How to Find and Use a Humane Mouse Trap
If you have a problem with mice or rats, perhaps you want to get rid of them but don’t want to be responsible for killing them. There is an alternative solution–a humane mouse trap.
Humane mouse traps allow you to release the mice or rats without harming them or having to dispose of them. All you need to know is where to find a humane mousetrap and how to use it.
5 Steps to Find and Use a Humane Mouse Trap
1. Evaluate your problem with mice.
Look for droppings in and around your house or garage. Mice droppings look like small, black pellets. You can usually detect the smell of urine as well.
A mouse bed will have multiple pieces of cloth and paper all bunched up together. Many times, you can hear mice scurrying around at night or hear their squeaking sounds.
2. Find a humane mousetrap.
Locate mousetraps at a local hardware store or a do-it-yourself pest control business. Make sure you specify that you want a humane trap so that the animal is not harmed.
These are usually simple mechanisms made of plastic and are quite inexpensive. There are online stores that have them if you do not have a local business that carries them.
3. Get the mice to come to your trap.
Once you get the humane mousetrap, put a dab of peanut butter or cheese inside where the mouse would enter. Set the mechanism according to the instructions. Once the mouse enters the mousetrap, a door will close that will not allow them to exit. These are safe and will not harm the mouse.
Place the mousetraps around areas that you have seen evidence of a problem. Always put the mousetraps close to a corner or wall as mice will not travel to the middle of a room and don’t travel more than 20 feet or so if they have a set pattern and bedding area.
4. Check your live trap every few hours in a 24-hour period.
If a mouse or rat is left in the mechanism too long, it can expire. Mice and rats will do anything to get out when they are trapped and this can be devastating and cause the creature to die.
5. Once you have a mouse trapped, take it to a field or wooded area, open the mechanism and gently release the creature into the wild.
Make sure you’re far enough away from your home so that it will not come back. Don’t travel very far to release it, just don’t do it in your own backyard.
Never handle a caught mouse directly.
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