There are many different kinds of mouse trap bait that a person can use to lure mice into the traps that they employ in their home. Experimenting with different kinds of bait can be helpful. A recurring problem is that the commonly used mouse baits such as peanut butter, cheese, or any other product, is not that they are the wrong materials to use – it is more likely that the way they are used does not produce an effective enough method of catching the rodents.
For example, a lot of people have expressed concern in how their rodent bait is gone in the morning, but no mouse or rat is caught. This is most often because there was too much bait placed and it was too easy for the mouse to just lick it off, and safely enough so that it didn’t set off the trap. Hence, it’s smart to use less of the bait, which will force the mouse or rat closer to the trap mechanism.
Also, keep in mind that the type of trap you are using may not be suitable for the kind of rodent problem you have. A tried and true trap we can recommend is the Victor M2524 Electronic Mouse Trap. It’s easy to use and very effective.
Mouse Trap Bait Ideas:
There are many different tricks for the best, most effective mouse bait usage. Some people use cat food and then tie it onto the trigger of the mouse trap. This will force the mouse to pull on the food, and it cannot avoid disturbing the contraption and setting off the trap. Other types of mouse trap bait that can be applied in this scenario include:
- bird seed
- pet foods
- small chunks of “Slim Jim’s” jerky
An important thing to be aware of with these types of mouse trap bait, however, is that they also can attract many other insects such as ants, cockroaches, and other flies. These can be bothersome as well and may cause a different kind of problem or infestation altogether. That is why some people have used cotton, put on a little chocolate syrup or vanilla extract onto it, and tied it onto the platform where the mouse trap bait is usually placed. This has also proven to be effective.
You can use yarn, dental floss, or other types of thin string to wrap the food with and make it stuck to the trigger. Or, tying a knot with these strings and spreading the rat bait material on the ball that this knot has formed will also make the mouse gnaw on the ball, that will also activate the trigger.
For something that will surely be stuck to the trigger of the mouse trap, some have experimented with gum and have proven that it works. You can personally chew this for a few seconds so that a lot of the sugar still remains with the gum, and then stick it onto the trigger. The smell will attract the mouse, that is why it makes good mouse trap bait, but it will also have to pull the gum because its adhesive quality makes it stuck to the trigger. This will activate the trigger of the mouse trap.
Other candy that can be used as mouse trap bait are jelly beans, brand name chocolates, and one that has the same consistency of gum – tootsie roll.
Remember that mice love sweets and fatty foods. You can experiment on these different possibilities for a mouse trap bait, but make sure to not put on too much, because, as stated, this will enable them to lick the thick mouse trap bait off much more easily without activating the trigger that sets off the trap and eventually kills them. They also love the aroma of the food, so pick mouse trap bait that they can smell easily and will attract them in a way that they cannot resist.
Also, mice have bad eyesight, so they tend to walk along walls for protection. Align the traps near the walls so that they can easily walk into it.
Alternative Bait Material
There are also some chemicals that can be used with the different types of bait that you utilize. These have poison in them that can cause different reactions in the internal functions of the mouse. Some will kill them instantly, and others can prove lethal only days after ingestion. One problem with these chemicals is that you will have to make sure that a fresh batch is always out for the rats that you want to infect, or else they may not be effective. Another complication would be that these can cause other damage if the mice are in contact with other pets, and will infect them unknowingly, or if the mice are eaten by livestock and will consequently cause for these animals as well.
Mouse bait blocks can be effective mouse trap bait, but you need to be careful that your pets don’t eat them. They are usually water resistant an can fit in tight places where normal traps are harder to place.
Taking the Necessary Precautions
As you experiment with different types of mouse trap bait, and pick up the mice that are also caught with these contraptions, make sure to use gloves and to still disinfect your bare hands after every disposal and replacement of bait. Rats carry a lot of diseases and you wouldn’t want being infected as an addition to the many things you already have to think about.
Different Ways to Catch Mice
Electronic traps like the Victor M2524 Trap are one of the best ways to catch mice. It’s easy to bait them with a little peanut butter, and once a mouse is zapped, disposal is a cinch. You just re-bait the trap and set it again. Victor claims you can kill 100 mice on one set of AA batteries.
The snap trap, which is the oldest form of mouse trap, is one of the oldest mechanisms that have been used to catch mice. There have been considerable advancements in the technology of capturing and killing mice, such as the electronic mouse traps available in the market today. These two, along with the live mouse trap, are the three kinds that usually use mouse eradication in order to lure the rodents near their triggers that ensue their entrapment or probable death. They are also considered the more humane type of mouse trap, because they do not subject the mouse to more suffering and simply kill them. With the live mouse trap, they are eventually freed into the streets, farm, or woods.
The least humane mouse traps are the glue traps – the ones that the rodents unwittingly walk onto that make them trapped and stuck forever. These can also use bait, or the very adhesive used can have an incorporated aroma by the manufacturer to lure the mouse to walk onto it. This kind of mouse trap became the most popularly used in indoor situations, as it did not need so much effort such as putting and experimenting with different bait, having to set the mouse free after entrapment, or using an electric source to make it work. However, in recent years, some animal activists have denounced the use of glue traps as it makes the mouse suffer for a long time before it has to die. It makes it die a very painful and slow death, because they have no more access to food and fluids and therefore get dehydrated and starve. When they are simply disposed of without killing them first, they suffocate or are eaten by other animals alive. This is why a lot of animal rights groups have advocated for the termination of the use of this kind of mouse trap.
Overall, the type of mouse trap bait you use depends on what you find most effective but the types listed above should give you a good start on ridding your house of your uninvited guests.