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The Definitive Guide: How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

So you’re probably here because you saw a little mouse in your house and want to get rid of it as soon as possible, right? I was in the same situation as you. When you first see the little bugger, you can’t help but feel violated. He is eating your food, gnawing through your things, and worst of all, leaving droppings (AKA poop) all over the place. So what now? I will show you how to get rid of mice in your home.

This is the time to make a concise plan to get rid of mice in your house once and for all. It’s not going to be easy, but after you’re done, you will gain a valuable life lesson and be able to get rid of mice no matter where you live in the future. And let’s be honest, mice are everywhere, so it’s not like you’re going to move to somewhere where they do not have mice.

And perhaps worst of all, mice can carry diseases which you probably do not want to expose your family to.

I put together this guide to go walk you through each step of the way in getting rid of mice so that your house can be at peace and your food can be left for intended audience only.

By the way, if you’ve seen one mouse or their droppings, chances are you have a lot more. When I first caught my first mouse, I was super excited. I thought I was one and done, but guess what? I kept catching mice each and every day until I caught all nine. I was lucky enough to have a mama mouse give birth in my place, and I was blessed with 8 little baby mice. So I will show you exactly how to catch mice in your own home too.

Close Off Any Entry Points to Your House

Building crack for mouse to enter
Example of a building gap/crack where a mouse can easily enter. Yours might not always be this large or obvious.

Perhaps the most important part in getting rid of mice is to close of and eliminate any entry points into your house. The mice did not just magically appear in your house. They found a nice little hole (as small as quarter of inch) and made their way through. Mice usually like to live outdoors during summer and warmed months, but when it starts getting colder, they find a place to nest (such as your beautiful house).

The most obvious entry points to examine would be exterior vents, large foundation cracks and gaps, gaps in windows, gaps in ceilings, gaps in doors, gaps around sewer lines, gaps around plumbing or gas lines, and so on. Basically where ever you can find a little gap, there is a chance the mouse can go through it.

The best material for closing gaps in and around your house is steel wool. You can simply stuff a lot of steel wool into gaps and then caulk around those gaps or use other methods to secure steel wool into the cracks.

Mice do not like to chew through steel wool as it hurts their little teeth, so they will most likely pass on that gap if there is a lot of steel wool to get through. Use #3 grade steel wool which is thick enough for rodents. If the steel wool is too thin, there is a chance the mice will still gnaw their way through it.

For larger gaps, you should close them off properly, whether it’s concrete mix, sheet metal, or another appropriate material for your case.

Use Mouse Traps to Catch Mice

So you’ve closed of all the gaps in your house and now you need to get the little buggers out, right? The next step is to get some good quality mouse traps and catch those guys.

There are several types of mouse traps out there including:

Snap Traps

These mouse traps lure mice on them and then they snap onto the mouse in order to kill it. Usually snapping his neck. Although nobody enjoys killing these little critters, this is probably the most humane way of killing them if you choose to go that route. Every one in a while, you might have to deal with a mouse that’s still alive, but suffering horribly. For example, the snap broke its spine, but the mouse is still alive and cannot move anywhere.

Glue Traps

Glue traps are becoming more and more popular because they usually come pre-baited and do not require much monitoring. The process is simple. The mouse walks on them to feed and becomes glued to it.

Next, the mouse proceeds to die a somewhat slow death due to one of the following reasons:

  • Hypothermia – he cannot move to maintain his optimal body temperature
  • Asphyxiation – his nose and nasal passages might get glued as well, thus blocking the air entry into their lungs
  • Hunger – no food on the trap anymore so he will starve if he doesn’t succumb to any of the other methods first

Glue traps are definitely one of the least humane ways to get rid of mice. So if you are looking for humane traps, either go with snap traps (to kill) or live catch and release traps (to keep alive).

Humane Live Catch and Release Traps

These traps are my favorite. I even put together a list of the best humane mouse traps. I don’t enjoy killing mice since they’re somewhat cute, so when I had to get rid of them, I simply caught them and released them in the nearby park. By nearby, I mean about 3 miles away.

