Mouse Trap Pack
Trapping mice can be tricky and in this article I will give you some tips that I have learned over the past 10 years in pest control.
Know your enemy
A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). They are known to invade homes for food and shelter.
Mice live in nests that they build out of cloth, wool and paper. Nests are often built inside houses, in places such as roof spaces, under floors or in wall cavities, and wherever there is access to a good source of food, especially during the winter. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm but mouse holes are normally 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.
Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food. Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything.
Signs of mouse activity
- Mouse droppings – Droppings are often black, rod shaped and 3-6mm long. Fresh droppings will be soft and moist. Each mouse can leave approximately 80 droppings per day. Common places to find mouse droppings are under the kitchen sink, around central heating boilers and in roof spaces.
- Smear marks – These are dark grey marks left on surfaces by repeated contact with the oils in mouse fur.
- Nests – Sometimes nests can be found indoors for example in lofts, under floorboards or in airing cupboards.
- Gnawing – Mice gnaw continually on materials such as wood, carpets, paper, pipe cables and furniture. Check for damage to foodstuffs in cupboards.
Mouse trapping mistakes and tips
Many people think that to get rid of mice, all you need to do is set mouse traps and wait until they’re caught. Although this may get results it’s possible that you may not be doing it as quickly and effectively as possible.
Here are some common mouse-trapping mistakes that novice mouse trappers make and tips on how to become an expert.
Mistake 1 – The human smell
- Mice can detect your smell on traps that you have handled and may then stay away from them. To prevent that, wear gloves when handling and setting mouse traps.
Mistake 2 – Cheese
- Forget Tom and Jerry, mice are not actually keen on cheese!. They are primarily nut and seed eaters, so the mouse trap bait they are most strongly attracted to is peanut butter or hazelnut spread.
Mistake 3 – Too much bait
- When you load up mouse traps with a too much bait, the mouse can steal some of it without getting caught in the trap. A pea-size amount of bait is just right – enough to attract mice, but not so much that they can eat it without springing the trap.
Mistake 4 – Wanting instant results
- Mice can be wary of new objects in the areas they frequent. You can acclimatise them by putting out baited but unset mouse traps for a few days. Once you see the mice taking the mouse trap bait, you know that the mouse traps are in the right place and that the pests will return to them. Then it’s time to set the mouse traps.
Mistake 5 – Wrong positioning
- Some novice trappers place mouse traps in an area that is suitable for them rather than the mouse. Mice fear open spaces and scurry around the perimeter of rooms close to the walls. To catch mice where they are active, place mouse traps along walls where they usually travel. The bait and trigger end of the mouse trap should be facing the wall so that mice will be tempted to explore them rather than walk around them.
Mistake 6 – Too few traps
- Do not underestimate how many mice are in your house. To stop an invasion of mice, you need more than a few mouse traps to eliminate the problem quickly. The most effective strategy is to place one mouse trap every 2 to 3 feet along the wall where you’ve seen signs of activity.
Mistake 7 – Starting slowly
- Studies show that more mice are caught on the first night you set mouse traps. So start your campaign to get rid of mice by setting mouse traps wherever you see signs of their activity, and use many mouse traps and a few different types of mouse trap bait.
Which mouse trap should I use?
This is a question that I get asked time and time again and as all mouse traps have pro’s and con’s there is not a definitive answer. Some good mouse traps can be tricky to set, so mouse traps that are easy to set are not that great at catching mice. To help you select the mouse trap that is right for you I have put together a mouse trap pack featuring 4 of what I believe are the best mouse traps currently on sale in the UK. The pack consists of the following mouse traps:-
Little Nipper Mouse Trap from Pest Stop – The original Little Nipper was first made in 1897 and has remained largely unchanged ever since. It has a unique raised treadle platform and spike for bait.
Mini Rex Mouse Trap from Bell Labs – This mouse trap has great trigger sensitivity a powerful velocity, and interlocking teeth. It sets in one motion and the same motion provides “no-touch” disposal of the captured mouse. The trap’s built-in bait cup will help prevent the theft of bait by cunning mice.
Advanced Mouse Trap from Pest Stop – A powerful mouse trap and also very easy to set. It features a bait hatch that deters bait theft and the trapped mouse can be disposed of easily.
Snap-E Mouse Trap from Kness – The Snap-E mouse trap features a vertical strike bar which means that it has half the distance to travel than some other mouse traps. This mouse trap is very easy to set and also features a bait cup to deter the theft of bait.
Where to buy the Mouse Trap Pack
This mouse trap pack is exclusive to ratbait.co.uk and can be ordered online for next day delivery.
Save 5% on this pack of mouse traps. To qualify for this offer add discount code RB101105 at the checkout.
Offer valid until 31st December 2016.