The author is a huge fan of dogs and cats and knows a bit about selecting a mouser cat.
Choosing a Gifted Mouser Cat
Aloof demigod or cuddly cutie-pie, your cat is descended from countless generations of fierce predators. Under the right circumstances, almost any cat will kill a mouse. However, some cats seem to live for the hunt while others prefer to wait for the occasional mouse to stumble directly into their food bowls.
If you live in an area where mice and other rodents are a problem, here are a few guidelines you can use to find a cat who will eagerly seek out such prey.
What Makes a Good Hunting Cat?
When choosing a good mouser, breed matters least. While certain types of cats, including Maine Coons and American Shorthair cats, are known as good mousers, there is tremendous individual variation within each breed.
Look at the individual cat. If possible, look for a cat who already hunts or displays hunting behavior. All cats are born with an instinct to chase, but that instinct must also be enabled and encouraged by the environment if it is to develop into skillful hunting. If a cat is going to actually kill (or even eat) its prey, that behavior must be taught. Kittens' mothers are the ones who teach them to hunt, so if possible, find out more about where the cat came from.
You can sometimes test a cat's interest in hunting by playing with the cat: If it shows intense and sustained interest in the toy (chasing, pouncing, biting, etc.), that cat might be a good hunter, but unless that interest was encouraged by the cat's mother, it may not have developed into a skill.
How Kittens Learn to Hunt: A Skill Honed With Practice and Play
Watch as these kittens learn hunting skills through games and practice. As they begin to hunt, you may notice that their play looks a lot like the games you've seen more urban kittens and cats enjoy with their toys. The playful stalking, pouncing, and wrestling of kittens is practice for the hunt.
Cats That Will Kill Mice
It's All Fun and Games Unless You're a Large and Juicy Rat
Whether you're choosing a kitten or an adult cat, look for one who plays fiercely. When kittens play, they are honing their skills as little hunters. Watch for cats of any age who "stalk" their toys or bite them and shake them vigorously. This type of play mimics more serious hunting behavior and is a good indication that a cat will seek out and kill mice.
Where to Find a Good Mouser
If you live in or near a rural area, look for a farm with a litter of barn cats. Plus, many states have barn cat relocation programs, so check the Internet for an organization near you. These kittens will have learned to hunt by watching their mothers and are more likely to have a few kills under their own belts. An adult barn cat is an ideal choice if you can provide it with an appropriate environment but may not adjust well to city life.
Your local animal shelter is probably overflowing with cats. Most animal shelters will cheerfully allow you to interact with the cats to make a good adoption decision. When you go, take a toy mouse with you and see how the cats react to it.
In a cat of any age, look for lots of energy and a playful disposition. While shelter fees can be fairly steep, they generally include vaccinations and spaying or neutering. Speaking of which...
Will Spaying or Neutering My Cat Kill Its Killer Instinct?
The idea that spaying or neutering your cat will reduce its desire to hunt is a myth. Unaltered cats can produce two to three litters of kittens a year, and those kittens will soon be bearing litters of their own. With that many cats around, you'll have to bring in the bears to control the cats. To avoid replacing your rodent problem with a cat problem, spay or neuter your cat!
If you can't afford to pay to have your kitty spayed or neutered right away, look for a free or low-cost program rather than putting it off. You can find an excellent list of local and national spay and neuter programs at lovethatcat.com.
How to Take Care of a Mousing Cat
Be sure to keep your cat's vaccinations current, especially if it's an outdoor cat, and extra-especially if that cat is a hunter. While rodents are a natural part of a cat's diet, they can carry parasites and diseases.
For your cat's health, never use poison for rodent control. In addition to the risk of your cat directly consuming some of the poison, your cat can be poisoned by eating a rodent that has consumed poisoned bait.
More About Mousers
- The American Shorthair
Learn more about the American Shorthair, a breed with a standout reputation as a good mouser.
- Predatory Behavior of Cats
An explanation of the predatory drives that motivate your cat, including information about how kittens learn to hunt.
- How to Train a Cat to Be Outdoor Safe and a Good Rodent Catcher
No hunting-savvy barn cats to be found in your area? No worries... most cats can learn to hunt. Here's some great info from wikiHow on teaching your cat to be a safe outdoor hunter.
