It is a common assumption that a humane mouse trap means a no kill mouse trap, however, that is not entirely true. In recent years, mouse trap manufacturers have devised quick kill traps that zap the mice within 3 to 5 seconds; you no longer have to touch the mouse to dispose of it, nor even look at it.
Of the two brands available, Victor Humane Electronic Traps and the Agrizap Rat Zapper both work well, but can be used in different environments. First, you can use the Rat Zapper for mice as well as rats, in fact, it can eliminate any small animal that enters it, so be careful when using it so you don’t have any unintended consequences. The Rat Zapper uses the larger 4 D size batteries, which need to be changed often ensuring the unit remains effective and efficient. It will collect a large number of mice before it needs to be emptied, but should be emptied daily. Because of the size it is best used outside, on roofs or in attics.
The Victor M2524 Electronic Mouse Trap and Victor M250Pro Professional Trap while smaller than the Rat Zapper are great for inside your home. Eliminating 50 to 100 mice on one set of batteries (depending on the brand of battery), the M2524 will kill one mouse and the M250Pro kills three at one time.
Of all of the above humane mouse traps reviewed, mice absolutely have no chance escape. Foremost, they are child and pet safe – with the exception of smaller than average pets; automatic shutoff assists in any possibility of humans enduring shock by unit. All exhibit a notification light when mice are captured. These very efficient traps allow for a no hands approach; one only need empty the chamber to dispose of mice without ever viewing the contents.
Now that you know the best, most efficient mouse trap available, the next issue is repair. Experts recommend that repairs be finished before mouse traps are set; once this is done, mice can’t reenter. Studies show that once mice leave an area, new mice will immigrate to the same area if there is an invitation. The smallest hole mice can enter is one quarter inch; plug those with copper wire mesh or steel wool.
Make sure to check the attic, as mice love the insulation; they often make their home inside the heating ventilation and air conditioning system. A re-circulation of rodent debris throughout your home can result in respiratory problems or asthma in affected persons; rodent urine, droppings, mold, bacteria and rotting carcasses may need to be professionally vacuumed. It is not recommended that a DIY-er take this on, as the debris which could contain Hantavirus can be easily inhaled.
The Center for Disease control states on their site that sixty rodent viruses can be transmitted directly or indirectly to humans; furthermore, studies conclude that setting rodents free using the “other” humane no-kill traps is not a safe practice. Whether you come into contact setting the mice free, or the freed mice re-enter another building, mouse extermination is the only safe all around solution.
Mice will never become extinct, they still exist because they are capable of breeding at nineteen days, can have six to eight litters per year composed of 4 to 6 pups. One pair of mice can produce 4,500 mice in just one year; if you’ve seen one mouse in your home, act now, chances are you have more than one.
An old idea, but a rather new product, is a strobe light that deters mice and other rodents; proven to work well in attics and crawl spaces, they are a bit expensive for your average person. Yet, many cheaper antiquated mouse traps are still available on the market but they just are not as efficient as the electronic mouse traps. $19 to $25 dollars may seem expensive, but remember the resulting damage and sickness mice cause and costs incurred by those events. The effectiveness of the electronic humane mouse trap far outweighs its cost.