Uninvited house guests can be extremely annoying , especially when those guests happen to be four-legged, curly-tailed critters that dig through your trash and can potentially carry over 35 diseases!
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, the classic metal snap trap. In fact, it is a good idea to set multiple kinds of 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.
Remember to set traps in high-traffic areas along walls, behind appliances, behind objects, and darkened corners.
Here are a few other baits that work well:
- Gum Drops
- Beef Jerky
- Nesting Materials/ Yarn/ Twine
If you would like to catch the mouse humanely, consider using live traps. Many live traps use a cage that triggers when the mouse enters and closes the critter inside. This way you can get the mouse out of your home without killing it.
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.
Ridding your home of rice requires maintainence. After the mice are out of your home it is important to keep your home clean both inside and around your property outside. These rodents are attacted to food and other watse that can be used. Be sure to remove all waste from your home on a regulaar basis to avoid unwanted creatures.
You might be able to handle one mouse, but in the case of a bigger problem, it’s always best to call a professional to take care of the problem before it grows out of hand. Amherst Exterminators can handle your mice infestation, and other extermination services needed in the Amherst or greater Western New York area. Contact us today for a quote!