Setting a Mouse Trap | the Best Mouse Trap | Humane Mouse Traps | Glue Mouse Traps | the Best Mouse Trap Baits




Introduction: Setting a Mouse Trap | the Best Mouse Trap | Humane Mouse Traps | Glue Mouse Traps | the Best Mouse Trap Baits

Storage sheds often attract mice. The information below will tell you how to get rid of them.
How To Set a Victor Mouse Trap

Setting a mouse trap is simple. You just need to have a steady hand and nerves of steel. It is not that bad but it does make your heart race holding a set mouse trap in your hands. Victor mouse traps, or copies of Victor mouse traps are probably the most widely used type of mouse trap in the world. This article teaches you how to set a Victor mouse trap.

Step 1: Remove the Mouse Trap Packaging

There is usually a staple holding the snap wire to the wood block. Remove the staple so the snap wire can be pulled back.

Step 2: Add Bait to the Trigger

The best mouse trap bait to use when setting Victor mouse traps is
peanut butter. Victor mouse traps need a bait that sticks to the trigger and does not just lay on it. Place enough peanut butter on the trigger so that it covers the trigger. Make sure it is stuck to the trigger so that it does not fall off when the mouse touches it. Make sure the peanut butter is only on the end of the trigger that is farthest from the mouse trap spring.

Step 3: Setting the Mouse Trap

Pull the snap wire back and lay the lock bar on top of the snap wire.

Lodge end of the lock bar under the hook on the trigger

Slowly relieve the hand pressure holding the snap wire down and let
the snap wire press upward on the lock bar which will press upward on the trigger. The baited end of the trigger will lift up locking the mousetrap in the set position.

If the lock bar slips off the trigger hook the trap will spring so be careful when removing pressure on the snap wire, keep your fingers away from the business end of the mouse trap at all times. (the business end is the end that has the bait on the trigger) It may take several tries to get the mouse trap set.

Step 4: Placing the Mouse Trap

For storage sheds you should put mouse traps on the outside and inside of the shed. On the outside you can put them along the edge of the shed where the foundation meets the ground.

On the interior of the shed follow the instructions below:

Always hold the mouse trap on the end that the Red V is on, the same end that the lock bar is stapled to the wood block. Carefully place the mouse trap with the trigger end up against the wall. Mice like the security of walking along walls so placing the mouse trap in this position interrupts their travels and interests them with food. Make sure to place the mouse trap in an area that kids and pets will not be able to disturb it.

Step 5: Remove the Mouse From the Mouse Trap

Once you have caught a mouse you will want to remove the mouse from the trap as soon as possible. The easiest way to get rid of the mouse is to throw the whole trap and mouse away. If you want to set the mouse trap again you will need to remove the mouse by lifting up the snap wire over a garbage bin and releasing the mouse. Make sure the mouse is dead before releasing the wire. If the mouse was caught on a non vital body part like a leg or tail it may still be alive.

Step 6: The Best Mouse Trap

How to Use My Favorite Mouse Trap

I have used many different types of mouse traps and this mouse trap
beats them all. It is easier to set, safer to set, easier to clean and I have never found it set off without catching a mouse. These are the features of and the steps to setting this great "better mouse trap".

Why The Press N Set Is The Best Mouse Trap

The things that make the Press N Set the best mouse trap that I have ever used are these:

  • I have never found the mouse trap tripped without a mouse in it
  • It is simple to set
  • It is safe to set
  • It does not go off when setting it on the ground
  • It puts the bait in a place that cannot be gotten to without setting off the trap, which means more mice caught
  • It can be emptied without touching the dead mouse.

Step 7: Baiting the Ortho Press N Set Mouse Trap

The first step in setting the Press N Set mouse trap is to put the bait in the little cup in the center of the trap. This is the safe way to bait the mouse trap because there is no danger of setting off the mouse trap when it is not set.

