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Humane Mouse Trap - The Different Models In The Market

Updated on August 1, 2015

Why Use A Humane Mouse Trap?

If you are an animal lover, then a humane mouse trap would be a better choice for you. Not everyone is comfortable with killing, even if it is a mouse or rat that happens to find its way into your home. While some traps claim to be humane as they employ eletrical shocks to quickly kill off the rodent, the reality is, a kill is a kill. You still have a dead carcass to dispose off, although the manner that you go about just seems less cruel, compared to say, a glue mouse trap. For such a trap, it is not unheard of for rodents to gnaw at their limbs in an attempt to free themselves. So, imagine the gore.

Needless to say, if you have young kids or pets at home, using poison traps should also be a big no. Safety aside, imagine what you will be imparting to your kids about life and nature if you choose a humane mouse trap instead. While such a trap may be more inconvenient as you need to find a place to release the mouse, sometimes, it is worth it if we care about animals and nature and like the next generation to feel the same.

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Smart Mouse Trap - Humane Mousetrap
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A Humane Mouse Trap Endorsed By Animal Rights Organizations

One humane mouse trap that you can use with peace of mind is the SmartMouse Trap. It is endorsed by humane societies and animal rights organizations to give animal lovers that confidence that it is an effective trap which doesn't hurt or injure any rodent that has taken the bait and wandered in.

It is a simple trap which will snap the door shut once the mouse retrieves the bait. Made of see-through plastic, you can clearly see if you have a catch. To release the mouse, it needs to chew through the bait first once the trap door is opened. This delay is to ensure there is no contact between you and the mouse.

As the mouse slowly chews through the bait, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have spared a life as you watch it escape. If you don't believe in killing, it is indeed a joy to see an animal scurrying away to freedom. You will never be able to experience such kind of pleasant feelings with a mouse trap that kills.

Poll: Should You Kill?

When you see a pest roaming about in your home, you know you have to catch it to prevent an infestation. Some people would prefer to let a mouse go free after it is caught. It is an animal after all. Others will lay a trap that kills. Well, a mouse is certainly a pest.

So, do you think a mouse should be killed once it is caught?

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Havahart Humane Mouse Trap

The other popular humane mouse trap is by Havahart. Instead of plastic like the SmartMouse Trap, it is made of wire mesh with two spring-loaded doors. This means the mouse can enter from either direction and get trapped once it takes the bait.

The benefit of this mouse trap is that is won't crack, unlike plastic. However, you do need to be delicate with a Havahart mouse trap because the trap door is very sensitive to triggers. Therefore, setting the bait may involve some difficulties, but if you want a sensitive mouse trap that will spring the door shut once a mouse gets in, then you will appreciate the fact why setting the bait is more troublesome than you would have liked. Nobody likes to see the bait gone but with no mouse in sight. A sensitive mouse trap minimizes this risk although you need to be aware that the size of the trap that you have needs to fit the rodents that you want to catch. If the rodent is too big for the trap, the door may not shut properly and your rodent will scurry away after devouring all the food that you have provided.

Anyway, since you do have a heart, a humane mouse trap is what you need to get rid of all the mice. Don't wait until the problem becomes unmanageable with an army of them infesting your home.

Humane Mouse Trap For Multiple Catch

The common humane mouse trap would only be able to trap one mouse at a time. However, it is likely that your house has more than one mice hiding somewhere. While you can get multiple traps and set them up at different places, you can also consider getting a single trap that can hold up to a few mice at one time.

This works wonderfully if you suspect that all the mice is in one location, such as the kitchen. Rather than limited to trapping one mouse each night, get a trap that can accommodate a few mice and you could well be able to get rid of the pests sooner. Once they are caught, then you have the option to release them all into the wild, which is where they should be in the natural order of things.

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A Humane Mouse Trap Is About Sparing Life. The Choice Is In Your Hands. Why Not Be Kind To Animals & Get A Humane Trap?

Reader Comments On Humane Mouse Traps

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    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      Last weekend I went to my uncle house and I saw a Humane Mouse Trap! He told me it really helps him to catch mouse.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will try this in the cottage this summer. One grandson is really angry when we use the sticky pads. It is awful I admit.

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      5 years ago

      Another good reason to use a humane mouse trap over poison is the environmental impact of the poison. Mouse and rats that are poisoned are often captured and eaten by birds of prey, and the poison can kill them, too. A humane trap (or an electronic repellant) avoids impacting other animals father up the food chain.

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      5 years ago

      I'm against killing anything, so think this is a fabulous idea.

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      5 years ago

      I just caught two mice in my hav a hart trap. The first one i released in a large rock cluster and left it some peanuts and almonds as a "grubstake." Unfortunately, the second one I caught in the trap on a weekday, and didn't have time to drive it to my release spot, so i left it until afternoon. I did drip some water into the trap, which the mouse went right for. When i returned a few hours later the mouse didn't look too good, so i couldn't consider putting it out in the cold. I placed a "platter" of different food choices in a jar lid and went back to finish the day at my office. When i returned, the mouse was dead. A previous poster here warned about leaving mice for even a few hours. Not sure what the cause of death was: too cold in basement, not enough food/water, or just plain stress. Next time i will do a quick transfer into an old fish tank with adequate shelter (cover), H20 and food.

    • TheBLU26 profile image


      5 years ago

      I hate mouse traps especially the sticky ones which they use a lot in Europe. They really make the little creatures suffer. I saved a couple from the glue and they became the best pets I ever had! Your humane mouse traps lens is great!

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      Laura45 LM 

      5 years ago

      Lots of great information here about humane mouse trap options.

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 

      5 years ago

      I think it is a great item of utility for animal lovers.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! It is nice to see someone cares about how our little mice are treated! Humane options can be as well to herd them all up into one area with ultrasonic wave emitters. If you have mice in the kitchen, see if you can put ultrasonic sound devices in the basement, and keep them working until you can live catch all of your mice. Be sure to evacuate them quickly, as they can die within hours if not released.


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