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People who have had to deal with a mouse problem have a bait that they swear by. Whether its raisins, prunes, cheese crackers, corn meal, pineapple chunks, raisin bread, cooked bacon, chocolate, candy, and gum drops are all said to be favourites with mice.

However, for the professionals there are three that stand out and are frequently used. The first being peanut butter as it has a strong and seductive odour. The other baits yet to fail are cotton and dental floss. Neither of these two products dries out and for nest-building mice, itís like finding all the building materials you need on the front lawn. By tying the dental floss to the trigger, you force the mouse into a deadly wrestling match.

If you fail to bait your trap properly, your mouse may get away with its free and easy building materials. With peanut butter and the use of a snap trap, apply only a small dab on the trigger as a large lump of peanut butter can be licked and nibbled without ever jostling the trigger to the trap enough to set it off.
Where you set your traps is also very important. Mice normally ravel along the edges of rooms, guided by their acute sense of touch and smell. With this in mind, traps should be placed and set flush against walls along a mouseís possible route or where mice are likely to enter your home, often in the bathroom or kitchen. Mice will often jump over something unfamiliar on their route so try setting two snap traps about 40 mm apart. Mice are very cautious and learn quickly, so you may need to move the traps after a few days. If you have a trap set in an ideal place yet the mice still avoid it, try baiting it without setting it for a few days. The mice should get used to eating from the trap allowing you to then set it to hopefully catch them. It is suggested that between eight and twelve traps are enough for most homes. By setting pairs of traps behind the stove and the fridge, beneath the sink, in storage areas, and anywhere else youíve seen evidence of mice, you increase your chances of catching them.

If youíre leaving poison down it is important to put enough down, otherwise the first wave of mice will eat it all in the first few days. Itís also best to put the bait in a few place rather than one or two places as more dominant mice may carry it off and store it. Make sure you check the instructions on the package for advice on how much to put out.
The best approach is to have integrated pest management where you have a little bit of everything. The more you try to get rid of them, the quicker you will get rid of them. For many homes itís being used regularly. A preferred combination is poison in the attic or anywhere that is inaccessible to children or pets, live traps in the home itself when youíre there, and snap traps when youíre not.
In the end, thereís not a nice way to get rid of mice though you have to bear in mind, mice do carry disease and have been known to cause fires by chewing through electrical wiring. Being killed by a mouse is still a highly unusual event. Still, given the certain inconvenience and the potential danger, if you have mice in your home it makes sense to at least get the population under control.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and poo in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouseís tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollarsí worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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