Getting a Mouse-Hunting Cat
Before you bring home your cute little killing machine, consider your options carefully. A good mouser will certainly take care of your rodent problem, but a cat is more than pest control! Make sure you're ready for a pet.
Death by cat is ugly and painful, and many cats love to flaunt their kills. While the only evidence of my own cat's hunting is the occasional glimpse of her darting under the house with a mouse in her mouth, my coworker's cat is less discrete, and she frequently finds little corpses in her bathtub.
If you have too tender a heart to be comfortable with this, do yourself, some mice, and the cat a favor and consider a non-lethal trap instead. Non-lethal traps or deterrents can be very effective with all but the most severe rodent infestations.
What If My Cat Shows No Interest in Catching Mice?
Not all cats show interest in killing rodents. Some are too well fed to be interested in working for food; others just don't seem to have the "killer instinct." Does your cat stalk and kill rodents, toys, and the occasional bug, or is he or she a sophisticated urban cat and above that sort of thing?
What kind of cat do you have?
Katniss Evermew on September 01, 2019:
I can testify to the fact that spaying and neutering doesn't change a cat's killer instinct whatsoever. Best mouser I ever had was a neutered male. However, I think the reason he was the best was because most of my cats were separated from their mothers between six and twelve weeks old, whereas this cat lived with his mother for the first nine months of his life. She must've taught him everything she knew because by the time I got him at just under a year old, he was a consummate hunter.
Athena on January 04, 2019:
Please keep your cats indoors. They kill way too many birds and other wildlife.
Brenda on December 13, 2018:
Our pampered kitty is a Maine coon kitty. He had his first experience with a mouse last night and he caught it! He didn't kill it but he carried it in his mouth into the kitchen to play with it. Will he learn how to kill mice? He hunts all the time.
Kenshin on November 28, 2018:
My cat play with the mouse and rats and then loses intrest
And i tell her it's under the couch she check every where else sept under the couch then i look for under the couch it moves then she play with it a little more and never kills it so i have bleach to kill the rat under the couch but ...
When i do kill it she plays with it more and more
Jc on August 08, 2017:
What if the cat you want lives outside and has fleas
Tree320 on May 19, 2017:
When we tried to adopt cat from our friend, there are three candidates, the way we choose is to try a feather cat toy, to see if the cat has hunting instinct, finally, we chose the cat who destroy the fishing rod in 5 minutes, it turns out that he is really a good mice killer. By the way, the feather is his first and favorite toy after that, if you want to select cat as well, it's worth a try, from OnePlus Amazon, http://amzn.to/2pVe6Y8.
Elaine Sheldon on November 19, 2016:
Delightfully written! Informative, well organized, and just plain enjoyable read!
Clarke on July 01, 2016:
I have a cat that did not hunt when I got him but learned from watching his buddy, Tidbit, a cat that goes into the woods because there are not many mice left close to the house
kirt on November 12, 2015:
my kitten has already have my house mice free so i can't imagine what will happen when he is a cat.
Rick King from Charleston, SC on April 12, 2014:
Our kitten is convinced that her job is to kill anything that moves in our house. Fortunately, there are no mice here that we know of, so she is just practicing on bugs, plastic bags, and our feet!
Rose Jones on July 31, 2013:
OOh, yucky. But important. Pinned to two of my boards: "cats" and "this I want you to know."
hntrssthmpsn (author) on July 28, 2013:
@amosvee: Five! Good kitty! I have a coworker with a really fierce hunter cat... but he likes to leave his victims in the bath. Sounds like you got a little luckier!
amosvee on July 25, 2013:
I have a hunter and am gifted with at least one dead mouse a day. The biggest one-night total was five. Not pretty, but better that than having them get into my house!
anonymous on July 15, 2013:
haha bear to hunt cats.. that's funny
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on June 29, 2013:
Rodents can cause a lot of trouble, so cats, with full developed killer instincts or not, are still considered our friends... Respect!
wiseriverman on June 19, 2013:
Cats are worth their weight in gold. I have three and haven't seen a mouse in a long, long time.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 18, 2013:
One year we had a mouse problem and our cats did behave differently. Dandy liked to "catch and release" - he'd take the mouse under the table where we couldn't get to him as easily and let it go so he could play with it - or catch it again. I think he thought of the mouse as a pet. I'm not sure Oreo was particularly interested in the game at all. Good tips here, especially the reminder that cats are pets and, thus, a responsibility to be taken seriously.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 14, 2013:
Love to have a cat like this in the cottage.
