Live Mouse Traps
The use of live mouse traps in a rodent control program is an alternative
to using snap traps, glue
traps or mouse baits.
Mice can be captured with different types of live traps, each trap having
its own characteristics that make them desirable for different customers in
Master Wind Up Trap Multi-Catch
Tin Cat Mouse Traps
Pest control operators involved in mouse control for warehouses,
restaurants and commercial food handling operations have been using the Multi-Catch
Mouse Trap and Mouse Master live traps for many
years. Both of these traps are capable of capturing and holding several
live mice without having to reset or empty the devices.
The Mouse Master is what is called a "wind
up" mouse trap, meaning that it has a winding wheel attached to a
spring. As a mouse enters the trap it triggers the mechanism to move the
mouse into a compartment where the mouse cannot escape. As many as 10 or
12 mice can be captured before the trap needs to be emptied. At that time
the Mouse Master is re-set by winding the wheel and the trap is placed back into
the proper place where more mice can be caught. Care should be taken when
setting this trap! If wound too tightly, the trap will not operate as
designed. A Mouse Master in this condition will not smoothly transfer the
mouse to the holding department of the trap. Instead, the first mouse that
enters the device will be jammed between the wheel and the box which usually
kills the mouse and inhibits the mouse master from capturing more mice.
The Mouse Master is a trap that is generally
considered to be a humane live trap but if not set correctly that is no longer
the case. If you over-wind the trap mechanism, you will kill mice instead
of capturing them in the live trap.
Each Mouse Master is constructed with a clear window that lets you know if the
trap needs to be emptied and re-set. Captured rodents that are not
released in a timely manner will often die from lack of food and water or other
Place the Mouse Master against any wall where mice are known to travel or
forage. When putting out the traps, make sure that the entrance holes are
not facing a wall.
The Multi-Catch Mouse Trap is also capable of capturing
and holding multiple mice but without the problems often encountered with the
Mouse Master. Safeguard Multi-Catch Mouse Trap and Victor Tin Cat are
examples of multi-catch live mouse traps. A Multi-Catch (or Tin Cat) is not as tall as the Mouse Master, making it a
The Multi-Catch Mouse Trap is constructed in a manner that allows
mice to enter the trap from both ends. When a mouse enters this trap it
does so by crawling through an opening which has a mechanism or door that has a
"see-saw" action, making it a one way door - the mice walk in but
cannot walk out. One of the advantages of a multiple catch live trap is
the curiosity of mice. Once a couple of mice are captured, they will
communicate with sounds that attract other mice. Many professionals (upon
finding a trap filled with mice) will take out all but one of the captured
rodents. By leaving one mouse in the trap more mice will be attracted to
the device. Those involved in rodent control
know that mice are curious but rats are not. This knowledge can be used to
your advantage in any rodent removal operation.
This trap has a clear lid that allows for inspection, letting you know when the
trap needs to be emptied. If left in the same location for more than a
week and no mice have been caught, the trap should either be relocated or made
more attractive by leaving food of some sort in the trap. A half piece of
chocolate candy bar, a few sunflower seeds, a small amount of dried dog food or
other food can help entice mice the device.
A miniature version of the Tin Cat is called the Mini-Cat.
This little trap will capture and hold a couple of mice at a time and is much
smaller than other live traps. The Mini-Cat has had some success but has
not been as successful or as popular as the Tin Cat or Safeguard Multi Catch
mouse trap. Most of our
customers that purchase the Tin Cat or Mouse Master are dealing with large
numbers of mice in large buildings and (usually) on a continuous basis.