How to Catch a Mouse Fast

Updated February 21, 2017

Having a mouse in your home can not only be gross and scary, but it can be harmful because these rodents carry many diseases. There are several ways to catch or kill mice. You can purchase mouse poison, but then you have to find them before they start rotting and smelling. You can also purchase live traps that cost as much as £65. The fastest and cheapest way to catch a mouse is with the right trap and bait.

Purchase standard snap mousetraps from your local hardware or home store. They usually come in packs of two or four.

Take notice of where you have seen the mouse exit and enter in your home. A typical location is beside your fridge or stove.

Apply a teaspoon of peanut butter to the flat bait location on the trap (this is the plastic area on the trap that looks like cheese).

Lay the connection arm back off of the wooden base of the trap. Carefully pull the spring-loaded snap on the trap up and over to the other side of the trap. Hold it down firmly with your thumb. Position the connection arm (steel wire) over the spring-loaded snap and under the fake plastic cheese eyelet (which raises the bait off of the trap's wooden base).

Lay the trap down gently, as to not set off the trap, in the location of where you most often see the mouse and is out of the way of human traffic.


Check your traps daily to see if you caught the mouse. Once you do, just put on a glove and grab the trap and lift the spring-loaded snap up a bit to allow the mouse to fall out and throw the mouse into your garbage.

Things You'll Need

  • Snap mousetrap
  • Peanut butter
  • Gloves
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