Sorry if the picture makes you queasy but it's a lot worse in person. I buy mousetraps a bagful at a time. I've stuffed mouse thruways and hideaways in this house with steel wool. I've tried poisons, glue traps, live traps -- nothing works as well as a classic Victor spring-loaded trap, which I haven't been able to find for a whole year. Instead, Victor now sells the "Easy Set" (TM) model with the large yellow plastic bait platform supposedly scented with invisible mouse attractant.
These two mice
were caught within 20 minutes of each other. The one at the top went
first, and writhed and knocked around for 10 minutes while I fought to hold my dinner
down --because as much as I hate any mouse, I won't pour bleach on it or hammer-crush its skull to put it out of its misery, nor will I
put it to sleep in my freezer, as some humane people do. So I have
to listen to it die (meanwhile fearing that it won't die, that it'll get
away). The other body shows the problem with the "Easy Set" model.
Instead of hitting the mouse on the neck, the large platform permits the
mouse to nibble from the edge where the trap hits not the neck but the "craniofacial" region. This is not a quick, humane
kill. They wriggle, bleed and convulse. I like the older model which they don't sell in the hardware stores around here any more. They do sell it online, though.