7 Techniques on How to Catch Mice
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Have you spotted a mouse in the house? These critters may seem harmless, but don’t ignore their presence. They will wreak havoc on your home and your belongings, not to mention they carry nasty diseases. Follow these tried and true techniques for how to catch mice.
Do rodents make you squeamish? You don’t have to do it alone! Contact your friendly professionals at Green Rat Control to help you execute these techniques.
Know Your Enemy
There are many types of mice, but here are the top three that are most likely to make their way into your home:
Field Mouse: If you live in rural areas, on a farm, or in the countryside, you have a high chance of an encounter with a field mouse. They strike a balance between wild and domestic, seeking out shelter in sheds, barns, workshops, warehouses, etc. These places offer warmth and often scraps of food but don’t have a lot of traffic and regular human presence.
House Mouse: Smaller than other mice, the house mouse is the ultimate sneaky, unwanted house guest. They seek refuge not only in the cold winter months, but in all seasons. All it takes is a tiny crack or gap for these pests to weasel their way inside.
Wood Mouse: Close to the field mice in appearance and size, the wood mouse is usually a species that is found in Europe and, strangely, parts of Africa, but can be found in the U.S. as well. The wood mouse has habits similar to the field mouse, such as living between wild and the indoors. The wood mouse is a little more daring and curious than the field mouse, it will invade homes with the motivation of finding warmth and food.
What Attracts Mice?
What do mice like to eat? Most mice will eat both meat and plant based foods, but what they really love to consume are grains, fruits and seeds. The first signs you might notice of mice hanging around tampering and damage to your gardens or crops. It’s a popular misnomer that a mouse’s favorite food is cheese. Actually, mice crave snacks that are higher in carbohydrates. These rodents will go to great lengths for bread, cereal, granola, and crackers. They also love a sweet treat! Chocolate may be more attractive to mice than cheese! Ultimately, if they’re hungry they won’t be picky.
Mice also love to gnaw on other household materials. Keep a close eye on electrical wiring! If mice have tampered with it your home could be at risk of an electrical fire.
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Cardboard boxes, paper and other household items attract mice. They have a habit of chewing and shredding these materials and then using them to build a nest. They’ll collect these materials and destroy them. Try putting an storage in air-tight rubber containers instead of cardboard boxes will deter mice and protect your valuables. Mice like to live and breed in dark areas that are not regularly visited by humans, like the basement or the attic. It’s easy to neglect these areas of the home, but try to keep them free of clutter.
So you’ve cleaned up your kitchen and stored your food securely in the pantry. If you think you’ve starved out the mice, you’re wrong. When they’re desperate mice in the wild will forage. In your house that means digging through the trash. What smells like foul garbage odor to you may smell appetizing to a hungry mouse.
If you aren’t super responsible about taking out the trash regularly, get on a set schedule and stick to it. Store your trash bags and bins as far from the house as you can.
Lack of Natural Predators
Mice scout out shelter that is free of other predators- like pets. No house cat or family dog? Mice will enter with a second-thought, worry free. Having a pet around is huge deterrent for rodents. Just catching the scent of a pet cat or dog can be enough to keep mice out. Or if they do sneak in, pets often do the dirty work and catch them for you!
Best Bait & Traps for Catching Mice
Spring Loaded Mouse Trap
The spring loaded mousetrap is famous for it’s use in cartoons.This is the old standard, and it’s still one of the very best ways to catch a mouse. Many professionals rely and swear by these traps for getting the job done quickly.
On the spring loaded mousetrap there is a small paddle for placing bait. As we discussed, cheese is not the best bait for catching mice. Instead the best bait for your snap trap is a table spoon of peanut butter. Mice are attracted to its scent and flavor.
A second choice for mice bait is a small piece of a nut tied to the trap with thread. Try covering the nut with thread, forcing the mouse to work harder to get the bait. Mice are clever, they may be able to eat the peanut butter without getting caught. Disguising the bait buys extra time, and the extra movement will almost certainly trigger the trap.
If you decide to try a spring loaded trap be cautious of where you place it. These traps will also attract household pets and can injure them. They are also very dangerous to use in homes with children. Mice caught in the trap will definitely be dead and need to be removed from the house asap.
Glue Board Traps
If you are wary of the risks and dangers of using a snap trap, then a glue board trap is a great alternative. It is much safer, but still highly effective. The only big difference between the spring loaded trap and the glue board trap is that it allows the mice to live. If you’re looking for a humane trap, this is your best bet. Although occasionally, a strong willed mouse may land on a glue trap be able to pull themselves free.
For best results, set them in dark closets and along baseboards. Be careful not to step on them yourself, yuck!! Try placing small seeds as bait, they will stick well to the glue.
A third alternative to try for catching and eliminating mice is mouse poison. Find it in any store where pesticides are sold. You’ll find that there are lots of different kinds, but they all work basically the same way.
Mouse bait poison includes a drug called warfarin, which is a blood thinner. When the mice eat the bait the warfarin goes to work thinning their blood, causing the mice to bleed to death internally.
On the plus side, mice usually like the bait and will carry it back to the nest. There they spread it to their babies and other mice, meaning you can rid your home of entire communities of mice! So it’s very efficient. The downside is that the mice will die wherever they land, which could be inconvenient or hard to reach places. If you don’t find the dead mice immediately, the smell can be overwhelming and will linger.
Be very cautious of where you place mice bait poison. It is dangerous for humans and pets to ingest.
When you want to be sure that mice are gone for good, team up with your local professionals at Green Rat Control to get the job done right.