A humane trap that quickly dispatches mice and rats

NEWS – Let me begin by saying I do not like wild rats. They are filthy creatures that spread germs and disease, not to mention the damage they do to homes and farms. I have a separate studio building in my one acre backyard where I review and test audio gear as well as do freelance design. Unfortunately, half of my studio is an open area where I store all of the lawn equipment. And that’s where mice and (sometimes) rats hang out. I have tried various traps with varied success and am on the prowl for a trap that is consistently reliable and works well.

Recently, I came across this: the Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap. According to Automatic Trap Company, their A24 self-resetting trap is the world’s only pest trap that self-resets itself, offering control for months without monitoring or resetting. This can create time savings in pest management. The introduction of Goodnature’s traps means people no longer need to use glue traps, ineffective snap traps or harmful poisons. Targeting rats and mice, this weather-proof trap kills up to 24 rodents without toxins or electricity, automatically resetting itself after each CO 2-powered shot. Simply mount it, let the trap work, and then toss the remains (or, if installed outdoors, let scavengers do that for you.

The A24 trap is an effective, year-round rodent-removal solution that’ll work just as well in your garage as it will in a backyard mounted to a tree.

The multi-kill system is certified humane and effectively eliminates invaders on the spot, spring traps, and poisons. You’ll never have to track down a wounded or sick rodent—or worse, smell it rotting somewhere in your home. All you’ll have to do is refill the CO 2 canister after 24 shots and replace the bait every 6 months. A waterproof digital strike counter is included and makes monitoring the trap easy, especially if it’s installed outdoors.

Introduced in New Zealand, Goodnature’s A24 trap kills rats according to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) Guideline 09 and is certified humane. The Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap (with counter) sells for $199.99 and is available from Amazon. Visit www.automatictrap.com for more information.

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  2. I like that it kills fast but can you try live traps rats and mice arnt that all bad there apart of our environment we need them. rats are also one of the cleanest rodents

    1. Alyana, ick… I don’t like killing things any more than Bill does, but I don’t want mice in my house. They are NOT clean. They pee and poop where ever they go and it stinks. I know because I’ve had to have the drop ceiling in my office and utility room replaced due to mice smells after 10 years or so of them running back and forth over it. We don’t have (knock on wood) as much trouble since we had our house resided, but we live in the woods and there’s no way to keep them out – we’ve tried and tried and tried some more. Luckily if we ever do get one in the living area instead of the walls, our cat Max catches them.

    2. Alyana,
      My studio has a drop ceiling (like many office buildings) and I can hear the mice running around. One finally managed to enter my studio and pee all over the table where I photograph products. That’s going too far. The’ve also destroyed my insulation to make nests and the clean up was awful. If I live-trapped them, they would just come back. Plus, One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year. The only recourse is to be done with them and this seems to be the quickest and least painful way to do it.

    3. I don’t exactly agree that rats are filthy and carry diseases as plenty of other animals do too such as dogs and cats. I’ve had pet rats for many years and they are very smart, loving, friendly, and social animals. However I know of people in the pet rat community who have taken and raised wild rats as pets and though not as tame as domesticated rats, they usually adapt quite well and make pretty good pets. There are 2 “main” types of rats: Norway (also known as brown & sewer rats), which are the same species that pet rats are, and the smaller roof (also known as black rats). They can cause damage, but a lot of times it can be prevented such as closing and sealing up holes and openings they can get through. I also agree with live trapping because if you take them far enough away to release them, they usually do come back. However if they must be killed, I prefer a trap that dispatches them able to instantly rather than methods such as poison and glue traps which are very very cruel and also can be harmful to other animals. I’m not that fond of mice but again I agree that they should be live trap and released.

      1. I meant that when you release rodents that have been live trapped, if you release some far enough away they don’t usually come back instead of do.

    4. Rats are clean! Ok there was the bubonic plague/Black Death thing that killed half of Europe, but other than that they’re pretty tidy.

