Mice enter homes in search of food, water, and shelter from the elements. Fall and winter are prime time for these unwelcome visitors, but they can be found in homes year round. One of the most effective DIY ways to get rid of mice is through trapping. Trapping might seem simple enough, but there are actually some important things you can do to ensure that you have better success. PF Harris not only has the rodent traps you will need, but also the tips that will make you a better trapper.
Choosing Your Bait
Cheese has long been associated with mice in cartoons, advertisements, and stories. Cheese, however, is not the best bait to use. Recent studies have found that mice are not as attracted to cheese as they are to other things. Cheese tends to have a strong smell, and in some cases, may actually repel them. Things that mice do love to eat include: bread and grains, seeds, fruit, and sweets. Peanut butter and hazelnut spread are also very common baits among experienced trappers. Once you have the right bait, make sure that you do not add too much. You only want a small, pea-sized amount of bait.
Assessing the Quantity of Traps Needed
Many people think that 1 or 2 traps is plenty, but when it comes to mice, more traps are better. This is because if you have one mouse in your house, chances are good that there are more. Mice reproduce rapidly, so infestations can develop quickly. Even if you only have one mouse, the more traps you set, the more likely you are to catch it in a timely manner. Place mouse traps every 2-3 feet in areas where you have seen signs of mouse activity. You can also change it up slightly and put two of the traps very close together.
Of course, having the right bait and using multiple traps will do little good if they are not put in the right places. Mice are creatures of habit and will follow the same route to their food source over and over again. These routes are almost always along perimeter walls and in concealed, dark areas. Closets, attics, pantries, wall voids, crawl spaces, and under kitchen appliances are all good places to look for mouse activity and set traps. You will want to place your traps perpendicular to the wall so that the bait and trigger end are near the wall. This allows the mice to have easy access to the food without venturing into the open.
With these expert mouse trapping tips, you will be able to take care of your mouse problems in no time at all. You can trust PF Harris for all of your home pest control needs.
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