Do Mice Make Noise When Trapped?

If you’re dealing with a mice infestation, you are probably already familiar with the signs these rodents can make. But even though there are warning signs, such as gnawed items, droppings, and urine odor you can catch them, way before they start to evidence their presence.

But, if you are concerned about the noise mice can do when trapped, we can clarify that for you.

Mice can squeak when trapped in a mouse trap, but not all of them will do it loudly. Some mouse traps can kill mice at the moment they are caught, others will keep them trapped until you discover them.

Note: A mouse can survive in a mouse trap for 3-5 days, if you are planning to use a mouse trap that doesn’t kill mice instantly, make sure to check them daily so the mice won’t suffer unnecessarily. Squeaking is not the only sign a trapped mouse can do.

Why Do Mice Make Noise When Trapped?

When mice become trapped they can squeak for several reasons, but one of the most common ones is to alert their kin. They alert others, to warn about possible traps and ask for help (when possible).

Other Noises Mice Do When Not Trapped

During their lifetime, mice’s squeaking will not always be the sign of a caught mouse. Mice can squeak at several frequencies and pitches to communicate with others when they find:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter

When mice are matting they can also do a lot of squeaking. (Yeah.. they are really noisy)

In your house mice use more than their vocal cords, their tiny paws and fingernails can also make sounds. When they move around the place along baseboards, drywall and floorboards they slightly dig their nails to get a better grip.

This action will produce some scuffling and scratching sounds, around the place. Noise activity can become quite a problem if resources are scarce, mice might even eat each other if things got that bad.

What Time of the Day do Mice Make the Most Noise?

Mice are nocturnal creatures, you’ll probably hear the most noise during the night. This is when they search for food and do their daily routines (like mating). If your house has wooden floorboards, chances are you’ll hear scratching and scuffing noises too.

Trap Mice the Right Way to End Noise for Good

If you are tired of mice noise and squeaking all around the house, start by setting up traps the right way. The sooner you do it, the faster you’ll get your house free from their annoying noises.

If you want to make your mice hunting more effective then do the following:

Set Up More Traps

Many people fail right at the start with this classic mistake. When they want to catch mice they only buy a single trap or two. The common error here is to think that mice eventually will be lured to those existing traps. And that will go there, no matter where their initial location is.

You won’t be able to catch mice without spreading out a generous net of traps, in the location you’re having mice activity. And since you probably are not dealing with a single mouse, you’ll want to work with several mouse traps too.

It’s quite impossible to know for sure, how many of these creatures you are dealing with, they can reproduce and spread themselves so fast while you blink an eye.

Just to have a clear idea, you can set up on a floor with an area of 3,000 sqft up to 6 traps. This will be enough to cover that specific spot.

Set Up the Traps With Peanut Butter Instead of Cheese

Many people believe rats love cheese from everything we have seen in movies, but the truth is that cheese is not the favorite food of mice. Mice are big fans of peanut butter. Experts believe mice prefer to feast on peanut butter better, due to its strong aromatic smell and nutty taste.

Instead of spending more money on fancy cheeses to delight your mice, give peanut butter a try.

Also, when using peanut butter, its viscosity and texture may be a close ally in this situation. Because of the slippery nature of peanut butter, mice will fail to grab a chunk and run away without snapping the trap.

When you use peanut butter as bait, the pests won’t have any other choice but to step into the snap zone if they do want to taste that gift from the gods. (And trust me, they will).

Use the Traps Alongside the Walls

If you haven’t noticed, mice only travel alongside walls, they usually do this when they are sensing danger and are trying to escape. When you are placing traps, keep this in mind so you can choose the best locations and increase your success rate.

Place your traps on all the paths that are most likely to be used by those pests. Set them up where the floor meets the walls. Also, place the bait and snap section towards the wall side. They will become more inclined to taste that peanut butter due to the strong smell it releases.

Choose your placing spots wisely, prefer spots that are already hidden under any fixture, these can be: cabinets, furniture undersides, and the stove.

Don’t Be Afraid to Go All In

When starting out, bring all the artillery in, from day one. Don’t wait to see how mice are going to react to the traps, so you can lay down your strategy. With a slow start, you won’t be able to end up with a mice infestation.

Some people tend to trap and kill the majority of these squeaky pests in the first couple of nights, this is because of their aggressive strategy while placing traps.

Another reason why it’s wise to go full force on day one is that mice are already familiar with certain points in your house. When you place new “treats” for them, it will make them curious, and chances are, they fall for it right at the start.

Things to Avoid While Setting up Mouse Traps

If you set up traps for a while now and are not hearing mouse noise, you may be doing something wrong. Try to avoid the following.

  • When placing bait, avoid touching it with bare hands, always wear gloves or use a knife/spoon to place it. If mice can sense human smell, they will ignore it.
  • Don’t use too much bait, putting too much will be easier for mice to drag it out of the trap. Use a small amount only to give an olfactory signal.
  • When setting up traps, don’t give too much distance between them. And place them essentially in kitchens, bathrooms, and other places they tend to be.


Sometimes mice can make noise or not when getting caught in a trap. But don’t wait for them to squeak to start working on a strategy to defeat them. Follow the tips above and get rid of them as soon as you can.