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The Best Humane Mouse Traps and How to Use Them, According to Experts

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A mouse in your home isn’t the end of the world, but it can be unsanitary, especially because the little guys carry bacteria and other gross stuff they pick up in dumpsters, on the street, or even in the sewer. Thankfully, getting rid of them doesn’t have to involve a traumatic glue trap, either.

To tackle a mouse problem without the gruesomeness of actually killing a mouse, humane mouse traps offer a more friendly relocation option. We spoke with two experts in the humane removal of rodents to find out which no-kill traps work best and what you can do to make the whole experience a lot less unpleasant than it needs to be, for everyone involved.

Both experts we consulted agree that glue traps are terrible. But, before you bait and set your live capture Mouse Hotel, John Griffin Senior Director of Urban Wildlife Programs at the Humane Society has some important caveats. “The exact same thing can happen with live catch traps as with glue traps if you’re not monitoring them or if you wait too long [more than 6 to 12 hours]. Animals can die in them and it’s the same kind of inhumane death.” Griffin recommends traps made of clear plastic for easier check ins. “There’s a clear green plastic trap that’s good and you can actually see the mouse in there.”

This mouse trap was designed for easy catching and even easier releasing: just pull the tab up on the front and wave goodbye. But Sarah Preston, associate director of PETA’s animal cruelty investigation department, has a warning about where you release your mice. “A lot of people think that they should go out in the woods somewhere. But for mice who have lived their entire lives in the city, that’s pretty much a death warrant. They’re not going to know where to find food, water, and shelter, and they could be mauled in territorial disputes with other animals. Let them go about a block from where they were trapped; if there’s a park nearby, that would be the perfect place.”

This baby blue trap lets you easily see your mouse and release it without much drama. Its trapdoor system is also more effective than other humane traps with hinged ramps.

If you’re noticing that your mice have been able to nibble at the bait without getting caught, you might want to give this double-door trap a try. When set both doors lay flat so the orange plastic trap looks like an inviting little tunnel encouraging mice to walk all the way through, catching them on their way. It also features an easy release door for quick farewells.

If you want a clearer picture of who you’re dealing with, the fully clear plastic Mice Cube is your best bet.