Choosing a rat or mouse trap, plus 6 tips for success

How to help yourself in humane trapping mice or rats


 If you find yourself with a rodent problem, you need to act right away. Rats and mice reproduce very quickly, and not taking them being in your home seriously will quickly become a big problem.

We all know rats and mice carry disease, they will cause damage to your property, and they’re gross; nobody wants to wake up with a rat snuggled into bed with them.

Considering only legally allowed and humane methods, avoiding any poisonous substances, and lowering the carbon footprint, you are left with not many how-to-get-rid-of-pests options.


The first DIY pest control you may think of when you notice rats or mice signs is setting traps, which is an excellent eco-friendly pest control plan. First, you need to figure out if you have rats or mice.

These rodents are nocturnal, so it may be hard to get a visual of them, but if you can, it will be easier to determine if it’s a rat or mouse problem you’re dealing with. If you can’t catch a glimpse of one, inspecting the droppings from them will help to determine what you are dealing with.

Rat droppings will be larger, think around the size of the pumpkin seed, whereas mouse droppings will be a lot smaller, closer to the size of a sunflower seed. Avoiding the awful glue boards, you could also lay down some flour to look at their paw prints to determine if it’s a rat or mouse. Rats have bigger paws that measure around 20mm in width, and mouse paws measure about 10 mm in width.


Figuring out if you have rats or mice is crucial when it comes to traps. A single-use plastic mousetrap will not be strong enough to take down a rat and ultimately be a big waste of money. You need the right-sized trap for them.

Ok, you figured out which rodent is making a home in your home, and you are ready to go to battle with them to take your home back. Next is purchasing the traps. Two things to think about is, do you want to deal with dead mice or rats, or do you want to trap them live and release them somewhere else?

Some great options are snap traps or live capture traps 



Lets look at the differences between live capture traps and snap traps

Live capture traps

As the name suggests, live capture traps are meant to capture rats and mice alive so that you can release them in a location away from your house.

If you don’t mind checking the traps frequently throughout the day and making the trip often to release the rat or mouse, then these traps are a great way to humanely trap and remove the rodents while getting rid of the infestation in your home.

The biggest disadvantage to the live capture traps is that the mouse or rat may suffer needlessly if not released in good time. Trapped in a small cage with no food or water can cause suffering.

You will also need to research where the best spot is to release the capture rodents would be and give them the best chance for survival.

Snap Traps

Snap traps are considered a humane pest control way to trap and kill mice and rats. Snap traps are designed to kill the rat or mouse immediately, with no suffering. This type of trap will quickly make a significant indent in the rodent population since rats and mice reproduce quickly. You want to be quick and efficient with your approach.

You also don’t need to use any poison, which has a whole host of problems when you start using poison. It is not a recommended approach to rodent control. You can also use snap traps repeatedly, so you’re not having to constantly run out and buy new traps and spend a small fortune on new traps.

A couple of downsides to using snap traps are that you will need to dispose of the dead rats properly, you need to reset the traps known to misfire often, and these traps need to be placed away from areas your kids or pets can get to.

Choosing a rat or mouse trap, plus 6 tips for success AccuRat
Choosing a rat or mouse trap, plus 6 tips for success AccuRat



1. Wear gloves: Rats and mice have sensitive noses, and if they pick up the scent of a human on a trap, they will avoid it. Ensure you are wearing gloves when handling the traps.

2. Place traps effectively: Placing the traps in proper places is crucial. If you find a lot of droppings or gnawing marks in certain areas, it would be a good bet to set traps in that area of your house. Rats tend to travel along walls, which would be another good spot for trap placement.

Choosing a rat or mouse trap, plus 6 tips for success AccuRat

3. Use the right traps:
Once you have determined if you have rats or mice, you need to buy the appropriate traps. Make sure you pay attention to the labels on the traps, so you don't buy the wrong kind in haste just to get traps. If they are not for the rodent you have in your home, they will not be effective.

4. Set several traps:
Keeping in mind that rats and mice reproduce very quickly, setting 1 or 2 traps will not cut it. Plan to place three traps for every rodent you have seen or aim for around a dozen at least—the more you have, the better.

5. Avoid poison:
Using poison to kill rats and mice will ensure a slow and painful death that is not necessary. Since rodenticides can take time to kill the rodent, they may die in an area that isn't easily accessible to you, making retrieval of the dead rodent more complicated than it needs to be. If you have children or pets in your home, using medicine can be dangerous to them. Not to mention that is not environmentally friendly and there is a huge risk of poisoning non-targeted species.

6. Use proper bait:
Using the proper bait will increase the success rate of your traps. If you're using bait, the rodents don't eat; they won't even bother with a trap at all. Using cheese, peanut butter, seeds, bread, or even pet food can be good bait for rat and mice traps.

If you have set up traps properly and are still having a rat or mouse infestation, it may be time to call in professional pest control services to help eradicate the rodent infestation. Our team at AccuRAT is always here to help you with advice and control methods on how to get rid of rats and mice in an eco-friendly and humane way. We do our best to use only recycled materials and plant-based control products.

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