(Closed) What's The Best Way to Catch a Mouse?

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Post # 16
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

snap traps. put them against the wall behind the stove where your kitty cant get it.

Post # 17
6269 posts
Bee Keeper

As pp said please no sticky traps. They are horrifically inhumane. I’m not sure how they are still allowed to be sold. 

Post # 18
3113 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Basic snap traps have worked the best for us. We also have bait stations. Just keep in mind that “one mouse” is often a lot more than just one, they are tricky little buggers.

Post # 19
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Are you sure there’s not just a cat toy stuck under the stove? Have you found eaten food or droppings?

If I hadn’t found any evidence of mice, I’d probably do nothing. Otherwise, I’d use a humane trap with peanut butter and release it in the woods far away.

Mice don’t really bother me a whole lot though. I’m a scientist though, so I’m pretty sure the probably don’t care for me too much. 

Post # 20
2125 posts
Buzzing bee

Just want to echo please please don’t use sticky traps. They are disgusting and cruel and should be banned. 

Post # 21
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I agree with not using sticky traps. I once bought one without really thinking things through, and ended up having to kill the poor mouse myself to put it out of its misery. I felt like the worst person on earth afterward. 

Post # 22
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Peppermint oil.  Seriously.  Mice hate the smell of it (I think it burns their nose?), and it will go live somewhere else.  And it makes your house smell like Christmas.  Ha!

When I had a mouse in my apartment, I figured out that he was coming in through a hole in my closet.  I soaked quite a few cotton balls in peppermint oil and shoved them in the hole (during the day when I knew he wasn’t in my apartment).  I also lined the floor of my closet along the wall with the peppermint oil soaked cotton balls.  I never saw the mouse again.  

ETA:  You do need to replinish the peppermint oil a couple of times a week for a while until the mice find a new home and stop trying to come back.

But please, no sticky trap.

Post # 23
916 posts
Busy bee

I second the plug in, especially as this may be more than one mouse. My parents bought one YEARS ago and they have never seen one since.

Post # 24
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just ordered one of the plug in mouse deterrents thanks to this thread. I cannot wait to try that!!!

before, we used snap traps with peanut butter. Worked every time. I just want something that’ll keep them away after! We live in a small farm town so it’s understandable to have them, but I cannot stand cleaning up their droppings and constantly disinfecting everything daily where they walk on counters. 

Post # 26
10107 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Okay, we had a mouse a while back I dumbly bought the sticky tape trap thing because I wasn’t being logical. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking at the time. So, tape trap totally worked. We start hearing something banging around behind the stove and he’s trapped on it. I immediately had a freak out and had to go in the other room because I could hear him thrashing around on the floor struggling to get off of it and it made me upset to think I was hurting the mouse (FI thought I was insane). Also, just FYI, they will chew their own limbs off to get off the tape trap. 

If you don’t want some sort of mousy version of SAW going on behind your stove I would stay away from tape traps all together. Either use a snap trap that will not make the animal suffer or find a humane trap where you can release it later (far away).

Edit: I’d like to add the mouse ended up getting free off the trap while Fiance went in the other room to check on me. He ended up being evicted at a later time by Fiance because I threw in the towel and agreed to have a mousy roommate.

Post # 27
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Since you can’t relocate the mouse, try to find an instant kill snap trap. Don’t underestimate your cat, I also have a “comfort” cat who caught a mouse that was in my house. I think the cat and I were both surprised, haha.

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