The author had an unfortunate experience with a mouse in their house but was able to catch it—here's how.
How to Catch a Mouse
Christmas came early this year for my roommates and me. True to form, it came down the chimney, all bundled in fur, with beady, black eyes and a tail. Ho, ho, hold on . . . yes, it was a mouse. With only two days to get rid of the little darling before my parents came for a visit, it was necessary to approach the problem with cat-like tread and determine the best way to catch a mouse. Here are the mouse-catching approaches I will focus on:
- Standard method
- Humane method
- How to deal with captured mouse
- What not to do
When it comes to catching rodents, your first thoughts are likely to run to your typical "snap/clap" mousetraps. Next to cats and other predatory animals, this method has been around the longest and is starting to show its age in a society that tends to lean towards more humane means of pest control. However, if you choose to use these traps, there are a few key points to consider:
- Location, location, location: This is especially important whenever you are attempting to catch an unwanted houseguest. Regardless of what traps you choose to use, the simple truth is if you don't put it in the right place, you're just wasting your time. So, like any good hunter, you must stalk your prey. This means listening for the little scratching and skittering noises associated with rodents and forcing yourself to actually watch the creature when it comes out of hiding.
For instance, "Houdini" was an escape artist who seemed to literally vanish into the walls, no matter how we barricaded the kitchen. It was only after I got down on my hands and knees and observed him disappearing into a corner that I discovered the myriad of holes that were in the bottom of the cabinets and the boards that ran along the edge of the floor.
He was not, as we had long theorized, hiding behind the refrigerator. After we knew precisely where he was hiding, it was then very easy to catch him. Therefore, the first rule of trapping a mouse is observation and subsequently, location.
- Bait: Using the proper bait to attract the mouse is clearly another must. However, mice are talented at grabbing the bait without getting caught, so don't think that a slice of cheese is going to work. If you must use cheese, use soft cheeses (like brie) that really stick to the trap. If you use something like Swiss, the mouse will be able to lift it right off the pad and get away with little worse than a bloody foot. Ideally, I recommend using peanut butter, which is sticky and has a very strong scent.
If clap-traps and D-con or other rodent/rat poisons are not to your taste, try this non-lethal method of pest control. All you need is some type of tube, a box/bucket, and the edge of a table, countertop, or cardboard ramp.
- Get a toilet paper tube and crease two lines to form a flat-sided tunnel; make sure it looks like a box, rather than a circle, which can roll around when the mouse is inside.
- Put a treat on one end of the tube: A cracker with a dab of peanut butter works great.
- Get a tall (at least 20 inches) box or bucket. A non-lined trash can is ideal; you don't want to suffocate the mouse.
- Balance the tube on the edge of a table or counter (or self-made ramp) with the treat hanging directly over the trashcan or tall box; because they like tunnels, the mouse will scamper to the treat and tip into the trap.
How to Deal With Captured Mouse
Although using rat poison is the easiest way to get rid of a mouse, having a dead rodent rotting inside your walls, in a crawlspace, or in the back of your cabinets is unpleasant and dangerous to your health. Therefore, I recommend using either the standard traps or the catch and release method, where you are actually assured that the mouse is gone for good.
Once you've either buried or released the mouse (at least a mile away from your residence), there are a few more tasks that you need to do in order to avoid any future unwanted visitors. If your home has already had mice running through, they have left their scent for other mice to follow.
Therefore, it is very important to find their entry point and determine how to block it. Also, be sure to clean and disinfect any surfaces with which the mouse may have had contact. This not only gets rid of the scent but also any other harmful bacteria or goodies that might have been left behind.
What Not to Do
Before you go out there and start hunting those rascally rodents, here are a few last-minute reminders about what will not work... and also that which can be dangerous for all involved.
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- Fill any mouse-holes with spackle... especially if the mouse isn't actually inside the hole. Such action will, of course, result in the rodent making another hole. Moreover, trapping the mouse inside its hole will only serve to starve it to death and result in a rotting mouse with a very unpleasant stench.
- Think, in any way, that you can simply corner the mouse, scoop it up, and take it outside. Mice chase each other for fun since they are young. They are much faster and smaller than you, and as such, will easily be able to evade you.
- Plaster all areas along the floor with sticky-traps, or tape cupboards shut in case they come up through the pipes. Some people are under the misconception that this is far more humane than the clap-traps. However, imagine that you are a mouse, whose body is entirely covered in fur, with a fragile tail, and not much strength; next, picture super-gluing yourself to a sheet of paper, and then trying to pull free, only to rip off your tail and a mass of hair. If you still think this sounds better than death, I invite you to cover your entire arm in duct tape, and then slowly pull it off. Finally, because mice are small and scotch tape is not very strong, chances are, the poor thing will still attempt to squeeze through and get caught in a similar sticky situation. It will scream, and you will be forced to rescue it. Have fun.
