Mouse Traps Still Work For Smaller Problems
We’re getting to that time of year when some homes will unexpectedly play host to new guests in the form of rodents—like mice—taking up residence. It’s a natural outcome of the arrival of winter; things get colder, food gets harder to find, so rodents start looking for both warmth and more reliable sources of food. A home can provide both.
For homeowners, this usually means the beginning of a small rodent problem. If you catch it early enough, it’s something you can—and should!—handle yourself. When you’ve only got a few mice trying to make your home their own, the situation is manageable enough that it’s quite cost effective to handle the problem with store-bought, do-it-yourself solutions. But which one is the right one for you?
Lethal VS Non-Lethal
Some people may be extremely kind, compassionate and not want to hurt any living creature unless they absolutely have to. For those types of homeowners, there are non-lethal traps available that capture mice and leave them frightened and isolated, but otherwise unharmed. However, going this route also requires a willingness to drive a few miles away from your home. Releasing mice back into the outdoors anywhere within walking distance of your home creates a good chance those mice will simply come back.
For people that are looking for a permanent solution, the traditional, lethal mouse trap is still available, although it now comes in a variety of different forms. For people that want something traditional and old fashioned, the mechanical mouse traps that slam down on the mouse’s head/neck area is still on sale and looks exactly the way you remembered. These traditional mouse traps very much operate on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category of design, and haven’t changed much in appearance or building materials in decades.
Some of the latest mouse traps use more high tech means to neutralize pests, with the miniature equivalent of “the electric chair,” releasing a lethal amount of electricity. With these types of traps, rodents must be lured completely into the trap, which consists of batteries providing the electrical current, and an incomplete circuit, waiting to be activated.
It is when the mouse is fully inside the trap, stepping on metal plates, that the circuit is completed and the electricity is unleashed. This type of trap has the virtue of being easy to set up, and is even quite quiet. There may even be indicators on the trap—such as a blinking light—to tell people when the trap has done its work.
Diligence Pays Off
Provided that you start with the right kind of bait, and are strategic about where you place your traps, it’s quite likely that you’ll get a few mice within just a few days. Keep the trap laid out for several days afterwards and if you see no additional evidence in your home of rodents, and the trap remains empty, you’ve probably solved the problem yourself, and don’t need any more help!