Rodent problems, specifically from mice, are a real nuisance. We had some issues last month with a few pesky mice and we needed to eliminate them quickly. I took the opportunity to try out several different mouse traps. These included a basic, dollar store spring trap (old fashioned type), a easy-to-use clip-style mouse trap from WinCo Foods, and a D-Con Covered Mouse Trap. The D-Con does the job, but it is certainly not the most affordable option when fighting against mouse invaders.
I ordered a D-Con Covered Mouse Trap from Amazon.com, and with shipping it cost around $12. The arrived in the mail a week later and I quickly opened it up and set it in a known mouse area. The trap is shaped like a rectangular box container, with one sloped end. The opposite, flat end has a hole in which the mice may enter to get to the bait, while the sloped end contains the bar mechanism used to set the trap. You pull this bar down, holding it in place while you place the bait (peanut butter is my favorite for mice bait) on the opposite end, inside the hole. Then, you place the mouse trap on the ground in the area where mice to are known to frequent, and let go of the bar. It clicks into place, so there is no danger of it hitting you (the actual bar that hits the mice is hidden in the box, away from your hands).
Within one evening, I caught a mouse in the trap. It was easily disposed of, without any messy handling of the body. All I had to do was pull the bar on the sloped end back, as if to set it, thereby releasing the hold on the mouse’s body. A quick shake and the mouse dropped into the hole I had dug into the ground to dispose of it. Easy and quick, however, setting it again is where I encountered some problems.
First off, if the mouse bleeds or gets smashed up badly by the trap bar, blood will be in the trap. That is usually not much of a problem with smaller, more open trap, but with this trap it is all kept inside. Thus, it is somewhat difficult to clean up. It’s definitely more difficult to clean than the cheaper, simple spring traps we have used in the past. One mice we caught in the trap left quite a mess (bar smashed through its head) and required an extensive clean up.
The other downside of the D-Con Covered Mouse Trap is the cost. It’s at least 2-3 more expensive than its lower-cost competitors. I would not recommend getting the D-Con Covered Mouse Trap, simply for these reasons. Cheaper alternatives do exists, even one that are as easy to set, but easier to clean, including the Victor Quick Set Mousetraps.