A mouse may be a small animal, and even a cute one for some people, but none of us want to share our homes with an uninvited one. Despite its size, a mouse can really create havoc in our homes and become a threat for our possessions and even our own selves!
The good thing is that humans have developed several ways to get rid of unwelcome mouse from their homes. These ways can be both humane or not, depending upon which one you choose. With proper knowledge about these ways, you can be confident about having a mouse-free place for yourself.
As a rule, most mice like sweet items and will fall for any candy or chocolate very easily. Same cannot be said about cheese or meat. However, whatever food you may select as a bait, you should ensure that it has a strong smell.
As mentioned, a mouse has a strong sense of smell and we must use this to our advantage by drawing out the mouse to the bait. The size of the mouse bait does not particularly matter, but it should be sufficient enough for the mouse to come close and stay with the bait for a few seconds.
What If The Bait Is Not Working
Sometimes you may notice that your bait is unable to attract the mouse towards it. However, do not worry as a mouse may instinctively ignore the bait. What you can do to trick the mouse and make a successful bait is:
Play around with different baits
Use different tastes and smells. Most probably the mouse has a weakness for a particular food and will come to get it.
Experiment with different traps
A mouse may become aware about the presence of a trap, perhaps due to a past experience with that trap, and might not fall for it.
You can try changing location of your mouse trap throughout the day. Maybe the area you previously put the trap in is not the usual way for the mouse or maybe it has changed its position. The back of the wardrobe, top of the counter and inside the cupboard are just a few places where you will commonly have successful mice captures.
Test your trap
There can be instances where the bait disappeared but the trap is not triggered. This can be due to a faulty trap or lack of sensitivity in the trap. If it is possible, you can try changing the sensitivity. Again, you may want to change your trap.
You may want to use UV detectors which can show you the exact route a mouse takes. Mouse urine glows under UV and you can detect the traces of it on the mouse’s route. However, detection of glow may require prior training. You should look at YouTube guide videos to get acquainted with the process.
Note: Make sure that your house members are aware of the locations of your mouse traps so that there are no last minute surprises or accidents.
Alternatives to Mouse Traps
Maybe you are not into hurting or killing a mouse and want to look for an alternative to mouse traps. You can get rid of mice infestation by using repellants. These repellants have been engineered to smell like predator and scare away the mice. However, these repellants give no guarantee of cleaning your house from mice and may only present a short term solution.
If you do not want to handle the cleansing of infestation yourself, you may call upon professionals who will take the responsibility and manage it, without you needing to play any role in the process.
In its effectiveness and simplicity, the clamp trap has no competition. It is a very reliable tool and will ensure that any mouse troubling you is taken care of. It is a versatile tool which can be used in different situations and usually will give results, without requiring any maintenance.
Trapping a mouse can be an intriguing process, especially if it is the first time for you. However, if you read all the aforementioned information carefully and implement the knowledge properly, you would come to realize that this process needs no sweating or worry.
Additional Mouse Trap Resources
Top Ways to Get Rid of Mice – Never Pest
To Catch or to Kill, That is the Question – EPA’s Our Planet, Our Home Blog
How to Deal with Mice in Your Attic – Never Pest
New York State – Mouse Control
What do if You Find Mouse Feces in Your Home – Never Pest
House Mouse Prevention & Control – Illinois Department of Public Health