- Snap Traps: One of our favorites is the Mini T Rex. It not only works well but you do not have to get your finger into the snapping zone; the bait well is underneath the trap. Unscrew the bait well, put a little peanut butter or Provoke attractant onto the insert and reattach.
- Glue Boards/Traps: Glue boards work very well for mice. Mice have little body strength and rarely get off the board. Place glue traps along walls, baseboards and areas that the mice travel. Dispose of the glue board and the mouse after killing the mouse.
- Live traps-Humane Traps: Live traps work well for house mice. If you truly want the mice to have no injuries the Tin Cat, Tip Top and the Little Pete fit this purpose. The mice must be let out within 12 hours or they will starve to death.
- Multiple Catch Traps-Wind Up: The mice may die soon after using a wind up trap after they are stunned from the flip into the container. These traps include the Trapper MC, the Ketch All and the Eaton's Wind Up. These traps are popular for the amount of mice that it can capture. After one mice enters, others follow the first mouse.
- Hygienic Mouse Traps-Disposable Mouse Traps: For people that don't want to see the mouse, Victor Kill & Seal M265 or Trapper Hidden Mouse Traps which are disposable traps are your best bets.
- Whichever trap you choose place the trap along edges of floors, cabinets, etc. These are their natural pathway. Always inspect to determine where the mice are running.
- Place the mice traps at 2-3 feet intervals, along walls, pathways and corners.
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First Things First
In order to begin any rodent control program, inspection and increased sanitation is critical. Proper sanitation will remove harborage areas and reduce the population. Keep kitchen clutter clean, food placed in tight containers and garbage emptied. In order to get rid of mice, either use a rodent bait or set out mouse traps. One of the top advantages of using mice traps is avoiding a dead rodent smell. If you use a rodent bait, the mice may die in an area that is not easily accessed. Another advantage is a safety feature. You do not run into the risk of having poison baits in place in locations of children and pets without tamper resistant bait stations.
Some Trapping Tips
If using a snap trap, place the trigger end perpendicular near the wall. Rodents, including mice are fairly blind and use their wiskers as navigational tools. They generally run along walls or baseboards. Look for mice signs such as tracks, rub marks, droppings, ect. Click on rodent inspection for more mouse inspection tips.
Provoke Mouse Attractant, a professional attractant has done an outstanding job in luring mice into traps. In a recent field study where several cases of mouse traps were placed - half with Provoke Mouse Attractant and half with peanut butter-- 29 mice were caught within the first hour by traps using Provoke, while only 3 mice were caught by the peanut butter traps.
Mouse Trap Placements
After an inspection, which determines areas of mice activity, set out mice traps. Most mice traps are placed perpendicular to the wall, with the trigger end against the wall. For higher mice infestation, use two traps, placed together with trigger ends back to back. After finding the pathways, place at intervals of 8-10 feet, particularly along walls, baseboards and corners. Typical baits for mice traps are nut butters such as peanut butter, bacon or some cheeses.
There are two recommendations for mouse exclusion :
- Copper Mesh Wire
- Black PUR Gun Foam
Make sure to seal up all entrances that are larger than 1/4 inch diameter. Use Copper Mesh Wire instead of steel mesh, because mice can not gnaw through Copper Mesh and it will not rust away.
Black PUR Gun Foam is a special foam to be used in a designated gun to seal entrances. PUR Black Foam will expand and bond on surfaces to seal voids, cracks and crevices where mice may enter structures and homes. It wil also seal and stop the passage of air, gases, water, dust fibers, sound and odors. It is a polyurethane and moisture curing foam.