The sight of droppings, foul odor, or scratching sounds could all be signs that you are sharing your home with mice. Failure to act quickly could result in a complete infestation, which can drive you from your property. Trapping mice is an effective way to get rid of the problem, and there are numerous products and traps widely available.
Some ways to trap mice include these strategies:
Old-fashioned snap-traps. There is a reason why the old-fashioned snap-trap remains a popular choice for getting rid of mice. It is effective, but can be quite unpleasant to handle and dispose of. Also, these traps are intended to kill the mouse, but can sometimes injure and cause suffering to the rodent.
Messy glue-traps. Glue-traps are inexpensive and easy to find, but they can be messy to use. Also, since mice become stuck to the glue-paper, they may suffer before eventually suffocating, which can take days.
Electronic mouse traps. Electronic mouse traps cost more, but might be easier for many consumers to use. These contain the mouse in a compartment where it is electrocuted quickly, and usually a signal, such as a light, indicates that it needs to be disposed of.
Catch-and-release traps. Catch-and-release traps are the most humane, but may be impractical for small spots or cramped quarters. If you do want to re-release a mouse, make sure to do it a mile or further from your home, or it could find its way back to your property.
Some things to keep in mind when trying to trap mice include:
- Watch for the main pathway used by rodents in your home. This will be the most effective place to position your trap.
- Fill in any holes, cracks, or gaps that could be used by mice with steel wool. This will prevent their access and may even cause them to evacuate.
- Mice don't see very well and tend to travel along walls and structures within the home.
- Mouse droppings are typically no bigger than a half-inch in length; larger droppings could indicate a rat problem, which many conventional mouse traps won't resolve.
- An exterminator is your best bet to quickly resolve the rodent issue. These experts can identify nests and points of entry, which may help to prevent further infestation later.
- Mice breed quickly, often having litters four to eight times per year; quick action may prevent a mouse or two into turning into an infestation.
Mice in your home can cause far more than mere property damage; these unwanted rodents can also carry disease and wreak emotional stress on those living there. Consider the different ways to trap mice and the approach that works best for your home. Address your issue quickly, and don't hesitate to contact an exterminator, like one from Paffy's Pest Control, for an estimate if you don't want to deal with traps yourself.