There is a variety of mouse traps to choose from when trapping mice. The three main groups of mouse traps are multiple trap, snap traps and glue traps.
Rodenticides (mice baits) are also used to kill mice and rats.
Mouse Trap Advantages
1. Safer than potential hazardous poison baits
2. Quick, immediate results
3. Easy disposal of dead rodents avoiding odor problems that will occur if rodenticides kill rodents in inaccessible areas.
Types Of Mouse Traps
Nooski Mouse Traps
Mouse Snap Traps
Multiple Mouse Traps
Mouse Glue Boards/Traps
Mouse Trapping Tips
Location : Good trap placement is an essential step for effective use of mouse traps. Inspect first to determine the activity of the mice. Placing mouse traps out evenly at a set distance may provide thorough coverage, but it is not guaranteed to reach the mice. Place traps in areas where mice are running or nesting.
Use Enough Traps : A common trapping error when placing out mice traps, is to use too few traps. Even for just a couple of mice, using a dozen traps are not too many. Place at intervals of two-three feet apart.
Two Mouse Traps (Snap Traps or Glue Traps) Placed Together : In locations of high mice activity, use two snap or glue mouse traps together, with about 1″ space between them. This would catch mice that try to jump over the traps, a particularly common occurrence.
Aggressive Trapping: Take advantage of the first trap night when trapping mice. More mice are caught the first night, than the following nights. Make sure to set out plenty of traps to take advantage of the timing.
Mouse Trapping Idea
There are many different tricks for the best, most effective mouse bait usage. Some people use cat food and then tie it onto the trigger of the mouse trap. This will force the mouse to pull on the food, and it cannot avoid disturbing the contraption and setting off the trap. Other types of mouse trap bait that can be applied in this scenario include:
- Bird seed
- Pet foods
- Small chunks of “Slim Jim’s” jerky
An important thing to be aware of with these types of mouse trap bait, however, is that they also can attract many other insects such as ants, cockroaches, and other flies. These can be bothersome as well and may cause a different kind of problem or infestation altogether. That is why some people have used cotton, put on a little chocolate syrup or vanilla extract onto it, and tied it onto the platform where the mouse trap bait is usually placed. This has also proven to be effective.
You can use yarn, dental floss, or other types of thin string to wrap the food with and make it stuck to the trigger. Or, tying a knot with these strings and spreading the rat bait material on the ball that this knot has formed will also make the mouse gnaw on the ball, that will also activate the trigger.
For something that will surely be stuck to the trigger of the mouse trap, some have experimented with gum and have proven that it works. You can personally chew this for a few seconds so that a lot of the sugar still remains with the gum, and then stick it onto the trigger. The smell will attract the mouse, that is why it makes good mouse trap bait, but it will also have to pull the gum because its adhesive quality makes it stuck to the trigger. This will activate the trigger of the mouse trap.
Other candy that can be used as mouse trap bait are jelly beans, brand name chocolates, and one that has the same consistency of gum – tootsie roll.
Remember that mice love sweets and fatty foods. You can experiment on these different possibilities for a mouse trap bait, but make sure to not put on too much, because, as stated, this will enable them to lick the thick mouse trap bait off much more easily without activating the trigger that sets off the trap and eventually kills them. They also love the aroma of the food, so pick mouse trap bait that they can smell easily and will attract them in a way that they cannot resist.
Also, mice have bad eyesight, so they tend to walk along walls for protection. Align the traps near the walls so that they can easily walk into it.
Taking the Necessary Precautions
As you experiment with different types of mouse trap bait, and pick up the mice that are also caught with these contraptions, make sure to use gloves and to still disinfect your bare hands after every disposal and replacement of bait. Rats carry a lot of diseases and you wouldn’t want being infected as an addition to the many things you already have to think about