We’ve all heard the old adage about building a better mousetrap. “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” It turns out several people have built a better mousetrap, and there are plenty of great options on the market.
Spring on our homestead is mouse season. Most days we put out 5 mouse traps and catch 5 mice within hours. Somedays we manage to catch 6 mice in 5 traps, as two mice fight over the same bait. Needless to say, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to try out traps and find the most effective mousetrap.
Most Effective Mouse Trap
By far, the most effective mouse traps are the quick set plastic mouse traps. All you have to do is squeeze one end and the mousetrap sets itself. We mostly use mouse traps sold under the brand “The Better Mouse Trap” because they’re the most economical. They run about $2 per trap, but we have some that we’ve been using for 5+ years. They’ve caught hundreds of mice and they’re still going strong.
They also make a bigger version for rats, called the better rodent trap.
There are other brands, and we do have a few under the tomcat brand and they work just as well. That’s the lucky one that managed to catch two mice at once. I’d call that an effective mousetrap!
Best Electric Mouse Trap
I was skeptical of electric traps because we live off the grid. Every bit of electricity is precious, and it seemed a waste to use it for mice when there are good non-electric versions. Then I learned two important things:
- Electric mouse traps run on just 4 AA batteries
- An electric trap can kill about 100 mice without needing new batteries.
This thing can literally put down a dozen mice in an hour. Whoah. That’s a game changer.
Best Budget Mouse Trap
At about $1 each in a pack of 12, or less than 50 cents each in a bulk pack of 64, these are by far the most economical method.
I’ll be honest, these old-school wooden mouse traps are difficult to set. This is the old school traditional mousetrap, and all the others are improvements on this model. That said, if you get the knack of setting them, they are an effective mouse trap and they get the job done.
I have a friend who doesn’t want to have to clean out mouse traps, so he uses these with the “body bag method.” Open up a plastic grocery bag and flatten it out open on the floor. Place one of these budget mouse traps inside and set it. When it catches the mouse, wrap the whole thing up, tie the bag shut and toss it. Easy cleanup.
Best Humane Mouse Trap
I’m not going to pull punches, I’m not a fan of live traps. While this live mouse trap is effective, it leaves you with the problem of a live rodent.
If you know anything about rodent biology, you’re aware that without population control any given area would be overrun with mice. Even if you release it, their reproduction strategy is relying on the fact that something is going to kill 9 out of every 10 mice. If that doesn’t happen, we’re all in trouble.
None the less, if you don’t want to be that person for whatever reason, and you want to leave that important work to the owls and coyotes, this have a heart trap will trap live mice for you.
A family member is a snake breeder, and he uses these as a free source of live food, so that’s also an option.