Wildlife Management FAQs: Can A Lethal Mousetrap Still Be Humane?

Wildlife management and lethal mousetraps.

Having a mouse or rat infestation in your home isn’t just a pain, it’s potentially dangerous too. Rodents leave all kinds of contaminants wherever they go, and a lot of the time you can’t reliably figure out exactly where they’ve been.

Couple this with the potential damage they can do to your food, belongings, and even your property as a whole, and getting rid of them becomes a clear priority. Many people will turn to simple mousetraps available at any major store, but some will shy away from these types of at-home wildlife management solutions.

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As a professional wildlife management company, Animal Remover can offer some guidance on mousetraps. In this blog entry, we’re going to take a look at one particular aspect of DIY wildlife management when it comes to rodents: whether or not lethal traps can be humane.

Lethal traps are certainly effective, but a lot of people have an understandable squeamishness about using them. A few brands will sell their traps as “humane”, despite the fact that they still kill the trapped mouse or rat. Can this ever really be true?

Sticky Traps

It probably goes without saying, but sticky traps aren’t the most humane options when it comes to lethal traps. The glue used it sticky traps for nuisance animals and insects is incredibly strong, which is what makes them so effective.

Unfortunately, mice and rats that get stuck on these traps take a long time to die, usually of dehydration. Not only that, but they’ll try to escape, trying to tug themselves free, pulling away fur and even skin.


Another painful wildlife management option is poison. Again, like sticky traps, poison causes a lot of pain and trauma in rodents before ultimately killing them. To add to this problem, mice or rats will survive long enough to move away from where you placed the poison, meaning they’re likely to die somewhere hidden or hard to reach.

Snap Traps

When it comes to humane lethal traps, old-fashioned snap traps are the closest thing you’re going to find. Snap traps typically kill instantly, or as close to instantly as you can get. The problem here is that there’s no guarantee, and it all depends on what kind of snap traps you get.

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Cheaper traps are more likely to misfire, painfully trapping a rodent without killing them instantly. You also need to handle them carefully when loading and prepping them. Let’s not forget that, once they trap something, you’ll have to empty it.

Are Live Traps Better?

If you’re looking for a truly humane solution, then live traps are the way to go. But, live traps come with their own issues, too. Capturing a live rodent and removing them from your home isn’t as easy as just setting them free outside.

Putting a mouse or rat outside in the vicinity of your home will just allow them back in. Mice and rats have a great talent for finding their way back into your property, and you’d need to take them pretty far to ensure they don’t.

Humane Wildlife Management

With a serious rodent infestation problem, your best option is to contact a professional company. If you’re looking for a wildlife management company that cares, contact Animal Remover for humane animal removal services today. We take every measure we can to remove wildlife from your home in the most humane, safe and responsible way.

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