When dealing with a mouse infestation, traps are one of the most effective tools you have for reducing the number of mice in your home. There are several different types of mousetrap available that capture or kill mice when triggered. Some of these rely on strategic positioning; you need to place them where mice won’t be able to avoid stepping on them and activating them. However, many traps are baited, meaning they use a small amount of food placed on a bait plate to lure mice in. When the mouse moves in to investigate the food, they will activate a small pressure plate that triggers the trap.
Bait traps can be very effective, but they are only as effective as the bait you choose. If you bait them with something that mice have no interest in and don’t want to eat, they won’t move in closer to investigate. On the other hand, if you can find something that mice find irresistible to load them with, you have a reliable trap that will lure mice in.
A dollop of peanut butter is one of the most effective types of bait there is. Not only do they find it irresistible because it’s full of energy, but its consistency means it takes them a while to eat; there’s no chance of them snatching it away without setting off the trap.
Mice are also fond of seeds and nuts. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds work very effectively as bait, but they can be hard to lay in some traps. However, for humane traps, sprinkling a spoonful of sunflower seeds is very effective. Mice love seeds because they provide lots of nutrition, and they can easily carry them back to their nests to store for later.