Bartukas on May 08, 2013:
I love animals great lens
WriterJanis2 on April 08, 2013:
Our neighbor's cat is very much the rodent killer.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on March 19, 2013:
@SteveKaye: Good kitty with a puritan work ethic!
hntrssthmpsn (author) on March 19, 2013:
@Loretta L: Hahahah that's adorable! Hopefully, he'll learn to enjoy people as much as he likes hamsters ;)
SteveKaye on March 18, 2013:
Our cat goes after everything that moves. Meow.
Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on March 18, 2013:
I know one cat who brought home a live hamster to join the hamster his owners alreadt had. Don't know if he thought he would please his owners, or the two lonely hamsters. Seemed like a nice thing to do. And the hamster was totally unharmed. He isn't quite so nice with people, but he's improving a lot.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on March 09, 2013:
@Lee Hansen: That's adorable... she's soft on the wee invaders ;)
Lee Hansen from Vermont on March 09, 2013:
Love this. I have one elderly male cat that can't be bothered to chase mice. My female indoor cat used to be an outdoor cat and she was a great hunter, but never a killer. She thinks mice, frogs, snakes, birds and chipmunks are her friends. She hunts and captures, then releases them. So now she's indoors and if she catches a mouse - and we have them, for sure - she just thinks it's a play date.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on March 09, 2013:
@lionmom100: Oh, I hear you! Some delicacies are best enjoyed outdoors, that's for sure.
lionmom100 on March 08, 2013:
I have three cats and they are all avid hunters. One brings presents, but they other two will eat their prey. I just wish they wouldn't bring them in the house.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on March 06, 2013:
@FlynntheCat1: We've had a few like that, too, which is fine as we don't live in a house prone to rodent infestation anymore. Once upon a time, in our rat-attracting country home, we cared a lot more!
FlynntheCat1 on March 06, 2013:
Ha, my cat couldn't care less. We have rats in the walls and she just sleeps on my bed all day :D
hntrssthmpsn (author) on February 27, 2013:
@knitstricken: True, indeed! Nature's most adorable serial killers ;)
knitstricken on February 27, 2013:
Last year at Goodwill I scored an AWESOME T-Shirt; It's got The Onion's logo on the back center, and on the front: An image of a cat with the caption, "Kitty Thinks of Nothing But Murder All Day". HiLARious! :o) But True. :-)
hntrssthmpsn (author) on February 24, 2013:
@ItayaLightbourne: That's sweet, and probably for the best. Unless you have a serious pest problem, there's no need to kill the wee thing ;)
Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on February 22, 2013:
Our kitty is an outdoor kitty that adopted us. I think he was initially owned by someone then either ran off or was dropped off in our area. He loves patrolling the perimeter and finding moles and such to pounce on. Then he doesn't know what to do with them. LOL He brought one up to us that promptly jumped up and ran away when he plopped him down for us to inspect. Silly kitty. :)
EMangl on November 30, 2012:
no cats but also no mice in my home - petfree zone
Tara Wojtaszek on October 16, 2012:
My cat was definitely a feline pacifist....That wasn't such a bad thing though. I once lived with a cat that would bring live mice and birds into the house.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on October 10, 2012:
@Lady Lorelei: I've met a few such cats, but my current feline companion is a terrific mouser!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 07, 2012:
I had one cat that was so lazy that a mouse ran by her and she just laid there and watched it go. It is funny how it works that way.
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on September 28, 2012:
I adopted a feral kitten and this kitty is shaping up to be a fierce killer. He tries to kill my dogs. I stop him when he does this to Tito, who doesn't fight back. Libby is on her own, and she will put up with it for a while, then pen him on his back before he knows what's hit him. He loves to grab them around the neck, bite their faces, while pretending to eviscerate them with his back paws. It is a bit frightening. My theory is if you find a cat from a feral litter, he will tend to be a strong hunter by natural selection. A kitty who has come from a long line of pampered housecats would be more likely to have gotten a gene or two that makes them satisfied with Little Friskies.
