If you find yourself dealing with a mouse infestation, laying down traps is one of the simplest and most effective ways of dealing with the problem. But many traps rely on either careful placement or the use of bait. If you have detected the signs of mice in your property but haven’t been able to locate them, it can be hard to know where to place your traps. In that case, baited traps will give you your best chance of catching them. But finding effective bait is tricky. Contrary to what cartoons have told you, cheese isn’t a particularly effective lure for mice. Other scents are far more effective at attracting mice.
For example, some types of scented candles are known to attract mice. Candles scented like food, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin-scented candles, have been known to attract mice. If mice think they can smell food, they will usually investigate. However, there are also scented candles that mice find repellant and will try to steer well clear of.
In terms of food, peanut butter makes for very effective bait. Not only does it have a strong scent that attracts mice, but its consistency means that it will take them a while to eat it; they can’t just snatch it from the trap and escape.
Whenever you use bait, you want to use as little as possible, meaning that smellier foods are more effective. Mice are omnivores and will eat just about anything; there are plenty of meats with a strong odour that you can easily cut into small pieces, bacon and hot dogs for example. These make for very effective bait; mice can’t resist the smell of bacon any more than people can.