During certain seasons, your property may be vulnerable to rodent attacks. In particular, mice that seek warm shelter and food sources to survive. These pests can cause numerous health problems and structural damage, as well as contaminate your food and pets.
These unwanted guests gnaw on any materials used to build their nests, chew on anything they find useful to hide behind, and damage your furniture and belongings – even your wiring and appliances! The infestation can develop without you realizing it, and by the time you do, it will be too late.
Many of these pests are very elusive and hard to catch. You will end up seeing feces and urine all over your property, which is very bad for your health, as your belongings and stores will be contaminated. And let’s not talk about the smell mice leave to call their friends and play while they take up residence in your home!
Fortunately for you, there are many methods and products to eradicate this pest, and one of the most effective products is traps. They come in a variety of forms and presentations, to catch and get rid of your unpleasant tenants.
However, many of these traps require a bait, a lure to attract your furry diners, so you can lock them up immediately. These lures can be natural or mixed with pesticides. Either way, they are essential to the proper functioning of some traps.
Want to know what they are? Want to know how you can place effective baits to catch your invaders? If you are dealing with this plague and are asking yourself these questions, then you’ve come to the right place!
As AKL Exterminators, experts in extermination and pest control of all kinds, we will explain what to put in a mouse trap, the best baits and useful tips, to get rid of these nasty rodents.
Don’t wait for the infestation to spread, let’s get started!
Considerations for choosing the best bait for mouse traps
Before placing bait in a mouse trap, there are a few things to keep in mind: not just any food or crumb will effectively attract these clever rodents! And believe it or not, mice are very cunning and perceptive, just like the ones your kids see in their cartoons.
These animals have highly developed senses of smell and touch. Their instincts are very keen, which makes catching them a challenge, much more so than you might expect. You have to outsmart these rodents and think like them.
Mice are such smart animals that they set up bases of operations in your own home, communicate with each other and warn each other to escape and not be caught. So it’s no wonder that when you check your traps, you find them empty without the bait, because they may have escaped without being caught.
So let’s look at some tips on how to properly set a bait in a mouse trap!
Choosing Attractive Food
When choosing a lure, you should try to put in pieces of strong smelling food that will attract mice. Sweet, fatty or high-protein foods are ideal. The sweeter, greasier and stickier the lure, the better for your furry diners.
Drop those old stereotypes that mice only eat cheese. That’s old stuff! These rodents prefer legumes, seeds and butter. A few pieces of bread spread would be perfect bait. You can even include chocolates or caramel candy.
Use small amounts
A common mistake people make when placing bait is to put in too much food. And large amounts of bait can also ruin trap triggers. So only put out small amounts, like the size of coins, to attract mice with the right portions.
Handle traps with gloves
Mice have such a keen sense of smell that they will be able to detect your scent and know that you have touched the traps, so they will move away from them and not give in to the temptation of the lure. To do this, wear gloves every time you prepare the bait and handle the trap, in addition to protecting yourself from disease.
So, what should I put in the mouse traps?
With the above considerations in mind, let’s look at a list of foods and preparations that can serve as perfect baits for your unwanted guests. Keep in mind that these baits should be high in calories, highly flavored, sweet and tasty.
- Pinch of peanut butter with pieces of bread
- Portions of cheese.
- Pieces of jerky.
- Slices of hot dogs.
- Spoonfuls of syrups, like maple syrup.
- Pieces of cooked sausage.
- Sweet candy, the sweeter the better.
- Chocolate chips.
- Sweetened cookie pieces.
- Portions of dog or cat food, preferably moist.
If some of these baits don’t work and don’t attract any mice, the location of your traps may not be appropriate. Move traps to dark, inaccessible areas or hidden corners, where these rodents usually nest, as they rarely run around in the open.
With these tips, you’ll know what to put in your mouse traps, and feel free to use these recommendations to make the baits more effective!
And if you are already suffering from the ravages of mice and cannot eradicate these vermin on your own and urgently need the help of a specialized company to eradicate the infestation, do not hesitate to contact us! At AKL Exterminator, we are professionals in the extermination and control of all types of pests.
We will help you without saying a word! In addition, we offer different services and products that you can find in our amazing online store, to control all kinds of invaders, from spiders to rodents. We offer our services in the different provinces of Quebec.
You can find us at 5333 Boul. Laurier, suite 128 Terrebonne, J7M 1W1. We guarantee the quality and the warranty of our products and services, against any invading pest. Do not hesitate to contact us by clicking on the image below! We take calls at any time!