How to Choose a Mouse Trap
Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook gives tips on the best ways to trap mice and how to keep them out of a home
- There are several manufactured traps to help catch and kill mice that sneak into a home.
- One of the oldest but most effective traps is the metal pedal mouse trap. To set a metal pedal mouse trap, pull back the metal arm and place peanut butter on the metal pedal with a toothpick or a knife. You do not want human scent on the trap. Pull the kill bar back and latch the metal arm bar into the metal pedal. Place the trap perpendicular to the wall where mouse activity has been seen.
- The kill-and-contain mouse trap is very similar to the metal pedal, but the trap is surrounded by a container. Place peanut butter in the bait cup and close it. Pull the trap set level and place parallel to the base of the wall. When the mouse is killed, the mouse is not seen and the trap is thrown out.
- There is a plastic version of the metal pedal mouse trap that is equally as effective. To set this type of trap, simply press down on the spring-activated lever and place peanut butter in the bait area. The lever will clamp down on the mouse and kill it.
- An electronic mouse trap is battery-powered and can be set along the wall. When the mouse enters the trap, it receives an electric shock powerful enough to kill it.
- A live animal cage allows homeowners to lure mice into a cage with food. Instead of killing the animal, however, it just traps the mouse. The homeowner can then get rid of the mouse as he or she sees fit.
- To avoid mice in a home, be sure to close any cracks or gaps in the exterior of the house.
- Use a foam sealant in a crack, cover it with wire cloth and add another layer of sealant. This should form a solid barrier from pests.
- Smaller gaps can also be covered with steel wool. Mice have a tough time eating through this material.
- To ward off mice, use a repellent. There are a number of repellents available that give off a smell mice do not like.