Setting an effective mouse trap is not that hard. Mouse trapping is one of the methods of dealing with a mice invasion in your home; however, it only helps with keeping the numbers of these rodents in check. Trapping is not a solution to the mice problem. As long as there is a food source, a means of gaining access into your home, and a conducive place to habitat, you most likely will keeping trapping more mice that you can count.
But you cannot downplay the effectiveness of using mouse traps to capture these rodents. The market has many types of mouse traps and all work but at varying degree of efficiency. The only effective way of catching a mouse is by understanding the lifestyle; what mice eat and places they frequent. If you figure out the two things, then the other thing to know is which traps work best given your current predicament.
The Essentials Of An Effective Mouse Trap
In most cases, people think of the wooden pad with a spring loaded metal bar and bait as cheapest an effective way of trapping mice. The mouse only has to touch the bait, and the rodent is killed when the trap snaps. Well, more needs to be done before laying the trap or traps.
First, inspect the entire house to know the various possible access points the mice use to gain entry or escape. From the inspection, you will also identify their food source and any possible areas that the creatures may be nesting. The next step is obvious; you will need to seal all the entry points.
Do not rush to clear the food sources, rather make the more appeal so that they pull out the mice from their hiding places. Consider setting the traps near the places the mice frequent to eat or nest. Use suitable baits for the traps probably what mice crave the most.
Which Mouse Traps To Use?
In most cases, the number of traps to use will depend on the estimated size of the rodents’ nest. The same issue also may influence the type of traps to use. Some traps only catch or kill one mouse at a time while others can capture more than five at once. Do not think that one trap will do the trick, lay done as many traps are you can and consider using at least two types of traps. Do not underestimate the wittiness of these cute and cuddly animals.
Before you pick the traps also consider if you prefer a humane option or one that kills the creatures? If you just want to catch and release the mice in the wild. Here are the three top mice trapping options to consider
1. The Snap Taps
Snap traps have a metal, plastic or wooden base with a metal spring load snap that traps and kills rodents. It is important to handle them with care when setting the traps to avoid getting the fingers snapped by the traps.
2. Glue Mouse Traps
The traps are often a tray with a very stick surface that traps the mice once they set foot on the trays. Glue traps do not kill the rodents instantly like the snap traps, but the animal will eventually die. You only get to use the traps once and dispose of them once they do their jobs placing new ones when such a need arises.
3. Cage Traps
Then cage traps are a humane approach to trapping mice. They are work like jails; the mice enter to eat the bait but cannot leave. The traps can have a trigger latch door or an entry point that only allows the mice in and not out. The cage can trap more than five mice, and bigger various can hold more than 20 mice.
The Mistakes To Avoid
It may seem like a straightforward affair when trying to trap a mouse, but how do respond when you are dealing with more than one. Here are the mistakes to avoid when catching mice that are running your home.
• Using The Wrong Bait – Forget the idea that mice have a thing for cheese, that’s from the cartoons. All rodents have a big craving for seeds and nuts. So, use some hazelnut spread or peanut butter, and they will not be able to resist. You can also lure the mice to the traps using materials they tend to use for building their nests as bait (cotton, yarn, or twine).
• Ruining The Traps – Mice a strong sense of smell and can detect your scent on the bait or the traps. So, consider wearing gloves when setting the traps.
• Wrong Placement – Mice have a tendency to scurry around the perimeter of a room and do not stray far from dark recesses. Just place the traps along the walls with the trigger-end of the traps facing the wall.
• Starting Small – Do not underestimate these tiny rodents, they are quick learners. Thus the best approach is to set as many traps as possible in the first round; you are most likely to catch many during that time than the subsequent tries.
Mice trapping is just one of the aspects of dealing with the rodent invasion. It is important to clean out the nesting places, sweeping and cleaning the animals’ waste and getting rid of any trace of their existence in your home. Also, make sure that you keep your home clean and get rid of any food sources or other elements that would attract more mice into your home.