Mouse Trap Disposal

Mouse trap disposal tips! Safely removing a mousetrap begins before you ever set the mouse trap out.

When you are setting a mouse trap, whether in the house, in the garage or in the yard, there is one simple step that can make clean up much easier, much faster and much safer.

Take a shoe box lid (or any lid that has a lip of at least ½ inch.). Turn the lid upset down so that the lip is sticking up. Place the mousetrap inside the lid and then place the lid with the trap inside in the appropriate place to catch the mouse.

Once you have successfully trapped a mouse, you can easily dispose of the mousetrap without touching the mouse or mousetrap. Simply pick up the lid and toss the whole thing out. You can save the lid if you want to reuse it, or you can throw the whole arrangement in the trash.

Setting your traps in a lid with a lip on it also prevents a mouse from dragging the trap to another area of the house, possibly out of reach. Some times when a mouse is caught by the leg or tail, it will drag the trap in it's attempt to escape. Depending on how secure the trap is on the mouse, the mouse may eventually pull itself free or it may only manage to drag the trap to a secluded spot in the house before the mouse dies. This makes it extremely difficult to dispose of the mouse and mousetrap safely and sometimes it makes it impossible.

By using the lid with a lip, if the mouse is caught but not killed, it can begin dragging the trap, but once it gets to the lip of the lid, it can't go any further. In this situation, when the mouse does finally die, it will still be contained within the lid making disposal quick,

easy and safe.

If you are having difficulties with mice stealing the bait without getting caught, try this trick. Place 4 baited traps in the lid. With that much bait, the mouse is certain to attempt to steal the food. Place the baited end of the traps to the INSIDE of the lid, so that all 4 baited ends are touching. In order to get to any of the bait, the mouse MUST cross over one or more of the traps. The mouse may actually get caught in one of the traps before it ever makes it to the bait. If this doesn't work and you are really desperate, try tying a thread from the "flip bar" of one trap to the trigger of the other trap. If the mouse releases the trap on the first one without getting caught, the thread will pull the second trap and possible catch the mouse this way.

An added tip: If you are trying to catch a rat, you need to purchase a rat trap. Don't attempt to catch a rat using a mouse trap. Your results will be an irate rat running around with a mousetrap clinging to it's leg or ear or tail. When placing a rat trap out, the box lid theory won't work. Instead, you need to stake the trap somehow to the surface you are placing it on. Whether using a wooden stake if it's set on a surface such as grass or dirt, or nailing it to a board if you are placing it on a solid foundation such as cement. A mouse might steal your bait, but a rat WILL steal your trap unless you stake it down somehow.

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