A Mouse In The House?
When it comes to getting rid of a mouse in the house, one doesn't need to call in the Pied Piper. According to the adage, a better mouse trap has yet to be built. Mice are rodents who carry disease with them whenever they decide to take up residence in a home. This is the reason to take steps to remove them and prevent their return.
Where Do They Come From?
Mice can be carried into a home from various sources, the most notable of which is a large, open field. These are known as "field mice". Generally, there is plenty of food for them when the weather is warm. When the temperature drops, their food supplies diminish and they begin to look for any tiny crevice in the exterior of a home into which their amazingly flexible bodies can fit. So, the first thing to do is insure that all holes, crevices and cracks are sealed, if any exist. Don't forget that an attic or basement is also a nesting place.
How To Avoid Mice Taking Bait Without Springing Trap
There are basically two foods no mouse can resist: peanut butter and chocolate. Even mice have a preference for how these two rodent delicacies are served. Certainly, a mouse trap is not one of them. To know how to avoid mice taking bait without springing a trap, insure that the trap has a sturdy spring and it is set according to the directions. Next, place bait as near to the center of the trap as possible. You don't want to make the bait easily accessible. Remember that rodents don't care how small bait may be. Even tiniest crumbs are acceptable to a hungry rodent. If it taunts their sense of smell, they will find the origin of the aroma and gobble it up.
Mice Aren't Stupid
A mouse in the house will first go after whatever food source is available before its days are numbered. That's why the scent of the bait has to be overpowering enough to lure them to the trap, rather than what's in the pantry. Place about a tablespoon of peanut butter on a cracker or bit of bread. Or, place about an ounce of chocolate on the trap. You don't want the mouse to eat and run. (No pun intended). If the bait is placed nearer to the spring and the rodent has to maneuver near the spring to get at the bait, your mission is accomplished. It's important to provide enough bait so that the mouse has to spend time on the trap to eat all of it. Make sure that the spring is set properly and the bait is near on it. Your mission will be successful and your home rodent free.