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What Mouse Trap Baits Really Work
With winter in full force, we have begun to seek any and all shelter indoors, only leaving the
safety of the heat when absolutely necessary; unfortunately we aren’t the only ones. Cold
weather brings unwanted guests into our homes as well. R
odents can squeeze through a hole
the size of a pencil eraser, while rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. They are both
strong swimmers, and have been known to swim through sewer lines up drain pipes to enter
homes. Although tiny, the thought of multiple mice running around the home is unsettling.
One of the main reasons mice and rats take up residence in homes is due to the abundance of
food and warmth. Mice prefer grains so you're likely to notice holes in bags of rice and cereal.
Besides being mostly annoying, mice are generally harmless to humans unless contact with
disease and bacteria transmitted through rodent droppings and bites become a reality. In places
like Boise, ID, where the winter has become more extreme than usual with lower temperatures
and more snow, the chances of your home being infested with unwanted critters is heightened.
Thankfully, modern technology has allowed us to do most of our mouse trapping the DIY way,
although it’s sometimes tricky finding which bait is right for the mice in your home.
Top 10 Best Mouse Baits
Searching for the best mouse trap bait? The classic cheese trick not working? Selecting
effective bait is all about finding strong smelling foods that will draw the mice into the trap. Mice
love food high in fat and protein as well as the sweeter side of things, much like most of us
humans. Here are 10 tried and trued baits that will work to catch the critters.
Smooth or chunky peanut butter
Strong smelling soft cheese
Pet food (wet is usually more effective)
Bird seed or nuts
Bit of cracker with butter
Bacon bits - cooked or uncooked - bacon grease can even work
Soft sweet candies
If Your Traps Aren’t Working
Mice are smart, that’s why sometimes you have to switch up your trap methods in order to catch
each and every one of those pesky c ritters. If you’re having trouble rounding up each of the
pesky guys, try these tips.
● Change the bait you’ve been using
● Move the trap locations
Use different kinds of mouse traps
Make sure the trigger on the trap is sensitive enough
Your Local Professionals Are Here to Help
If you are finding that your DIY traps aren’t efficient, your mice infestation has begun to
increase, or you just hate the idea of dealing with mice in general, consider B
arrier Pest Control
for all your pest control needs. Located in Southern Idaho, we are prepared to help you rid your
home of pests during these harsh winter conditions. Each infestation is unique and sometimes
requires the special touch of professionals.