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
Its fun to stop by again to read what others had to say.
Yup, a good mouser around the house is a very good thing. :)
justmelucy on September 21, 2012:
I did have a killer cat. Funny story. I had a beautiful white Persian, named SeeaT. or C/A/T/ if you sound it out. Seeat was living happily in Jacksonville, FL when I decided to move to NC. Our first home had no bath, no insulation, no stove and only had 2 rooms plus the attic for 5 people + the cat. Culture Shock. We had never seen Giant Mice before, but Seeat did his job as if by -------. He learned to catch mice as big as him and brought them to me for acknowledgement of a job well done. Of course, he got a very special treat.
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on September 01, 2012:
very interesting read.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on August 27, 2012:
@Escapes2: It's true... and it's good to feel loved ;)
Escapes2 on August 26, 2012:
I don't have a cat, but I do have a Beagle who is a mouse, bird and any other small animal killing machine. He usually brings me something dead at least once a week. Nothing says love like a dead mouse on the back door step.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on August 03, 2012:
@iankc: Yes, the gifts can be an unfortunate by-product of a hunting cat.
Ian Casey from Florida on August 02, 2012:
While I don't have any cats at the moment, I have had at least 3 in my life. They were mostly outside cats, who only came home to eat and drink. But I do recall on a couple of occasions finding a nice little mouse or rat all gift wrapped on my doorstep. Birds too... yuck!
hntrssthmpsn (author) on July 16, 2012:
@Mariajomith: Mine's got serial killer leanings, as well... she's cuddly with my son, ignores me completely, and dominates the backyard like a lioness.
ria on July 16, 2012:
I only have one cat, whom I adore, he is quite the serial killer.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on July 15, 2012:
@JenwithMisty: Yeah, not a pleasant thing to deal with when it's not a behavior you want in your cat. If you've only got a few mice, perhaps a non-toxic repellent product or a havahart trap could get rid of them gently before your cats get a chance.
Jen withFlash on July 14, 2012:
Unfortunately, I have mousers. They sit and wait and then play with the poor things until they are dead.
hntrssthmpsn (author) on July 06, 2012:
@bilafond lm: Congratulations on your first pet!
bilafond lm on July 06, 2012:
I love my cat BOOTS more. Our first ever pet. Good lens.
Drake McSherry from Milwaukee, WI on June 12, 2012:
Great lens-cats rock!! I love mine.
Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on June 11, 2012:
My cat is definitely a mouser, but he likes to bring me his treasures. Unfortunately, he usually plays with his catch, puts it down when it plays dead and then gets distracted long enough for the mouse to scurry away, only to be chased and caught again.
Joan Haines on June 10, 2012:
At one point in my old 126 year old house, I was tempted to get a mouser cat, but realized I didn't want a pet. I just wanted the mice gone. Therefore, I didn't get one. Does borrowing someone else's cat work?
Nightcat on June 08, 2012:
Wonderful lens! You a right about the brred. Shadow is a Persian, and he is a lordly hunter. Mice, moles, birds. My Persiian before killed a groundhog. :)
anonymous on March 20, 2012:
This is sute with the graphic you used. Good advice in picking a good mouser. :)
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 08, 2012:
Good tips for choosing a good mouser. My cat is fat and happy and has forgotten anything she ever knew. Oh well. Good thing I don't have mice!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 02, 2012:
Cats are my favorite pet. When we lived in a rural area we had 3 cats who adopted us and one was the ideal mouse trap.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on January 12, 2012:
I love that you also warned everyone about how a poisoned rodent may poisoin a cat. Also, the spay neuter advice is great. There are too many unwanted cats destroyed every year or living a miserable existence and starving. I love your lenses.
Showpup LM on January 10, 2012:
I raise/show Maine coon cats and can attest to their fabulous hunting ability as a breed. However, it is so true that barn cats rock! Sometimes all it takes is to be at the AC building and offer to take in cats being dropped off that are good mousers before they end up in the shelter's care.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 08, 2012:
We lived in the country when I was a kid and our cat would regularly present us with her latest kill. Then she would expect praise. Once she caught and killed a rat that was not much smaller than she was.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on January 08, 2012:
The hunter is currently sitting in front of my washing machine waiting for some unsuspecting mouse to walk into her paws. They just plowed the field across the street and along with the mice, we have had an errant bunny or two. Back to the cat who will sit there all day until it is time to take a nap. Does she not know that the mouse will wait for naptime to make an appearance?
