There is a variety of mouse traps to choose from when trapping mice. The three main groups of mouse traps are multiple traps, snap traps and glue traps.
Rodenticides (mice baits) are also used to kill mice and rats.
Mouse Trap – Advantages
- Safer than potential hazardous poison baits
- Quick, immediate results
- Easy disposal of dead rodents avoiding odor problems that will occur if rodenticides kill rodents in inaccessible areas.
Types Of Mouse Traps
Glue traps are non-toxic and provide quick results. Even though glue board traps are easy to use, they generally not as effective as the snap or muliple mice traps. They are ineffective in locations with a lot of dust, dirt or water. Also, they are less effective in excessive hot or cold temperatures. Glue boards are more effective in capturing mice than capturing rats. Place glue traps along their runways or areas of high activity. If food is scarce, use a lure (vanilla extract, chocolate, peanut butter, ect.) placed in the middle of the trap to help attract the mice to the glue trap. Glue traps also monitor insect activity.
Multiple mice traps catch multiple mice. There are two types, the wind up traps like Ketch All and the low profile traps like Tin Cat. Many of the low profile types can be used as live/humane traps if used without glue boards. The wind-up style may stun the mice as it flips it over into a holding chamber after it steps on the spring loaded platform. The low profile type works via the trap door. As they enter the trap door, they can not escape. The low profile type allow you to place them under pallets and equipment, as well as suspended ceilings. Some multiple mice traps have solid tops and other types have see thru tops for easy inspection.
These traps rely upon the mouse’s curiosity. As one enters the hole one the trap, other mice like to follow. Captured mice attract other mice. The multiple mouse traps are used widely in the warehouses, commercial buildings, and the food industry. Humane mice traps capture the mice without killing or harming them. These traps need to be inspected and the mice need to be released after capture.
Trapping Strategies for Multiple Mouse Traps
- Place these traps either parallel or perpendicular to the walls. The low profile type works best with the entry point parallel to the wall.
- Place traps in high or continual mouse activity and locations that may be potential mouse entry like nearby exterior doors. Pay particular attention to wall areas that are bordered outside by weeds, trash receptacles, or other debris where mice can harbor. Also place these traps on the exterior near all entrances, with the goal of catching mice before they enter the building.
- For preventative programs in the food industry, these traps should be placed around the entire interior perimeter every 20-40 feet.
- Multiple mice traps usually do not need to be baited but may use vanilla extract or peanut butter inside the entry way to increase attractiveness and the catch.
- Using glue boards inside the low profile multiple mice traps will make inspection easier and the extra time needed to deal with live mice.
- Even though the dead mice will not prevent other mice from entering, traps should be inspected and cleaned out to avoid contamination. Use nonstick food spray at the bottom of the base of the trap to prevent the dead mice from sticking.
- Wear gloves when servicing these traps.
Mice Snap Traps
The mouse snap trap is one of the oldest types of traps for mouse control.
- Quick knockdown of population
- Snap traps may be used where rodenticides are undesirable or not safe for use.
- Use snap traps if odor of decomposing mice may be unacceptable
- May be reused if contamination is not a problem. In fact, odors from past rodents may be more attractive to future mice.
- Trapping skill required; inspection and trap placement
- Requires more time in trap placement and monitoring. Traps can not be placed where pets are children would tamper with them.
- Once the snap trap is sprung, snap traps are ineffective until they are reset.
- If the mice gets trapped by its tail or foot, it can drap the trap away it it is not secured.
Trapping Strategies for Mice Snap Traps
- After inspection, place traps where the mice are active. Consider placing in double sets close together.
- As with all trapping, use many traps. Twelve or more traps is not too many for just a couple of mice in a home.
- Use dental floss to tie down a solid type of bait such as nuts, candy, meats, etc. On the models with expanded triggers like Victor 325 , wedge the bait tightly in the bait slot, this will prevent the action of stolen bait by the mice and increase the capture rate. Choose a variety of lure baits with a strong aroma, such as peanut butter, oatmeal, fried bacon, candy. Pro Pest lures or Provoke lures have attractive lures and are peanut free for allergy sensitivities. Snap traps like the Victor 325 with its expanded trigger may not need a lure at all. Simply place the trigger next the wall, where the rodent will step on it.
- Place the trigger end of the trap next to a wall. Using several traps placed close together will capture any mice that attempt to jump over the traps
General Mouse Trapping Tips
Location: Good trap placement is an essential step for effective use of mouse traps. Inspect first to determine the activity of the mice. Place traps in areas of high activity. Typical active areas are along walls, behind appliances, behind objects, and darkened corners.Placing mouse traps out evenly at a set distance may provide thorough coverage, but it is not guaranteed to reach the mice. Place traps in areas where mice are running or nesting.
Use Enough Traps: A common trapping error when placing out mice traps, is to use too few traps. Even for just a couple of mice, using a dozen traps are not too many. Place at intervals of two-three feet apart.
Two Mouse Traps (Snap Traps or Glue Traps) Placed Together: In locations of high mice activity, use two snap or glue mouse traps together, with about 1″ space between them. This would catch mice that try to jump over the traps, a particularly common occurrence.
Aggressive Trapping: Take advantage of the first trap night when trapping mice. More mice are caught the first night, than the following nights. Make sure to set out plenty of traps to take advantage of the timing.
Baits or Lures: Only a small amount (pea size) of bait or lure is needed. It is a good idea to offer a mouse a lure that is high in protein, like peanut butter. The Provoke Mouse Attractant is a food matrix, designed particularly for mice. If the mice are currently building their nest, they may be attracted to nest building materials like cotton, string, etc. If using a lure in locations where food is abundant, a food based lure may not be attractive enough to lure the rodent on the trap. Using the soft material such as thread, cotton, or other soft material tied on the trigger may lure the mice.
Secure the traps: Hercules putty offfers an easy way to secure traps without using nails.
Finish the job: Continue to monitor the areas for mice activity and continue to place traps out until the activity has ceased.
General Rodent Trapping Tips
- Prior to handling traps, do not touch pets. Dogs and cats are natural predators; their odors can create an aversion to the traps. Other odors such as human or dead-rodent odors do not create an aversion.
- Dead rodents and diseased animals have ectoparasites; do not handle rodents with bare hands.
- Glue traps can melt in high heat, do not store in vehicles during warm weather months.
- Use disposable gloves when handling traps. See tips on cleaning mouse traps and disposal of rodents.