Happy hunting . . .
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2007 mqjeffrey
Jennifer on May 28, 2018:
Well I hate to say this: but I too also have a mouse problem. They have been in our garage. After we throughly cleaned our garage we've set up traps and have caught some nasty little buggers-one of which was a huge rat last night. Now we have one in our house and I'm freaking out! I saw the little you know what run from where I was to our TV in the living room.My dog decided to chase after it. I'm unsure where it's coming from but it's either through our drier vent or from outside somewhere. We've set traps and are gonna catch those suckers if it kills us.
Luna on April 22, 2018:
I have mice too but im trying to catch it I need help it ain't workin
Tracy on April 01, 2018:
Kate, how did it turn out? I have a little offender that is outsmarting me right now!
Kate on January 04, 2018:
Got a mouse and I’ve tried everything every trap and glue pad nothing is working please help
CARA ASHELY KROLIKI on November 14, 2017:
I have a mouse problem I am using three kind of pain pill: 1. Baryer 2.taylonal 3. steroids. I hope this will work. I put those in PB.
Berna on July 22, 2017:
Im done with our mouse, i tried everything. My last and least favorite option, sticky traps. I even borrowed someone cats for crying out loud
Crystal hernandez on October 14, 2016:
Wow I didn't use this at first I google it after I caught the mouse lol. It was a mice small and fast. I was tracking it down from my couch waited at least 30 minutes then I put a glue trap and little sucker got stuck of it pretty sure there are more so how am I gonna catch those???
Perplex?????? on September 14, 2016:
So, I saw little droppings on my kitchen counter, then next day in a pantry I have in my basement... Everything is already in glass or tin containers so it or they had nothing to eat. Cleaned everything.... Have not seen any sign of them????? Searched around, set out traps with peanut and a nut, but no luck...... With no food available have they left????? Don't hear anything , never did, what do I do now????? Paranoid .....
JJ on September 08, 2016:
I am currently laying awake waiting for our mouse to hopefully catch on a sticky trap. I am doused in peppermint oil to deter a mouse from coming into my bed. We heard it under the oven this morning so I placed sticky traps all baited with either peanut butter or starburst in the center. Fingers crossed it works!! I am beyond terrified of mice but knowing this is a deer mouse and not a field mouse I am even more worried because of the disease it is carrying. Forget humane-either it dies or me!
Mary on May 13, 2016:
Add Your Comment..I use the "steel cat" catch and release trap. My question is this - how important is it to move the mouse smile from my home? I have a section of my yard that is reedy/marshy where I have been releasing my little furry friends. Is it possible the same mouse/mice are returning only to be caught again?
Kiza on December 06, 2012:
I wanted your opinion on something. At one point I was TERRIFIED of mice to the point that if I saw one, I would go into hysterics and cry for an hour. This winter we just started seeing them again and I am proud to say, I may yell out when I see it, but I no longer cry...I'm putting on my big girl pants about it...BUT...we are using bait boxes with poison from my exterminator AND snap traps with thread wrapped around the trigger with peanut butter on the thread...with the traps we have caught 7 in the past week and today I came in my house and found one in the middle of the floor ...it was alive, but acted like it could no longer crawl. I had to just sweep it outside into the field next to my house...I'm still to afraid to pick them up or anything...plus their germs freak me out. My question is...after having caught 8 now...how close do you think I am to catching this little family that seems to have made a home under my house? If the activity that we are SEEING and HEARING is gone...does that mean I'm at the very least, ALMOST done? I just want this over with...it's freaking my kids out now. LOL
mqjeffrey (author) on August 26, 2012:
Best of luck! You may also wish to consult with someone at a pet store... they know a lot about the differences between mice and rats.
daniel on August 26, 2012:
RATS are in my house and i wanna catch em using your advice. Wish me Luck
Killtherodents on June 13, 2012:
Reading these posts make me feel better that I am not alone. These rodents are trespassing and bring harmful germs do need to be eradicated by any means necessary. I found a bunch of droppings in my cast iron skillet this morning. They locked my recently seasoned pan bone dry and then left "presents" for me. I'm freaking out but turning that rage into productive vengeance. It is definitely on. I'm going to try peanut butter on snap traps but I have also seen mice jump over traps. Clever bastards.
I want to find an exterminator that uses tracking powder because that actually brings the poison back to the nest and kills off the family. Many don't use that any more due to toxicity to pets but I don't have bay so I say bring it on!
Ugh. Wish me luck!
rose on May 30, 2012:
i think your cruel and mean how would u like it if youwere were being hurt mice may give you creeps but there cute and friendly so there you terrible people you well bye
help!!! on May 11, 2012:
I have at least one mouse, I'm sure there is more though, and have had snap traps baited with peanut butter out for a few days. We have not got as much as a nibble, however, we had another sighting. I am going to try the bacon and/or gummy bears tomorrow. I'm in desperate need of more suggestions, just in case. I don't care about being humane, just want them out of my house! Someone, please, help me!
