When you have mice in your home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Mice breed prolifically and can cause a lot of damage, both to your house and your food supply. If you've struggled to eliminate the mice in your homes with mouse traps, there's a good chance you haven't been implementing them properly.
Common High Traffic Areas
The best way to successfully deploy your mouse traps is to set them in high-traffic areas of your home. These areas are usually easy to spot: if you've seen a mouse in an area, it's undoubtedly a high-traffic area. Common high-traffic areas include:
- Cupboards near food
- In holes near walls
- Near basements
Placing your traps near these areas (in multiple locations) makes it more likely that mice will stumble into your traps.
Best Bait To Use
Cheese is the clichéd mouse trap bait, but it's actually not one of their favorite foods. This misunderstanding is primarily fueled by cartoons. Mice will eat cheese, of course, but they are more prone to enjoy peanut butter or other similar rich substances. Try to vary the bait on your traps in order to entice mice with different palates and to avoid stagnating their interests.
Changing Trap Locations
At a certain point, mice will begin avoiding your traps. That's not because they have figured out the trap's purpose: instead, the area has become infested with the scent of dead mice. That's why you need to regularly move your traps to other high-traffic areas. This ensures that you capture more mice.
These tips can help you eliminate many mice in your home. However, they won't get rid of them all. Mouse traps alone can never completely eliminate a problematic infestation. Instead, you need to invest in professional pest control immediately. This will help you take control of your home and get mice out of your life for good.