Three best mousetraps

Allen Foster

Besides using peanut butter or scented chemicals as bait in mousetraps, in the colder months, you can also attract mice with nest-building materials, such as cotton balls, twine, yarn, and even dental floss.

In cartoons, they are adorable little critters just trying to avoid the big nasty cat so they can chill with a hunk of cheese. In real life, however, mice are rodents that scurry throughout your cabinets, chew through cereal boxes, and leave droppings around your kitchen. Far from cute and cuddly, they often carry dangerous diseases.

If you have mice in your dwelling, you need to take care of the problem ASAP. You need a mousetrap, preferably several. Keep reading for a quick rundown of your best options for mousetraps so you can spend less time worrying and more time eradicating.

Considerations when choosing mousetraps

Types of mousetraps

When comparing the different types of mousetraps, consider how hands-on you want to be.

Glue traps

Glue traps are sticky sheets that catch anything that steps foot on the surface. The mouse will likely still be alive when you find it, so you must dispose of it or dispatch it yourself. Larger rodents may be able to escape from glue traps. The average price for glue traps is $5 to $15 for several traps.

Snap traps

Snap traps are reusable traps that snap closed to trap mice. Some snap traps are no-touch, but you should still wear rubber gloves when disposing of the mouse. Depending on the size of the rodent, a snap trap may not be enough to kill it. The average price for snap traps is $2 to $10, depending on the durability of the design.

Bait stations

Bait stations are disposable or reusable feeding stations for rodents. The bait is toxic, and a nibble or two is fatal. With most bait stations, the rodents die elsewhere instead of being trapped. This method will work with a larger population of mice as each block can kill up to a dozen mice. The average price is $5 to $10 for a bait station and $15 to $20 for additional poison.

Electric traps

Electric traps are reusable, no-see/no-touch traps. The mouse is lured deep into a container via bait. When it steps on metal plates, the rodent receives a high-voltage shock and is quickly electrocuted. The average price for electric traps is $30 to $80.

Catch-and-release traps

These mousetraps are reusable. They simply catch the mouse without harming it. After that, the fate of the critter is up to its captor. The average price for catch-and-release traps is $3 to $15, depending on size and durability.


Q. How much bait should I put in a snap mousetrap?

A. A little bait goes a long way. If you use too much, it is possible for a mouse to have a little nibble without springing the trap. A small amount, no larger than a pea, is about all you need for snap traps.

Q. Where is the best place to set mousetraps?

A. Because mice use their whiskers to help them navigate, they prefer not to venture into open areas. They travel along walls. Droppings are a clue to where the mice frequent. Traps are most effective when placed in concealed areas with the bait closest to the wall.

Mousetraps we recommend

Best of the best: Rat Zapper Ultra Rodent Trap 

Our take: A no-touch/no-see high-voltage mousetrap that works on mice and larger rodents.

What we like: This battery-powered mousetrap is easy to bait and easy to use. An indicator light lets you know when the unit is occupied, so the expired rodent can remain hidden from view until the trap is emptied.

What we dislike: The trap needs to be checked daily, and sometimes the indicator light gives a false positive.

Best bang for your buck: JT Eaton 409 Jawz Plastic Mouse Trap 

Our take: A powerful snap mousetrap that works best on small rodents and can be easily set with either a hand or a foot.

What we like: You can quickly bait and set this trap with confidence because the indicator lets you know when it's ready to go. The compact design allows the trap to be placed in confined spaces. You don't need to touch the mouse to empty the trap.

What we dislike: Although it's powerful, sometimes the snap is not enough to kill larger mice, which can create an uncomfortable situation for a squeamish user.

Choice 3: Catchmaster Glue Board Sticky Traps

Our take: A long-lasting package of 30 peanut butter-scented glue mousetraps that work best on smaller critters.

What we like: These glue traps are easy to peel and remarkably sticky. They will catch small mice as well as insects and spiders. If you don't want to use poison or snap traps, these traps are a solution.

What we dislike: The mice are only trapped, so you'll need to kill or release them yourself. Larger rodents are able to escape.

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