Catching mice can be a distressing experience, which is why more and more people are looking for humane traps. Poison and glue traps can cause a mouse a long and painful death, so humane methods of catching them are much more popular.
- 1 Humane mouse traps
- 2 Our 7 Best Humane Mouse Traps
- 2.1 CaptSure 2019 Upgraded Humane Smart Mouse Trap
- 2.2 Authenzo 2018 Upgrade Version Mouse Trap
- 2.3 AB Traps Pro-Quality Live Animal Humane Trap
- 2.4 Janico 9202 Multi-Catch Mouse Trap
- 2.5 Mice Cube 3-pk Humane Mouse Trap
- 2.6 Avantina Mouse Mansion Humane Mouse Trap
- 2.7 Smart Humane Live Catch and Release No Kill Mouse Trap
- 3 Which bait to use
- 4 Setting up a humane trap
- 5 What else can you trap?
Humane mouse traps
Humane traps are often called no-kill traps. Having to remove a dead mouse from a trap can be upsetting and unhygienic, so no-kill traps are a good way to simply move the mouse away from your home.
No-kill traps catch the mice securely and keep them alive. You can then release them back in to the wild so they can life happily away from your property. It’s worth noting that if you do this, you must take them at least two miles or they may well find their way back from where they came from.
Always leave them at a place where they can find food and shelter too. A change of habitat can be dangerous for a mouse if they can’t easily find what they need.
There are also some advantages to humane traps:
- They are easier to set up, with no risk of fingers being trapped.
- Food is kept away from other animals.
- They are safe around children.
- They can be used inside the house or in the garden.
- They can be cleaned and re-used.
- Humane traps can safely catch more than one mouse at a time.
- No dead bodies to dispose of.
Our 7 Best Humane Mouse Traps
There are many types of humane trap, and here are just a few of the best.
CaptSure 2019 Upgraded Humane Smart Mouse Trap
The CaptSure 2019 Upgraded Humane Smart Mouse Trap, 2 Pack is a set of two traps which have been endorsed by animal rights organizations and humane societies all over the world.
They use no poison and are easy to set up, and safe to use if there are pets or children around. They utilize a catch and release door which traps the mouse inside, keeping it alive until it can be released. There are no snap arms to cause injury. The see-through design makes it easy to see if you have caught a mouse. With these traps there is less chance of picking up disease from dead mice, and if released correctly you should not be bitten.
After use, the traps can be cleaned and re-used as many times as you need them. They are waterproof so they can be used around the house or outside, and can be used to catch:
- Or escaped hamsters
Included in the pack is a manual and a free ebook with tips and information to help you catch mice.
Authenzo 2018 Upgrade Version Mouse Trap
Another good way to catch mice is the Authenzo 2018 Upgrade Version Humane -2 Pack.
Like other humane traps it keeps the mouse secured inside and this updated design includes more air holes to help the trapped mice breathe. The traps have a more durable ABS plastic surround so the traps can be reused time and again, both inside the house or in the yard. Even the colour is mouse friendly as it helps to shield the light from the mice’s eyes. The traps are see through, so you can see at a glance if you have caught a mouse.
Setting the trap takes no time at all. Simply open the door, add the bait and open the spring door. As the mouse goes in, the door releases and traps it. After use, the trap can be dismantled and cleaned, ready to be used again.
The traps cause no harm to the mice and are safe for use around children and pets. They do not use any harmful chemicals or have any dangerous snap arms and you do not have to handle dead mice.
As well as a pack of two traps, you will also get a manual with full instructions on how to use them.
It can be used to catch:
- Pets such as hamsters
AB Traps Pro-Quality Live Animal Humane Trap
The AB Traps Pro-Quality Live Animal Humane Trap – Catch and Release is another good choice for a no-kill trap.
The larger size of 10.5″ x 5.5″ x 4.5″ makes it more versatile than some humane traps as it will catch larger rodents too, such as rats or chipmunks.
The metal cage is strong and the mice can’t chew through it. The trap won’t harm or kill the mice and has a single door to make re-release a lot easier. The trap is safe for use around children and pets and can be used both inside the house and around the yard.
It can be set up in a matter of seconds and can be cleaned and re-used many times.
