Kness Tip-Trap 109-0-001 Live-Capture Mouse Trap
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- Made of polypropylene
- Resistant to stains and odors
- Tip-Traps are easy to clean and can be reused or disposed of after mouse is caught
- No harmful chemicals, baits or poisons used making it safe to use around children and pets
- Safe to set up.
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Kness Tip-Trap 109-0-001 Live-Capture Mouse Trap
While mouse infestations can be overwhelming, conventional "snap traps" often prove equally overwhelming to use. This tip trap has an ingeniously simple design that provides a safe, humane, and effective way to rid your house of mice. Simply remove the end cap and place peanut butter in the bait cup. Place the trap in a problem area and wait. As the mouse moves inside the trap to fetch the bait, the trap will tip up automatically, closing the trap door. Then you can release the mouse a safe distance from your house, allowing it to go on with its life and you to go on with yours.
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1. It's important to wear disposable gloves whenever you handle the trap, because mice might avoid the trap if your scent is on it. Also, mice spread dangerous diseases that you can contract just by touching their droppings.
2. Bait them with peanut butter, and despite what the instructions say, I believe using more is actually better, as long as it doesn't prevent the trap from remaining open. Use multiple traps and place them parallel to walls near areas where you believe the mice are coming from, out of the way of foot traffic (they can be accidentally triggered when you walk by), and don't put them in direct sunlight.
3. Try to stay out of the room while the traps are set, and check them multiple times a day. Release mice within several hours. It can die of stress and dehydration if left for too long, which defeats the purpose of using a live capture trap, and it's costly - it's best to throw the trap away at that point for health reasons.
If you're planning to leave them the entire day or longer, and you don't want to open the trap to find a dead or extremely stressed mouse that is close to death, it might be better to just use snap traps or try a mouse repellent. I have no experience with that but there are products such as Shake Away Granules, and some people claim success using moth balls, ammonia, or peppermint oil. Please don't use glue traps, they're very cruel, and never use poison, especially if you have children or pets. It can kill cats, dogs, and wildlife that eat the poison or the poisoned mice, and you'll be dealing with the smell of rotting mice in your walls for weeks.
4. Each time you catch a mouse, wash the trap with bleach and reset it, and put it in the exact same spot. Mice follow scent trails from other mice to find food.
5. Make sure there are no other sources of food so they'll be forced into the traps. I think this will also make them less likely to trigger the trap by walking on top of it. Mice aren't stupid, they'll figure out they can't get to the bait when they do that, so they'll be more likely to go inside the trap next time. Remove food from your kitchen and store it in sealed containers, including pet food.
6. Do NOT release the mice in your backyard. They'll come straight back. It's amazing how far a mouse can travel to return home. Release them a mile away in a protected area with tall grass.
This has worked for me multiple times so I hope this helps you, good luck!
TIP #2: For this you need some pancake syrup and some ground parmasan cheese. See you shouldn't put anything at all heavy in the bait holder, or else the trap will tip without a mouse and not work. Put a small drop of syrup on your fingertip and rub it onto the bait ring. That was to make it a little sticky. Then sprinkle a dash of parmasan cheese on there. It really smells great, and there is literaly almost no weight at all. It works for me!
Despite my own clumbsiness, I really recomend this inexpensive little device. It really works as advertised.
I agree with the top comment's recommendations: 1) put just a tiny bit of peanut butter in the trap, 2) put it up against a wall, 3) put it about 6 inches away a spot they are likely to hide in or walk past, 4) when cleaning it out just use water, no harsh chemicals; you want to keep as much of the "another mouse was here recently... this must be a safe place" smell as possible. I've also noticed success mostly when the house was quiet, either at night or during the work day. The latch is pretty secure, so you can safely set it, catch something overnight, and then have it still be in the trap by morning. Over time the trap can loosen up, so keep tabs on how secure it is and replace when necessary; my oldest trap lasted about 3-4 years before it needed to be replaced, but it caught a lot of mice in that time.