  • The best mouse trap bait for the ortho press n set mouse trap is a sunflower seed. Mice love sunflower seeds.
  • The Ortho Press N Set has a little bowl to hold the bait that perfectly holds a sunflower seed.
  • Sunflower seeds work better than peanut butter because the mouse cannot simply lick it

Step 8: Setting the Ortho Press N Set Mouse Trap

After the sunflower seed is in the bait cup you will set the trap by:

  1. Pull the trigger back toward the back of the mouse trap
  2. Lock the trigger by pressing it down into the back end of the mouse trap

Step 9: Where to Put a Mouse Trap to Catch Mice

Mice like to walk along walls. The best place to set a mouse trap is along a wall with the trap jaws facing the wall. The edge of the shed where the bottom of the wall meets the ground is a great place to set the trap. Mice will walk along this area before entering the shed.

Step 10: Emptying the Mouse Trap

To empty the best mouse trap you simply pull the lever back as if you were setting the mouse trap. Don't pull it all the way back or you will set the trap. If you do set the trap use a small stick to press on the red trigger to set it off. Hold your hand on the mouse trap trigger while setting it off so that it does not snap violently.

Step 11: Glue Mouse Traps

How To Use A Sticky Mouse Trap

Glue mouse traps catch mice by sticking to a mouse so that it cannot move and get free. They are probably the least humane way to catch a mouse because they have a high probability of injuring a mouse without killing it. But there is a way to catch and release a mouse from a glue mouse trap. You just need to pay attention to the trap so you know when the mouse has been caught and then use the simple instructions below to free the little critter when you catch him.

Be careful when using glue mouse traps on the outside of your garden shed because you may catch other animals, like the neighbors cat! This can happen when a cat sees a struggling mouse and gets a little too interested.

Step 12: Setting a Glue Mouse Trap

Baiting A Glue Mouse Trap

To Bait the mouse trap you will need to stick something that mice
like into the center of the glue trap. Popular foods for mice include: Sunflower seeds, chocolate and peanut butter.

Check Glue Traps Often

It is important to check a glue trap often to see if it has caught a mouse. Glue traps do not immediately kill mice so the mouse usually suffers while it struggles to free itself but the more it moves the worse it becomes stuck. This is why glue traps are not very humane. But if you check it often and find a caught mouse before it struggles too much you can often release the mouse using the following vegetable oil trick.

Releasing A Mouse From A Glue Trap

To release a mouse from a sticky mouse trap you can use vegetable oil and a q-tip to coat the mouse with oil.

  1. Be careful to not get your fingers close to the mouses mouth, they are not usually very happy when stuck to a glue trap.
  2. Dribble enough oil onto the mouse to coat its fur coat with oil.
  3. Use the q-tip to rub the oil into the areas where the fur touches the sticky glue.
  4. Let the mouse struggle and work the oil in.
  5. Make sure to coat the surface of the glue trap with oil so that when
    the mouse starts walking it does not become stuck in another part of the trap.
  6. Mice with oil on them can usually free themselves after a bit of struggling.

Step 13: Humane Mouse Traps

Commercial And Home Made Live Mouse Traps

These are the best trap to use when setting it on the outside of the garden storage shed. Animals other than mice and any curious kids will not be harmed by it.

Mice are cute in kid movies but not in your house. Using live mouse traps is a human alternative to mouse traps that kill the mouse. Mice are living creatures that are just doing what mother nature expects them to do. The problem is that "normal" mouse behaviors like eating human food in a kitchen cabinet or chewing through bedding and other home furnishings are not what we want in our lives. Live mouse traps catch mice in a humane way and keep them alive so you can let them move on with their lives, just some place far away from your home.

Live mouse traps are safer for children and pets which means you can set them in areas that you would not want to set a snapping trap for fear of hurting someone, like along a wall in a kitchen.

They can be caught alive and set free in their natural environment like a grassy field or forest.

So, in an effort to help us all get along this article describes some of the different types of commercial mouse traps and how to build several types of home made live mouse traps.

Step 14: Commercial Humane Mouse Trap

Every company has their own humane mouse trap design. This mouse trapis made by the Victor mice trap company. It is usually available where mouse traps are sold. It is very simple and easy to use. It holds about 4 mice, if you catch that many mice at once you are on a roll!

The mouse trap works by using a "see saw" as a door. The mouse walks in and up the ramp, when it gets to the far end of the ramp the see saw drops down and the mouse walks off the ramp and into the trap to eat the trap bait. Once the weight of the mouse is off the ramp it will rise back up trapping the mouse inside.

