How to Buy a Better Mousetrap


If you have mice or rats, get rid of them fast. Peanut butter, grains and cereals or cooked bacon make appetizing bait for traps. Some animals will outsmart any trap. The best approach is to constantly look for rodent activity, seal up entry holes and experiment with various methods. You can find most of the trap options at hardware stores.

  • Figure out how you want to trap the vermin. There are certainly PETA-friendly options out there, and you can go for the guts and glory traditional snap traps.

  • Assess the severity of your problem, and shop accordingly. Some traps just don't do if your rat infestation looks like the flight of the lemmings. They're only good for one-off kills. However, some traps are easy to set up, so might be good if you notice rodents from floor paneling to ceiling tiles.

  • Understand the function of the trap. Live, or catch-and-release traps are reusable and safe around children and pets. Their main function if to relocate scared rodents. Snap traps are your traditional lock-and-load device. Technically, they're recyclable, but it's not recommended. Glue boards, which draw vermin to a shallow glue tray, are good for bulk encounters, but death is slow and some find them unbearably creepy. Electronic traps use a quick, non-messy electric current to kill rodents. They're more or less safe, but can be costly. Poison is a good option, but tends to take effect before the vermin leave the building, so short-term odor can result. Professional exterminators can be expensive, but are typically the safest bet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ultrasonic barriers are often considered (using ultrasonic waves to ward off pests), but there is no evidence to suggest these are in any way effective.
  • Poison is dangerous for pets and kids. A bait station may be required to ensure safety.
  • Snap traps can injure people and pets.

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