Even though there is no such thing as the perfect humane mouse trap, the Seabright Laboratories Smart Mouse Trap comes awfully close. Endorsed by Humane Societies and Animal Rights Organizations in the U.S. and Worldwide, simply bait the trap at the far end by opening the rear door, set the fulcrum lever, and you are done. When the mouse walks on the balanced platform, it trips the fulcrum and the door slams shut. Release is equally easy. Pull up the rear door and the mouse runs free. Wash, bait, reset and catch another mouse. A beautiful, simple and effective design. The best of the best!
If you want the most bang for the buck in humane mouse traps, look no further than the J.T. Eaton 420 Series Repeater Multiple Catch Mouse Trap w/Solid Lid. These are so effective, you can use bait or no bait, and they will still catch mice. Wire prongs cover the entrance that only open one way. When a mouse walks in, it can't walk back out. These traps are inexpensive and will catch and hold up to 30 mice at a time, which makes it ideal for large mice infestations. The 420 Series comes in several colors, and some can be had with clear lids so you know exactly how many mice are inside.
If you are looking for the most trusted name in humane traps, the Havahart X-Small 2-Door Trap is the one for you. Havahart traps are the most respected humane traps in the industry. Why? Because they work! The two door design gives a mouse a false sense of security as it can see all the way through. To a mouse, it looks like a clear passageway that is open on both ends. The twin doors are easy to set with a fulcrum lever beneath the balanced platform. Bait, set and let the trap work. Merely pull the door rod to open the door for release, and the mouse runs free. Although not inexpensive, it is quality made with a reputation that is second to none.
If you are looking for the easiest to use trap on this list, the Kness Tip-Trap Live Capture Mouse Trap is it. With no moving parts, the trap works by allowing the weight of the mouse to tip the trap forwards. When that occurs, the door closes off the entrance, effectively capturing the mouse inside. Simply take the trap to a place of your choice, pull open the door and the mouse will run free. They are inexpensive, highly effective and can be easily rinsed out, reset and used again.
For a mechanical repeater mouse trap, check out the Ketch-All Multiple Catch Mousetrap w/ Clear Lid. Using a simple wind-up mechanism, when a mouse investigates the entrance to the trap, it triggers a spring wound platform that flicks the mouse inside of the trap where it can't get out. This trap can be used with bait or left along known mouse runs. It will catch six mice before it needs to be emptied, and the see through top lets you positively know how many mice are inside. Once released, wind it back up to reset it, place it back down and let the trap do the work.
In virtually every instance, Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter is the best mouse bait available. It has attractant qualities that can't be beat by any other type of food source. It is sticky, so it adheres to any part of the trap it needs to be applied to, it has an irresistible aroma that will attract mice form a distance, it is easy to use and it is very inexpensive. If you use a balancing platform walk-in humane trap, smear some peanut butter at the far end so the mouse must walk over the platform and trigger it. On snap traps, press the peanut butter firmly onto the trigger plate so the mouse must exert pressure to free the bait, and cause the trap to trigger. Virtually any creamy peanut butter will work, but Skippy is preferred by mice everywhere.
When not looking for food to eat, mice are looking for things that make their life comfortable. Think nesting materials here, and if peanut butter doesn't work, or the mice have become trap wary, try using Johnson & Johnson Dental Floss to entice them into the trap. Place pieces of dental floss at the far end of walk-in traps, or wrap them around the trigger mechanism of a snap trap. The harder a mouse pulls to free a piece of material from a snap trap trigger, the more likely the trap is to spring. Use the un-waxed type which provide a better grip when wrapped around a trigger mechanism, and cut the floss into roughly 2 inch strips.
Lipahtech Rat & Mouse Attractant
For an easy to use commercial attractant that can be shaped to fit your needs, Lipahtech Rat & Mouse Attractant is non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets. It is a putty type of substance that comes wrapped in small packages. It is made of food grade items bound in a vegetable oil base. The package can be placed in the back of a walk-in trap for no muss and no fuss baiting. The mouse will enter the trap to gnaw on the package, and trip the trap in doing so. The package can also be opened to remove the chunks inside which can then be shaped and adhered to snap-trap trigger plates or pressed onto the back of walk-in traps. Simple, effective and easy to use under any trapping circumstance.
