Stop Using Brutal Methods And Buy a Humane Mouse Trap ✅
Those who live in a house and say that they don’t have problems with rodents are either lying or don’t know that they already have them. Well, it may be true if they live in a freshly built house. During the warm season, the rodents live in the wild, so you probably won’t see them in summer. But when the autumn comes, they start looking for warm shelter and food. And that’s when they come to our homes. Although there are many ways of getting rid of the rodents, I prefer only the humane method – a humane mouse trap. And let me tell you why this is a much better way for so many reasons.
If you live in an old house, you have mice.
I live in an old house built in the 1950s. It’s impossible to patch up every crack and fill every hole. However, it’s worth doing that anyway, but I will talk about that later. So, no matter how sealed your house is, sooner or later, you will have to deal with the mouse inside your place. For many years, every autumn, I was facing the same problem – mice again. It’s great if I notice their presence early. On average, a female mouse has 30 to 35 babies per year. So, if I overlooked them, then after a week or so, I had to deal with a 5-6 mouse family.
And it’s an unpleasant thing to find mouse feces in your kitchen cabinets, countertops, wardrobe, and even bed! Yes, you heard me correctly, I was out on vacation, and when I came back, I found that they have visited my bedroom. But as much as gross finding a shit of mouse on your bed is, I don’t want to kill them. When I was a child, we had a hamster, and I loved it so much. I guess my love for the animals didn’t go away. So, every time I had to deal with the mice, I was sick of using a lethal mousetrap.
Why lethal mousetrap is a poor choice for so many reasons?
Ok, I know what most people feel when they find out that a mouse moved into their house. They want to get rid of it as soon as possible. And I know that feeling very well. But since I am a vegetarian (or at least trying to be like one), and have a dog in my home, I can’t kill the innocent animal. No matter how small or insignificant it is to us, humans, but it’s a living creature, and I’m not ok with using brutal killing methods.
Nowadays, you can buy all kinds of lethal traps online: from less cruel such as spring-loaded or plastic mouth-type mousetraps to more ‘advanced’ in cruelty such as electronic or glue traps. You can also find a variety of poison. So, a lot of ways to kill an innocent animal with highly developed tools. But there are many reasons why you shouldn’t use lethal mousetrap.
First of all, you kill. You can put it in as many politically-correct words as you want, but this is simply killing. And I’m not sure how hard you must hate a little mouse, that you could have any satisfaction in seeing it suffer. Although some say that a classic spring-loaded mousetrap does its job quickly, I can say from my experience that it may not work as you’d expected. Once I caught a mouse with a mouth-type trap, and it was still alive.
Poison, bucket, and glue traps
But a traditional mousetrap is pretty humane compared to poison. Death is much slower, and the animal suffers tragic pain. After eating poison that smells like vanilla or cookies, rodents die after 4-6 days. The poison starts internal bleeding, carbon dioxide is produced, and the animal suffers a lack of oxygen. As a result, the mouse tries to find an open space, runs out of the house, and dies.
Unfortunately, humans are experts in torture, and there is a much worse way to kill a mouse – glue traps. A mouse traps in glue and slowly dies from starvation, suffocation, or dehydration. Some can even try to bite off their feet to escape, but the effort is meaningless because they get stuck in glue. In some countries, the use of a glue trap is completely banned. And it doesn’t surprise me at all, because the usage of glue should be prohibited worldwide.
A lethal bucket trap is as bad as it sounds. The mice climb up the ramp, up to the rim of the bucket, where bait is placed. Then the animal falls into a water-filled bucket and drowns. And drowning isn’t pleasant, and it’s not what you’d imagine.
So why do people still use lethal mousetraps?
I don’t know the answer. As for myself, I have never used a glue trap, but I was using a traditional spring-loaded mousetrap. And it mainly was because I didn’t know that a no-kill mousetrap exists. As soon as I found it on the internet, I bought it and did not doubt it. However, there’s a myth that a humane mouse trap isn’t as effective as a lethal mousetrap. But that is complete rubbish.
I have used a mouth-type plastic trap, and once caught a mouse that was still alive. Seeing a little mouse suffering such a painful death was the worst. Meanwhile, a humane mouse trap does not harm the animal. Plus, you can go to the nearest park and let it free! What a good feeling that is!
Five reasons why a humane mouse trap is way better than the lethal
You can use a humane mouse trap not only at home but in commercial spaces where poison use is prohibited. It is also a common choice among the beekeepers since they can’t put poison in beehives. Apart from that, you will not kill, there are other reasons you should get a humane mouse trap right this instant. And it’s a more practical choice, even if you’re looking pragmatically.
1. You will be able to catch several mice at once.
If you have a whole mice family living in your house, you would need at least 4 or 5 traditional mousetraps placed in various spots around your home. Also, mice are smart, and many times I have seen when the bait is eaten off, but the trap didn’t work. With the humane mouse trap, you don’t have to worry about the mouse escaping from it. Just be sure to inspect it regularly, as the mouse can die from stress.
2. You will not kill.
Let’s face it – dumping a dead mouse into a bin is unpleasant. Maybe I’m too sensitive, but I can’t look at the eyes of that little creature and think that I did a good job. On the contrary, when I release the mice into the wild, I feel like a hero.
3. You will not have to worry about the safety of your pets.
If you use poison to exterminate rodents, you put your pets in danger. A cat, dog, or any other pet can easily find the poison, and I can imagine that guilt would haunt me for a long time.
4. It’s a one-time investment.
As sketchy as it sounds, it’s true. I have bought 5 or 6 different traditional mousetraps because they were not as effective as I expected. With the humane mouse trap, I have caught three mice at once. And usually, when I notice the feces and place the trap, the next day – the mouse is inside it.
5. A humane mouse trap is also safe for humans.
I am not very comfortable setting up a metal spring and always get that feeling that it might snap off my fingers. A live catch mouse trap has no mechanical jamming components, and there are no springs or snaps, so rest assured your fingers are safe.
How to use a humane mouse trap?
A humane mouse trap has a flap that closes when a mouse enters the trap. As soon as the mouse is inside, the flap closes, and the animal can’t get out. These no-kill traps are made of high-quality steel – therefore, you can use them indoors as well as outdoors and in various weather conditions.
The use of the humane mouse trap is very straightforward. It has a closable transparent cover that provides quick inspection. Open the cover and place the bait inside the trap. I usually use hard cheese or peanut butter. Place the bait near the holes and in the center of the trap. A mouse gets some of it but is tempted to get more. Make sure to check our tips for choosing the best bait for mouse traps.
Once you place the trap, inspect it every 2 to 4 hours. Otherwise, captured mice can die from stress or starvation. After you catch the mouse, make sure you release it at least some distance away because mice have surprisingly good homing instincts. Although it’s said that the distance should be 1 mile, I usually release them about 1/3 of a mile, and that does the job.
What are the other humane ways to prevent your home from mice?
As with any other problem, the most important thing is prevention – this includes inspecting your house for cracks and holes regularly. Remember that mice can climb the walls, so close your windows during nighttime or install a window fly screen to prevent them from getting inside your house.
If the mice are already inside your home, make sure to clean your kitchen and dining areas regularly. Don’t leave any leftovers on a table or countertops. Store food in closed containers, because mice can eat through plastic or cardboard packaging without problems.