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What’s the Best Mouse Trap Bait? Three Essential Principles for Finding the Perfect Bait

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mouse traps can be an effective part of mouse control, if properly used. This means you have to place the mouse traps in areas where mice frequent, and you have to use the right kind of bait. What’s the right mouse trap bait? Ask ten people and you’ll likely get twenty different answers, all of which are right to some extent, but none of which may work for you.

Here are the three essential principles you should use to find the best mouse trap bait.

1: Aromatic Baits Work Best

Mice spend most of their time in the dark, so they rely on their sense of smell to find food. Any bait you pick should have an odor so mice can find it. Although mice naturally eat mostly grains and seeds, they’re practically omnivorous, so meat baits work fine.

Just make sure you don’t use anything with too strong a smell, or you’ll be wondering what you’re smelling in your otherwise clean kitchen. Also, remember that some baits can go bad or dry up, changing or losing their smell, so change baits regularly.

2: It Must Be Secure to the Trigger

If you’re using a traditional style mouse trap, or any trap that is sprung by the mouse tugging on the bait, you need to make sure it’s secure to the trigger. Otherwise the mouse will take the bait and run without triggering the trap.

Some baits are sticky and can be applied directly to the trigger. Others should be tied to the trigger. You don’t need a lot, and sometimes less is better than more—they have to work harder to get the amount they want. Make sure the bait doesn’t come apart into smaller pieces. A mouse is happy to take a little and run.

3: If At First You Don’t Succeed . . . Try Something Else

Mice like human food because in many ways they’re like us. This includes their ability to develop individual tastes. Even if everybody else in the world has success with peanut butter or hot dog pieces, you may not. Keep trying things until you find one that works.

And if something works well at first, but stops working, it’s always possible you caught the mice that liked that food, and the other mice either don’t like it or have learned it’s associated with traps. Try something else again.

When Traps Don’t Work

Traps work well if you just have one or two mice, but aren’t good for eliminating large-scale infestations. They’re also not good for controlling a mouse population that is constantly being renewed from outside.

If mouse traps don’t take care of your problem, or if you don’t want to deal with the hassle, mess, and disgust associated with mouse traps, you need to call a pest control specialist.

At Animal and Pest Control Specialist, Inc, we know how to handle all manner of domestic pests, from the smallest mice to the largest raccoons. For help with your pest problem in the extended Denver area, from Evergreen to Boulder to Castle Rock, please contact us today.

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