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Humane Mouse Trap
Humane mouse traps are designed to capture mice without hurting them or causing them unwarranted suffering and allow you to release them far away from your home. They do not kill the mouse and are also safer around babies, young children and pets. There are many available such as single mouse traps to multiple mouse traps.

Advantages of Humane Traps
Humane mouse traps have several benefits over the old-fashioned mouse traps such as:
Passively traps the mouse rather than killing.
No spring-loaded risk to children, pets etc.
Easy to set up, empty and keep clean.
Can capture several mice between checks.

Spring-loaded bar mousetrap
The spring loaded bar mouse trap is a simple device with a heavily sprung-loaded bar and a trip to release it. Bait is placed on the trip such as oats, chocolate, bread, meat, butter and peanut butter are commonly used. The spring-loaded bar swings down quickly and with great power when anything, generally a mouse, touches the trip. The design is to result in the mouse's neck or spinal cord being broken, or its ribs or skull being crushed by the force of the bar. The trap can then be held over a toilet or bin and the dead mouse freed from it by pulling the bar open. Some spring mouse traps have a plastic lengthy trigger made to look like a piece of cheese. The bigger trigger has two advantages over the smaller traditional type. An increased leverage, which requires less force from the rodent to trip it and the bigger surface area of the trigger, increases the probability of even the most cunning of rodents to trigger the trap.

Mouth mousetrap
A lightweight mouth mousetrap consists of a set of plastic jaws operated by a coiled spring. The triggering mechanism is inside the jaws, where the bait is placed. The trigger snaps the jaws shut, killing the rodent. These traps are not as powerful as other snap trap types but more importantly, these traps are a lot safer than other lethal traps. They are armed a lot safer and by pressing down with your foot so accidents are less likely.

Electric mousetrap
This recent type of mousetrap distributes a lethal dose of electricity when the rodent completes a circuit by making contact with two electrodes located either at the entrance or between the entrance and the bait. The electrodes are contained in an insulated or plastic box to avoid unintentional injury to humans and pets. They can be purchased for single-catch domestic use or large multiple-catch commercial use.
Live-catching mousetraps
Other carefully designed traps catch mice alive so that they can be released into the wild. One of the more simple designs consists of a drinking glass placed upside down above a piece of bait. Its rim is then elevated by a coin stood on edge. If the mouse attempts to take the bait, the coin is hopefully moved and the glass traps the mouse. Another design is to make a half-oval shaped tunnel with a toilet paper roll, place bait on one end of the roll such as peanut butter, place the roll on a counter or table with the baited end sticking out over the edge. Place a deep bin under the edge. When the mouse goes in the toilet paper roll to take the bait, the roll along with the mouse will tip over the edge and fall into the bin below. The bin needs to be deep enough to guarantee that the mouse cannot jump out.
It is also important to release the mouse quickly as mice can die from stress or dehydration and at some distance from where court, as mice have a strong homing instinct and will make their way back.
Rather than trying your own, you can purchase a specially designed humane, live catching mouse trap online along with special bait to attract mice. Some are for a single mouse where others work with more.

History
In 1897 James Henry Atkinson was the British inventor who invented the prototype mousetrap called the "Little Nipper". The Little Nipper is the classic snapping mousetrap that we are all familiar. It has a small flat wooden base, the spring trap, and the wire fastenings.
The Little Nipper crashes shut in 38,000s of a second with that record having never been beaten. This design has prevailed until today. This mousetrap has taken a sixty percent portion of the British mousetrap market alone with an estimated equal share of the international market.
In 1913 James Atkinson sold his mousetrap patent for £1,000 to Procter, the business that has been manufacturing the "Little Nipper" ever since. They have even erected a 150-exhibit mousetrap museum in their factory headquarters. American, John Mast of Lititz, Pennsylvania received a patent on his similar snap-trap mousetrap in 1899.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and defecate in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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