Updated: November 2017
Mouse Trap Reviews:If you have a mouse or mice roaming around the garage or attic of your house or apartment it can be a little unnerving. No one likes to hear the sound of a rodent scavaging through drawers or knawing on insulation while you are trying to sleep. I grew up in a more rural setting with a 10 acre orchard behind our house so mice were a common occurence in our house. Usually we would find them laying dead in our yard after the cat had caught them, but more often than not we would have to put our mouse traps in our attic to try and catch them before they multiplied and created real havoc. My dad used to use all different types of traps to catch the mice - traditional wooden traps with cheese, glue traps, and even electronic traps that zapped the mouse before he ever knew what happened. Some traps are considered "no kill" mouse traps where you essentially catch and release the rodent.
Buying Guide - Rat poison is fairly potent stuff, but if you have other pets in the household (cats or dogs) then you probably don't want to leave something like that out in case your pet eats it by accident. By no means are these traps foolproof and you may have to try multiple attempts at getting your mouse. You need to think like a mouse to have the best chance at trapping one and killing it. Mice tend to be nocturnal animals so make sure all your traps are set at night when you go to bed. A mouse has pretty bad eyesight so don't worry that they may notice the trap, odds are their nose will lead them right to it if it has the right bait (peanut butter works pretty well). From reviews that we read online at sites like Amazon.com, Epinions.com, and AceHardware, we found that the conventional mouse traps where you set the spring and put in the bait (typically cheese) don't work that great. It's hit and miss if you are going to catch your little critter. More often than not the cheese or bait was gone and the trap was sprung, but NO mouse. I remember checking my fathers traps he had set in our attic and we rarely caught a mouse with the spring action design. We had decent luck with glue traps that work by getting the mouse stuck in the glue when they go into the trap to get the bait. Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a larger mouse or even a rat, the glue traps tend to not work very well since the mouse/rat can drag the trap away and eventually get out (not always). Victor makes some of the most common rat traps on the market. Their Quick Set Mouse & Rat Traps are top sellers and the Victor Mouse Glue Trap is another option. The electronic mouse traps are perhaps the most reliable and most dependable at catching mice. The Classic Rat Zapper 2000 and the Victor Electronic Mouse Trap are two of the leading products in this field. Reviews on Amazon and Epinions definitely show that the success rate of these electronic devices is far superior to the basic rat traps. Some people prefer to catch a mouse without having to kill it. They think that it is inhumane to kill a mouse so they catch it in a container and release it. Odds are that the mouse will find someone elses house or apartment to infest soon after and still get caught and killed. When you live in New York City where are you supposed to dispose of a mouse if you catch it? The electronic mouse traps send a shock to mice that pretty much kills them instantly. A light then blinks when you have a "catch" and you can simply empty the trap into your garbage can and never have to touch the pest. We had a bad episode with a rat once in our house. There were signs of something going on in our kitchen drawers with food wrappers being undone, so we left a bunch of traps out hoping for something. One night, my brother awoke to a rat on his bedspread (he was about 14). The rat had avoided our traps and walked all the way down a long hallway into my brothers room at night. My brother awoke to this creepy creature only a few feet from his head. My dad came running and they trapped the thing in his room where they eventually killed it with a garbage can on its head. Disgusting story, but if rats/mice go unchecked, they could wind up in other areas of your home that you don't want them in. You can browse the top selling mouse traps online here.