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Best Humane Mouse Traps - Quick Kill or No Kill

Updated on December 25, 2011

Humane Mouse Trap- The Differences

There are two types of humane mouse traps, quick- kill and no-kill catch and release traps. I always think of humane traps as the no kill PETA trap, but there are many others.The other are quick kill variety of humane traps, they are are just that, quick; as well as efficient and safe for human handling. It can be confusing when hearing about the two if you are unsure of the double terminology; looking at most humane trap, of course is easily identifiable.

The main theory behind no-kill traps are relocation- setting the mouse free. According to studies I found, getting rid of mice without mouse proofing does not reduce the mouse population in your home.This form of humane mouse removal method increases our humanity’s exposure to over 35 diseases, some fatal. I hope when you are done reading, you think twice about releasing mice or other rodents free outside your home.

Mouse Relocation causes immigration

The Department of Biology at Montana did a study in March 2003 titled," Emerging Infectious Diseases," the study concluded that removing mice from a dwelling, whether eliminated by fatal trap or humane no kill trap and then relocated did not reduce their numbers in any building. In addition, relocating live mice to the outdoors will, in fact, cause a steady flow of rodent immigration into other structures.

Experts say it's common for house mice to nest within 35 feet of a food source; but outdoor mice will travel quite far to immigrate into an inviting structure. In addition, the study showed that tagged mice caught in a humane mouse trap, then relocated ten miles away from the originating building, can often find their way back. Wow.

Thanks to Ruud Hein via Flickr
Thanks to Ruud Hein via Flickr | Source

Rodents have Rights

The controversial non-profit organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), posted on their blog "Living in Harmony with Mice," and "The Secret Lives of Mice." Now, I understand and sympathize with the driving force behind behind PETA, as I abhor cruelty to animals too, but I am confused by PETA. With all the diseases that rodents transmit, as well as the damage they can cause, including house fires and death, I fail to understand why we need to live in harmony with wild rodents. PETA has fill in the blank articles with using rats instead if mice and I noticed their articles often contradict each other.

Maybe I am just plain ignorant of wild rodents rights as opposed to our own human survival and health.

At PETA's main site, they state: "Mice and rats are often forced into human environments when their natural habitats are lost to development. We owe it to these gentle social animals to do all that we can to peacefully co-exist with them."

Hmm, mice in my silverware drawer, possibly contaminated infectious mice droppings in my food pantry, dead mice in the horses feed bin; no, no, no, I can't or won't live peacefully in harmony with mice in my house or barn.



Best Mouse Traps

Victor M250PRO Professional Electronic Mouse Trap
Victor M250PRO Professional Electronic Mouse Trap

Victor Humane Electronic Mouse Trap Model:M250, 100% effective and the mice have no escape. It is safe for children and pets and there is no chance of being shocked as it has an automatic shutoff. Light notifies when mouse is captured. This is a no see, no touch, easy disposal mouse trap. Eliminates up to 3 mice without having to be reset and runs on 4 AA batteries.

 

Rodents are Hazardous to Humans

Catching mice and then setting them free - I can't do that either, what if the mouse gets in some random structure after I dump if off and it invades someplace else? Mice will seek out a warm home. It's proven mice travel ten or more miles to invade the nearest source. How far would one need to drive to release the mouse, free of injury, to a responsible location? PETA's solution is just not realistic to me. Would the lone house mouse survive in the wild after all that work? Do we spend a week trying to collect them all so we can set the mice family free all at once? Without grossing people out, I left a link above when I mentioned a human fatality, if I caused that when I set the rodent free I'd feel horrible.

In PETA's article "Living in Harmony with Mice," it fails to state that mice are attracted to structures once they detect open holes with heat escaping. Are the mice leaving the cold outdoors because they are looking for warmth? I admit, humans may have built over the mice habitat, but it seems to me they prefer the warm houses over their natural habitat as well.



Mice deserve our respect

I agree with PETA that cruelty to animals is wrong, I'm just amazed they don't give all the facts when promoting their agenda. Is PETA aware that sharing your home with one couple of undisturbed happy mice can breed 4500 mice in a year?

  • Mice breed at 30 days
  • Gestation is 19 days
  • 4 to 8 pups a litter
  • Litters6 to 8 times a year
  • One couple= 42 pups a year 4500 potential mice one year


In the other PETA post, "The Secret Lives of Mice", ".. Mice, like humans, enjoy a nice warm home." There are contradictions in both articles, one really needs to read both of PETA's articles, to notice this as well as see the omission of facts.

PETA's writer further goes on to state" fascinating tidbits" that we humans should respect, "Mice are clean and fastidious animals. They designate separate areas of their homes to use as dining rooms and bathrooms. Yeah, my silverware drawer is the mice bathroom and my cereal box the mouse morgue.


