The snap trap. The glue trap. The electrocution trap.
These forms of mouse "control" might sound horrifying to
us, but they can be found in millions of homes and businesses around the
world. To the general public, mice are seen as diseased pests, not
individual beings that have a right to live. Therefore, billions of
deadly devices have been sold to "rid" establishments of these small
But there are other ways of ridding homes of mice.
Humane ways. Ways in which no one gets hurt (not even the little guys).
And ways that few people know about or have tried. But ways that should
take place of the bloody, cruel traps that are so commonly found.
For homes and businesses that do not have companion
animals, there are the ultrasonic "pest" deterrents, devices you plug
into the wall that emit high frequency sounds that harmlessly ward off
mice, as well as most insects. This trap is ideal for restaurants and
Placing used cat litter around the house in small open
containers give off the scent of the predators. Most mice will not enter
a house if a cat is present.
Better yet, adopt a cat from a no-kill shelter! You wont
see a trace of a mouse with a cat around the house.
The method I use to rid my house of mice (I don't mind
them, but my parents abhor them), is the most effective trap I have ever
Take a large bucket (Rubbermaid, trash bucket), tall
enough for a mouse to be unable to climb out, but not tall enough for
them to die with the fall. Cover the bottom with dobs of peanut butter
and birdseed. Place two planks of wood on either side, creating ramps.
Then, go to sleep for the night.
In the morning, check the trap. You should see the
little "varmints" scurrying about. Cover the bucket with the lid and
take the mice FAR FAR away from any homes or stores (forest, valley),
and tip the bucket slightly so that they run away to freedom.
I have caught over 50 mice with this method, though not
all at the same time. It is foolproof, and safe for the mice.
For more ideas on humane traps, visit the following
And remember, mice are living creatures, too.
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