So, you’ve spotted some signs of a mouse in your property. You’ve got your mouse traps, you’ve baited them up, you’ve laid them down, and now you’ve caught your intruder.
Well done! But you may now be wondering if there are more out there. Perhaps you should put the trap back down again to see what you can catch. That then leads you to ask one of the most frequently asked questions about these useful little devices: "Can you reuse mouse traps?"
To help out, we’re going to tackle that very question so that you know, once and for all, not only if you can reuse your trap but also how to do it.
Why Would You Want to Reuse a Mouse Trap?
This really has to be the first question to ask. If the answer is anything other than money, then you shouldn’t bother. If you have one of the incredibly cheap, wooden-based traps with a spring-loaded arm, then once it’s been used, you should probably consider throwing it away since they are, after all, so cheap to replace.
Why throw it away? Well for one thing, because of the violence of the arms closing when the trap is triggered, it’s probable that the mouse bled out onto the trap base. If that base is made of cheap wood, then a lot of that blood would have been absorbed and would be difficult to clean off. That soaked in the blood can be an odor-based warning sign to any future mouse that finds that trap, rendering it useless.
On the other hand, if you have a more high tech electronic mouse trap or something similar, not only can you use it again, but it’s actually designed to be used again.
Can You Reuse Mouse Traps?
The short answer then is "Yes, you can indeed reuse a mouse trap." However, as we discussed, with some models, it just isn’t worth the hassle to do so. It can also leave some mouse traps less effective, especially if they have not been cleaned properly. Since you already know that you can reuse a mouse trap, the next thing to look at is of course how to reuse it.
How to Reuse a Mouse Trap?
The most important thing to remember is that the trap must be cleaned before it is used again. How it is cleaned will depend largely on what kind of trap it is:
By this, we mean the old style of a trap with a weighted release mechanism that when tripped brings steel death running down on the mouse. Since it is a pretty violent kind of trap, as we mentioned above, you’re probably going to get some blood or guts leaking out onto the trap surface. You’ve really got to clean it up as much as possible.
These kinds of traps usually look like plastic tubes or boxes, and while they need to be baited like a regular trap, they lack any kind of lethal element. Instead, the mouse walks inside, activates a trigger that closes the door behind it, and finds itself caught.
These types of trap also need a thorough clean because the mouse will almost certainly have poop and peed inside, and that smell will deter any other mice from going in once the trap has been emptied and replaced. In that regard, just carefully rinse it out with lots of water and spray it with some anti-bacterial solution.
This type often looks like a non-lethal trap, but any mouse that makes that mistake is really going to get a big surprise! These traps contain electrodes that, when triggered, deliver a considerable (for a mouse anyway) electric shock that kills most rodents instantly.
These types of traps are the easiest to clean out because the trap has killed the mouse quickly and efficiently. Simply tip the mouse carcass out into a trashcan and reset and replace the trap to its previous position.
A trap which is set up to use poison is a little different, as the mouse will often not die in or even around the trap owing to the more delayed nature in which it works. With a poison trap, just make sure the amount of poison stays topped up, and that you are replacing the poison as and when it’s expiry date dictates.
A Special Reminder
Don’t forget as well that even if it is possible to reuse a mouse trap multiple times, that doesn’t necessarily hold true for the bait. It’s a good rule of thumb always to change the bait every time the trap is triggered.
Even if the trap hasn’t been triggered, it’s worth remembering to keep an eye on the bait. Fresh bait is always going to have the best chance of catching a mouse, so remember to rotate it frequently.
To sum up, yes, it is absolutely okay to reuse traps, though it will be easier with some designs than with others. With some traps, such as the electronic ones, the fact that they can be reused time and again is actually one of their big selling points. If you are anticipating that a trap may be catching mice regularly, it could be a good idea to look into picking up an electronic one, simply for that ease of reuse.