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Plastic & Wooden Mouse Trap - Review & Comparison

Updated on April 27, 2013

The first time you know there's a mouse in your house can be a traumatic moment. The signs can vary. It could have been that first small deposit beside the fruit bowl or maybe a tiny scurrying sound in the walls. Or worse still - you may have seen the offender dart from the stove to the fridge, defying your ability to catch it.

No matter how you came to the realization that there's a mouse in your house, or even mice, plural, there's only one thing to do now. Catch it. Whether you opt for the humane version of catching and releasing or just want it dead, you need it somewhere where it can't eat any of the nibbles you want for yourself or leave deposits on your bench.

Below you'll find two of the best mouse traps based on what you want to do with the mouse - they're both tried and tested and will make capturing your wily foe a simple mess free task.

Traditional Snap Trap

The Snap-E Trap is one of the best traditional snap mouse traps on the market. Having used it myself, I can say that it is definitely better than a standard wood and wire trap. Why? Well here are some of the reasons I found from personal testing:

  • Large bait pad - unlike traditional traps, the large bait pad means that the mouse will usually be caught before it even gets to the food. Even the craftiest of mice can't get the food out of this one.
  • Durable - you may be paying more for this one but it's worth it. Made of high quality plastic and steel, it will last and won't snap after a couple of uses or a vicious mouse attack.
  • Easy to dispose - the smart upright bar means a simple press and the mouse is easily dropped into the bin without touching any of the remains.
  • Actually works - the first time I used one of these I caught three mice in a matter of hours.
So are there any bad things about this trap?
  • Bait area - the only thing I didn't like was the small area for bait. It's a small half tube which is hard to fill and harder to clean out. However does't lessen how well this trap works - just a bit of a pain once you've caught him and want to clean up.

Bait Ideas for Mice

There are plenty of methods to attract mice to a trap but here are some good ones:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread
  • Vanilla Essence (soak a tissue or piece of bread.)
  • Soft cheese
  • Honey

If you prefer to catch mice and either release them or kill them in a way that feels less painful, a humane catching trap might be the answer.

A tip trap is the perfect solution for this:

  • Automated - once mouse is attracted inside, it will run towards the end, automatically tipping the trap over and closing the door.
  • Durable - made of strong plastic.
  • Small size - unlike many humane traps, this one is small and easily stored. You don't have to worry about wire cages or large containers.

So what's bad about it?

  • Leaving it too close to a wall or other obstacle can stop trap tipping and closing correctly.
  • Too much weight on the end (too much bait) can lead to trap tipping easily.

However it's still a great humane trap, compared to many of the complicated and unmanageable cages and mouse houses.


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