What are some humane mouse trap options?
At times you may find that you have unwanted guests in your home, be it one or a whole hoard of mice, it can certainly be an unpleasant and stressful experience. So you have decided that you want to remove your house guest, but you want to do it humanely, safely, and release the mouse back into the wild. So what is there to do?
Firstly, it is certainly admirable that you have chosen a humane and safe solution! It is not always easy to know how or where to start, here we present a few different approaches to safely remove mice from your home.
How do humane traps work?
All humane mouse traps operate on a ‘relocation’ or ‘Catch & Release’ strategy, which means that once you complete the hard part (the catch) you then release the animal back into the wild. However, humane traps can have similar problems that ‘inhumane’ traps have if they are not managed and monitored properly.
Humane traps tend to look like long tunnels with a door on one or both ends with a small ramp in the middle.
What do I need to do with the trap once it's set?
Ensure it is baited with something very tempting and appetizing for the mouse, mice are highly intelligent creatures and will not take the risk of entering a suspicious confined space unless the reward is high. Mice love sweet and salty foods, typically peanut butter or cheese will work.
Humane traps must be regularly checked on, as the longer the mouse is inside the greater the risk is that the animal will die. Understandably it can be difficult to constantly monitor the trap, the good news is you don’t have to! It is recommended to monitor the trap at least every 5 hours, from 6-12 hours inside the trap the mouse’s life becomes endangered.
How do I select the right humane trap?
There is a wide range of commercially available humane traps which will trap the mouse once it enters, so it can be hard to select the right one. It is recommended to select a trap that you can see inside of such as a clear plastic trap as this will make monitoring the trap easier. This is important because if you catch more than one mouse, the longer they are together the more stressed and scared they become and they can injure one another.
You should also select a trap that makes your job of releasing the mouse easy too! This is an easy factor to overlook and often it is, select a trap that has an easy tab/button that you can pull or activate to release the animal without the risk of it re-entering your home.
When selecting a trap, it is ideal to select a trap that is open at both ends, mice are highly intelligent creatures and will feel safer seeing a tunnel that is open at both ends knowing that they can escape. Which means the mouse is more likely to enter, and more likely to be captured.
Select a trap that has as little on the inside as possible as this can damage the feet or hands of the mouse as they may scurry and panic in order to try and escape. The ‘Kat sense humane mouse trap’ comes without a hinged ramp which is safer for the mouse.
I have caught my mouse, now what?
Be very careful where you release your mouse, even though until this point you have taken all care and consideration to be sensitive with it, if you release it in the wrong place there is a high chance it will not survive. If you live in a city area ensure the mouse is released back into a city area, typically 100 yards from where you found them.