Damn! You so much spend time setting up a mouse trap with some awesome mouse bait. You leave it a few days, go and check, and you find that your mouse trap disappeared!

Losing mouse traps is extremely frustrating, I have been there and I feel your pain!

You may already be aware that mice can bring some very nasty diseases into your home! This is why you are trying to catch them, right?

Don’t worry though. In this post, we are going to walk through the common reasons why your mouse trap disappeared, and what you can do to lower the chances of it happening again.

Mouse Trap Disappeared

Reasons Why Your Mouse Trap Disappeared

There are many reasons why your mouse trap has disappeared.

Can a mouse drag a trap away? Yes, it can! It may have been dragged away in a blind panic, attached to the tail of a mouse! You should consider other animals in your investigation too. Could it have been dragged, or taken away by a cat, dog, or larger rodent, such as a rat?

If your mouse trap was set in a place frequented by humans, it may have been kicked away, or maybe even stolen (it has been known). Let’s run through a list of the most common reasons why your mouse trap disappeared, starting with an infographic!

Reasons Why Your Mouse Trap Disappeared Infographic

Dragged Away By A Mouse (After Trapping A Limb)

This is the most common reason why your mouse trap disappeared.

A mouse is likely to have caught a piece of its body in the trap, but has been able to escape… along with your mouse trap!

Usually, a mouse will have caught its tail or a leg in the trap and has managed to drag your trap away to relative safety.

Although if it was a foot caught in the trap, I don’t fancy the mouse will survive much longer. It will struggle to get away from predators.

During the early stages of me v a mouse, it happened to me. my mouse trap disappeared, it was because it was dragged away by a trapped mouse. The mouse didn’t get very far though.

Do This To Stop It Happening:

Consider the best places to put your mouse traps.

If a mouse has not been fully caught in the trap, it may be due to the incorrect positioning of the trap. Always put traps with the snap trap pointing towards the wall. Even better, put the mouse trap in a confined space to make it difficult for the mouse to walk near it without trampling all over it.

Oh, and always use one of the best mouse traps! They are the most effective traps.

You may also wish to use a humane mouse trap because they capture the whole mouse and are therefore less likely to be dragged away.

Dragged Away By Another Animal (After Trapping A Limb)

If you are placing your mouse traps outdoors, then it may have been dragged off by another animal who may have come into contact with it.

The bigger the animal, the less vital the injury will be, which is good news if you have a cat! (There are plenty of cat-safe mouse traps available by the way).

If a bigger animal has got its leg caught in your snap trap, they will have no problems getting it away to a safe place! Check with your neighbors to ensure their cat is ok.

If your mouse trap was indoors and your pets (and kids) do not have a mouse trap hanging from their body then this is unlikely to be the reason your mouse trap disappeared.

Do This To Stop It Happening:

When placing mouse traps outside, you should always consider other animals. Not only does a mouse trap have the potential to harm, or kill other animals, you also do not want to be replacing mouse traps because they keep disappearing!

Cat-safe mouse traps are ideal for use outdoors.

Carried Away By A Mouse

If you have a mouse trap that has triggered incorrectly, then a mouse will stumble upon it and will happily rid the trap of all the tasty mouse bait you left!

If the mouse feels like it is in a precarious position, they may be inclined to drag the mouse trap away to safety before tucking into the treats.

Most mouse traps are light, and can be dragged away with ease!

You should also consider whether or not you have a mouse trap that is good enough to catch a mouse effectively. If your mouse traps are triggering on their own, then you will have less confidence in them being as effective as you need them to be.

Do This To Stop It Happening:

Consider purchasing a humane mouse trap, because they capture the whole mouse and are not easily dragged away. If you are not happy with releasing a mouse back into the wild, then you should consider a more sturdy mouse trap, such as the Victor M250Swhich is both sturdy and effective at killing mice.

Carried Away By Another Animal

This is very similar to the tip above but is more relevant if you are placing your mouse trap outdoors.

If a mouse trap has incorrectly triggered and is there for the taking, then a bigger animal may take the opportunity of a danger-free meal.

A cat will have no problems picking up a mouse trap to finish off the sweety goodness!

Do This To Stop It Happening:

Consider a more sturdy mouse trap, such as the Victor M250S.

Kicked Away By Someone

For those of us with small children, it is entirely possible that the mouse trap disappeared because they kicked it away into the nearest shrub!

It is not only kids who could have kicked the mouse trap away, but it could also be anyone who doesn’t realize the trap was there. Especially if it is outdoors.

Do This To Stop It Happening:

Place your mouse traps in a position where it is difficult to get human interaction.

This rule is easy to follow if you are setting traps indoors. Simply place the trap in the best places to catch mice.

If you are placing your traps outdoors then you should think about placing them in some foliage. Not only will it limit other animals coming into contact with it, but it will also stop folks kicking it out of the way.


This is totally honest! There are people in this world that will steal a mouse trap to use in their own property. This is true for traps set outdoors, but also true for indoor traps. Although if someone has stolen a mouse trap from inside your home, I fear you have some bigger issues!

Do This To Stop It Happening:

The only thing you can do is secure your property better.

Consider a security device, or even a cheap security camera to catch them in the act! You may also want to consider placing the mouse trap in a more concealed location.


Sure, it is totally frustrating to find out that your mouse trap disappeared.

The tips on this page will help you figure out the reason why, and have given you some tips on how to prevent it from keep happening.

The cost of having a mouse-free home is driven up if you have to keep replacing your mouse traps, right? It doesn’t have to be that way, not if you follow these tips.

Ultimately, if your traps keep going missing then you should consider purchasing a more sturdy, more effective mouse trap. One that is impossible to drag away!

Good luck catching the mice!

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Man v Rodent! I've been tackling Rodent infestation issues for over 20 years. Now I want to use this website to pass over the tips that I have learned over that time to help you take these Rodents out DIY style!

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