If you see a mouse in your house, the odds are that you have more than one. You may want to try to get rid of them on your own. If you do, you have some options. You can try using poison or you can try using traps. Not everyone can use poison. For example, if you have children or pets you don't want to use poison. Your pets might try to eat it or may get mice that have already eaten the poison. That can be very dangerous for your pet. Young children manage to get into just about everything. That includes things and places that you wouldn't ever think they could. It's just safer to use a trap than it is to use poison in that situation.
These are the traditional kind of traps that you see around. They are basically a piece of wood, a spring, and a metal wire that snaps down when the trap is triggered. There is also a piece that allows you to bait the trap. The best bait to use is peanut butter. Mice really like that. You may think that cheese would be the best bait, but mice don't actually like it all that much. When the mouse takes the bait, the trap snaps shut and breaks their neck. One big benefit of using this trap is that they are inexpensive enough that you can just throw the whole trap out if you want. Or you can dispose of the mouse and reset it.
If you have ever seen fly paper then you already know the theory behind glue traps. They are pieces of cardboard that have a strong glue on one side. You put the trap down along the paths that mice might use. You can bait it with peanut butter if you want to. Then as the mice run over the trap they just get stuck on it. When a mouse is on the trap, you just pick up the trap and throw it out. Some glue traps are in little boxes so you don't even have to see the mice.
If you want to get rid of the offending mice but you don't want to kill them to do it, then you have the option of using a humane trap. The mice can get into these traps easily enough, but they can't get back out. Generally, there is a flap that falls down over the inside of the entrance to the trap. The mice can get in under the flap, but it isn't possible for them to get back out again. Some humane traps are clear so that you can see if there is a mouse in there. You will have to check the trap at least daily and you may want to check it multiple times a day. If you find a mouse, you can just take it back outside, away from your house, and let it go.
One benefit to using a trap like this is that they are generally big enough to hold more than one mouse. Unlike snap traps, humane traps aren't unusable until reset.
Having mice is more than just an inconvenience. They can contaminate your food and destroy your property. You can try to trap them yourself or you can hire a pest control company like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies to come out take care of them for you.Share