Humane Rat Traps-Harder to keep charged than small mouse traps-but still the best solution

Rat/mouse Zapper Cold Climate Version Works in Temps Down to -40F with Bonus (Terry's) Keychain Led Light
Rat/mouse Zapper Cold Climate Version Works in Temps Down to -40F with Bonus (Terry's) Keychain Led Light

Rat Mouse Zapper Cold Climate

I have not personally used this item, but may try it in the future if I discover I have rats too. This product takes car of two rodents with one trap. There was a glowing review at Amazon by a person who said they have tried live-catch traps and the rats returned even after being dropped off a quarter mile away. He said this trap is "awesome." They had baited it with dog food since that what the rats were getting into. Works in temperatures down to minus 40 degrees. The zapper comes with free Lithium Batteries. The instructions state that "anything that can fit it's entire body inside this zapper will be killed so keep all pets away." Another reviewer stated it even caught the chipmunk he was after. They suggest baiting with dry pet food or sunflower seeds.

 

Mice have emotions

I agree with PETA when they say mice are smart. I will even go so far as to say they might have emotions or care for one another.The youtube video video above shows a mouse trying to “help” another mouse that is stuck in a snap trap. I use the term “help” lightly, as I have also seen mice eat their own.

  • Mice and rats chew wires which cause fires that kill people
  • Mice transmit 35 diseases, some fatal
  • Mice cause allergies
  • Mice cause expensive property damage
  • A gene has been discovered linked to mice that cause breast cancer
  • Mice are prolific reproducers-they will probably never become extinct

I'm not sure if I could not live with myself if I learned, that a mouse I set free, caused a person to get sick or succumb to one of the 35 known diseases transmitted by rodents, or was bit to death, or caused a house fire. Can you? It just seem kinda irresponsible to me.


30 to 40% of Breast Cancer caused by Mice?

Studies show that 30 to 40 percent of breast cancer may be attributed to mice via an infectious virus. Discovered in 1936, the Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus (MMTV) is similar to Human Mammary Tumor Virus (HMTV) by a whopping rate 98%, it is believed to be the same virus. Scientist say that if this notion is correct that means almost one third to one half of breast cancer can be avoided by a vaccine. How is it transmitted? This is what scientists need to know. Studies have shown the areas with high infection rate of mice carrying the MMTV correlates to similair numbers in women positive for HMTV.

The best mouse trap

Maybe you know these things I shared today, maybe you didn't. Maybe you knew, but never thought it all the way through; I admit, that was me. I preferred setting mice free, until one day I got bit trying to set a mouse free from a glue trap. Then I wised up.

I prefer the humane quick kill trap, as the mice do not suffer, it all ends for them within 3 to 5 seconds depending on the model of humane quick kill mouse trap . Even the best mouse trap can't help you with your mouse control problem unless you stick to a three step processs: Prevent, control, find your best mouse trap and do it all consistently, regularly.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Wow, what a newbie, I forgot the most important capsule, the comment module!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      We recently had a little visitor in the house; my daughter set a trap for it. She had to reset it (with more peanut butter) because the mouse was ignoring it. This time it worked. I consider the trap to be a quick-kill method. I'm going to bookmark this hub for future reference (just in case we have more visitors). Rated up and useful.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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      The-BestMouseTrap...hello, and may I, with your kind permission, just say, GREAT READ! Amazing depth. Fantastic research. This IS THE BEST story EVER about mice and mousetraps. May I also share that I VOTED UP and away for I LOVE your profile photo...very ingenious...and your name, a winner! I am so glad to have met you and become a FOLLOWER. With much Sincerity, your Friend, Fan, and Supporter, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small town in northwest Alabama that looks like Mayberry, the lovely little hamlet on the Andy Griffith Show. CONFESSION: When I was a boy, I used to think that rats were cute, cuddly and I never wanted to kill them. Now that Im an adult, NOT anymore! And this hub confirms all the bad stuff about diseases and harm they cause. Glad to be onboard with YOU!!!!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      PS: you might want to check out my hub about My Aunt Wavolene's Homemade Mousetraps..seemingly, we are on the same page. And I invite YOU to read a few of my stories and I WOULD LOVE to have you as a follower. KENNETH

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      PWalker:Thank you so much for your vote. Granny learned last week that mice love pistashios. Now we've re-confirmed that mice don't like peppermint either since she sprayed peppermint-her ole fashioned cure-and they haven't been back since.(I think its her cure for everything!)

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Kenneth Avery: Thank you for your most gracious comment and I will be sure to check out your hubs. I hope you didn't get stuck in my constant refreshes as I rearranged my hub. I noticed your comment after my final refresh. I'll be stoppping by, you can count on it.

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      World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for some really good additional information on mice. I have noticed in my travels that folks that have mice in the house often have a very narrow slit exposed under the doors to their homes, either front door, back door or both.

      A simple way to plug the openings under front and back doors is simply to get a thin, flexible, narrow strip of rubber (obtained at most hardware stores) and glue or use screws (metal or wood screws) to securely fix the rubber strip to the bottom length of the door. I hope this helps some people.

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      Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

      Wow reminds me of "King of the Hill" in that you seem to be the Hank Hill of rodent control! :-)

      Seriously what would you suggest for squirrels? There are literally many dozens of squirrels in my neighborhood. Its bad because when they eat the acorns they chew on plastic and rubber things. Scar up outdoor stuff and I have herad about them disabling a car a few years ago. I live in a suburb so a .22 or a shotgun isn't an option. Bought a couple rat traps and used them a little, but only got one chipmunk and no squirrels... Any suggestions?