  3. I would like to have a humane trap just for humans. One that will dispatch them quickly and quietly.
    After all a rat will never bite you without cause, can you say the same about Human’s? Not!
    Rats are social and very loving, they don’t prey on their own, or rape and kill because they have sick and dirty minds. They don’t kill just for sport until extinction. It seems the only answer humans come up with is to kill, kill everything that’s in their way.
    I have never read anywhere that says this world belongs to humans only. For that matter humans are killing this world too…Humans need to be eradicated… not the wildlife…

  4. How in goodness name can a trap that kills them be considered humane? I was hopeful that this article would offer a means to scare them away – not kill them.

    Very misleading title.

    1. The author should brush up on rodent ecology. Rodentia are essential prey species. Who sets a trap in a forest area as shown in one of the advert photos? This piece is indeed misleading, misinformed and promoted the same.

  5. THE PEOPLE HERE MUST BE LEFTIE COMMIES WITH THE FALSE NOTION RATS AND MICE ARE CLEAN, MAKE GREAT PETS, ARE LOVING AND DONT PREY ON THEIR OWN – WRONG WRONG WRONG ! THEY EAT EACH OTHER, WISH I COULD UPLOAD THE PHOTO OF 5 MICE IN A GLUE TRAP NEXT TO MY BED IN A HOTEL. IT HAD 3 MEDIUM AND ONE LARGE MOUSE WHO WAS EATING AN INFANT MOUSE AS THEY WERE ALL STUCK TILL DEATH, JUST THAT ONE WAS A BLOODY MESS UNDER THE BIG ONES MOUTH AND HALF WAS GONE !
    THEY HAVE PEED AND CRAPED ALL OVER BOXES IF CLOTHES HAVING MADE HOMES BETWEEN THE ITEMS, ALL OVER EVERYTHING IN NY ROOM INCLUDING MY TABLE WHERE SOME DRY VEGETABLES FOR SOUP AND POPCORN WAS – THEY RUINED EVERYTHING ! SO THEY SHOULD BE KILLED EVERYTIME YOU HAVE THE CHANCE AS THEY KEEP COMING AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THEY DON’T RETURN WHEN YOU TAKE EM AWAY. I GAVE COUGHT WAVE AFTER WAVE OF MICE COMING THROUGH THE HOT WATER REGISTER AMOUNTING TO 31 TO DATE SINCE NOVEMBER AND AND THERE’S STILL MORE ! ERADICATION IS THE ONLY WORKING METHOD FOR ME WITH THUS INFESTATION AND THOSE HERE ABOUT TO CRY, JUST GET A FAT SNAKE AND LET IT GO HUNT IN YOUR HOME, MICE AND RATS CAUGHT IN YOUR HOMES AND BUILDINGS WILL BE REPLACED BY MORE INVADERS SO KILL THEM WHEN YOU CAN ! QUIT BEING SQUEAMISH, RODENTS DO NOT BELONG IN LIVING QUARTERS !!!

    1. They do make great pets. That isn’t a false notion. And of course they ate each other on the glue trap, the instinct to live will far surpass any kind of bond they have with each other. It’s true for humans too. Why would you leave them on a glue trap dying painfully like that anyway? You’re a fiend.

  6. Wow, the comments here got way out of hand pretty quickly. Anyway I have one question for the author. When you set the trap outside did you only kill rats or will any animal small enough to get in there because it smells food be killed? I am thinking of things like squirrels or chipmunks for areas that have them. I can see for sure putting this inside the house where anything that small needs to be gone, but outside I think you may kill other animals possibly.

    1. Lynn,
      We don’t have chipmunks in Florida, but I think that the bait that comes with the trap does not appeal to squirrels.

    2. Yeah, I wouldn’t set the trap outside. That is essentially “public” area that roaming animals should be free to walk by. Inside the house is where I would deal out the death penalty – they are not supposed to be there. Rat poop, rat pee, eating/contaminating our food, fleas, chewing up our house (that’s what the last one did to us) => death penalty!

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