How do I set a mouse trap? Where do I put it? What do I use for bait?
These are all questions that we often receive from people trying to capture a pesky rodent invader. While trapping can be a trial and error process, there are several guidelines and principles that will increase your success.
Placement of a trap is crucial in your chances of success when trying to trap any animal, especially a mouse. To trap the animal we need to find when there animal is most active and areas where it travels frequently. In help with finding this information please refer to the article on Signs of Mouse Activity. Once these areas are located you will have the most success by placing traps along travel ways and adjacent to burrows or chewed holes in walls, baseboards, etc.
Place traps along a wall with the trigger or entrance to the trap on the side of the trap directly against the wall. This techniques works because mice and all rodents are more likely to travel along the edges of a room before they travel through the center. Movement along the edges of rooms makes a rodent feel less vulnerable because it only has to watch for predators on one side of its body and can often escape into a hole in the wall or up a corner. These pictures show examples of both proper and improper trap placement.