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
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
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.
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
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.
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.