Proven design is proven

If your definition of “better mousetrap” includes a specification for Less Cruelty, this design, patented in 1876 and replicated here on a 3D printer, might be just what you’re looking for:

I’m not sure what’s keeping the entrapped rodent from pushing the lid upwards, unless that lid weighs a lot more than I think it does, but it seems kinder than gluing him to a sheet of cardboard.


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 May 2018 · 5:33 pm

    The “barn version” looks maybe like it was tucked up under a bit of wainscoting that might hold the lid down? At any rate, if a person were concerned they could just put a brick on the lid or something.

    The problem is: you’ve got a live mouse in the trap, what are you gonna DO with it? Mice can roam pretty far and it would get tiresome catching the same mouse 10 times. (I tend to favor the old-skool snap traps, though some mice are smart enough to defeat them.)

  2. McGehee »

    13 May 2018 · 7:42 pm

    The other evening we discovered that at least one of Mrs. McG’s cats (we haven’t figured out which) is still nature’s perfect mousetrap.

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