The Top Three Mouse Traps

When you have mice infesting your home, you need the best mouse traps you can get, or you’ll just be chasing after mice forever. Snap traps work well most of the time, and humane traps are effective too, if you don’t like killing the mice. Our favourite method is the electronic mouse trap, which disposes of a mouse very fast and very efficiently. We like the Victor Mouse Trap M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Trap best of all. It retails at just under $90, which may seem a lot for a mouse trap, but when you see its many features and benefits, I think you’ll agree it’s worth it.

We appreciate that some of you may not have a budget to cover the M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Trap. This is why we have also reviewed two other mouse traps. We haven’t gone into as much detail on these two traps. One is a more traditional snap trap, but with a definite modern edge, and the other is a simple, but highly effective, humane trap that won’t harm the mice. We hope this more comprehensive review approach will make it easier for you arrive at a decision that is just right for you.

NOTE: Click a link in the Table of Contents below and you will go straight to that part in this review page instantly.

By the way, if you are uncertain which type of trap to buy (or even why you should be doing your own pest control), you can read our free guide on DIY Pest Control & Choosing the Best Animal Traps to Buy.

Before we take a look at the very effective electronic Victor mouse trap, let’s ask an important question…

What should you look for in a mouse trap?

Everyone is different in what they like and don’t like, but here are the main things I wanted to see in a good mouse trap.

  1. Efficiency – it needs to actually catch mice, and catch them regularly.
  2. Doesn’t cause undue suffering – I don’t want the mice to suffer, so either they are killed very fast, or they don’t suffer at all.
  3. Easy and safe to operate – I don’t want to get an electric shock, nor have my fingers almost cut off when trying to set the trap.
  4. Clean and not messy – it needs to be easy to keep clean, so lots of blood and gore from dead mice is out.
  5. Long lasting – I need the mouse trap to last a long time to keep costs down, and to avoid the hassle of constantly having to buy new traps.

#1 – Our Top Choice – The Victor M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Mouse Trap

Victor Mouse Trap - cut away viewThe thing I like most about this mouse trap is its efficiency. The mice never know what hit them. In less than three seconds they are gone, with no drawn out suffering in between. As soon as a mouse steps on plate in the kill chamber, it’s gone. And the other thing I like is the fact that the mouse will never escape to run off with the bait, as they often do with snap traps. The mouse has to cross the kill chamber to get at the bait, stuck on the far wall, and it can never get that far before the trap is activated.

This trap is so easy to operate. It’s foolproof, really. You just need to make sure it’s switched off, then bait the trap, then switch it on and place it where you can see the most mouse activity. After that you just need to wait for the trap to do what it does best – catch mice.

I hate having to dispose of a mouse and reset a trap every time it is activated. That is not the case with this trap, I’m delighted to say. The Victor M260  can kill up to 10 mice before you need to empty it, and the trap will tell you what’s happening right through the whole process too. You can see how much it costs by clicking this link Victor M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Mouse Trap.

Is it the perfect mouse trap? Maybe not, as there are a few niggling things you should know about, but when it comes to building a better mouse trap, Victor have come as close to perfection with this trap as I have ever seen.

What makes the M260 Victor Mouse Trap so efficient, safe and clean?

The mice are not killed by some physical force, as is the case with snap traps. They are killed by a powerful electric shock, so there is no blood or gore – no mess and no fuss. This makes the bodies much more easy to dispose of. It also makes it much easier to keep the mouse trap clean. This is an important aspect as cleaning blood from an electronic device is not something you would want to do. I find that a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth every so often is all it takes.

Here is a short video by Victor which explains why this trap is so effective.

I like the design of the trap that makes it impossible for children to poke fingers inside and get a shock. Even if they lift the top lid, they can’t get a shock as the trap will automatically switch off if that happens. This is good for curious children, or pets attracted by the smell of the bait. They may be a nuisance for interfering with the trap, but they won’t get hurt.

This also means that baiting the trap is perfectly safe. I always switch off the trap before opening the top lid, but if I forget for any reason, I know I won’t get zapped either. Setting the bait is also simple. I just put a dab of peanut butter on the back wall of the unit where the mouse can’t get at it without crossing the kill chamber. The mouse will certainly smell it, but it won’t ever reach it.

Victor say this mouse trap is recommended by professional rodent exterminators who are impressed by its 100% efficiency rate. That is certainly praise indeed.

How does the electronic Victor Mouse Trap work?

The mouse trap is battery operated, which means it’s truly portable with no wires or cables to worry about. It uses C batteries, which is a bit unusual. It might have been better if it had used D batteries as they are easier to find and they cost a bit less too.

