Which Type Of Mouse Trap Should I Buy?

Mice tend to invade homes in the winter, when temperatures outside drop to uncomfortable lows. If you've never had a pest control problem in the past, you may not know how to deal with this issue. Traps are a common and effective pest control method for many homeowners. There are many different types of traps available on the market. Knowing which types of traps are available to you and what the pros and cons of each type will help you choose the best pest control method for you.

Snap Traps

Snap traps are the most traditional method for trapping mice. Snap traps are triggered by a spring-loaded platform. When the platform is touched, a metal bar springs forward and crushes the object (whether that's a mouse, a person or a falling object) that triggered the trap. Snap traps are fast and effective, often killing mice instantly. Snap traps can be loaded with bait as a method for luring the mouse onto the trap.

Snap traps can be touchy and setting the trap can be painstaking work. Without bait, many mice will walk around the snap trap, ignoring it altogether. Snap traps can hurt people and pets as well as mice, and should be used with care. In addition, snap traps don't always kill their victims, and many homeowners don't relish the task of disposing of live mice. 

Glue Traps

Glue traps come in different styles. Some glue traps look like card stock with a layer of sticky glue on the top, while other traps take the form of shallow plastic frames with a well of glue inside. Unlike snap traps, glue traps involve no setup. There are no springs or clasps. Glue traps can be set with bait, if you put the bait in the center of the trap. However, bait is not necessary for the trap to be effective. To use the glue trap, simply lay it down in the potential path of the mouse and wait. 

Glue traps do lose some of their stickiness over time as dust builds up on the surface of the trap. In addition, even when new some glue traps aren't strong enough to catch a mouse, so it's important to buy traps from a trusted brand name. The biggest disadvantage to glue traps is that mice caught on glue traps often do not die. The person who disposes of the trap must also dispose of the mouse, and many homeowners dislike this task.  

Humane Traps

Humane traps consist of a little box with bait inside. The mouse wanders into the trap and then cannot leave until the homeowner releases the mouse from the trap in a safe location away from the house. Humane traps are the best option for homeowners who want to remove mice from their home without killing anything. 

However, humane traps do have some downsides. These traps must be checked on a daily basis or any mice caught in the traps will die slowly and unpleasantly. In addition, many mice hesitate to enter humane traps, even with bait inside, which can make these traps less effective at catching mice. 

If you're not sure what types of traps are best for you, contact a pest control professional (such as one from American Pest Solutions). He or she will come to your home and lay the best traps for your home.