There is a variety of mouse traps to choose from when trapping mice. The three main groups of mouse traps are multiple trap, snap traps and glue traps.
Rodenticides (mice baits) are also used to kill mice and rats.
Mouse Trap Advantages
1. Safer than potential hazardous poison baits
2. Quick, immediate results
3. Easy disposal of dead rodents avoiding odor problems that will occur if rodenticides kill rodents in inaccessible areas.
Types Of Mouse Traps
Mouse Trapping Tips
Location : Good trap placement is an essential step for effective use of mouse traps. Inspect first to determine the activity of the mice. Placing mouse traps out evenly at a set distance may provide thorough coverage, but it is not guaranteed to reach the mice. Place traps in areas where mice are running or nesting.
Use Enough Traps: A common trapping error when placing out mice traps, is to use too few traps. Even for just a couple of mice, using a dozen traps are not too many. Place at intervals of two-three feet apart.
Two Mouse Traps (Snap Traps or Glue Traps) Placed Together : In locations of high mice activity, use two snap or glue mouse traps together, with about 1" space between them. This would catch mice that try to jump over the traps, a particularly common occurrence.
Aggressive Trapping: Take advantage of the first trap night when trapping mice. More mice are caught the first night, than the following nights. Make sure to set out plenty of traps to take advantage of the timing.
Baits or Lures: Only a small amount (pea size) of bait or lure is needed. It is a good idea to offer a mouse a lure that is high in protein, like peanut butter. The Provoke Mouse Attractant is a food matrix, designed particularly for mice. If the mice are currently building their nest, they may be attracted to nest building materials like cotton, string, etc.
Finish the job: Continue to monitor the areas for mice activity and continue to place traps out until the activity has ceased.
General Rodent Trapping Tips
- Prior to handling traps, do not touch pets. Dogs and cats are natural predators; their odors can create an aversion to the traps. Other odors such as human or dead-rodent odors do not create an aversion.
- Dead rodents and diseased animals have ectoparasites; do not handle rodents with bare hands.
- Glue traps can melt in high heat, do not store in vehicles during warm weather months.
- Use disposable gloves when handling traps. See tips on cleaning mouse traps and disposal of rodents