If you ask a handful of people their opinion of the best mouse trap, chances are you would get a variety of different answers.
However, even though the market is flooded with innovative and high tech trap designs many people still favor the old fashioned snap trap.
Why? Easy......because they work and they're affordable.
Here's the bad news about snap traps. They're intimidating to set and they require a steady hand.
If you've ever tried to set a snap trap you know it's a heart pounding experience that requires nerves of steel.
Several years ago I switched from using the old fashioned Victor snap traps to the Tomcat reusable mouse traps.
Although they are similar is design, the Tomcat reusable mouse traps are plastic and they can be easily set by just squeezing the back of the trap. No more snapped fingers, no more anxiety over setting the trap, just a quality trap that works great!
In 2008 we purchased a home nestled into the woods. The house was great however, after sitting vacant for about a year the garage and basement had a definite mouse problem.
Being a new homeowner I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a professional exterminator so I began my quest to exterminate every mouse inside our home.
After tying several different trap styles including glue boards and repellents, I found the Tomcat reusable plastic snap trap was the best mouse trap on the market. They're cheap, safe, easy to use and they work! I ended up catching 18 mice in just a short period of time, plus 1 flying squirrel that somehow entered the house.
For under $5 you can purchase a two pack of traps that can be used over and over again. Unlike the basic wooden snap traps which either require you to pry the kill bar from the dead mouse or throw away the entire trap, you can release a dead mouse from the plastic version by just squeezing the back of the trap.
It's simple, fast and effective. Setting the trap is just as easy. Just squeeze the back of the trap until the plastic jaws lock open and you're done. The traps come with a pre-scented bait paddle which does not require baiting, however, I've found smearing a thin layer of peanut butter on the bait paddle works the best.
To begin, remove the traps from the original packaging.
Here's a view of a single mouse trap, new from the package.
To open the trap, squeeze the back ends together.
While holding the back ends together, take a small amount of peanut butter and smear it on the bait paddle.
Once baited and locked open, the trap should look like this.
Place the set trap along a wall or near an area where you have observed mouse activity or mice droppings.
Remember, mice typically travel along walls, behind appliances, or on top of rafters. Try to place the trap between an area where you think they are nesting and feeding.
If you're looking for an inexpensive mouse trap that's easy to use, the Tomcat snap trap is a great choice.
If you have a mouse problem you're tying to correct, give one of these traps a try......I think you'll be happy with your purchase.