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Successful Mouse Baiting Techniques

Successful baiting for mice is to have many rodent bait placements containing a small amount of bait, rather than a large amount of bait in fewer locations.

A new mouse bait on the market by Bell Labs, called Final Soft Bait with Lumitrack has proven to have extremely high bait acceptance with mice. It is a single feed bait, mold resistant. The Lumitrack will make mice feces glow, allowing you to detect the mice runways.

If the infestation is severe, you can't have enough bait placements.


Competing Food Sources: If there is a source of food (other than the mouse bait), regardless of the quality of the bait, the mouse may never touch the mouse bait. If you have two bait placements placed 20 feet apart the mice may never visit the bait, if there is a competing food source. Place the mouse bait shorter distances from each other.


Walls: Place bait close to the walls, if the bait is placed several inches off the wall, the mice might bypass it.

Entry Locations: Place mouse bait at openings on the outside of the building where mice may enter, as well as all doorways that remain open in the buildings.


Bell's Protecta Bait Stations

protecta mouse bait stations

In places like restaurants, warehouses, and other commercial establishments, multiple bait placements may be done by permanent mouse bait stations on a year round basis.

Common Rodent Entry and Harborage Locations

common rodent entry points

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More Mouse Baiting Tips

  • Inspect possible harborage areas of the mouse. Place rodent bait between possible harborage areas and the current source of food. This would encourage the mice to encounter the bait during its travels.
  • Inspect possible feeding areas such as piles of droppings, shredded paper, tracks, mouse odors, in darkened areas. Place mouse bait in these areas.
  • Often there is a high mice activity in corners of rooms and in cabinets, where two surfaces join at angles. Rodents have a strong tactile feedback,running in those areas. Place mouse bait there.
  • You may encourage feeding by using bait stations, like the Protecta Evo Mouse Bait Stations or the Protecta Mouse Bait Station ( both are tamper-resistant to keep non targeted animals and children out of the bait box)
    These staitons provide the mouse an attractive feeding location. The Proteca Evo Mouse Bait Stations also have internal clamps to grasp soft bait.
  • Space bait placements 8-12 feet apart. Use the shorter distances with severe infestations.
  • It is necessary to follow up and check bait usage after you placement of the bait. Move any existing bait placement another 5 feet in another direction to intersect with another mouse territory.
  • Remember when placing baits, that mice may be living above their food source such as attics and suspended ceilings. They also may be living below their food source in such areas as crawl spaces, floor voids and basements.