Saturday, September 05, 2009

Bait for Mice

The cool weather of fall and winter will be bringing mice inside to infest homes across the country. Some tips to discuss before baiting is exclusion. Most pest control experts preach this and it is most important in keeping the mice out. Exclusion in easy, for the most part, needing only a good pair of eyes and some steel wool or copper mesh and caulk. Start at one point of your home and look from the bottom up along the outside wall perimeter. Any holes or gaps visible? Stuff and seal. Wires or pipes entering the home, caulk around them, gaps under the doors or garage doors? You may have to install a weather strip.

So we are all sealed up, but a mouse scooted by as you were bringing groceries into your house and now the infestation has begun. Using caution if there are children or pets, I would use snap traps for this segment since we are discussing bait. My philosophy is mix it up alittle. The old stand by peanut butter is great, but mice love candy, chocolate, bread, meat, bacon. Use all of the above and use them sparingly. Just a smear of peanut butter, or a smear of chocolate. This will make them work at getting that first taste which will be their last.
Another idea is to use nesting material, tie a small piece of cotton of the trigger, let them grab at it and snap! Another important thing to do is not be stingy when placing traps out. Use a bunch to increase your chances of a catch. Good luck.

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Gerry Weitz said...

One aspect of rat/mice exclusion that is not so easy is finding and altering home defects. Recently, we had a job where the rats were getting under Spanish tile and then entering through defects in the underlying wood roof. Only once the Spanish tile was removed were we able to clear the last dozen rats and properly identify and ceil the openings.

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DW said...

The problem most homeowers have with solving their rodent problem is Idenifcation, example using mice trap for rats. baby rat look like a mouse and most people cant tell the differtance.

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