The Best Ways to Kill a Mouse

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The Best Ways to Kill a Mouse
Mice eat from open food containers. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The best ways to kill a mouse vary with personal preference. The important point is to pick the method of your choice and kill the mouse as quickly as possible. House mice carry diseases such as food poisoning and cause more damage than rats. Their droppings and urine contaminate food, clothing, furniture, books and other items.

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Snap-Type Traps

Snap-type traps are usually preferred when there are only a few mice. These traps are easy to use and are available at grocery and hardware stores. Although cheese is promoted as the bait for these traps, mice often remove it without tripping the snap. Peanut butter is harder to remove from the tripping mechanism and almost always catches a mouse.

The Best Ways to Kill a Mouse
A mouse can remove cheese from a trap without tripping it. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Glue Boards

The upper surfaces of glue boards are coated with glue. When mice run across the board, they become stuck in the glue and die of suffocation.

The Best Ways to Kill a Mouse
A glue board set along a wall of this room will catch the mouse. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)


Rodenticides are poisoned baits that kill rodents. Most baits are made with seed or grain that attracts mice to feed. Active ingredients in baits are usually anticoagulants such as brodifacoum, chlorophacinone, diphacinone or warfarin. After feeding on the bait, mice die from internal bleeding.

A Cat

A cat that is a good mouser will kill mice. It is impossible, however, to evaluate a cat's mouse-catching abilities at the time possession is taken. Often, a cat is acquired and the owner learns that the cat is not interested in chasing mice.

The Best Ways to Kill a Mouse
This cat is a good mouser. (Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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