How to Bait a Mousetrap

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How to Bait a Mousetrap
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Mice can be a major problem to a home. They can spread disease with their droppings. They can contaminate food. In addition they can destroy furniture and books with their teeth and potentially bite people and other animals. If you have a mouse problem, you should try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. One way is by using mousetraps. Here is how to bait a mousetrap.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Mousetrap
  • Aromatic food
  • Cotton ball or gauze
  • Flavorings such as vanilla or maple

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Instructions

  1. 1

    To entice the mice in your home, put food items in the mousetrap that mice are attracted to. Mice have a sharp sense of smell and enjoy a variety of foods, including those that contain grains and fats. Consider using peanut butter, mini candy bars, bacon, nuts, Tootsie Rolls or dried fruit in your traps.

  2. 2

    To bait a mousetrap, take a dime-sized amount of the aromatic food, and with a thread or small piece of wire, attach it to the tripping section of the trap.

  3. 3

    You can also saturate a cotton ball or gauze with an aromatic flavoring such as vanilla, maple or chocolate. This will attract the mice and catch their teeth so they have more difficulty escaping before the trap is set off.

  4. 4

    Place the mousetrap in an area that the mice are commonly found. To find these areas, look for mice feces, chewed areas and mouse tracks. It is best if you use several mousetraps.

  5. 5

    To be successful when you bait a mousetrap, you will want to change the food in the mouse trap frequently. Mice are repelled by rancid food.

  6. 6

    If you do not catch a mouse within a few days, change the location of the traps.

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