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Best Humane Mouse Traps (Updated 2020)

So you discovered you have mice in your house and need to get rid of them right, so what better way than to use mouse traps? But you also maybe don’t want to kill the little fellas as they’re just living their lives. So you decided that you want to use humane mouse traps to get them? That’s a good idea. I did the same thing in my house when I had problems with mice. But what are the best humane mouse traps with highest success ratio? I’ll show you below.

Every mouse is different and behaves differently towards mouse traps, so you will most likely need to test several different mouse traps to see which one works best for you.

Your success in catching mice will depend on what type of mouse bait you use. I wrote a guide on the best bait for mouse traps that you can read. But if you got that part figured out, then you’re ready to get a nice humane mouse trap.

These are all basically live catch and release mouse traps. How they operate varies from one mouse trap to another, but basically the goal is for the mouse to enter the trap while the doors will close. Some mouse traps have one way only doors while most utilize doors that shut close once the trigger is touched.

Remember, when putting these mouse traps, the location is very important. In addition, you will want to make sure to place it along the wall or baseboards as that’s where the mice usually roam around.

When using humane catch and release mouse traps, it is critical that you check them multiple times per day and release the mouse as soon as possible. Mice that are stuck in a trap, even humane ones, for too long can easily die.

Havahart Live Animal Two-Door Mouse Cage Trap

Havahart Live Animal Two-Door Mouse Cage Trap
Havahart Live Animal Two-Door Mouse Cage Trap

Havahart is a company that only makes humane mouse traps, so it’s not surprising that this is one of my favorite live catch and release mouse trap. It is one I’ve had most success with as well.

This mouse trap contains two doors, one on each end so it gives the mouse two openings to enter from. If you prefer, you can also keep one of the doors closed, however, it seems to work much better when both doors are open. My theory with this is that the mouse maybe think they can go through it, and since the trigger is in the middle of the trap, they hit it and the doors shut on them.

The Havahart mouse trap is made from 100% metal construction so there’s no way a mouse is going to chew its way through it like on the other plastic traps.

Correct trigger position on Havahart mouse trap
This is the correct way to set the trigger on the Havahart mouse trap

The only thing you might have a difficulty with is setting the trigger because it is VERY sensitive. It is a hair trigger after all. If you set the trigger before you place it in the desired location, there is a good chance you will trigger it shut before you even set it down.  So I would suggest setting the trigger in the final location so that you don’t have to move it later on.

If you’re setting this trap in an open location, you should be aware that anyone can trigger it to close. Just a slight vibration, and you have to reset it again. So if you have kids or pets, they can close it by accidentally touching it or slightly nudging it.

This mouse trap is great for small or larger mice. Because of the hair trigger, I was able to catch mice as small as 1.5 inches with this. Those mice were so light that they didn’t even activate the trigger in the other mouse traps.

Pros
  • Sturdy metal rust-proof construction for long life usage
  • Sensitive trigger that can be used to catch the smallest and lightest of mice
  • Double doors for easiest entrance
  • Mesh design allows you to easily check whether there’s a mouse in there
  • I had the most success with this humane mouse trap
Cons
  • Trigger can be a bit complicated to set for first time users
  • Very sensitive trigger that can go off unintentionally
  • Can be difficult to clean if you use messier bait such as peanut butter

Victor Multiple Catch Humane Live Mouse Trap

Victor Humane Mouse Trap
Victor Humane Mouse Trap

The Victor humane mouse trap is one I had high hopes when I first used it. The idea that you can catch multiple mice at the same time was very exciting.

This mouse trap is constructed of mainly plastic material, except the one way doors, which are made from metal. It is basically a rectangle with a path inside that goes around the rectangle. The way it works is once the mouse goes through the first set of doors, the second set of doors keeps the first closed, so the mouse can only go forward.

Due to its plastic construction, there have been many reports of mice simply chewing and gnawing their way out of the trap. Unfortunately, the top cover is not very sturdy so it allows that to happen pretty easily.

One solution is to take some duct tape and tape the top cover until you have to release it. This would make the trap more difficult for mice to escape out of.

Pros
  • Easy to set up, no need to activate or set the trigger
  • Can catch up to 4 mice at the same time
  • Very inexpensive
Cons
  • Dark plastic material makes it hard to see whether it caught any mice
  • Cheap plastic contraction makes it easier for mice to escape
  • Larger mice might not want to go through the hole as it is very small

HARRIS Humane Mouse Trap, Catch and Release

Harris Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack
Harris Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack

The Harris humane mouse trap is another trap I like very much. It is very easy to set up and the material, although plastic, is harder plastic so makes it almost impossible for mice to chew through it.

This trap has a special bait compartment at one end while the door is located on the other end. When you push the doors down, they are set in place, and then when the mouse goes inside, he activates the trigger which closes the doors.

