Gnaw marks against a wall, little droppings left around your home, and the sound of tiny feet scurrying across the floor are just a few tell-tale signs that you have a mouse problem. Mice are sneaky little critters. To effectively take care of such nuisances, you may decide to use a mousetrap. However, with so many different types of traps on the market, you may experience some confusion when deciding which trap is best to use. Listed below are three of the most common types of devices available on the market and how they each work.
A traditional snap-trap uses a powerful, touch sensitive spring — usually triggered by the rodent’s feet — to release a metal bar with just enough force to kill the mouse. In order to lure the mouse onto the trap, a bait must be set. Peanut butter or cheese are the more popular choices of bait, as mice tend to enjoy high-calorie sweets. These traps need to be placed in the locations you have seen the droppings and/or gnaw marks, which indicates high levels of mouse traffic. Mice are incredibly quick and highly skilled at avoiding danger, so setting multiple traps throughout your home will guarantee the best results.
Glue traps are placed in the exact same locations as the snap traps, that is, wherever you have noticed indications of a mouse infestation. Bait also needs to be set directly on the glue trap in order to lure the mouse. Upon contact with the trap, an adhesive material immobilizes the mouse. Once immobilized, the lack of body movement and rapid reduction of body temperature will cause the mouse to perish of hypothermia.
For homeowners who don’t wish to kill the mice, a live-catch trap would be the best option. These traps use the same method of attracting mice via bait. Once the mouse is inside of the cage investigating the bait, a trap door will be triggered and close behind the mouse — safely securing the animal inside. The mouse can then be released in a safe area away from your home. Although live-catch traps are the more peaceful option, they do not guarantee permanent mouse removal. Caught mice tend to return to the homes they have been released from.
Mouse Removal Experts
At Critter Control of Dallas, our specialists know the most effective techniques for mouse removal. Our number one priority is ensuring that you and your family have a safe and comfortable living environment. Not only will we permanently solve your mouse infestation, but we will keep the pest from returning and clean up any mess that is left behind. Contact us today at 817-222-1101 to schedule your free inspection.