For an easy to use commercial attractant formulated especially for mice, Tomcat Mouse Attractant Gel is easy to apply in any trap you use it in. Place a few drops of this gel at the back of walk-in humane traps, or put a couple of drops on the trigger of snap traps. The gel is sticky, so it stays in place inside of walk-in traps, and the mouse must use force to remove it from a snap trap trigger. It is convenient to use from the bottle, it contains no major food allergens and is water soluble so that is washes up quickly and easily.
For an easy to use commercial paste substance, try Provoke Professional Mouse Attractant. This non-toxic and hypoallergenic is a peanut butter replacement for those that are allergic to peanuts or for use in areas where peanut butter, or other nut-type related products are banned. It is specifically formulated to attract mice, and the paste-like substance adheres to snap trap triggers or the sides and bottoms of walk-in traps. It is water soluble that makes cleaning easy, and it won't stain carpeting or clothing.
When the question was asked to build a better mouse trap, the J.T Eaton company came up with the J.T. Eaton Jawz Plastic Mouse Trap. This is a superior design of the familiar snap trap, that is just as effective yet easier to use in every way. Instead of a metal platform, this trap has a bait cup that securely holds bait inside. It sets by just pulling back the top lever until it locks in place. That means no more snapped fingers with an ease of setting that is unheard of with any other trap. You can even set it with your foot if you don't want to touch it. They are 100 percent effective when a mouse triggers the trap, and they are relatively inexpensive so that both the trap and the mouse can be disposed of. In this way, you never have to touch the mouse.
If you want the best bang for the buck mouse trap, look no further than the Victor Metal Pedal Mouse Trap. This is a timeless design that has been around for over 100 years. It hasn't changed much, and the reason why is that it works. Bait the metal trigger pedal, pull back the spring loaded arm, attach the trigger lever to the metal pedal and you are good to go. These traps are very inexpensive, so once a mouse is caught, you can simply dispose of the trap and captured mouse if you don't choose to reuse the trap. The old saying of building a better mouse trap referred to this design right here, because this is the original and it works just as good now as it did all those decades ago.
Made by Intruder Industries, The Better Mousetrap truly is a more modern and better design. This trap works on the same principle as the best trap on this listing. You pull back a top lever to set it, the trigger locks in place and then place the trap against the wall in a known mouse run. They are 100 percent effective when a mouse triggers the trap, and you can either pull back the setting lever to dispose of the mouse, or just dispose of the trap with captured mouse and set a new trap. Although comparable in ease of use and effectiveness to the best trap on this list, they are a bit more expensive overall. You can't go wrong using these, but you'll pay a bit more for the cost of admission.
For an electronic mouse trap that is second to none, the Rodent Terminator may be the safest and most humane way to terminate a mouse. It uses an electric pulse that instantly short circuits a mouse heart, and kills them instantly. To dispose of the contents, simply tip the trap backwards and the mouse will fall out. It runs on batteries and will kill dozens of mice before they need to be replaced. It even has an add-on optional wireless accessory receiver that will signal you when a mouse has entered the trap. That means you can place this trap in difficult to reach spaces and you won't have to check it every day. This sophisticated design is not inexpensive, but if you want the best hi-tech rodent trap, this is the one.
When mice become trap wary and no other solution is viable, a Victor Pest Glue Board may be your only real solution. Place a little bait at the center of the board, and when a mouse goes to investigate, it will become firmly stuck. Their benefits are that they are very inexpensive, they can be placed virtually anywhere mice roam, and once caught, the entire mouse and the glue board can be disposed of. Although highly effective at catching mice, glue boards do not kill. That function is left to you. But in situations where only a glue board is the only alternative, they catch and trap mice as well as or better than anything else.