Dr. Robert Corrigan, a scientist at the Integrated Pest Management Center of the University of Nebraska, has studied the interactions of rats and mice with different kinds of traps in different kinds of buildings at different times of year. The results of his work didn’t so much find that one kind of trap is better than the other as they found that the two methods required vastly different amounts of work.
- One way to catch a lot of mice fast is to put out baited snap traps in every mouse runway in an infested building with glue traps in between. That means putting out two traps together, so if the mouse escapes one trap it lands in the other, every 1.5 to 2.0 meters (four to six feet). Dr. Corrigan also put out one glue trap between every pair of snap traps. The next morning the 96 snap traps had caught 54 mice, and the 48 glue traps had caught only four mice. However, it took two hours to put out the snap traps (and this was by someone who has a lot of experience using snap traps), and about 10 minutes to put out the glue traps.
- Corrigan also ran an experiment in which he put out 19 Tin Cat mouse traps, 19 glue boards without covers, and 19 glue boards with covers. He ran the experiment for six days. At the end of the test he had caught 96 mice in the 19 snap traps, 30 mice in the uncovered glue trays, and 16 mice in the covered glue traps. However, he also had to put fresh bait in the Tin Cat traps 115 times. He could just leave the glue traps in place.
So that means that snap traps work better than glue traps? No, not really.
Corrigan spent about 5 minutes dealing with snap traps for every mouse he caught. He spent about 2 minutes dealing with glue traps for every mouse he caught. He spent (in 2017 prices) about $1.10 on snap traps for every mouse he caught, and he spent about $0.25 on glue traps for every mouse he caught. But for best results, use both!