Can be used to catch:
Janico 9202 Multi-Catch Mouse Trap
The Janico 9202 Multi-Catch Mouse Trap – Humane Repeater Trap with Clear Window is a humane trap which allows you to catch multiple mice in one go.
It is very easy to set and can be ready to use in seconds. Just lift the lid, place the bait and close the lid. It uses a simple trap door mechanism which opens as the mouse enters and closes behind them so they cannot get out.
There are air holes to let them breathe and a clear top so you can see at a glance if there are any mice inside. Releasing the mice is easy too, as you simply lift the lid to let them out. After a catch, you can wipe down the inside, add more bait and re-use it as many times as you need to.
It uses no poisons or harmful chemicals so it can be used safely if there are children or pets around.
Can be used to catch all small rodents such as:
Mice Cube 3-pk Humane Mouse Trap
Billed as ‘The Only Mousetrap You’ll Ever Use’, the Mice Cube 3-pk Humane Mouse Trap is certainly a reliable no-kill mouse trap.
The traps use a one-way door to trap the mice safely inside. They are easy to set up and require just a little bait at one end. The air holes allow the smell of the bait to get out and lure the mice, and also help to keep the mice alive inside until you can release them.
As it uses no poisons, it is safe for use around pets and children and can be used both inside and outdoors. The translucent design makes it easy for you to see what’s inside so you can release it as soon as you can.
The pack of three represents great value, especially as the traps can be cleaned and re-used.
Can be used for:
Avantina Mouse Mansion Humane Mouse Trap
If you’re looking for a no-kill mouse trap you won’t be disappointed with the Avantina Mouse Mansion Humane Mouse Trap.
The trap catches the mouse safely inside so you can release it back in to the wild. It uses just food as bait so it is safe for use around children and pets.
It is easy to set up with just a few steps and there is no need to worry about disposing of dead mice. The door will remain closed while you transport the mouse, so there is no danger of it escaping.
The trap is easy to clean after use so it can be re-used whenever mice become a problem again.
The purchase of this trap also benefits other animals, with a donation being made to animal shelters for every trap sold.
Can be used for:
Smart Humane Live Catch and Release No Kill Mouse Trap
The tilt and trap is another humane trap and the Smart Humane Live Catch and Release No Kill Mouse Trap is a great example.
It captures the mouse by tilting forward when it goes to get the bait, and this closes the door behind it. Once inside the mouse can breathe and you can take the trap to release it safely. With no harmful chemicals or poisons, the trap is safe for use around animals and children.
It is simple to set up. Simply open the bait door and place some peanut butter or strong smelling cheese inside. Close the door then open the other door, and rest it on the two snaps either side.
The trap can be dismantle and cleaned so it can be used as often as you need it.
Can be used for:
Which bait to use
Deciding which bait to use is a little different from using a snap trap. When you use humane traps the bait is inside and the mouse often cannot see it. For this reason you need to use something with a nice smell to encourage the mice to go inside.
- Peanut butter: mice love it and the smell will encourage them to go in to the trap to get to it.
- Strong cheese: if you plan to use cheese, make sure it gives off a strong smell so the mice can pick it up.
Setting up a humane trap
Setting up a trap couldn’t be easier.
Humane traps will have a lid or sliding bait tray where you place the bait.
Then all you do is close the lid, and it’s ready. Some traps use a trap door, and on these you simply click the door down and it will release when the mouse trips the trigger.
Traps should always be placed against the wall, with the opening closest to it. When the mouse goes inside to get the bait, the door will close behind it and it won’t be able to get out. Air will still circulate so the mouse won’t die, but it may get a little stressed, so check these traps often. If you leave them overnight you may find the mouse hasn’t survived.
Larger humane traps can also be used for rats, voles and other rodents but make sure you put the right size trap for the animal you want to catch. If you use a rat trap for a mouse, the mouse can simply escape through the holes.
What else can you trap?
Humane traps can also help you to safely trap other rodents. Smaller humane traps can catch voles and shrews, while other designs can catch moles and even an escaped pet hamster. Larger traps can catch rats and chipmunks too.
If you’re in the market for another type of trap, we’ve put together a list of our 10 recommendations, you can find it here.