Trapping Mice

Trapping mice is a very effective method of control for small mice infestations. Trapping mice provides visible results and allows you to throw away the carcass to avoid dead mouse odors. Another advantage of trapping is that it doesn’t rely on hazardous poisons or chemicals. Traditional wooden traps are inexpensive, making trapping an economical method of control.

Traps should be baited with peanut butter, chocolate candy, dried fruit, or bacon tied to the trigger. Set the trap so it is very sensitive. Live traps that catch multiple mice are available, and should be baited as well. Glue traps placed on common mouse runways will stick to their feet, effectively catching them.

Proper placement of traps is very important. Watch for signs of mice in order to know where to place your traps. Mice prefer to travel close to walls, leaving a dark smudge where their bodies have touched. Mouse poop, urine puddles, and tracks can also reveal the presence of mice. Mice don’t usually travel far from their nests, so traps must be placed close to these signs. When placing a wooden trap near a wall, set it perpendicular so that the bait is closest to the wall. This ensures that a mouse running directly next to the wall will run into the bait. Trapping mice can also be accomplished by placing two wooden traps parallel to the wall, opposite to each other, with the bait facing outward. This way a mouse cannot approach the wrong side of the trap. Glue traps are also effective when placed by a wall known for mouse activity. For the first round of trapping it is a good idea to place baited traps that haven’t been set. This trains the mice to trust the trap. After the mice receive a free meal or two, begin setting the traps.