What happens next to these mice is not uncertain. Some will be eaten by predators such as hawks or snakes, others might be run over by cars, and the remainder might nest elsewhere and live a normal mouse life.

Mice Poison

Although not technically a trap, it is used to kill mice. It is essentially just a really delicious mouse food which kills them when they consume it. I would advise staying away from these because the mice will die a slow and painful death, and worst of all, they’ll probably die inside your walls which might stink for a week or two.

Select The Best Bait for Your Mouse Traps

The best bait for your mouse traps will vary. Although most people recommend using peanut butter, I’ve had the most luck using dry dog food.

The idea is to use the bait that the mice are used to eating in your house. If you have a dog, then it could be the dog food. If you do not have a dog, it could be anything that’s left laying around in your house. I put together a guide for best bait for mouse traps here.

Finding Best Location for Mouse Traps

It does not matter how good the mouse trap is if it’s placed in the wrong location. Before I started successfully catching mice in my home, it took probably three months for me to realize I was looking in the wrong places.

If you have found mouse droppings somewhere in your house such as behind your stove or fridge, then those would probably be the best places to try first. Mice usually walk around the perimeter of the room, so placing the traps by the baseboards and walls can be more successful than just placing them randomly in the room.

If you have not seen any mouse droppings, then it can be difficult to find where they roam around when you’re not there. In most cases, it will be somewhere close to food, which means in or around the kitchen in majority of homes.

A mouse will most likely not live inside your kitchen though. They will usually prefer more secretive place such as inside your walls, ceilings, attic, crawlspace, and so on. And if you hear your mouse inside the walls, you know that’s most likely where their nest is. So while you can start tearing down drywall in hopes of catching the mouse, it is more economical to set up traps in the correct locations and wait till the little guy is hungry and comes out in search of food.

If you have a pet such as a dog, it could very well be around their food bowl, especially if your dog doesn’t finish his or her food each day.

If you have been trying to catch a mouse for a long time and still do not have any success, I would suggest doing what I do. Buy an inexpensive indoor camera with motion detection and place it in farthest corner in your kitchen. Make sure to leave some light on during the night and watch the playback at night to see if you can spot the mice moving around your place.

In my case, the mice were coming in from under the kitchen cabinet, but the whole was in such a weird place that I had not seen it before even when I looked for it. I had to look down and up in order to see the hole as shown in the image below.

Mouse hole
Mouse hole in my kitchen. The holes where mouse can enter through could be in the oddest of places.

Practice Good Sanitation

Whether you’ve caught all the mice yet or not, it is important to practice good sanitation. Don’t leave any food laying around your house at night. If you have a lot of food crumbles on your floor, make sure to vacuum it often.

If you have kids in the house, then I can relate how messy your house probably is. But you still need to make sure the kids clean up after themselves, or if they’re too young to do that, you need to clean up. Messy and dirty homes will not only invite mice, but they could also invite other rodents as well as insects such as cockroaches.

After you have caught your mouse, make sure you clean up all of their droppings and dead bodies. If you’ve caught the mouse humanely, then make sure you release it far away so that it cannot come back to your house. It is also important to release it swiftly as the mouse can still die if left in the humane trap for too long.

Consider Adopting a Cat

Get a cat to hunt mice for you
This cat seems like it’s ready to hunt a mouse or two.

We have all seen Tom & Jerry, and while it’s not always true, most cats do love to prey on mice. If you are not having luck catching the mouse on your own, then maybe it’s time to adopt a nice little cat from your local humane society or animal shelter.

Although most cats are really good at catching mice, there are some that are just lazy. If you feed your cat a lot of food, the cat doesn’t really have much incentive to roll of your cough and try to catch a speedy mouse.

But keep in mind that cats do not only catch mice for food. They also do it because they’re naturally hunters so their instincts tell them to catch the mice.

Still, if you had to choose which cat to get, I would prefer a leaner, faster, and younger cat, rather than overweight older cat. Good hunter cats will get rid of mice fast, and because mice can smell cat’s scent, they might move out of your place on their own.

