How to Catch a Mouse

There’s a mouse in your house! It sounds like a Dr. Seuss rhyme, but it’s not nearly as fun. In fact, it’s no fun at all. A mouse getting too comfortable in your territory is bad news, forcing you to live in constant fear of a dirty, hairy critter crawling up your leg at any given moment. If you have a mouse darting back and forth across your kitchen floor, you’ll want to catch it first and ask questions later.

Many people go with the traditional mousetrap, just like the ones in the old cartoons. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to set multiple traps, especially in your new housemate’s favorite places to travel. Most food items will work fine as bait—mice are not very picky eaters. However, unless you’re trying to provide the mouse a quick dinner to go, it can be a good idea to glue the food to the trap. Peanut butter is also a popular bait due to its stickiness.

Another trick that will trap a mouse without harming them has been making the rounds on the internet. It involves balancing the tube from a roll of paper towels over some sort of ledge. Bait is inserted in the end hanging off, and a trash can or similar receptacle is placed below. When the mouse travels too close to the bait, the tube should fall in the can, mouse and all. If you do happen to catch a mouse alive, it’s important to bring them very far away—a mile or more—because they can be incredibly skilled at finding their way back to your home.

Poison works as well, but since the mouse will not die immediately, they may escape to a relatively inaccessible area of your home. You know what this means—a rotting carcass in your walls or floorboards, and an even bigger problem than you had before.

You might be able to handle one mouse, but in the case of a bigger problem, it’s always smart to call a professional to take care of the problem before it grows out of hand. If you’re in the Amherst or greater Western New York area and have mice in your home, call Amherst Exterminators to get to the bottom of it so you can stop scrambling around.