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What Is The Best Bait For Mouse Traps?

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by The Bug Doctor

Over the years I get this question quite a lot. What is the best bait for mouse traps? Is there any one thing that will lure them in time after time without fail? For as long as there has been mouse traps I think people have used cheese for the main attractant, peanut butter is another popular choice as well. Both of these have strong and desirable odors for a mouse that last for some time but so many times homeowners get frustrated because in the morning when they check their traps, the bait is gone but there is no mouse to be had. I’ve seen people use all sorts of different concoctions and believe it or not- everything has worked at least one time or two. The real question I think people are asking however isn’t what will attract the mouse to the trap but what substance will ensure them getting caught.

Truth be told there is no lure that will do this on its own- your success in catching a mouse depends more on #1 selection of the trapPicture 3 What Is The Best Bait For Mouse Traps? used and #2 how you place it. Pro’s I speak to are using more and more of the gel lures on both glue boards and snap traps. Keeping a jar of peanut butter is fine but can get a bit sloppy or even contaminated rolling around the tool box of a bug truck. There is also an issue of peanut allergies that can be very serious so this is becoming less and less used. Other baits such as cheese just aren’t practical but even so I’d be willing to bet that most professional exterminators could catch more mice in any given home without the use of a lure at all over a homeowner who could choose any attractant they wanted.

The Difference?

Placement pure and simple. By simply knowing where to place a trap based on the evidence, habits and natural tendencies a professional exterminator will get far better results. When they couple this knowledge with some of the new lures and traps that have come out in recent years it seems like it would be a no brainer for the homeowner with a mouse infestation to just let the experts handle it. If you’d like, please check out some of my videos and articles on placement tips linked to below. But if you are wise, you’ll give a call to your local pro and have them come out and seal the deal. I even put in a cute video here that you can watch while you’re waiting for them to arrive. If you pay attention you’ll see the principle of placement in action and why it’s so important. icon wink What Is The Best Bait For Mouse Traps?

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  • Cmlebugg

    I used to have a boss that was bad about suppling bait so I had to learn to be creative i.e.whatever I had been eating in the truck.  One of my favorite snacks was Quaker Oatmeal To Go Bars the Banana Bread flavor.  I had the best luck catching mice and I still got most of  my snack too.  I have used spearmint gum and spearmint lifesavers on traps and caught mice.  

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    That is awesome Cmiebugg, I can see it now- New product launch and logo

    “Quaker Oatmeal To Go Rodent Bars! The last meal for a mouse that is also good for them”

    You could make millions…lol

  • http://ecoelitepestcontrol.com Mel

    Green dye, gelatin, and a small amount of ground up bird seen or peanut butter?  I think I’ll have a peanut butter sandwhich and so would the mice. All these years using peanut butter and I have not heard of a peanut butter reaction  from my customers.  Without a doubt allergic reactions happen but since the hype regarding peanut butter allergic reaction started about ten years ago. I have yet to meet someone who claims to be allergic. Then came all the latex hype. What’s next?

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    I’ve read about the peanut allergy mostly (pct I believe had an article) but I did see the panic first hand once. We were on a plane and little bags of peanuts were passed out–a few minutes later- HORRIFIED flight crew members practically ran down the isle grabbing the baggies from everyone & they weren’t taking no for an answer. I thought it odd but that image now is stuck in my head whenever I hear of it.
    Of course I get more of the “I have asthma- or am allergic to YOUR (evil) spray” from uniformed occupants of homes or employees where I’m servicing than anything. Maybe I should just break out a jar of peanut butter the next time I get a scolded like that–lol

  • Nick

    I love to use bread. In the Victor Snap traps, I shove bread in the teeth of the bait holder so that it stays. I’ll catch mice all night long! They seem to literally stop in their tracks when they see bread for some od reason!

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Awesome! I can envision that working well. Looks like I’ll have to start putting a loaf f bread in my truck.
    Thanks Nick, Great Tip.

  • Woodrow

    Don’t be angry or frustrated if mouse steals the bait. That just means you’ve entered into a dialogue with mouse, and you have to be patient. Let mouse steal the bait 2 or 3 times more, then tie the bait onto the trip-treadle so that the final time, mouse will trip the trap.

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