I would prefer if they made this trap a little longer in size because I have caught a mouse with it before and its tail was caught in the door. Although he seemed to be OK once I released him, there are reports of mice chewing off their tails when they get stuck in similar situations.

Mouse tail trapped in mouse trap
This poor mouse got his tail trapped in my Harris mouse trap

Another thing I would prefer is if this trap was more see through. Even though you can kind of see through the green plastic material, it is sometimes hard to tell if there’s anything in there. Most of the time if you catch a mouse with it, his breathing will fog up the trap so you will be able to tell that way.

The trigger on this mouse trap is not overly sensitive which means it will not work great with small light mice. I have seen a small mouse on my camera go inside this trap and come out with no trigger action.

Pros
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Sturdy hard plastic construction
  • Relatively inexpensive to purchase
  • Comes in two pack for double action
Cons
  • Trigger is not sensitive enough to catch very small and light mice
  • Sometimes it is hard to tell if there’s a mouse in there

Tomcat Single Catch Live Mouse Trap

Tomcat Single Mouse Live Trap
Tomcat Single Mouse Live Trap

Tomcat is a big name in the mouse and rodent control industry, so it’s not surprise that they would have a humane mouse trap on the market as well.

This is a one mouse trap that can be reusable. The design of this trap is pretty clever because it doesn’t have traditional doors that close shut using springs or similar methods. The trap works based on gravity. There is basically a compartment tunnel in the middle that’s held on each side. One side lets this tunnel rock back and forth gently if there’s weight in there. The other side is the door that closes automatically when the tunnel shifts to the end end.

So how does it shift? Well the weight of the mouse will do that part. As the mouse moves to the opposite end of the doors to get the bait, he will gently rock the tunnel forward making the close gently close behind him.

Two gripes I have with this mouse trap is that it is made with black plastic, so there’s no way to know if it caught a mouse or if it was falsely triggered. The second thing is the plastic feels pretty cheap and there are several reports of mice chewing through it.

Pros
  • Clever design that doesn’t resemble any other humane mouse traps out there
  • Easy to set up and place the bait
  • Easy clean up
Cons
  • Cheap plastic design is not very durable
  • Black non-see through design means you cannot easily tell if there’s a mouse inside
  • Very small trap so bigger mice might decide to avoid going into this trap

Authenzo Humane Mouse Trap

Authenzo Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack
Authenzo Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack

The Authenzo catch and release mouse trap is very similar to the Harris mouse trap above, except it improves on the design a bit. The main difference is the extra air holes they added on top of the trap for extra air circulation. There have been reports on mice suffocating in these types of traps because they run out of air.

My guess is if there are only a limited number of air holes, the trapped mouse could potentially cover the air holes with its body and thus inadvertently suffocate itself.

Other than that, this mouse trap works exactly the same as Harris one. The door is attached to the spring and the bait stand is what closes the door when mouse steps on it. The other end has the release door which also serves as bait compartment so that it is easier to clean up. This also ensures the mouse cannot escape with the bait without the door closing.

Pros
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Release door has a bait compartment for easier clean up
  • Sturdy hard plastic construction
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Comes in two pack for double action
Cons
  • Trigger is not sensitive enough to catch very small and light mice
  • Sometimes it is hard to tell if there’s a mouse in there
  • The size of the trap should be longer as sometimes the mouse can get its tail trapped on the door. There is an optional 7.8-inch-long trap, but it’s probably still not long enough. I would recommend getting the long one if you decide to go with this mouse trap.

CaptSure Original Humane Mouse Traps

CaptSure Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack
CaptSure Humane Mouse Trap, 2 Pack

This CaptSure mouse trap is just about identical to the Authenzo one and very similar to Harris mouse trap. So why did I include it in this list? The only reason it is here is because I believe it improves on those two mouse traps due to the color and see-through of it.

The trap is constructed of the similar hard plastic material, but in this case, it is very light tan color which is much easier to see through. You have no idea how much it sucks to set up a mouse trap and then find it difficult to know whether there’s a mouse in there or not. This mouse trap fixes that.

Other than the color and see-thru of it, everything else is mainly the same. The door is connected to the spring which clicks into the latch when set. Then when the mouse walks onto the bait stand (fulcrum), it releases the door from the latch.

Although they improved on the color of it, they did not improve on the risk of getting the mouse’s tail trapped in the door. I wish the 6.7-inch length was made longer by a couple of inches to prevent that from happening. I think somewhere around 9-10 inches would be the sweet point. The Havahart humane mouse trap is exactly 10 inches in length and trapping the mouse’s tail has never been a problem with that trap.

