A Guide To Mouse TrapMaine s | Mouse Control Experts
If you are starting to notice signs of a mouse infestation, it is best to take action right away. These rodents are spreaders of disease, and if left unchecked, they will contaminate your food sources. This is where the mouse trap comes in, and in this article, we’re going to go through some of the best traps that you can use, and how to set them up.
The snap trap is a classic. We all know it, we’ve all seen it. It is utilitarian, simple, inexpensive and effective. To set up a snap trap, you will need a high-calorie, high-protein bait such as peanut butter. Chocolate also works here. If you can add a bit of grain on top of the bait, even better. Just make sure that you wear gloves when setting the trap up, so that the mice can’t sense your smell. Place the trap perpendicular to a wall, with the bait facing the wall. Mice will mostly travel alongside the walls of your home, because it makes them feel safe, and, being a curious species, the new object in their path will intrigue them, and they will approach the bait and get caught in the trap.
The name “glue trap” is very descriptive. Glue traps, also known as glue boards, are trays that are covered in very sticky glue. A mouse will walk over the tray and get stuck in the glue, where it will die. Glue traps may also lead to pets or children getting stuck in them, if the traps are not placed in hard to reach areas. Basically, a mouse will get stuck in the glue, and then die of suffocation, dehydration or starvation over the course of three to 24 hours. It is generally considered an inhumane pest control method, but it is effective. Glue traps need to be set up in chokepoints or in high mouse traffic areas.
Live traps are the most humane option when it comes to mouse control. They allow you to catch a mouse alive, and then release it into a forest or take it to a vet to be taken out quickly and painlessly. A live trap generally consists of a container with bait in it, and once it is triggered, it will capture the mouse inside, after which you can take the trap out and release the mouse where you see fit.
Scent repellents are based on the concept that scents such as peppermint oil will make mice avoid an area. Their effectiveness is questionable, and they are generally not recommended. Ultrasonic sound repellents are similar. The assumption is that certain sound frequencies will make mice avoid an area, but they are generally not that effective.
Are you having persistent mouse problems?
Sometimes, an infestation is so bad that the mouse nest starts to adapt to the traps in the home. At this point, your only option is to hire a pest control specialist. If you have a persistent mouse infestation, contact us today.