What’s the best rat trap

This year has been a really bad year for mice and rats, we have mice where they have never been before and it appears most of the neighborhood is experiencing the same problem.

Why do we have such an increase in rodent activity? I suspect it has something to do with the weather, we have had an unusually cool summer with much more rain than usual. Here is an article I found that talks about how weather can affect rodents. Home owners over run by mice

The best Traps

I don’t like to use poison as we are out in the country and who know what is going to eat that poisoned rat or mouse, so we are careful with how we get rid of these critters.

This year I found these new traps and I just love them! They are way better than the old Victors (that’s the old wooden ones grandma used) The Catchmaster traps I think are the best, they are so easy to set and to take the mouse or rat out of. They come in three sizes. I have them all!

Catchmaster 2-Pack Snapper Easy Set Mouse Trap
In the past we have tried all kinds of makes and models of mouse and rat traps, some works OK and others not at all. These are by far the best, and very easy to set and very easy to remove the mice as well. The trap is built well, not flimsy at all.

Price: $19.90 (two pack) Mouse Trap

Price : $24.97 Rat Trap

What to use for Bait?

Rodents eat mostly nuts and seeds – I think the majority of people use peanut butter to bait the traps.

I have used peanut butter before, but I found if I put two or three pumpkin seeds in the well of these new traps works very well.

The older traps we used to wire on a nut or smear them with peanut butter, but we found often with the rats (they can be smart) they peanut butter would be gone and the trap still set. These new traps have a well so the rodent has to get the bait out of the well and that’s pretty hard to do without setting these traps off.

Pro’s and Con’s


  • This device is a quick and easy way to get rid of mice
  • The product is well built
  • Easy to set
  • Easy to release mice
  • Reasonably Priced


I honestly could not think of any cons.  I am so happy with this product that I wanted to let you all know.

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