Pros
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Release door has a bait compartment for easier clean up
  • Sturdy hard plastic construction
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Comes in two pack for double action
Cons
  • Trigger is not sensitive enough to catch very small and light mice
  • The size of the trap should be longer as sometimes the mouse can get its tail trapped on the door. There is an optional 7.9-inch-long trap, but it’s probably still not long enough. I would recommend getting the long one if you decide to go with this mouse trap.

Kensizer Small Animal Cage Trap

Kensizer Small Animal Cage Trap
Kensizer Small Animal Cage Trap

The Kensizer Live Cage trap is very similar to the Havahart trap, except it is way bigger and the trigger is not as sensitive. This trap itself is the largest on this list, and that’s probably because it is advertised as being best for rats and chipmunks. In my experience, I would agree that this trap is probably an overkill for catching mice and the trigger is large and heavy that it might not be triggered by tiny little mice.

Other than that, this is a really nice trap. The trigger is easy to set up, and the trap itself is pretty light so you can move it even with trigger activated. When the trigger is active, the front door is opened upwards, which is very nice and allows a large opening for mice or other animals to come in.

Unfortunately for my test, this mouse trap did not deliver great results. Part of it could have been that my mice have just become too smart for cage traps at this stage, or it could have been that the trap was not sensitive enough. Either way, I would go with one of the smaller traps for mice.

Pros
  • Relatively easy to set up for a cage trap
  • Large and open to allow animal a lot of room to roam around
  • Sturdy metal construction
Cons
  • Not very effective for mice in my experience
  • Large and clunky, so it can’t be placed in hidden and concealed areas easily

Mouse Mansion Trap

Avantina Mouse Mansion Trap
Avantina Mouse Mansion

The Avantina Mouse Mansion trap is similar to Harris, Authenzo, and CaptSure models, except it expands on some of their weaknesses. For example, it is a much larger and longer trap so the mouse tails are less likely to get stuck on the door. This trap also utilizes a different trap mechanism. Instead of the door that is pressed down into the bottom, which springs back to closed position, the door on this one opens upwards and on top of the trap.

It is called the mouse mansion for a reason and it’s because mice have a lot of room to roam around and explore. My success rate with this mouse trap is similar to other plastic ones. So while I caught some mice, I found other mice which were weary of enclosed spaces such as these traps.

Mice caught in a mouse mansion mousetrap
Here’s one little mouse I caught in the Mouse Mansion mousetrap

Overall, I would highly recommend this mouse trap over the other plastic ones just because it is larger, easier to operate, and transparent, so you can easily see if you caught a mouse or not. Another plus is that the door is black, so you can see when it is closed or open without much effort.

Pros
  • Sturdy construction for a plastic trap
  • Large and safe so the door doesn’t trap tails of mice
  • Easy to set and use
  • Door is closed by gravity, so it doesn’t have a spring and it doesn’t make a louder noise
Cons
  • Due to the fact that door is not spring-loaded, it does close a bit slower, which could be a problem for really smart mice
  • The longer construction could make it difficult to place in ideal locations

Pawmate Rolling Mouse Trap

Pawmate Rolling Mouse Trap
Pawmate Rolling Mouse Trap

The Pawmate Rolling Mouse Trap is unlike any other mouse trap on this page. That’s because it is not a trap by itself. It takes a bit of work to get it to function. It is basically a smooth metal roller, with bolts on each end, which is attached to a bucket. You then need couple of wood planks or hard cardboard to make a ramp to the bucket so that the mice can climb up. Once they start walking on the roller, the roller turns and they fall into the bucket.

The bucket and wooden planks are not included. So you need a normal 5 gallon bucket. I used one from the Home Depot. Depending on how big your mice are and how good their jumping abilities are, you might need a deeper bucket.

Rolling mouse trap with a bucket
Rolling mouse trap with a bucket

Some people use it as a kill trap by filling the bucket with water so that the mice drown, but obviously I did not. I just put cotton on the bottom so that they have a soft landing and plus they have some privacy when they get there. You can use various other materials such as shredded paper, wood dust, and so on.

I find this method of mouse trapping works best for outdoors or garage mice. Because they need to climb the ramps to get into the bucket, you need mice that are either very hungry or very adventurous. The regular ol’ mice in your kitchen probably will not be interested in taking this bucket challenge.

Pros
  • Very good success rate for smart mice that simply don’t want to enter any trap
  • Can catch multiple mice at the same time
  • Solid metal construction so that it can last a long time
Cons
  • It takes a bunch of work to get it set up properly
  • You need to get your own bucket and wooden planks
  • Ideal for crafty people, but not for those that want a ready-to-go solution

By Mr. Mouse Trapper

Just another guy trapping mice from one house to another in a humanely and timely fashion. Ready to show you how to get rid of mice yourself.