Mouse traps are perhaps the most misunderstood pest control product on the planet. Why? Because implementing mouse traps to neutralize a mouse infestation is harder than you might think. It requires an understanding of trapping methods, trapping products, and an overall understanding of the habits and habits of mice. Here are some common mistakes people make.
Mouse Trap Mistakes
There are a lot of mouse traps on the market, and not all mouse traps are created equal. If you get the wrong one, you're setting yourself up for a ton of frustration. Mice are wired with a threat avoidance behavior that will protect them from many mouse trap designs.
If you get the right trap, you can still have trouble catching mice if you don't place the trap in the right place. Mice have specific habits and behavior that must be taken into account when attempting to trap them. If you place a trap in the middle of a room, you're not likely to catch a mouse. These are skittish creatures that prefer to have one side of their body touching a wall. They will rarely go for food on a trap that is set in a place that makes them feel unsafe.
An effective trap can be made ineffective by applying the wrong kind of bait. We've all heard that mice love cheese. But cheese is probably one of the worst baits out there, especially if you use a chunk of it. Peanut butter is a better choice. The stickiness of it makes it difficult to get off the latch, and more likely to cause the trap to trigger. But, even with peanut butter, a latch can be cleaned off as if by magic.
Another way mouse traps fail is when people don't give those mice enough credit. These are skittish and fast-moving creatures. They do not come up to food and start gobbling it down. They take their time, and stay alert while they eat. That is why it is common to find a trap that has been sprung, and no rodent inside. For this reason, a professional pest controller is trained to place traps in a way that will prevent mice from evading them when they spring. This entails an understanding of foraging behavior, eating habits, and reactive traits.
The biggest mistake people make is when they actually catch a mouse or two or three. It's true. Catching mice in your traps can make you think you're eliminating the problem, when you actually aren't. There are two reasons for this. The first is that mice reproduce quickly. The second reason is that mice can learn to avoid your traps. So, when you think you've gotten the last mouse in your home, and your traps are no longer catching anything, it may only be that the infesting mice learned to stay away from those traps or those areas.
Even if you do everything right, traps can still be ineffective. Let's assume you bought the right traps, used the right bait, learned where and how to place them, and caught every single mouse in your home before they learned to avoid your traps. Are you safe? Not if you haven't addressed the holes those mice used to get into your home in the first place. Detailed inspection and exclusion is a vital part of mouse control.
Why Professional Mouse Control Is A Better Solution
Education. Pest control specialists are educated in their field of study. They understand the habits, behaviors, and habitats of mice. This information helps them to track these creatures, quarantine them, thoroughly remove them from a structure, and apply effective surveillance techniques to prevent future infestations.
Experience. It takes more than education to corral and remove mice. It takes a kind of finesse that only comes from years of experience.
Safety. When you have a professional deal with your mouse problem, you can trust that you, your family, and your pets will be safe.
Complete. At Witt Pest Management, our team is instructed in protocols that have been developed and tested by national experts in the pest industry. You can expect that they will apply every control option available to get the job done right.
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