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Live Trapping 

Rodent problems can be quite difficult to manage once they set foot in your home or property and they can cause a lot of damage, so it’s best that when you discover you have a problem, you act quickly to put a stop to the destruction. Often this means killing the offending critter through lethal traps, poisonous baits and the like. 

However, not everyone wants to go that route and we at Solutions Pest & Lawn understand that, which is precisely why we have humane live trapping techniques and products which can capture rodents and animals without harming them. This is a perfect alternative for those animal lovers, those that don’t want a gruesome outcome or those who get easily grossed out. 

Solutions Pest & Lawn is home to a number of professional quality live humane traps which can capture and subdue even the fastest and most clever of rodents and animals. On this page you will learn about live trapping, the pros and cons of using humane traps and how to properly apply live traps around your home to treat for rodents and animals. You can also shop the best humane live traps we carry in stock.

What is Live Trapping?

Live traps are a method of capturing unwanted rodents and animals from structures, lands and areas via a humane means which results in the animal not being harmed. Once caught by a live trap, the offending creature is transferred to another location and safely released back into the wild rather than killed.  

Live traps are good for capturing smaller rodents like mice as well as larger animals like squirrels, raccoons, foxes, woodchucks and similar animals which can trespass onto a property and do damage.

Live traps often involve various styles and mechanisms which lure, trick and seize the critter. For instance, there are single-door traps, rear-door traps and collapsible two-door traps. There are also traps, in the case of rodents like rats and mice, where multiple captures can be achieved. We’ll touch on a few of them here:

Single-door traps -These are traps where there is only one spring-loaded door at the front of the trap; baiting, setting and releasing the animal is carried out through this single door. This trap is simple to operate and safe to use around children and pets.

Rear-door traps - This type of live trap features two doors – one in the front and another at the rear; baiting and releasing the animal are done through the sliding rear door, while setting can be taken care of through the spring-loaded front door or the rear door. This type of trap allows for quick access to bait and set it as well as safe release of the captured animal; it's ideal for aggressive animals. The rear door is equipped with a double latch and security lock.

Multiple-Capture Traps - These type of traps are primarily for smaller rodents like mice. The benefits of multiple capture mouse traps are their ability to operate for long periods without the use of bait and to reset themselves. High-profile, wind-up types utilize a spring-operated paddle wheel to throw captured mice into a compartment. Low-profile, non-wind-up types utilize a serious of tunnels and treadles that allow mice to enter but not leave. Mice enter multiple-capture traps because they tend to investigate new holes in their territory. Captured mice then seem to attract other mice, especially littermates.

Ideal Conditions and Situations To Use Live Traps

Live traps can be used in food plants, kitchens, restaurants, food processing plants, hospitals, residences, zoos and other sensitive areas where the use of poison is prohibited or discouraged or where you would rather not slaughter rodents.


Customers who prefer to use live traps often do so because it is a relatively cheap, quick and easy method of capturing mice, rats or other insects which have infested their homes or places of business and is more humane. They don’t have to worry about a gruesome death of a rodent and disposing of a dead rodent after they have been killed.


It can be hard to go on the hunt and inspect for pests, so live traps often do the work for you by capturing the offending pest so then you can dispose of them as you wish all without being cruel to the animal or rodent.

Benefits of Using Live Traps

The main benefit of live traps are that they are safer and a less cruel method of capturing an animal or rodent. There is no need to use poisons or baits which can cause harm to the critter and lead to a slow and agonizing death where they suffer the whole way through.


For people who are squeamish to animal and rodent harm or would rather not deal with the aftermath of disposing a dead animal, simply releasing the animal into the wild can be easy and fulfilling. Just go out to a field and open the sliding door and off they will go.


Drawbacks of live trapping

With live traps there do come some disadvantages. Often it can be hit or miss when it comes to the effectiveness. Even with applying bait and setting the trap, some animals may be clever enough to know that a trap has been set for them and will avoid the trap entirely.


Other times, while traps may be humane, they can still possibly harm the animal who has been captured if they become very distressed and in their desperation try to escape the trap or case.

Popular Live trap products we have in stock

Havahart Live Trap - Havahart Live Animal Cage Trap is ideal for squirrels, skunks, stray cats, ground hogs etc. Comprised of sturdy, rust resistant wire mesh and steel reinforcements, this product will provide you with years of reliable trapping. Each Havahart Live Animal Cage Trap is made in the U.S.A.

Tincat Humane Mouse Trap - The Tin Cat humane mouse trap catches mice alive so they can be removed from homes or businesses. It is the product for you if you need to catch house mice without having to see, touch or kill them. This trap is discreet and easy to use as well as efficient and safe around pets and kids. Keep your home mouse free by using Tin Cat Mouse Traps.


Ketch-All Humane Mouse Trap - Kness Ketch All Mouse Trap by Kness Mfg. are a multi-catch mouse trap used to trap mice of all sizes and shapes while they are still alive. It can be wound up and catch up to 13 mice without being reset. It is great for use in farms and warehouses where large quantities of mice must be caught. It is non lethal.


How to use a live trap

Live traps rely on optimal placement and coupling the trap with sanitation and exclusion. When food and harborage are removed, rodents will move in search of these resources, making them vulnerable to traps.


1. Set the stage before setting the trap; scatter samples of bait in the immediate area of the trap. If animals enjoy the appetizer, they will be more likely to enter the trap for the main course.

2. When considering where to place the trap, think about the particular species. A successful trapper knows the habits of the target animal, including what they like to eat, where they look for food and the trails they use.

3. Place the bait in or near the trap, the scent and/or visual of the food in the trap will lure the animal toward the trap.

4. Set the trap according to the directions which came with the particular trap product after baiting the trap.

5. Once the animal is captured you can then proceed with transfer and release.

6. Always use extreme caution when releasing, transferring or moving a trapped animal. Wear heavy leather or padded gloves, a shirt or jacket with long sleeves, and long pants to help protect against being scratched or bitten.

7. Some animals will quickly bolt out of the trap, while others may be slow to leave; when exiting, they may flee the area or turn on the person who released them. Trapped animals – wild or domestic – can be unpredictable, so be prepared for any response.


8. It is important to release a wild animal in an appropriate habitat, one that provides sufficient resources for it to survive.

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