High-quality mouse traps are very reliable tools in getting rid of rodents in your home or office. However, you may be making mistakes with the while using these traps.
Mouse traps mistakes
Ruining your bait
Touching the mouse trap bait that you intend to use only leaves your scent on it. Because the rodents can pick the scent, they may avoid the trap altogether. The best you can do to reverse the effects of this is to wear gloves when you are handling the bait and setting the traps. Gloves should also be worn when handling traps that have caught the rodents to minimize disease transfer to you.
Using the wrong food baits
Seeds and nuts are the primary foods for rodents and therefore they will be most attracted by hazelnut and peanut butter spreads. Calories are also very enticing, making foods like chocolate the perfect baits to get the rodents into your trap. You can also use yarn, dental floss, and cotton balls to lure them into the traps. A good trick is to tie the fibers on snap traps, so the trap is sprung off when the rodents pull or gnaw on them.
Settings your traps in wrong spots
What you should remember when placing traps in your home is that the rodents love traveling along walls compared to running across open spaces. Apart from placing where the rats frequent, you should also ensure that the trigger and bait ends of your trap face the wall. This tempts explores the rodents rather than just walk around the traps. For best results with your trap placement, make sure that they remain in concealed places.
Using very few traps
One of thing that makes rodent infestations tricky to manage is that their reproduction rates are very high. Sighting one rat or mice could, therefore, mean that there are a bunch of others or you have a potential major infestation in waiting. If you want to get away with the problem quickly, try not to use one trap. Investing in some traps will prove to be most effective in putting your rodent matters to rest fast. If you have areas you suspect to be high traffic for the rodents or you have identified nests and entry points, then you can set the traps in pairs just an inch apart.
Using bait that is too much
When you put too much bait in the trap, you give the rodents the chance to steal some without necessarily getting into the trap and springing it. To counter this, always place very tiny amounts of carefully selected bait, so the rats are attracted into the trap and spring it in the process.