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What Kind of Traps Are Used for Mice?

When controlling a mouse infestation, choosing the right type of trap is an important decision. Several different types of mouse traps are available, each with its advantages and specific use cases. Understanding the options can help you effectively address a mouse problem in your home or business. Here’s a breakdown of the most commonly used mouse traps and how they work.

  1. Snap Traps

Snap traps are one of the oldest and most widely recognized types of mouse traps. They use a spring-loaded bar to snap down on a mouse when it attempts to take the bait from the trap, typically resulting in instant death. These traps are effective, inexpensive, and available in plastic and wood versions. Snap traps can be baited with food items such as peanut butter, chocolate, or nuts, which are highly attractive to mice. While highly effective, they require careful handling to avoid snapping fingers and should be placed in areas away from pets and children.

  1. Electric Traps

Electric mouse traps are a more modern solution, offering a high-tech way to deal with mice. These traps lure the mouse into a containment chamber, completing a circuit by stepping on metal plates and delivering a lethal electric shock. Electric traps are humane, as death is quick and painless. They are also safe to use around children and pets. However, they tend to be more expensive than other types of traps.

  1. Glue Traps

Glue or sticky traps consist of a piece of cardboard, plastic, or wood coated with a strong adhesive. A mouse gets stuck and cannot escape when it runs into the trap. While glue traps are effective at capturing mice, some consider them less humane as the mouse does not die immediately and can suffer significantly.

  1. Live Catch Traps

For those who prefer a humane option, live catch traps, also known as catch-and-release traps, allow mice to be captured without harming them. These traps use bait to lure the mouse into a cage or box that snaps shut once the mouse is inside. After capture, the mouse can be released far away from the home. This method requires regular monitoring to ensure that captured mice are not left in the trap for too long, which can lead to stress and harm.


Selecting the right mouse trap depends on several factors, including the severity of the infestation, the desired level of humaneness, and specific safety concerns. Contact the professionals at Mice Mob Exterminators and let them explain the various trap options for your rodent problem.

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