4 mouse traps you can buy (or make) to catch mice humanely

Published by Finn Hayden

Regardless of what type of house you live in, mice can always find a way in. Especially during the colder months, it is quite common to spot a mouse running across the living room floor every now and then. We've written previously about how borrowing a cat can help to ward off mice, but this can often be quite inhumane if the cat ends up catching one of them. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent humane mouse traps out there which you can try, despite the fact that you very rarely see them when you head to your local DIY store. We wanted to pick the best humane mouse traps we've found and even a few that we've tried, let's get into it:

Motel Mouse

The name of this mouse trap should tell you everything you need to know about it - a motel isn't exactly the sort of place you'd send a mouse if you wanted to kill it. This mouse trap works by closing the door when the mouse applies pressure to the pad at the far end of the trap. You'll need something to lure the mouse in, so we opted for peanut butter as you can see in our image (which worked really well!). When we found the mouse in the morning, he had happily eaten most of the peanut butter and seemed pretty content in there. We just took it outside and set it within 100 yards of our house (as recommended by PETA). Get your own Motel Mouse here -

Motel Mouse humane trap


This mouse trap from B-Free works very similarly to the trap from Mouse Motel, the main difference being that it is a little less fancy (and therefore a bit cheaper), but also we noticed that the pressure pad on this trap wasn't quite as sensitive as the Mouse Motel trap, and so wasn't quite as effective. We definitely noticed that the peanut butter we set in the trap had been nibbled at after the first night, despite the fact that there was no mouse in there. Having said that, there is a lot to like about this humane mouse trap - we love the number of ventilation holes, and there is a good amount of room for the mouse once they are trapped. Learn more here -

B-free trap

Trixie trap

The Trixie humane mouse trap is half the price of the first 2 traps we've included in this list, but seems to do a pretty good job and actually seems to be a bit more sturdy than the B-Free trap. This is important because often when mice are trapped, they will try to chew their way out of the trap. The slightly thicker plastic used for the Trixie trap seems to make that slightly more difficult for them. It is highly rated and at under £5, even if it doesn't work at least you haven't spent a huge amount. Learn more here -


DIY - a simple humane bottle trap

This is actually a more basic variation of this trap we found on YouTube. To make the one on YouTube properly you'd need a drill and a serious cutting tool to cut and shape the clothes hanger, which most people don't have. We made a much more basic (and much less aesthetically pleasing) version of this trap, which works much the same and is actually effective. As you can see from the 1st image, all we've done is take a normal 500ml plastic bottle and a metal wire clothes hanger, then unravelled the hanger and poked it right through the bottle, then wrapped the rest of it around, ensuring that the bottle tips slightly towards the open end of the bottle when it stands. We then poked about 40 small ventilation holes in the bottle and added a good bit of peanut butter to the bottom of the bottle using a chopstick, and then a touch of peanut butter to the opening of the bottle to entice the mouse. Then, you want to lean a small plastic tub against the bottle, using the top of the hanger to keep the tub slightly upright (as you can see in our photo).

When the mouse enters the bottle and heads to the bottom to get the peanut butter, the bottle tips and the open end lifts up against the tub, blocking the exit (shown in the second photo). We have to admit, it took a few nights for this to work, but it did eventually! Plus, it took about 5 minutes to make and it was completely free.


As you can see, there are a number of ways to trap mice humanely, and if you're feeling creative then you can make your own humane trap very quickly and totally free. Let us know in the comments what worked for you!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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