Nobody wants a mouse in their house, but getting rid of them can often prove difficult. Mouse traps are simple enough to operate, but without proper trapping technique they often don’t work. In order to get rid of the pesky rodents as quickly as possible, we have compiled some mouse trapping tips that are sure to increase your trapping prowess.
- Use the right mouse bait. Do NOT use cheese on mouse traps because it may actually repel them. Instead, choose grains, fruits, or vegetables. Mice are also particularly attracted to nuts and sweets, so peanut butter or hazelnut spread are ideal.
- Limit the amount of bait to a small, pea-sized amount. If you put too much bait on a trap, the mice will be able to eat around the edges of the bait without touching the trigger.
- Don’t touch the trap or bait. Mice have an excellent sense of smell. This means that if they smell human scent on the trap or bait, they may be more wary of approaching it. Use gloves when handling the trap and bait. Gloves are also a good idea to limit the spread of diseases associated with mice.
- Place traps in areas that show signs of mouse activity. If you have seen a mouse or see signs of mice like droppings or holes chewed in packaging, that is where you want to put the traps. Mice are creatures of habit and will move along the same paths over and over. A pest control professional will be able to tell you where the high-traffic areas are in your home.
- Place traps perpendicular against the wall. This may seem strange, but by placing the traps perpendicular with the trigger and bait end nearest the wall, the mice can easily access it from either direction. Those who perform professional rodent control know exactly how to set the trigger and placement of the trap, call if you have any questions.
- Place traps every 2-3 feet. Many people underestimate how many traps they should use. Since mice breed so quickly, chances are good that if you have one mouse in your house, there are more where that one came from. Placing multiple traps along walls gives you the best chance to catch the mice.
- Place some traps in dark, concealed places. Mice do not like to be out in open space, so make sure that some of your mouse traps are in areas that are hard to access like behind furniture, under appliances, or in the back of cupboards.
- Understand the limitations of trapping. Mouse traps are great tools to use in rodent control, but sometimes more is needed. Sealing the exterior of your home is a great prevention method. Professional pest control companies can also provide baits, rodenticides, and other help to prevent and control rodents. If trapping isn’t doing enough, call Midwest Pest Control. With offices throughout the Midwest in Tulsa, Springfield, Little Rock, and surrounding areas, we are your go-to source for pest control.