Mice are one of the most common pests that can find their way onto a property and can cause a large amount of damage. They have been known to chew through furniture and structures like walls to reach food, and can even eat their way out of some traps. When it comes to picking a trap, home and business owners can choose from a broad range of mouse traps to find a style that suits their needs. Some traps are cheap but require more work on the part of the home or business owner. Others are humane but tend to be more expensive. People can find a trap which works for them by finding a balance between cost, efficiency, and mouse comfort.
Many people think of the classic wooden design when they think of a mouse trap. These traps are cheap and reusable, capable of catching one mouse at a time. People place them throughout a property with a bit of food of food as bait. When a mouse approaches to eat it, they push down on a panel or button which sets off a stiff spring and wire. The wire snaps the mouse’s neck quickly, killing it in a manner which limits the amount of pain the mouse feels. People who use these products should be aware that the dead mouse will be visible, and the mouse will need to be disposed of. Home and business owners should wear gloves when handling the mice and should be careful not to leave the traps in locations where pets and children could accidentally activate them. Similar to the wooden devices, plastic mice traps were designed to break a mouse’s neck quickly to limit suffering. They are almost exactly the same, as disposable as the wooden versions, and are usually just as cheap. The main difference is that the plastic traps are cheap to make and thus more likely to break.
People seeking an option which is safe to have around children and pets can look into electric mouse traps. This type of mouse trap looks like a small box with an entryway. People will not be able to see inside the dead mouse, but the mouse can enter in search of the bait placed inside. Upon entry, the mouse trap uses a high voltage to shock the mouse and kill it via electrocution. Like other types of mouse trap, an electric unit kills mice one at a time and need to be emptied by hand. As with other varieties, home and business owners should wear gloves when cleaning the traps to prevent the transfer of bacteria and disease.
Finally, people can choose to use humane mouse traps which catch the mouse without killing it. In these varieties, home and business owners can release the mice into the wild and not have to worry about harming it. This type of a mouse trap is designed a little like a metal cage. A mouse enters it in search of food, which triggers a gate or panel to close behind it. Home and business owners can choose between different varieties, with some forms of this mouse trap offering more comfort the mice. However, some brands do not come with air holes and people will need to check them regularly to prevent the mouse from suffocating. When searching for a humane way to remove mouse from a property, these cage-like traps are the best option and are also safe to have around children and pets.
Some people might be tempted to buy glue traps but should know that these varieties have become controversial in the pest control community. A glue trap is a mouse trap which uses a sheet covered in sticky glue to catch mice. The mouse runs over it and becomes stuck to the sheet until they die. This means that the mouse will be trapped until it starves to death, someone rips it off of the paper, or the mouse chews its own legs trying to escape. Because of this, many places do not recommend that amateurs use a glue mouse trap.
If none of these home methods sound pleasant, then it might be time to call a professional pest control company. Those employees would be able to remove mice quickly and efficiently without a home or business owner ever having to touch a mouse. They can also handle much larger infestations than a regular person, making the pest control company an ideal choice for many.
Jose D. has been providing pest control solutions to North County San Diego residents since 2000!