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.
Having an affordable trap is nice because after one or two uses you can just throw them away and go buy a new one if they get dirty.
Or.....if you're a frugal person like myself, they will last for years.
Here's the bad news about snap traps.
They're extremely 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.
A strong powerful kill bar held back by a trigger that doesn't take much for it to go off.
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 I 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 my 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 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.
I purchased this package from my local farm and garden store.
Here's a view of a single mouse trap, new from the package.
As you can see the basic design of the trap is very simple.
It's similar to the Victor snap trap, just more user friendly.....which everyone loves!
To open the trap, squeeze the back ends together.
It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to open up the trap.
While holding the back ends together, take a small amount of peanut butter and smear it on the bait paddle.
In my opinion, peanut butter is by far the most effective bait for mice.
It not only has a pungent smell that mice can't resist, it also sticks really well to the trap which helps prevent a mouse from stealing the bait without setting the trap off.
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 in an area where you think they are nesting and feeding.
This will ensure the mice come across your trap during their nightly travels.
A good trap and proper placement is the key for trapping mice.
So take the time to scout out a great location and you should be successful after your first night.....sometimes even sooner.
Let's face it, mice are both a nuisance and a destructive pest that can ruin clothing, heirlooms, food and just about anything else they can access.
For an inexpensive mouse trap that's easy to use, the Tomcat snap trap is a great choice.
Whether you have zero experience trapping mice or you've been doing it your whole life, these traps make removing your mouse problem a breeze.
So go ahead and give one of these traps a try......I think you'll be happy with your purchase.