Menu Close

How To Set A Mouse Trap To Catch Mice Quickly

Squeek, Squeek, How Many Types Of Pest Control Eek!
Having an unwanted mouse or mice running around your home is no fun at all. For people with a phobia of mice (musophobia), this can even force them to temporarily move out of the home. The solution in such an event for most people is to pick up the phone and call in a professional Pest Control company. You may have to wait a day or 2 for them to arrive and then, if they use rodenticide poison baits to kill the mouse or mice, you could wait a further 3 to 5 days for the poison to be eaten and do its stuff. Modern rodenticide poisons are “chronic” poisons, meaning they kill a few days after being ingested.
Nip The Problem In The Bud
A quicker solution to your problem, and something that anyone is capable of doing, is to set a trap (or several traps) to quickly catch your offending mouse. There are plenty of designs of trap available for purchase at hardware stores and DIY retailers but I recommend you use the traditional (and in most cases the cheapest) break-back trap. These traps consist of a spring-loaded wire “snapping” arm connected to a base plate. The arm is pulled back and locked into place by a pin. The pin connects to a small pressure plate which has a spike for accepting bait. Mice are omnivorous (they eat anything) so you can use most foodstuffs as bait. Ideally, you want to use something that doesn’t come away from spike easily, else a cautious mouse may be able to lift the bait away without triggering the trap. I like to use peanut butter or chocolate spread for this purpose.
Setting For How To Get Rid Of Pests Wikihow Success
Set your trap in the right place and you could catch your mouse within hours. So where is the right place? If you have seen the mouse in a particular place regularly, e.g. running from behind a cabinet to the back of the fridge, then this is where you should set your trap. If you haven’t noticed any single place frequented by your mouse, then you need to do a little investigative work. Mice are short-sighted and will generally stick to the perimeter of a room when moving from A to B. Being at the bottom of the food chain, they also like to keep behind or under cover, so look for droppings beneath kitchen units and behind cabinets/furniture. They need food and warmth, so look in cupboards, pantries and heater closets. Once you have identified where your mouse or mice are active you should position your trap perpendicular to the wall, so that when the trap is sprung, the “snapping” arm travels towards the wall. If you place the trap adjacent to the wall (lengthways), a mouse traveling from the wrong direction will have to walk over the trapping mechanism to reach the bait and is more likely to set the trap off and be flung through the air (worth trying if you can catch it on film and submit to Youtube) instead of being caught.
Disposing Of The Body (Boy – I bet that heading gets the attention of Big Brother!)
Once you have caught your mouse, you then have the problem of disposal. You do not need to touch the mouse to remove it from the trap. Hold the trap over a dustbin with the mouse end furthest away from you. Pull the snapping arm back towards you and gently shake the trap. The mouse should fall away into the dustbin. If you are confident you only have the one mouse, then you could choose to discard the trap with the mouse still in it.

See also  The Nitty-Gritty of Keeping Insects Out Of Your Home