Hire a Professional Pest Management Company

If you’ve tried everything and are still not having luck, then you might have a bigger problem. Your mouse might be on steroids (not literally) and the best way to get rid of those is to hire a professional pest management company. I have never worked with a pest management company, so I cannot recommend which one is best. Your best bet is to look around on Google and Angie’s List and find the ones that are rated the highest.

Celebrate The Removal of Mice

Hooray! You’ve successfully removed all the mice from your house, so now you can pat yourself on the back and celebrate a bit in your achievement. Now that you know how to catch mice, you can keep that skill with you forever and any time you cross paths with a mouse inside your home, walls, attic, or anywhere else, you can implement your technique and get rid of those mice too!

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Best Bait for Mouse Traps

Once you have found the right humane mouse trap to try out, the next step is to find the best bait for mouse traps. There are hundreds of different things you can try as bait, however, many will often not work as well.

Mice are very opportunistic species, which means they will adapt to many different living conditions. They can survive really well with a little food and very little water for a long period of time. They prioritize reproduction over almost anything else, and that is why if you have a mouse in your house, chances are you will have many more soon.

So let’s go over some of the things mice love and hate, shall we?

What Mice Love

what bait do mice love?
Mouse eating a nut in its natural environment.

Mice are kind of like fat slobs, except they’re usually not fat or slow. In fact, they’re usually slender and quick. But the reason I say they’re like fat slobs is because those are the types of food they prefer in people’s homes.

Mice like foods that are sugary and fatty. Things like gooey peanut butter and soft smelly cheese are right up their alley, but they will NOT work with every mouse. I have observed some mice come near peanut butter and various cheese and walk right past it. So the right bait for a mouse will vary quite a bit.

What Mice Hate

We know what mice love, but what do they hate? Mice are said to hate many things such as peppermint, peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, various other types of pepper, cloves, ammonia, chili oil or powder, mothballs, and other similar things.

So does that mean you just put a bunch of these things randomly throughout your house and mice will be move out as soon as possible? Definitely not! Although mice are thought to dislike those things, they certainly love the comfort of your home and food in your kitchen much more to just pack up and go.

The reason I wanted to go over the things mice do not like is because those are some of the things you shouldn’t try to use as bait or near your bait. But they will not work well as a mouse repellent.

Best Bait for Mouse Traps

I will categorize mouse trap bait in three categories including: food bait, nesting material bait, and specialty bait that’s created specifically for mice and rodents.

Food Bait

Food bait is anything that a mouse can eat. Although mice poison is technically food bait as well, I did not include it on this list. I am strongly against poison bait because once the mice ingest it, they will probably go inside your walls and ceilings and die there. And who wants a dead mouse inside their walls? I know I don’t.

Peanut Butter

peanut butter as mouse bait
Peanut butter remains one of the best baits for mouse traps.

Peanut butter is one of people’s favorite bait for mouse traps because it has been shown to work so well. Mice love nuts in general, but when it’s in butter form, it is even better. They can eat it quickly and they do not have to chew much. Besides that, peanut butter is also very fatty, which is one of the main criteria for mouse bait.

Cheese

There is a reason cartoons always depict mice as eating cheese. Although mice do not eat cheese in their natural environment, they do LOVE cheese when they nest in people’s homes. And who doesn’t like cheese really? It’s made from milk, in a solid form, and tastes delicious. 

Although most websites will tell you to only use soft cheeses, you can certainly use almost any cheese. Mice love hard cheeses as much as they love soft ones. Soft ones are usually recommended because they’re set on snap traps, so it’s stickier and it makes it harder for mouse to escape with bait. But when using a humane mouse trap, you don’t have to worry about that.

Some cheeses to consider for mouse trap: cheddar, Swiss, ricotta, cottage, Muenster, and Colby.

Seeds and Nuts

seeds as mouse bait
Mice love seeds as that’s what they usually eat in their natural environment.

