Snap traps and glue traps are two of the most common types of mouse traps. If you have just noticed that your home is harboring one or several furry, four-footed guests, you may be unsure of which type to buy. Here is a comparison of these mouse traps to help you choose the right one for your needs.
Snap traps have become so conventional that when you mention the words "mouse trap," a small wooden board with a spring-loaded metal bar is the first thing that most people think of. Snap traps kill mice instantly by snapping the spine or crushing the skull, and they require virtually no cleanup. However, they are not without their drawbacks.
While snap traps do have some degree of efficacy that has kept them around for so many years, they do have a somewhat higher failure rate than more modern traps. Occasionally you may set your trap at night, only to wake up the next morning and find that the bait is gone but the trap has not sprung and no mouse is in sight. Additionally, snap traps can be activated by stray fingers and toes, so you need to be cautious to avoid injury if you have children or pets.
It could be said that glue traps are for homeowners who are more interested in capturing mice than killing them quickly. Glue traps are very effective at anchoring mice firmly in place as soon as they come in range to sniff the bait. However, if the trap is left unattended, it will take a mouse days or weeks to die from hunger and thirst. There is also the problem of disposing the live mouse when you find it in the trap.
If you are determined to use glue traps but are looking for a humane method of disposing of mice after you catch them, vegetable oil can sometimes be used to free them. Unfortunately this method is not always successful, as mice will often cause significant damage to their limbs and skin when they try to escape the glue. While glue traps are less humane for mice, they are harmless for people, dogs, and cats. Vegetable oil can be used to easily remove them from human skin and pet fur.
Both snap traps and glue traps have their advantages and disadvantages, so the right choice between the two will differ for each household.
For further assistance, contact local rodent control professionals, such as those from A Humphreys Insect & Rodent Control Inc.