If You’re Trapping Rodents, Don’t Make These Mistakes
The decision to go to a store, buy retail product mouse traps and deal with the problem yourself is not actually an idea that, we as professionals, would discourage. In fact, we strongly advise many homeowners to try to deal with a rodent issue by themselves if they know they’ve caught it in the early stages. It’s more cost effective for homeowners to deal with a few mice by themselves than it is for an entire team of pest control experts to try and deal with such a small problem but then charge expensive rates.
However, if you’re going to deal with the problem yourself, we’d advise you to follow the tips we’re about to suggest, and avoid making some basic “rookie mistakes.”
Use The Right Bait
Do your research on this. Warner Brothers or Tom & Jerry cartoons don’t count. Despite the popularity of cartoons of portraying mice as cheese lovers, mice don’t have any special attachment to cheese! In fact, in nature, mice rarely get the opportunity to eat any dairy products and are largely vegetarians, feeding on grains and other plants.
That’s why if you’re looking for a good, general bait that most mice will respond to, one of the best to use is actually peanut butter. You don’t even need a lot of peanut butter, it works the same as toothpaste; just a pea sized dab is all you need.
Don’t Use Your Bare Hands
Mice have extremely sensitive noses, especially when it comes to detecting the scent of living things, since this can often mean the difference between life and death. This is why it’s important, when handling your traps, to wear gloves. If you use your bare hands, you will be rubbing your human scent all over the traps when you place them down.
Depending on just how skittish (or experienced) the rodents in your home are, the second they smell human traces on those traps, they may know better than to interact with the traps at all. All your hard work has now been undone by the fact that your scent on the trap is like the odor equivalent of a neon sign blinking “DANGER.” Wear gloves when handling and baiting your traps to prevent this smell giveaway from occurring.
Get The Rodents Acclimatized
You need to be patient and play “the long game” when it comes to trapping mice and rats. Don’t expect immediate results on the very first night you lay a trap out. In fact, you may not even want to set the trap to work for the first few nights.
Instead, for a few evenings, bait the trap, but leave it inactive. Let the mice or rats get used to seeing it around, let them explore it, and let them even start nibbling at the bait. Once you see that your traps are regularly getting emptied of bait, you know the rodents are comfortable with it and see it as a food source. NOW, you activate the trap.
By following these tips, you’ll enjoy a much higher rate of success on trapping rodents in your home. You may be so successful, you won’t even need us!