Product Type: Rentokil in Homeware
Newest Review: ... tube needs to be baited with a little bit of chocolate spread or peanut butter to attract the mouse. To set the trap all you have to do... more
I hear the pitter patter of four tiny feet...
Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Trap
Member Name: FridaysArePurple
Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Trap
Advantages: Easy to set up, safe for people and the mouse
Disadvantages: May not catch timid or clever mice
I was sitting down watching TV one evening when all of a sudden a little brown mouse ran across the room and dashed right under the washing machine :-O It was out of sight for a few seconds and then stuck its little head out and looked right at me. It seemed to be just as surprised that it was in my flat as I was! So the next day I headed to the local DIY shop in search of a mouse trap. I didn't want to kill it (and have to clear up the end result) using the traditional style of trap so I chose to buy one of these humane mouse traps which catches the live mouse and allows you to set it free.
The trap is very simple to set up. It is basically a plastic tube with a bend in the middle and a door at one end. The end of the tube needs to be baited with a little bit of chocolate spread or peanut butter to attract the mouse. To set the trap all you have to do is put it down so the end nearest the door is on the floor and carefully open the door. When the mouse goes all the way in its weight will tip the tube up and the door will flip shut, trapping it inside. It is important to check the trap regularly as the mouse can get stressed if it is in the trap for a long time.
Of course, catching a mouse is obviously not a 100% certainly no matter what kind of trap you use. The instructions with this trap state that it needs to be placed directly in the path of the route that the mouse uses to travel around. This is important as mice always tend to use the same routes which will typically be very close to walls and obstacles. (Although my mouse half ran and half skidded right across the middle of the room on the laminate flooring and obviously didn't know where it was going, making me think it was a first time visitor!) Some mice will also be naturally more cautious than others when confronted by something unknown whereas others will be bold enough to investigate traps baited with nice smelling food.
I placed my mouse trap by my washing machine and left it there for a few days but I never caught anything. I only ever saw it that one time and I haven't seen or heard any evidence of a mouse since so I think my failure to catch a mouse is down to the fact it had completely vacated my flat rather than because the trap was no good. It is hard to rate this product because I still don't really know how effective this type of trap is at performing its function but I do feel that it was a good buy and I want to rate it 4/5 simply based on the following:
1) It is humane and doesn't kill the mouse
2) It can be used more than once and baited as often as needed
3) It is less dangerous for pets and children than the traditional style of snap trap
4) It's really easy to use and can be set up in seconds
As I mentioned earlier, I bought my trap in a local independent DIY shop but they can also be purchased at larger DIY superstores, garden centres and online. They cost in the region of £3 to £4 (chocolate spread not included!)
Finally, remember that If you do catch a mouse, it is recommended that you release it at least a mile away from your house as they are not silly and can find their way back to you if you set them free nearby!
Summary: A user-friendly humane mouse trap