A mouse bait station is a mouse trap that houses poisoned bait safely. It’s a lockable box which prevents pets or children gaining access to mouse poison. A mouse bait station is a device, usually made of plastic, which is sealed except for, usually, a single entry point, though some have two entry points.
These cats probably won’t become true “pets,” but when you provide supplemental food, water, warmth, and safety, many will stay around for years. In a house, the mere presence of a cat can deter mice. Never adopt a cat just to kill mice; if your problem is serious, consider consulting pest control or professional extermination services.
There are a bunch of ways to take care of mice, with traps being one of the best options. I’m here to tell you how to choose the best bait for mouse traps and how to bait a mouse trap for the three types of traps commonly used: snap traps, glue traps and electrical traps.
Glue traps don’t kill the mouse outright. Instead, they trap the mouse whenever a part of it touches the glue. Stuck to the trap, the mouse usually dies slowly, meaning you have the trauma-filled task of disposing of a live mouse. Live-catch traps are arguably the most work, but also the most humane. With these, you can trap a mouse and then set it free outside.
Mouse glue traps are typically small sheets of paper with a strong adhesive substance on the top of them. Homeowners can place them along their walls or in common areas where mice travel. When a mouse or other rodent steps on it, the adhesive holds them in place indefinitely.
You may have seen cartoons that show mice traps being baited with cheese. While mice eat nearly everything, there are certain things that are very effective to use as mouse trap bait. Mice have a superb sense of smell and are attracted to aromatic foods, generally foods that include fats, sugar, or protein.
The trap pictured below is manufactured by the Victor Mouse Trap Company, and has the expanded trigger that makes it so much more effective. Notice there are two different settings, soft and firm. Frankly, I always use the firm setting - it cuts down on false trips.
Small pieces of a thinly-sliced hot dog or tiny bits of cooked bacon. A drop of two of honey or molasses. Jelly beans. Pet food is often a huge attractant - that's why people with pets should make sure pet food is properly stored to avoid attacting rodents.
Once you see the mice taking the mouse trap bait, you know that the mouse traps are in the right place and that the pests will return to them. Then it's time to set the mouse traps. MISTAKE: YOU SET THE TRAP IN THE WRONG PLACE | INSTEAD: GO TO THE WALL. It's easy to place mouse traps in the wrong place - don't make that error.
The mouse will find your trap with its sense of smell. If you place a trail of crumbs leading to the trap, the mouse will eat its fill of crumbs. It won’t have any incentive to go after the bait on the trap because it isn’t hungry. You can put one very small crumb by the trap to lure a mouse, but make sure it is smaller than the bait on the trap.