While there are many different kinds of traps on the market today, this post focuses on live mouse traps. Read on for tips and tricks for buying, baiting and setting live mouse traps, which are humane and generally easy-to-use.
Choose an Effective Trap
There are plenty of live mouse traps on the market. What you need is an effective live mouse trap.
Here’s a buying guide for live mouse traps:
- It should have gravity-action doors, allowing the animal to enter from either side.
- It should be made of sturdy rust-resistant wire mesh, and the mesh should have small openings to prevent stolen bait or escaped mice.
- It should have a sensitive trigger for quick, secure capture.
- It should have smooth internal edges to ensure the animal is protected from injury.
Use Effective Mouse Bait
Live mouse traps can also be used as chipmunk traps. Be sure you’re baiting your trap for your intended catch. There are plenty of different kinds of bait you can use when trapping mice.
Effective mice bait includes:
- Bread with peanut butter on it
- Peanut butter mixed with oatmeal
- Cherry pits
- Small nuts
- Seeds, such as sunflower
Before you Set the Trap
Take a few moments to test the trap to ensure it works properly and you know how to set it for effective trapping. Follow the instructions and then test it by touching the trip plate to set it off. Do this from both ends.
Test the trap after you positioned and camouflaged it. If the doors do not release quickly enough, place small weights or stones on top of them.
How to Set the Live Mouse Trap
To get comfortable at setting the trap, practice a few times. In no time, it will be quick and easy to do.
A guide for setting the live mouse trap, using bread and peanut butter:
- Put some peanut butter on a piece of bread
- Place the bread side down on a long spoon (so the peanut butter isn’t touching the spoon)
- Open the doors of the trap
- Put the spoon in the trap and flip it over onto the food tray, so the peanut butter is sticking to the tray
- Flip the door holders outward
- With the rod latches facing you, slide the two metal door rods down
- While holding down the door rods, flip the door latches inward
- While holding the door rods down, reach over to the backside of the trap and push the food tray rod toward you
- While continuing to hold the door rods down, use your thumb to rotate the food tray rod until it meets the door rod end (it should be behind the door rod end)