Updated: June 8, 2015

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.

Best Mouse Trap:

Basic mouse traps can work, but they are unreliable and sometimes dangerous to setup as more than one person has got their finger caught in the spring. Clearly the best solution is an electronic mouse trap that zaps the rat in it's tracks and shocks it to death. The Rat Zapper Ultra ($40) is advertised on Amazon.com and reviews say this product is the best mouse trap on the market with a very high success rate. Not that you would need it, but the batteries can last long enough to kill up to 30 mice/rats. The 4 "D" cell batteries provide all the power you need to kill the pest in one shot. The electronic traps do the job without leaving blood or guts around and they are totally reusable. A "flashing light" indicates the rat is dead and you can dispose of it. In terms of humane methods of killing a mouse, this is probably the best and fastest death you can give it. Glue traps and snap traps can leave a wounded mouse dying for hours before they give in. Consumers praise this product - "works every time", "best mousetrap", and "amazing mouse trap".

Glue Trays:

Glue traps are basically a sheet or tray of paper that is scented with bait to get the rat to step out onto the super adhesive and then it will become stuck. These traps don't give the mouse or rat a very fast death, often the rat will pull the tray around your attic and eventually tire out only to die a week later. Then you have to find the trap and get rid of the dead rat before your entire house smells. Overall, we found that homeowners who tried these traps were disappointed by their performance. The glue traps cost about $2.50 each and are disposable making them an easy choice for consumers to buy, but they are not effective enough to recommend.

Top Rated Electronic Mouse Trap:

The Victor Electronic Mouse Trap ($20) may not be as popular as the Rat Zapper (listed above), but for $20 it does a pretty good job. It's safe to use around pets and children since no poisons are used in this trap. The unit will deactivate if the top door is accidentally opened. Mice die within 10 seconds of getting buzzed. This product uses 4AA batteries and is not quite as powerful as the 4 D batteries used on the Rat Zapper. The tunnel design brings in the mouse to the bait area (recommend peanut butter) and then the unit zaps them. One warning from owners of this type of trap is that the LED light that flashes when a mouse has been caught only works for the first 24 hours after a catch. If you don't check the trap daily, you could have a catch and not even know it. One person noted that they came back after a week and found a rotting mouse that was stuck to the electrodes. Doesn't sound like a pretty sight, so check the trap daily and reset if need be. For an instructional video right from the Victorpest.com website, visit the link located HERE.

Catch a Mouse without killing it:

Not everyone wants to catch the mouse or rat in their house and kill it. Many animal lovers even like mice and don't feel right killing them with a trap. There are dozens of ways to catch a mouse that is a nuisance in your home. Many are homemade trap ideas that only catch the mouse but don't harm it leaving you the ability to release it into the wild. One well thought out idea was written up HERE with diagrams and everything. Seems pretty simple to carry out and catch the mouse without too much effort. If you are willing to spend a little money, then consider the Woodstream Havahart Mouse Trap ($18) and then you can humanely trap the pest and get rid of it without killing it. These "no kill" traps are great ideas if you have a place to dispose of the creature, but there is no sense in trapping a mouse only to release it in the alley behind your apartment or in the woods across from your house. It will only get back into someone elses house. You can visit Havahart.com for their entire line of products that allow you to trap live animals and release them back into the wild.