In addition to peanut butter and cheese, mice also love to eat seeds and smaller nuts. This is one of their natural foods as they can find seeds and nuts in the wild as well. Although you can buy mouse specific seeds, you can also get bird food which contains a variety of seeds to try.

Some seeds to try in your mouse traps: oatmeal, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, squash seeds, lentils, peanuts, popcorn, and rice.

Wet Cat or Dog Food

Although mice are not going to find cat or dog food in the wild, they often to find it outside on people’s porches and patios where they feed their dogs or cats. Thus, the mice have come to love that food as well. It will depend on whether the mouse you have is used to this type of food, but try getting a can of wet cat or dog food and trying it on your trap.

Dry Cat or Dog Food

In addition to wet cat or dog food, some mice like the dry food too. Dry cat or dog food has several advantages to its wet sibling. The main one is that mice can take it back to their nest for later usage. This means they do not have to keep coming back to the food location to keep feeding off of it. If they are nursing, it is especially helpful for them to take food back to their babies.

Chocolate

Mice love sweets, and what better sweet than chocolate? Depending on what type of chocolate you have, most mice will give it a whirl without much though. If you have little kids running around, then chances are they drop pieces of chocolate all over you house and the mice most likely come out at night to scoop those pieces up.

Maple Syrup

Like chocolate, Maple Syrup is very sweet and thus mice will indulge in it. It is not my favorite bait to use because it is very sticky and messy. I prefer dry mice baits as they are easier to clean up later. But if you have a stubborn mouse that just won’t go in the trap, then perhaps you can try something sweeter and stickier such as Maple Syrup.

Food That The Mouse is Used to Eating

There might come a time when you’ve used many different baits and have not had any success. The reason for this could be that the bait is wrong, placement of mouse trap is wrong, or the type of mouse trap you have is wrong. If the bait is wrong, you need to really look around your house to see what your mouse might be eating.

Mice eat what they have available for them. That means if you rarely ever have chocolate or peanut butter in your house, then they probably will not like that as much. If you’re used to eating potato chips and there’s often bits and pieces that fall under the couch, then you should try that.

To put it simply, use the food in your house for your mouse trap. Don’t go out buying something specifically for a mouse. If he survived just fine on your current food, then that means you don’t need to buy anything else. You simply need to figure out what type of food he or she is eating in your home right now. In most cases, that will be the same type of food you, your family and your pets are eating.

Nesting Material Bait

Using nesting material as bait is not a new tactic. Mice are nesting animals, which means they will select a spot they are comfortable and safe in and make a nest there. That means they need a lot of material to create this nest out of.

If your mice are fat and have plenty of food, then maybe your trap is not working because they are not hungry. So it might be time to try some nesting material as bait. Nesting materials is also considered to be some of the best bait for mouse traps.

Cotton

cotton as mouse bait
Mice sometimes use cotton as nesting material so it’s no surprise that it can be a good bait for mouse traps.

Cotton is one of those materials that mice can use the add to their nest. It makes their nest warmer and cozier, and since you probably have some cotton balls in your home already, why not try that? 

Take a cotton ball and cut it up in a bunch of smaller pieces, then add it to your mouse trap. To get the mouse comfortable with the material, try adding it next to mouse trap as well and seeing if the mouse takes that piece first.

Floss

Another good nesting material is floss. Just get a non-scented floss and cut it up in pieces and see if the mice in your home will go for it. There is no recommended size the floss should be, but trying about 1 inch in length first and seeing if that works. Do not make it too short or too long.

Other Nest Building Materials

If you have other material lying around your house such as shredded paper, cardboard, and similar things, then you could try those as well. Anything that a mouse can use to build its nest could work in theory. 

Specialty Bait

There are some specialty rodent attractant gels in the market which claims to be the best bait ever. However, in my testing and from reading around other people’s experience with these gels, they really do not work better than food. 

Just think about it.

Why would a lab-created mysterious gel that a mouse has never tried before work better than the food mouse is used to eating? If you have tried absolutely everything else and are out of ideas, then maybe you can try one of these gels. But in general, I would say stay away from these and try one of the food or nesting material baits mentioned above.

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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