Types of Mouse Traps

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For being creatures of such small stature, mice can certainly cause a lot of damage to your home. Mice are troublesome, and can invade everything from crawl spaces to cabinets to garbage cans. They’re always on the hunt for food, and they’ll chew right through your home’s interior trying to find it. Sadly, controlling mice can be tricky, and takes more than an ambivalent house cat.

Which traps are safe and effective? Which traps are worth the cost? Are there human solutions to removing mice from your home? What about natural mouse repellents? There are dozens of types of mice traps available on the market, and it might take a little research to figure out how to remove the pesky rodent problem. 

What Are The Best Types of Mouse Traps?

The best types of mouse traps are humane, efficient, and cost-effective. Consider traps that promote ease-of-use, innovation, cleanliness, safety, and reliability. To catch a mouse, try the following types of traps.

Different Types of Mouse Traps

Jaw Mouse Trap

The Jaw Mouse Trap is simple and efficient. The jaws themselves are operated via a coiled spring, triggered by a mechanism between the jaws where the bait sits. The trip snaps the jaws shut which kills the mouse.

Lightweight and efficient Jaw Mouse Traps are constructed out of plastic. While they don’t have a super powerful snap like some other types, they’re safer for fingers compared to other lethal traps. These traps can be set by pressing on a tab with your finger, or even your foot.

Snap Mouse Trap

Snap Mouse Traps are the fairly traditional rodent traps, popular for killing rodents swiftly. If you’re attempting to quickly weed out mice from your home or other area, snap traps work well. They trigger a “snap tap” that manages larger infestations, using pressure-sensitive switches with bait, an activated clam jaw, or a hidden-kill trap using a baited mechanism. The hidden-kill traps typically hide the dead rodent once killed. Snap Mouse Traps typically require time, skill, inspection, and specific placement to be effective.

Electric Mouse Trap

Electric Mouse Traps use innovative technology to administer a high-voltage shock to the trapped rodent, eliminating the mice in mere seconds. Electric Mouse Traps can kill dozens of mice on a single set of batteries, and they’re very easy to use. Simply place bait within the bait cup, place in the preferred traffic location, and power on the trap. Most electric mouse traps have special technology that can sense when a mouse enters the tunnel, which triggers the shock system. 

Once a mouse is caught, a light blinks on to indicate a kill, and the kill chamber is designed for easy and efficient disposal. Electric Mouse Traps also have safety switches that keep them safe around children and pets. Since they require no poison or chemicals and administer their kills safely and quickly, they are a humane option for rodent removal.

Glue Mouse Trap

Glue Mouse Traps are constructed using a natural or synthetic adhesive which is applied to plastic or cardboard trays. The bait is then placed in the center of the trap. Glue traps are typically used for indoor mouse control, and aren’t quite as effective outdoors because of weathering conditions that can negate the adhesive. Glue Mouse Traps work by trapping the rodent with sticky glue.

These types of traps are controversial because they don’t kill the animal outright, and the mouse they catch typically starve to death and die slowly. Animal rights groups have universally denounced this sort of trap, and Glue Mouse Traps are banned in many places. Glue traps can also inadvertently trap other animals.

Catch and Release Mouse Trap

These types of “smart” mouse traps are designed with one thing in mind—to be as humane as possible. Plastic Catch and Release Mouse Traps are designed with frontal pull tabs to easily release the mouse elsewhere. These types of traps are also relatively cost-effective and easy to use, but be careful where you release the mouse. You’ll want them safely away from your home, but don’t take them out into the woods either. Consider a park or other secluded area that’s still somewhere near the city limits.

How to Choose Between Types of Mouse Traps

While even animal lovers might balk at mouse removal, it’s important to vacate these rodent intruders from your home because they carry bacteria that can infect humans and pets. Any prolonged exposure to mice carries high risk of respiratory diseases, salmonella, and other illnesses. Commercial mouse traps are the safe and effective way to handle mouse removal. There are many different ways to get rid of mice.

Dead or Alive

Kill traps seek to exterminate as well as capture, which removes the need to figure out a way to manually release a live mouse into the wild. The kill traps we use today are humane, and kill mice so swiftly that they avoid suffering.

Snap traps rely on their spring-loaded metal bar or jaws to strike the neck of the mouse as they take their bait, killing them instantly. These are some of the cheapest types of kill traps, and if not set properly can simply injure the mouse or prolong its death. Electric traps send an electrical current into the mouse, which is a high-rate kill. They’re also reusable and easy to reset.

No-kill traps seek to capture and release live mice. Since the onus is on the user to check the traps regularly and release the mouse, no-kill traps only really work if they’re being checked. If you fail to check your no-kill traps, they become as dangerous and inhuman as glue traps. 

Catch-and-release traps are typically made of reusable plastic or metal, and have a lid or door that closes when the mouse steps inside without harming it. Single catch-and-release traps can fix small rodent problems, but there are also traps that can catch dozens of mice at once. Catch-and-release traps can sometimes be pricey depending on the model, and again have to be regularly and faithfully monitored.

Open or Closed

Open Mouse Traps let the trap-setter see their quarry, which makes it much easier to monitor the traps and eventually release or dispose of the mouse. You should always wear gloves when dealing with any kind of mouse trap, regardless of its style.

Closed traps have “shells” or walls that either partially or fully hide the captured/dead mouse from view. Closed traps are typically the preference for those that don’t wish to see the rodents, but sometimes have tinted lids or doors for minimal visibility so you know when to clear out the trap.


As with any trap, afraid mice may urinate or defecate (or bleed, depending on the trap), so always handle the trap with carefully gloved hands. Trapped mice might also bite or thrash, and any contact carries risk of infection, illness, or disease. Always use care and thoughtfulness when dealing with any trap, stay aware of your surroundings, and make sure you can safely dispose of or release the mouse.

What Bait to Use in Different Types of Mouse Traps

Baiting traps can only be done via human contact. Touching bait means leaving your scent on the trap/bait, so always use gloves when dealing with traps. What is the best bait to use?

Professionals recommend a few types of bait for mouse traps:

  • Nut butters: Since mice typically eat nuts and seeds anyway, seed and nut butter is one of the best baits for traps.
  • Candy/Marshmallow: Mice have sweet tooths, and pea-sized candy bits will attract them.
  • Soft Cheeses: Mice will sometimes go after smaller pieces of soft cheeses.

When In Doubt, Seek Out The Professionals

While there are a number of mouse traps out there, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the process. Professional exterminators know how to use the right traps, the right bait, and the right methods for humane and efficient rodent removal. Hama Pest Control has several decades handling mice of all shapes and sizes, and if you’re feeling intimidated by the entire mouse trap endeavor, give us a call and we’ll happily handle your unwanted invaders.

Jake Garza
Jake Garza
Jake is the founder of Hama Pest Control, the preferred choice for pest removal and extermination in the Greater Toronto Area. With over thirty years of experience, Jake prides himself in bringing quality, knowledge, and care to Hama Pest Control's customers.
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