The Best Trap Solutions for Mouse Pest Control
The further we get into the colder months, the more likely our homes are to gain some unwanted visitors. Mice and rats can get into houses and build nests as they seek warmer shelters with adequate food sources. Because they reproduce large litters, it is easy to have an infestation on your hands by mid-winter. Thankfully, there are many solutions when it comes to controlling these pests.
Mechanical traps, or snap traps, are considered to be some of the most popular and fail-safe mice control options out there. They can range from old-fashioned snap boards to more sophisticated covered traps, but one thing is certain- they will effectively trap and exterminate any mouse that ventures in. The “set and forget” method certainly has its benefits, however, some of the bait used may include pesticides. Additionally, these types of traps can possibly be triggered by pets or people, so it may be best to weigh other options.
Glue boards are another effective way to trap mice and other rodents. Glue boards have an adhesive foundation, and essentially hold a mouse in place when they step on one. Once caught, a mouse will typically die of dehydration or starvation. These are a pesticide-free option and also are not harmful to pets or small children, as the adhesive is not strong enough to do damage to them. However, this is usually a more visible mouse trap solution, and some people may not feel comfortable with seeing a mouse in the trap.
Live traps are not only effective, but they are the most humane option on the market today. The basic idea of a live trap is the “catch and release” method. Once a mouse is in a live trap, they are kept alive. From here, a homeowner can bring the trap to a place far away from the mouse’s nest and their home in general. This ensures the mouse does not die, but it also protects your home from unwanted pests.
Bait stations effectively use poison as a bait for mice. There are gels that can be placed in or on bait stations that can attract a curious and hungry mouse. They will take a nibble to test the new food source and the poison will succeed in killing the mouse within 1-2 days. While bait stations are virtually foolproof, they do allow a mouse to roam freely after ingestion, so if you are unsure of where their nest is, you may run into an issue when trying to dispose of the dead mouse.
There are many options when it comes to the best trap solution for mice. However, the most definitive is to hire an exterminator. Millette Pest Control can assess your current pest issues and concerns and develop a customized solution best suited to your needs. Call us today for a free estimate.