If the trap is placed against a wall where there is evidence of a lot of mouse activity, the mice will encounter it as they scurry along. Mice dislike open spaces, so they tend to hug walls, which is why the trap should be placed close to a wall. When a mouse finds the trap it will also smell the bait. Peanut butter works well, and if a few small dabs are added to the entrance of the trap, the mouse will be more encouraged to go inside.

The trap has two entrances, one at either side. The mouse first has to scale a short set of steps, which take it to a tunnel. As the mouse goes down the tunnel, it will step on the first electronic plate, which will sense the mouse’s presence. As it then negotiates around two strategically placed bevels, it has to step on to the next plate in the kill chamber.

At this point the bait is very close and the mouse is keenly going for it. However, as soon as it steps on to the second plate, it completes a circuit and the trap delivers a massive electric shock to the mouse, killing it almost instantly.

The next bit is clever. The trap automatically drops the dead mice into the collection drawer by rotating on its axis to let the mouse drop down through gravity, and then it swings back up into its normal position again, ready for the next mouse.

The Victor M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Trap will tell you when at least one mouse has been killed, and also when the collection drawer needs to be emptied. The drawer can hold up to 10 dead mice, so you don’t have to reset the trap after every kill. If the batteries are low, it will tell you that too. A green flashing light means a mouse has been killed, a yellow flashing light means the collection drawer is full, and a red flashing light means the batteries are low.

How do you empty and clean the electronic Victor Mouse Trap?

Emptying the trap is easy. You just need to pull out the collection drawer and drop the contents into the garbage bag. You will never have to handle dead mice. You shouldn’t in any case, as these creatures, while looking cute, are actually potentially quite dangerous. The carry fleas and other parasites, which can transmit disease. Never handle dead mice, and always use gloves when emptying the trap.

Cleaning the mouse trap is easy. Follow these six steps for best results:

  1. Always wear gloves when handling the trap to avoid human smells that may deter the mice.
  2. Make sure the unit is switched off first.
  3. Lift the top lid of the unit to get access to the kill chamber, then clean the chamber gently using a damp cloth. Do not use any soap or detergent.
  4. Remove the collection drawer and clean it thoroughly with a damp cloth.
  5. Clean the steps and anywhere else the mice have been with a damp cloth.
  6. Wait until the trap is completely dry before re-baiting the trap, and before switching on again.

What are the main features of the Victor M260 Multi-Kill Trap?

  • Here are some of the most important features of this mouse trap.
  • It can kill up to 10 mice before you have to reset it.
  • One set of batteries can kill up to 150 mice before you need to replace them.
  • It kills mice in less than three seconds, so no suffering.
  • It is impossible for a mouse to escape.
  • Mice can get into the trap from two different access points.
  • Mice are immediately removed from the Shock N’ Drop kill chamber to the collection drawer below.
  • The trap can kill up to 10 mice before you need to empty the collection drawer.
  • It is completely safe for children and house pets.
  • It is very easy to use.
  • It has a system of coloured lights to tell you if mice have been killed, if the collection drawer needs emptying, and if the batteries need replacing.

What do customers of the Victor Mouse Trap think of it?

One important feature of the Amazon marketplace is its user feedback. Customers are invited to express their opinions about the product. This can be a great help when deciding whether to buy or not.

The Victor M260 Electronic Mouse Trap has received some excellent reviews from its customers on Amazon. There are 139 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, and they have rated this mouse trap 3.5 stars out of 5 on average. One reviewer even described the trap as, “… the Green Beret of “mousetraps … the kind of toy/gadget/device that men like – big, sturdy, electronic, and mean.”

Customers liked these great features:

  • Just put some bait in the top and the rest is automatic.
  • It will attract the mouse, entrap it, zap it and neatly deposit it into its own “dead mouse holding cell”.
  • It zaps one after another and keeps the messiness contained and out of sight.
  • It’s nice to have them in a nice clean tray instead of guts hanging out on a wooden trap …
  • … very easy to set up and (thankfully) very easy clean once a mouse gets in.
  • You can dump the dead mice in the trash or toilet without even having to touch them at all.

A few customers mentioned these negative points as well:

  • The only instructions for the device’s operation are on the packaging box. a manual would be useful, but wouldn’t improve its effectiveness. To be fair, the only instructions needed are those on the packaging box. There isn’t much you need to understand, really.
  • You would think an indoor only device would have an AC option as well vs., using only batteries. The whole idea of using batteries is to have the unit portable. Also, when a unit is connected to a power supply, it is restricted in where it can be placed.
  • C batteries. Yet another size to inventory. No AC adapter jack. This is not really a problem, unless of course, you make it one.
  • A little drop out floor of the chamber so you could just hold a spring loaded switch and drop the expired mouse out of the bottom of the trap into the trash. This would be a handy addition, but it isn’t particularly difficult to use as it is.
  • The only thing I really have on my wish list for this item, is for the bucket to pop out with a bit less force. It takes a fair amount of effort, and I have a feeling that when it’s closer to the capacity of 10 mice, their fluffy little corpses could go flying if you’re not careful. This is a potential problem. I think you just need to be careful removing the collection drawer.
  • The only improvement would be a removable bait tray so I could clean it when the bait gets a bit rancid. This would indeed be a useful feature, but I don’t find the trap especially difficult to clean as it is, to be honest.

