How To Properly Trap Mice

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Mice are often portrayed as cute and cuddly animals that are generally quite friendly towards humans. Unfortunately, having a mouse in your home that isn’t a pet can be quite an unpleasant experience, as they can often cause problems with food contamination and the contamination of other materials within the home. These rodents also chew on electrical wires and pipes, and can spread parasites or disease to people or pets. Mice can make noise at night that you don't want, and an awful lot of mess, and for these reasons many people will want to get rid of their mice, and trapping is the best way to do this.

Traditional Lethal Mouse Traps
When most people think of a mouse trap they will almost certainly think of the traditionally designed traps where a spring loaded metal bar is mounted on a wooden pad, and bait is placed on the trap’s trigger. Once the animal touches the bait, the trap snaps shut killing the mouse. While this is a very traditional approach, it is still one of the most effective ways to kill a mouse.

Alternative Traps
There are a number of different types of traps that can also be used to catch mice, with a number of different techniques used to achieve this result. Some traps will have a glue pad that the mouse will stick to and be unable to move once it steps on to the trap, while other alternatives can include an electrocution trap that will kill the rat with electric current. Some traps can actually kill many without having to be re-set, which is often one of the difficulties of catching mice. For those people who are looking for a more humane and animal friendly option to catching a mouse, there are a number of live traps available. Some will be designed to catch an individual mouse, while others will be able to catch a number of mice. These will usually trap the mouse in a cage or container until the person who set the trap can return to deal with them.

The Location And Bait Of A Mouse Trap
Getting the right location for the mouse trap is vital, because mice will not be attracted over a long distance to the bait. Looking for a part of the property that is regularly used by the mouse will be a good place to start, and depending on whether the mice are inside or outside your home this can be a small hole in skirting boards or in the woodwork around the property. On the inside, try placing traps behind large items of furniture or other dark nooks and crannies that are ideal hiding places for mice. In terms of using the right bait, there are many different things that have historically proved to be successful in helping to catch mice. However, contrary to the myth that mice are irresistibly drawn to cheese, there are a number of other foods that can prove to be very successful. Chocolate, peanut butter, bread and even dry pet food can all prove to be successful baits for mice.

Handling And Removing The Mice
When it comes to handling a mouse, the same advice will be relevant if you use a lethal trap or a live trap, which is to wear thick gloves and to avoid contact between the mouse and the skin. Mice can carry diseases and parasites, and live mice will often bite if they are in a live trap. In terms of removing the mice, it is best to take them between five and ten miles away from your property, and preferably to an area away from urban developments before releasing them. It is worth noting that a number of states have regulations in relation to releasing wild animals, so ensure that you check with your local agencies to ensure that releasing the mice is acceptable in your state.

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