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I am so grateful that we haven't had the mouse thing to deal with but this is great information for those who do. We've wrestled with rodents: raccoons in the attic and squirrels outdoors chomping on our telephone wires but no mice. I'm adding a link to my "Pantry Moths" hub for those who may be unfortunate enough to have both things going.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      SineaPies: You are so sweet, thank you so much. Raccoons, they are really a pain, my donkey scares them away though, so I haven't had to deal with them lately. Between raccoons and squirrels, looks like that could be some hubber research for someone to do!

      World Travler: Great Idea, I'll be sure and pass that on.

      Thanks so much for coming back and adding the contribution.

      Lapse: Yeah, my kids are calling me the Rodent Queen these last few weeks, I need to find a new niche or revert to using my real persona and write about what ever. Every-time they leave a half eaten poptart in its wrapper lying around, they get to hear me!

      Squirrels the cute little things, I've seen it mentioned in my research, but glossed over it in favor of rats and mice, but they too are a major nuisance. Sounds like a hub for you to tackle! Looking forward to what you find, I'll be sure to link to it when I see it. The only time squirrels bother me is when I am deer hunting, the are either dropping acorns on my head or jumping tree to tree freaking me out. They've been lucky so far as I'm not trigger happy.

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      Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

      You know a hub about those damn things is a great idea. thanks!

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      I live in a log cabin in the country. We have had mice leave their signature droppings in our kitchen. I have to storea lot of stuff in platic bins. My husband has to set mouse traps (the quick kill kind). Thankfully, he deals with all of that. But it is certainly hard to keep a kitchen as clean as I would like.

      I had no idea that breast cancer could result from mice. I wonder if my past condition could have any connection to that???

      Thanks for sharing your useful and interesting article.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, The-Best MouseTrap! Merry Christmas and just wanted to see this hub. Again. Great as I remember. No, I wasn't pillaging for hub ideas, just wanted to read the part about squirrels. Thanks, dear friend. Kenneth

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Hi Kenneth - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for stopping by. Yepper, Lapse wants me to do a hub on squirrels, and I am working on it actually. Might have the ultimate solution to pleases even PETA! Researching it now and waiting for answers to my questions from a pro. I read some you of hubs last week, Keep up the great work.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Ask_DJ_Lyons - Thanks for the nice comments. Mice in the silverware drawer and the Pantry, YEEUUK. I love that I was always the one that found them. Those stinkers must of hidden from everyone else in my house!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      The-BestMouseTrap...thank YOU so much for the reads, follow, and your appreciated-friendship. I DO NOT waste words. I DO value your work too. And Merriest of Christmas Days and a Safe 2012 to you and yours. Kenneth. My abstact,humane mouse trap is: place a politician near the rat hole and tell the politician to simply talk....in an hour or two, the poor rat will surrender or ask for his life to be terminated. The rat's, not the politician.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Kenneth: Oh how right you are!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My cat keeps the mice away or plays with them.. LOL.. thank you for a great HUB.. I voted Up Up Up..

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank you, The-BestMouseTrap. Have a rat-free day.

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Deborah Brooks: Thank you for reading, cats are great. I have a few in the barn, but sometimes I think they are more feral than mice! I can't get near them. They love the horses just not people!

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Kenneth: Oh my gosh, I have never seen rats, but I'm know they are around. My son saw a big fat one in the garage years ago when we first moved here, leaping from shelf to shelf. Enough to make me go buy storage bins for everything in the garage instead of boxes.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      The-BestMouseTrap...yes, RATS DO exist. And the next stage of rat evolution is the gopher. Evil. Disease-carrying and hard to kill. BE CAREFUL of rats, and gophers if you are careful of any rodent. This FREE lecture about rats and gophers, "Learning About Your Enemies, Rats and Gophers, 101," was sponsored by Heinz, the company who cares for your pets. And by your local Ford Motor Co. Come on. Drive a Ford today. Best-MouseTrap...I do NOT want my hubs or comments EVER to be boring. But in all sincerity...be careful.////Kenneth

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      rattraps 5 years ago

      i think i saw your best mouse trap website from a link from another page i read at squidoo the othet day. i having trouble getting rid of rats thought, do you write about rats too? i tried those mouse traps suggested the battery powered kind work good. but they seeem to small for rats

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      The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

      Hi Rattraps: Sorry for the delay, been gone for a while. The Zapper classic, the zapper ultra, and Victors rat trap will do the job for you, but they are a bit more costly than the electronic mousetraps depending where you buy rat traps. The Best Mousetrap site has comparison reviews on how the rat traps and rat deterrents work as well as tips for catching the rats. Not sure how much you are willing to spend, but instead of buying the best mouse or rat traps (which you are right, the electronic rodent traps are the best) check out the Rodent strobe lights, they scare the mice away! You can find them above. Hope I wasn't too late in helping you.

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