If you have a mouse in your house, one of the easiest things to do to solve the problem is to use a trap. Surprisingly, there are a lot of different types of mouse traps on the market, and it might be hard to know which one is right for you. We will explore the most common types of traps and the pros and cons of each.

Snap Traps

The trap that most of us are most familiar with is the traditional snap trap. They have been around for many, many years and are still used regularly. Snap traps are easy to set, very affordable, and effective at doing the job. You simply bait the plate or cup and then pull the lever back. When the lever is released, it will snap closed. 

Pros: Easy to use, Affordable, Reusable

Cons: You have to see the dead mouse, potential to get injured when snapped

Glue Traps

Another very affordable type of trap is the glue trap. These work by trapping the mouse on a sticky surface. You then pick it up and throw it away. While they are easy and very cheap, they have fallen out of favor with many people because they don’t always hold the mouse, and they are the least humane of the options. The Sticky trap does not actually kill the mouse, but it will slowly die from lack of water and food.

Pros: Affordable, No snapping mechanisms that may hurt children or pets

Cons: Mice can sometimes get away, least humane option, you will see the mouse (alive or dead) and must deal with it

Electric Mouse Trap

Electric mouse traps have been around for a while, but they are gaining in popularity because they are extremely effective and kill the mouse quickly, eliminating excess suffering. Electric traps use electric current to zap the mice. After a kill, you just open the lid and dump it in the trash. You don’t even have to see the mouse if that bothers you.

Pros: Reusable, Effective, No visuals

Cons: Cost more, recommended more for indoor use because they have to be kept dry

Catch and Release Traps

If humane pest control is most important to you, there are catch and release traps available. These traps have a trigger door that snaps closed. They also have air holes and are large enough for the mouse to live and move around. These traps must be checked often and emptied as soon as possible. The mouse should be released several miles away so that it doesn’t come back. 

Pros: Humane, Reusable

Cons: Cost more, have to monitor often, have to see and transport live mice

Sunshine Coast Pest Control

Traps are effective for a stray mouse here or there, but if you have a large mouse infestation or they are a constant problem, you would probably benefit greatly from professional pest control services. Radar Pest Control’s team of expert technicians can help find potential entry points, implement a baiting system, and take care of the problem quickly. For Sunshine Coast rodent control, trust Radar Pest Control to get the job done right.