Tips for Using Snap Traps Correctly

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If you have mice in your home, then it is wise to develop a mouse control strategy. Mice can carry diseases like listeria, and they can chew through electrical wiring and cause house fires.

One of the most common ways to control mice in the home is to use mouse traps. Mouse traps can be found in a variety of different styles, but the snap trap is the easiest and most effective device you can use. If you have not used a snap trap before or if you want to learn about some tips to help ensure their effectiveness, then keep reading. 

Use Peanut Butter

If you have ever seen a mouse trap in a cartoon or comic, then you have probably seen the trap being baited with a piece of cheese. Mice do eat almost any type of food that is available to them. They are not picky eaters and a piece of cheese may be something that a mouse will nibble on. This is also true of oats, corn, and fruit. Mice will even eat meat if it is available to them, since they are omnivores, and the rodents will typically eat worms and snails in the wild.

However, there are certain things that are likely to attract mice. The rodents have favorite foods like most other types of animals. These include chocolate and other sweet treats as well as peanut butter. To attract mice to your traps, place either peanut butter or chocolate on your traps. These foods will help you catch more mice.

Not only will foods like peanut butter bring mice to your traps, but they can stop the mice from hoarding bait in your home. Mice hoard things like grains and oats for later. If a mouse happens to pry the bait loose from the trap without setting it off, then they may decide to store the food in a nest. This can lead to serious ant, beetle, and cockroach infestation issues.

Place Traps Along Travel Paths

Many people will place their mouse traps inside pantries and cupboards where mice feed. While this can help you to catch mice, the rodents may walk around the traps and feed off other items in your pantry. This depends on how enticing the food is on the trap and whether or not there are other food items that are easier to gather.

If you want mice to explore traps, then place them along the travel paths that the mice use to get from their nests to your pantry. Mice are extremely inquisitive creatures and they will investigate as they move around your home. The rodents also travel in groups in many cases and explore as they travel together. This means that several well placed traps can help you to catch several mice at one time.

To place your traps, look for obvious signs that mark the paths the mice take to find food. Dark and quiet areas that are close to the walls of your home are often used. Look for mouse droppings in any area that you suspect may be a path used by mice.

Once you find one or several paths, place the mouse traps perpendicular to the wall. Mice are more likely to explore and trigger traps that are placed this way. Mice may walk around traps that are placed flat against the wall. 

After you place the traps, check them in the morning. Mice are nocturnal animals that forage for food in the evening. The rodents are most likely to be caught at night and you will see evidence in the traps after you wake up. Remove mice immediately and reset the traps. 

These tips should help you reduce the mice problem. If you're still having trouble, contact services like Garrie Pest Control.

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28 December 2016

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