the end.

Whatever your proclivities for mouse capture, there's something on this list for you to use. It's important to ask yourself exactly what level of carnage you can endure, however, as each category presents you with different kinds of cruelty or difficulty.

The reason we thought the glue traps were too cruel was their slowness. A mouse would most likely get his feet caught first, which would mean a slow and brutal starvation death, at best. At worst, he would try to gnaw the areas of the glue trap around his stuck feet, tearing out whiskers on the glue and eventually getting his head stuck in a position that would only be appropriate in a horror film about a haunted Twister board. Then, he would starve to death.

Catch-and-release traps are fine if you're willing to drive a few miles away from your home to release the mice into a new habitat. Otherwise, it might just find its way back into your house. You'll recall that these animals are particularly adept at mazes. We need to be clear about this, however; if you release a mouse into a foreign habitat, the chances of it succumbing to predators or to lack of adequate water, food, or shelter are quite high. You're giving them a better chance than they'd have being crushed by a snap trap, but not by much.

Snap traps are probably the most humane method in the end, as they almost always ensure a clean, fast demise with little to no pain. The problem with these is that they aren't always as effective among the cheaper brands. The best of them, however, like the ones we used in our competition, are always reliable. They might snag a mouse by the tail or a leg now and then, which would necessitate your intervention, but this would be a rare occurrence. In my case, the competition took place in the dead of winter, so I simply dropped live but broken mice in the snow, letting cold numb the pain and take them off to the big sleep.

Improving On Perfection

Mousetraps are about as old as mice. You could classify any tool used to aid a human in the capture of a mouse as a mouse trap, though in its most recognizable form, the device reaches back to James Henry Atkinson's Little Nipper, patented in in 1897. According to the patent, this trap snapped shut in just 38/1000ths of a second, which ought to have closed the door on any and all further advancements.

The thing about a good idea, though, especially one that sells, is that most people think they can do it better. That's why, since the US patent office began issuing patents in 1838, there have been over 4,000 patents awarded for different classes of mousetrap.

No matter what style you look at, though, the basics are all in place. Lure the mouse with the promise of food and have it trip some kind of device, whether latched, spring-loaded, sticky, electrifying, or explosive in nature, and your mouse problem will be solved.



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