What can be done to prevent rat bait poisoning?
Avoid using rat baits around your property and opt for a safer and more humane method of rodent control.
If you are using rat baits, make sure that they are always stored and used out of reach of children and other animals. Loose poison baits (pellets, meals) should not be used, instead the poison should be inside a bait station that cannot be accessed or opened by children and pets.
Take steps to avoid your dog gaining access to rat baits outside of your property by keeping them on leash in areas where you know rat baits are present, and preventing them from eating rodents or carcasses. Cats may be at risk of eating poisoned rodents due to their hunting behaviour. You can take steps to protect your cat, particularly if they are safely contained to your property. Rat/mouse proof your property to prevent rodent numbers building up and also to prevent poisoned animals entering your property.
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Rats are destructive creatures that cause lots of destruction in a house or any place. Cutting electrical wire, contaminated food, make holes in boxes, cut cloths, their damaging acts are uncountable. The worst part is rats can transmit deadly diseases.
The best rat trap is made to catch and kill them afterward. There is another option for the trap which catches it without killing them.
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These remedies are all natural. Below are home remedies to get rice of mice fast at home.
1. Onions for Mice Repellent
Onion is a very effective and natural remedy to get rid of mice easily.
The scent of onions will send rats and mice running away. All you need to do is to slice an onion, place it near their holes and wait for them to run helter-skelter.
You might look down on onions as an ordinary vegetable but its smell is odious to these rodents, so they don’t eat them.
Make sure you put a fresh onion out every day in a place where your pets cannot reach it.
This is one of the home remedies to kill rats naturally and this remedy can be a bit difficult because:
- Onions will get rotten if you leave them for several days.
- Onions are toxic to a few animals like cats and dogs.
Onion as a diet is beneficial to rats it helps in their reproduction.
But the odor of onions is a natural repellent to rats and mice.
2. Use Peppermint Oil
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Peppermint essential oil is a natural remedy.
You can use it to scare away mice rats from your home.
This is because rats cannot stand the smell of peppermint.
Although the smell is not harmful but gives the home a lovely smell, unlike other chemical rodent treatment.
While we find the smell of peppermint pleasant, rats or mice find it unpleasant and offensive.
This remedy is easy to carry out when you want to kill rats naturally.
How to Use Peppermint Oil to Get Rid of Mice
- All you need do is dip cotton balls in peppermint oil
- Then place it near their hole or other suspected strategic places.
- The smell of the mint shrinks their lungs and kills them.
Note: you will need to replace the cotton balls after 5 – 7 days depending on the quantity of oil put on it.
Alternatively, If you don’t have this remedy at home, you can make use of citronella and castor oil.
You can also grow mint plants around the boundaries of your home. If you prefer not to use oil, then you can use mint leaves instead.
3. Try Ammonia to Scare
Another natural way to kill rats and mice is to sprinkle the hole of their home with ammonia.
Due to the strong smell, they will die.
Why using ammonia?
Ammonia is a compound of hydrogen and nitrogen and it has a very sharp odor.
It is also a colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell.
To get rid of mice in the wall using ammonia,
You will need:
- A quarter glass of water,
- 2 cups of ammonia in a bowl and
- 2 spoons of detergent of your choice.
How to Get Rid of Mice With Ammonia
- Mix all ingredients together and put it in a spray bottle.
- You can then spray it around the holes or where rats appear frequently because they cannot stand the smell of ammonia.
- This remedy works perfectly and easily.
4. Use Pepper to Get Rid of Mice
Do you know that use pepper in your kitchen to get rice from those mice naturally at home?
Let me explain:
Sprinkling pepper in or around holes can kill rats and mice naturally.
The pungent smell will cause their lungs to blow up resulting in difficulty in breathing and then die eventually.
Pepper contains an active compound called Capsaicin which gives heat. This heat helps to get rid of rats.
So just try sprinkling pepper where the rats reside, and they may not be able to stand the heat.
