These traps have worked really well for us - at first they didn't work at all, but then we started putting a very small dot of peanut butter all the way on the back wall of the trap. You can't use much or it throws off the balance which makes the trap useless. But if you use a small amount, the smell entices the mice go into all the way to the back of the trap which causes it to tip backwards and makes the door slam shut and lock.
Here are some things you should keep in mind when using these:
- make sure the yellow tab is working correctly to lock the door, but be careful not to break off the yellow tab when you adjust it
- after you catch a mouse be careful when you pick up the trap. Hold the door shut when you move it or the mouse might be able to get out.
- if you transport the mouse to it's new home by car, put the trap in a covered shoebox - you don't want a mouse loose in your car!
- these traps are reusable, but you should clean them out with soap or bleach and super hot water between each use
- wash your hands really well after messing with the traps
- be sure to check the traps at least every 24 hours - you don't want the little guys to die a slow, painful death in a humane trap!
- be sure to release the mice far enough away from your house that they can't get back to it
- find out where they are getting in and seal it or you'll be chasing mice forever! (we finally discovered that the seal on the dog door had come loose giving the mice in the vacant lot next door free access to our house - easy to fix - yay!)
My only complaint about the traps is minor: it would really help if they were clear. There are other traps on the market that are clear and it would be so much easier to know whether there is actually a mouse inside when the trap is sprung. Some of the mice are so light that you can't really tell if there's anything inside the trap and you don't want to open it to see (I did this once) because the mouse will spring out of the trap and, in my case, run back under the fridge!
And be warned: These traps won't last forever, after catching a half dozen or so mice I had to replace one of them - but, big deal, they're so inexpensive.
Using a humane trap is so much better on so many levels, but mostly it's so much more pleasant to check the traps in the morning and not have to deal with a squished dead mouse. And it's fun when you turn them loose and they go hopping off into the forest!
Happy hunting! Claire
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Don't waste your money on these. Mice are clever creatures so a more inviting and subtle trap is needed. Caught no mice using this so moved up to purchasing a more expensive but 100% effective live mouse trap - the Havahart 1020