Ever wondered how to manage a small mouse problem on your own? Below are tips from our team of Experts on managing mice! From where and what to place for traps and bait, to how to keep them from returning.
Use mouse traps sooner as opposed to later!
If you have ever had a mouse problem, you know the frustration and endless cycle of trying to get rid of them. Unfortunately, we see all too often that once mice are no longer being trapped, the mouse control is removed and not replaced until activity is seen again. A far better strategy is to proactively place traps right now with the change in seasons. This allows for quick identification of a small problem before it becomes a big problem. Ideally, if you have ever had a mouse issue, we recommend having mouse control (baits and/or traps) in place all year long.
Where should I place mouse traps or bait*?
- Perpendicular to the wall and in dark corners
- Utility/laundry room – up high if possible
- Behind or under appliances, including stove, refrigerator, dishwasher
- Under the sink
- Anywhere past activity has been seen
*Note: 6-10 trap or bait placements is recommended for a small home
What type of trap/bait should I use?
- Plastic expanded trigger snap traps baited with chocolate, peanut butter or something mice have already fed on
- Rodenticide baits
What if I catch several mice?
The reality is there is seldom just one mouse. Once they have gained access to your home, they can reproduce an average of 7 babies approximately once a month. This is why proactive trapping to monitor for new infestations is so important. If you identify a larger problem, you will want to consider more aggressive baiting and trapping, or contacting a professional pest control company.
How can I keep them from returning?
If you have a reoccurring mouse issue, this is a symptom of a house problem. You likely have entry points in your foundation that are now ‘marked’ with residue left behind by previous mice. Consequently, this acts as a beacon, attracting new mice year after year. Therefore the best solution to your reoccurring mouse problem is to start with addressing your foundation issues. Unfortunately, with harsh Minnesota winters, entry points can develop in a house of any age. A comprehensive evaluation, along with a thorough foundation sealing is the best long-term solution to mice!