A quick summary of the Victor M260 Multi-Kill Trap

This is an electronic mouse trap. It works by luring a mouse up a little staircase, through a short tunnel that leads to a chamber where it gets electrocuted when it steps on a plate to complete a circuit. It is battery operated, and the batteries are included. When a mouse has been killed, the entire kill chamber revolves to drop the mouse down into a collection drawer. The drawer can hold up to 10 dead mice.

The unit has a green flashing light to tell you at least one mouse has been killed, a yellow flashing light to tell you the collection drawer is full of dead mice and now needs to be emptied, and a red flashing light to tell you the batteries are low in power and they need to be replaced.

Victor Mouse Trap QR CodeWhere can you buy the Victor M260 Multi-Kill Electronic Mouse Trap?

We recommend you buy the Victor M260 mouse trap at Amazon. They are usually extremely competitive in pricing, and their returns policy is legendary. Amazon is one of the best known and most respected retailers online. You can read customer reviews about the M260 electronic mouse trap, and about their super-saver shipping means you can have the M260 Multi-Kill trap shipped to your door free of charge.


#2 – Our Second Choice – The Mice Cube 12 Pack – Reusable Humane Mouse Trap

Mice Cube box and trapThis is a completely different kind of mouse trap. The Mice Cube works by trapping the mouse alive so it can be released again, back into the wild somewhere, preferably far from your home. The mouse is not harmed in any way, and it lives to face a mouse trap another day, just preferably not yours.

Mice Cube Mouse Traps are a bit of a misnomer. They are not actually cubes at all, but rather a long-shaped plastic box section design, measuring 2 inches by 2 inches by 5.75 inches. The front of the trap has a swinging door that doesn’t hang fully perpendicular, but comes up against stops before it can. In this way the door can be opened from the outside of the trap, but not from the inside, once a mouse goes inside.

The free swinging door has little holes in it to allow the smell of the mouse bait to drift through. The bait can be a small lump of peanut butter, place at the back of the trap. Once inside the trap the mouse cannot simply escape. It will be trapped until you release it.

  • You don’t have to “set” the traps with dangerous springs to worry about.
  • You don’t have a large expense.
  • You can use the Mice Cube mouse traps many times.
  • You can place the traps in small spaces where mice like to go.
  • You don’t have to waste time cleaning the traps.

Mice Cube QR CodeThe Mice Cube 12 Pack on Amazon

You can buy The Mice Cube on Amazon, and we recommend shopping there, as they have very competitive prices, and they are completely trustworthy. Also, you can read up on the many user-generated Mice Cube reviews or read more about this unique Mice Cube 12 Pack trap.


#3 – Our Third Choice – Kness Mfg 102-0-019 Snap-E Mouse Trap

The plastic snap trapKness claims that its Snap-E Mouse Trap is a “better mouse trap.” They don’t elaborate on exactly what it is better than, but presumably they mean it is better than the standard traditional snap traps. In this respect they would seem to be right. The Kness Mfg 102-0-019 Snap-E Mouse Trap does what a traditional snap trap does, but it has been tweaked to do it better, faster and more efficiently.

This snap trap is made of a highly durable and strong polystyrene and steel construction. It has an easy and safe setting that helps to avoid fingers getting caught accidentally, and it is more likely to catch a mouse as the large trip paddle covers a larger catchment area. The bar has less distance to travel, and it is more sensitive to movement. Unlike traditional snap traps that use wood, these traps resist lingering odors and they are easier to clean after use. The design also allows the disposable of a dead mouse in such a way that your fingers never touch it.

  • You can bait it easily and safely.
  • You can set it easily and safely.
  • You can dispose of the dead mouse easily without touching it.
  • You won’t need to replace it for years to come.

Snap-E Mouse Trap QR-CodeThe Snap-E Mouse Trap on Amazon

This model is below the level for free shipping on Amazon if you only buy one. But if you were to buy 5, for example, you would get free shipping. Also, there are plenty of good reviews about the Kness mouse trap on Amazon, and is one of the most popular of the snap type Mouse traps on Amazon.

 


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