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 trap 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.
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.