Using Mouse Traps to Get Rid of Mice◀ Back To Blog
November 22, 2013
Are you setting mouse traps and catching mice or not catching mice at all?
Sometimes mouse traps are not enough to eliminate mouse populations in your home. Sometimes, mice and other insects like cockroaches, crickets and ants will steal the bait off the trap. Most homeowners begin their DIY rodent control with mouse traps, before calling in an expert in mice control.
When using mouse traps, here are some things to consider:
Mice are smart. Mice have a keen sense of smell and by avoid traps if they smell human odor or dead mouse smell and be repelled.
Use the correct bait. Baits do not always need to be food. Mouse bait can include nesting material, sting, cotton balls, cloth, marshmallows, chocolate and the most common, peanut butter.
Bait is eaten, but nothing is captured. Make sure mice are taking your bait and not cockroaches, crickets and ants who will steal the bait off the trap. To find the culprit, dust flour around the traps, then check later for footprints.
The sensitivity of the trigger. Some traps have an adjustable sensitivity setting on the trigger. Moving the locking bar away from the middle, to the right or left will move the trigger to sensitive or firm.
Mouse traps are not placed in the correct areas. Setting mouse traps takes precision and thought. Placing mouse traps in mice runaways along walls (where they feel secure) is much more effective than placing in an open room.
There are not enough traps for the infestation. Setting a few mouse traps may certainly catch mice, but that is if the traps are placed in the right areas and enough of them. Mice are prolific breeders. A female house mice can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks.
You are not a professional. The average homeowner does not have the knowledge of a Clifton Park pest professional who understand mice behaviors and mice habitat. Understanding mice is important in controlling a rodent problem, as mice are extremely clever and can quickly outsmart homeowners.
Mice infestations no matter the size should seize attention. Rodents inside your home spread disease, leave droppings and urine behind, while destroying your home and putting your health at risk. It is important to prevent rodent infestations before they start or at the first signs of a mouse in the house. Rodent removal is serious and Thomas Pest Services is licensed in getting rid of rodents, contact us via phone at 1-877-518-2847, via web for a free estimate, Facebook or Twitter!