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The Best Way To Catch Mice:

The Most Effective Way To Catch A Mouse

Mice require the same essentials of life that humans do. Water, Food and a safe environment to mate and bring up young are essential.

By removing these elements, we make baited traps and related control measures more attractive to the mice and achieve a higher level of positive trap activations and rodent poison delivery.

Children and Pests

Pests and children can be a cause for concern when using rodent traps, especially rats traps. Mouse traps tend to leave fingers bruised. However, rat traps can leave finger, toes and paws broken.

deciding where, when and how to set trapping devices, requires careful and intelligent planning to get the best results.

Humane Mouse Traps And Control?

Although people want to get rid of mice humanely, trapping any rodent pest is questionably not humane! Don't be sold on humane control, only control that is applied to be as humane as possible.

For many, the thought of using poisons or rodenticides is far more attractive than trapping. A distinct advantage of snap traps is the ability to see what is causing the problem and remove it before it starts to stink.

If you have never been unfortunate enough to smell the lingering scent of a mouse that's perished on a hot water pipe then believe us when we say trapping can be a very attractive alternative to bait, particularly when only a small number of mice are present.

Humane Traps?

Mouse traps that describe themselves as humane include the multi-catch variety of traps for mice infestations, can be expensive and in many cases, directly cause a high level of distress.

By the time you get around to inspecting the trap, your mouse may already be dead from a mixture of stress, hunger and dehydration.

Worse than a dead mouse is the reality of a humane, live capture trap that becomes neglected, and forgotten. We see this regularly!

The mouse dies alone and distressed, soaked in its own urine and surrounded by its faeces, left rotting in a forgotten corner, rediscovered days, weeks later with the only reminder of well meaning "humane" control being the stench of a rotting mouse body.

Be warned! Live release of vermin into a built up area is illegal in some areas and is considered a criminal offence for professional pest controllers.

What's The Most Humane Form of Mouse Control?

The most humane form of mouse control is and always will be exclusion. If the mouse or mice cannot enter a sensitive area, then they cannot cause problems that might later lead to infestations, illness and damage to property.

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Spring traps similar or the same as the one pictured above can also cause suffering. At times the mouse will be trapped by its leg, tail or even the snout and still be alive and trying to frantically free itself.

It's a sad fact, no matter what method you use to kill the mouse, it will suffer. So the focus is on reducing any suffering as much as possible. Proofing rodents out of an area or property is the best way to do this and is not always possible.

Plastic Mouse Traps

Plastic mouse traps have the advantage of being robust, easy to clean and are very often safer to operate without losing your fingers! They can also be incredibly cheap! Don't be tempted to go super cheap, though. We see some terrible mouse traps that actually don't work properly.

Good quality plastic mouse traps often have holes in the base plate so you can secure the trap to a surface using wire, cable ties or screws.

Securing traps is important because partially trapped rodents can drag the trap away into an area out of reach, and rot! Rotting mice create a terrible stink that lasts for months and impregnates everything in the room.

Another advantage of plastic mouse traps is a bait stage or bait cup in which to place baits securely.

Wooden Mouse Traps

Wooden Mouse Traps are often cheaper than plastic mouse traps but harder to operate safely and difficult to clean. They should be considered as a disposable trap, because of the absorbency of the wood.

Wooden traps will rarely have a bait cup or stage on which to place bait.

More commonly the mouse traps have a bait spike or nail on which to mount the bait. Raisins super-glued into place work wonders, and if you have a pressure plate variety, then chocolate like that already described will work well.

Glue Boards for Mice

Probably considered the least humane of all mouse control methods, but is still a last resort product for infestations or trap-shy mice in high risk areas that include clinics, dentists, hospitals, kitchens and treatment rooms.

In conclusion, it's true to say that we never want an animal to suffer. To this end, we must always check control measures regularly to ensure bodies are disposed of before they decompose and be prepared as a last resort to dispatch by hand if needed. Could you? If not, then call in professionals.

What's The Best Mouse Trap Bait?

The best mouse baits for plastic traps are Sunflower Kernels that you process into a paste or Dark Chocolate. Green and Blacks Organic, 70% plus cocoa is the best we have tried.

The trick with the chocolate is to melt one side of a small piece into the bait cup. It will set like glue so it can't be cherry picked off by the smaller mice.

Don't believe for a second that other baits are useless. Mice sometimes become very hard to tempt into traps (bait shy), and a variety of baits should be used in the beginning to discover if the mice have a preference.

Does Peanut Butter Catch Mice?

Nut butter like peanut butter and cashew butter are brilliant baits on their good days and deliver poor results over time. The reason is a simple one.

Rodents can lick the butter off a trap without setting it off. The bigger the trap, the softer the trigger.

Q: What other Ways Can You Help Me?

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The Bristol Rat Company has qualified electricians who can inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity.

We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.


Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a significant hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury.

We have qualified plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.

Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections

Very often the rodent problems we see are a result of rats getting into the property through damaged, faulty or poorly designed sewer systems.

We also have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of the sewer system and drainage of the property. We can identify and remediate any problems found, quickly.

Loft Insulation

Insulation is one of the most significant areas of contamination risk, particularly when the worst affected insulation gets deliberately concealed beneath freshly installed insulation..

Rodents nest and live between layers, depositing vast quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect pests.

We can undertake a highly effective decontamination processes replacing insulation and thoroughly disinfecting the surrounding area with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.

We also use the of WaspKill UK Pest Control, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.


We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment.

You can rest assured that we understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.

Simon Berenyi is head of infection control operations, and with fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services helps us stand apart from other providers as industry leaders.


Proofing is where we put in place effective barriers preventing rodents from accessing a property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, storerooms, kitchens and the list goes on.

If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.

Don't wait for further damage to occur - Call Our Bristol Rat Control Team - 0117 303 5181

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