5. Bay Leaves for Mice
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Bay leaves are edible for humans but highly poisonous for rats.
Here is the secret:
Rat thinks that bay leaves are edible and tends to eat it.
But in the long run, it eventually kills them. The scent of this leaf is quite inviting but not everyone knows that they are repellent to mice in our homes.
It is very simple to carry out.
How to Get Rid of Mice Using Bay Leaves
- All you need are some dried bay leaves and blend them (optional).
- Sprinkle them on the suspected area they come in through and you will get satisfactory results.
- Repeat this project every 5 – 7 days for best results.
6. Get Rid of Mice with Kitty Litter
One way to get rid of rats with home remedies is to place a little cat litter in holes where they thrive.
Their fear of rats will make them run and never return. Cats are natural predators of rats and mice.
Get Rid of Mice with Kitty Litter
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Here is the secret:
Anytime a rat suspects that there is a cat in your home, it quickly runs away.
A lot of homeowners and farmers suggest placing used kitty litter around entry points you suspect the rats use to gain entry into your home.
The mice and rats will smell the urine of the cat and scamper away.
7. Natural Predators for Mice
Bringing in natural predators into your home is a natural and effective way to get rid of rats and mice.
One of the ways to kill rats or mice is to get a cat in the house which is the easiest solution.
Wherever the rat is, the cat will find its way through in finding the rodent.
Just make sure you take good care of them the way you will other pets like dogs. If you do not like cats, look for a way to attract barn owls.
They are also natural predators of rats and mice. One family of barn owls can devour about 15 rats and mice in one night.
All you need to do to attract barn owls is to buy or build a nest box and put it in your yard.
Mount nest boxes of up to 15 feet from the floor.
If you don’t have a tree where you can mount the box, you can use an old shed or a pole.
8. Get Rid of Mice With Owl Feathers
Get Rid of Mice With Owl Feathers
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Studies conducted by the Tel-Aviv University’s Department of Zoology show that rats and mice learn how to move first, then avoid attacks from owls
Thus, when rodents see owls or signs of owls, they avoid those areas.
Keeping owl feathers in the holes and areas of rat infestations can drive them out.
Resorting to inhumane mouse traps is not how to get rid of mice fast. Rats are extremely smart creatures. Research shows they’ll adjust their behaviors to their surroundings.
By using one or more effective home remedies to get rid of mice, you can eliminate mice once and for all. Most of these home remedies are natural and don’t pose any risk to your health.
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8 Fastest Ways to Get Rid of Mice Naturally at Home
How to Get Rid of Mice
Once you notice mouse droppings or gnawed food boxes, act quickly to get rid of mice before they do any more damage.
Find their entry point.
Before you put down any traps or bait, do a little detective work. "Figure out where they're coming from because putting traps randomly all over your basement floor isn't going to do you any good," Cindy Mannes, a spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, tells us. Try your best to determine where the mice are living and building nests, and then set your traps around those general areas.
Set mouse traps.
Mouse traps remain one of the most effective ways to get rid of mice that are already wrecking havoc inside. Stick mouse traps in the more vulnerable areas of your home, like along walls and behind trash cans. There are a range of mouse traps to choose from, all of which range in cost, function, and design. Choose from the following mouse traps:
- Snap Traps: By far the most common type of mouse trap, this quick trigger system catches mice in their tracks. When used correctly, these mouse traps kill mice quickly, making it an efficient way to wipe out an entire population. There are different kinds of snap traps, including bar, clam and hidden kill.
- Electric Traps: These mouse traps lure mice into the chamber before shocking them with fatal electric shocks. Don't worry, they are specifically engineered to prevent humans and pets from being shocked.
- Sticky Traps: Not quite as high-tech as the other options, mice get stuck to an adhesive glue board until you set them free (or kill them). It can only be used once, making them less efficient than other options.
- Live Catch Traps: Similar to the ones used for larger mammals, these traps catch, but don't kill the mice. They are a specific type of chamber or cage with a trigger-activated door, which won't reopen until you release the captured rodent.
With the exception of sticky traps, all mouse traps require bait of some kind. Peanut butter is by far the most common bait, but you can also use chocolate, cheese, bird seed or nuts to lure mice into the trap.