You Don’t Need a Better Mousetrap…These 5 Work Just Fine
There’s a good reason for the familiar scene from movies and TV of someone standing on a chair screaming and swinging a broom trying to kill a mouse. It seems to be a natural human response when we see a mouse, we panic. Here’s why:
- Mice carry diseases. Hantavirus, listeria, salmonellosis and others have all been linked to mice. The greater the infestation, the greater the risk.
- Mice breed very quickly. Females can have up to 10 litters per year with up to eight offspring per litter. You do the math.
- They eat your food. The thought of that is disgusting enough, but also consider that they like to nest, and defecate, close to their food source.
Other than actually seeing a mouse or mice, there are some signs to be on the lookout for if you suspect you may be infested.
- You’ll see these wherever mice frequent, such as in cabinets, along ledges and sills or just random areas. Look for small (under 7mm long), dark droppings in loose piles.
- Strong smell. Mice urinate a lot and the smell can be very pungent with an ammonia smell. The stronger the smell, the more mice there are.
- Scratching noises. Easier to hear when everything is quiet, especially at night, listen for noises under floors, in walls and anywhere else these pests may be hiding.
So what if you find your suspicions are right and you actually have mice? The surest way to take care of the problem is to contact a professional rodent control company and have them handle the infestation.
Other ways include the tried and true mousetrap. Here are the five most common, and effective, any homeowner can use successfully.
- Snap Traps: Simple and effective for over a century, these traps use a spring-loaded mechanism that snaps down on mice after they activate a release. Baited with cheese, peanut butter or any other enticing morsel, mice just can’t stay away. Be prepared to get a lot of traps in certain situations and be ready to get rid of the mice.
- Electronic Traps: These are kind of the snap traps of the digital age. Like snap traps, these traps use bait to lure mice inside the trap and then quickly electrocutes them. Sounds horrible, but it’s actually relatively humane and quick. Not as gory as snap traps, but you still have to dispose of the dead mice carefully.
- Glue Traps: These still use a sort of bait, but not the kind you eat. Glue traps work by using a scent in a gooey, glue-like substance that attracts mice and then they are literally stuck. There are a variety of types including trays, boards etc. You need to check these traps frequently to prevent the unpleasant discovery of a decaying mouse. Not the most humane method, but still effective.
- Catch and Release Traps: Designed for trapping multiple mice at a time, this trap doesn’t kill the mice, it just holds them till you release them to wherever it is you take your mice! These traps are probably the most humane and they work pretty well as long as they are monitored frequently.
- The Family Cat!: Yes, that purring feline lying next to you on the couch is a legitimate mouse trap. Quick, cunning and always on the prowl, cats can be very effective at keeping mice under control. All you need to add is cat food!