To bait the mouse trap you simply slide the top back a few inches and
put a food that mice enjoy like sunflower seeds, chocolate or peanut butter.

After baiting the trap slide the top of the trap closed and set the
trap along a wall that you believe the mice walk along. Mice are nocturnal and don't like people so they are most active at night time when you are not around.

After the you catch a mouse, or two, you will want to release the
mouse into the wild. Take the mouse trap with the mice inside to a grassy field or forrest that is far away from your home. Going about a mile away from your home will make you feel better about the mouse staying at his new home.

Step 15: Mouse Trap Bait Types

The Best Mouse Trap Bait By The Type Of Mouse Trap

Each type of mouse trap uses a different type of mouse trap bait depending on the trigger on the trap. Over the years I have had mice get into different types of food and I find It is interesting to see what they eat and what they leave alone when they have choices. This article describes the best mouse trap bait depending on the type of mouse trap you are using.

Peanut Butter As A Mouse Trap Bait

Peanut butter is a great mouse trap bait because it sticks to everything and mice love it. A lot of mouse traps use a trigger that does not hold onto bait. So the bait must hold onto the trigger. Peanut butter is the perfect mouse food to hold onto a mouse trap trigger. Mice love peanut butter so this is the perfect solution.

The only problem is that sometimes mice lick the peanut butter instead of biting it. If the trigger on your mouse trap is heavy, meaning it does not easily release, and the mouse licks so softly that the trigger does not release you may find you are simply feeding the mice. If this happens you don't need to change the bait, they obviously like it. You simply need to alter the trigger a bit so that it is more sensitive. If you are setting a Victor mouse trap use a pair of needle nose pliers and bend the metal tab to make the mouse trap trigger more sensitive.

Sunflower Seeds As A Mouse Trap Bait

Mice love sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds are the best mouse trap bait for traps that have a food tray or little cup that a sunflower seed can sit in. Simply place a single sunflower seed in the food tray. Sunflower seeds have a fairly hard shell that takes a little bit of work to get into. When the mouse starts messing with the sunflower seed bait the trap will spring and you have caught your mouse. The best mouse trap that you can put a sunflower seed in is the Ortho Press N Set.

Chocolate As A Mouse Trap Bait

Chocolate is another great bait for mouse traps. I have had trays
with all sorts of hard and soft candies on the table and the mice always go for the chocolate. Chocolate is simialr to sunflower seeds in that it is harder and when the mice try to pick it up or bite into it there will be enough disturbance of the trap trigger to set off the mouse trap.

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    Ricardo Furioso
    Ricardo Furioso

    5 years ago

    I've found that putting peanut butter on and UNDER the trigger makes it more likely I'll find a deceased rat in the trap the next day. Thanks for this Instructable.


    6 years ago

    Peanut butter is the best bait for Mice they Love it over cheese.

    Use the chunky type and put it in the cylinder of the bait part from the sides, the more the mouse works to get it out the more the traps going to get his little butt, always remove the trap either empty and reuse or empty. I've seen live mice eat dead one's in half. Its gross I know but they will do that.


    6 years ago

    Best bait: Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Mice walk right by California cheese.


    6 years ago

    A trick I figured out with the old Victor snap traps, when setting it hold it upside-down, the trigger flips down and you can easily hook the wire under it without putting your fingers in the danger zone. I've also had too many mice lick the peanut butter clean off without triggering it so I've had better luck with cheese packed into the trigger so they have to really dig at it to get it.


    6 years ago

    When I get country mice coming inside my home, the Victor spring trap always does the job with peanut butter bait. Often, they are able to lick the bait completely off without setting the trap off. I tie a short piece of string to the trip lever / bait pad about 3/4" long. Bait the pad and coat the string. This improves the kill / capture rate greatly.


    6 years ago

    I had never heard a mouse scream until I caught one in a sticky trap. And as it was not the kind of thing I ever wanted to hear again, it was back to the old tried and true spring traps.


    6 years ago

    I tend to use a lump of fresh carrot, as this is a more natural food for the rodents I'm getting from time to time, and being freshly cut it gives of a sent they can follow to find it, and they can tug it hard enough that the trap doesn't need to be on a hair setting, my father goes with a stale bread crust and a drop of whisky both seem to be very efficient baits