Cindy on April 16, 2012:
I want to clean a house that likely has mice. I am terrified of mice!!! How do I make sure that I scare them away log enough to clean it. Taking an animal in is not an option. I can worry about getting rid of them later.
David on April 11, 2012:
This one is particularly inhumane, but very effective: put a dish of 50/50 cocoa powder and concrete powder next to a dish of water. The cocoa attracts the mouse who eats it and an equal portion of concrete with it. Then he gets thirsty and drinks the water. Dead by morning with a terminal case of constipation. balanced against 60 different rodent borne diseases, it makes a good last resort.
lil chookie on April 10, 2012:
i just seen a mice at my old school and it went into the kitchen and it made all the teachers screem lol
mqjeffrey (author) on April 10, 2012:
You're quite welcome! Thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to your review of the Victor trap. Take care :)
War Against Mice on April 10, 2012:
Them with the Sharp cheddar cheese, and them set them near their food source and nesting grounds, which was the kitchen and certain areas of my living room, (mice usually won't venture that are 30 ft. Away from these areas, so it's very imperative and crucial that you find these two areas) and I caught about 10th mice using this method in two nights!......I'm naïve enough to think my mice problem has been rid of, until the following night, I heard sounds, coming from the kitchen I figured the traps would get them, but the mice started avoiding the traps now, and I would hear the traps snaps, however there would be no bodies to serve as proof of the kill..and based off the knowledge I have on mice, I killed 10 mice, those numbers can be replenished and doubled within a month, so take heed and listen DO NOT SLACK UNTIL ALL THE MICE ARE DEALT WITH PERMANENTLY! I've recently invested my money into the Victor Multi Kill Electric Mouse Trap it's 99$ and I bought two, due to a sell that they're currently having, if you buy two you get one free..you have to order online via internet, this trap acclaim's to kill 10 mice, I've done research on it and I get nothing but positive feed back on it, so we'll see if it works as good as it claims, they have videos of it's specs on YouTube I suggest you watch them, it looks very useful. I'm just waiting for them to ship it to me, I will post another comment after I've used it..till then FIGHT ON my fellow mice slayers!
War Against Mice on April 10, 2012:
I find this site very informative :) thanks majeffrey for creating this page, it provides a lot of tips and insight on what and what to do. I thought I was the only one dealing with a mice infestation, I feel somewhat relieved that I'm not the only one....boy does misery love company
Anyway, let me start off by saying mice are very intelligent creatures they adapt! Can't use the same tactic on them over and over, or they will devise a strategy to thwart your attempts on killing them, trust me I know!....My mice problem is entirely my fault, because I heard and saw one and failed to do anything about it, FIRST CRITICAL mistake! A female mouse can and will attract a male because females are constantly in heat and they can give birth to up to 6 other newborn mice, and those newborns will be able to reproduce themselves, in about 6 weeks after birth (do the math) in exactly 2 months you can have an infestation all because of that single mouse that lives in your house! You think your food is safe? Think again, mice can squeeze into any whole thats bigger than a dime, not to mention they're expert climbers so no area is safe, and these vile cretins carry diseases and germs like there's no tomorrow, if you're living in a house/place with mice, no place you ear or lie your head is sanitary with these things roaming around. I'm currently on a vendetta to kill these pesky mongrals, but these suckers adapt, I started with the Victor snap traps (bought like 8 of them because I was at the point of infestation) baited
JR on March 26, 2012:
once about three years ago a mouse kept creeping around my duplex chewing pm my non-dairy creamer on the cupboard, the miss finally met his demise trying to run of the condesation five of the AC where it for whole of some poison that was set inside, unfortunately it was around the corner it crept Ames Sie behind the sofa stinking up the place. Yuck. I pulled put the couch since the Ex-GF would do it, then disposed of the carcass on the outdoor garbage bin. And that was that. No more mouse.
help on March 19, 2012:
can't get em, tried chocolate, peanut butter, french fries, mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese, bread(which they keep chewing through the plastic bag on my counter but won't touch on the traps...
Ju on March 16, 2012:
We used flax seed and caught 3 in one hour! They love it! Short 10 minute drive to the trails and we are free of rodents. Time to get another cat!
Circle of Life - The tape is inhumane - suffering begets suffering.
Pest control on March 13, 2012:
Another trick you can try is strong double sided carpaet tape blu tack one side to ur floor smear peanut butter in the middle so when the mouse sits to have his dinner his butt gets stuck to the tape then its just a case of picking the tape up and dumped the mouse in a bucket of water or realse it witch ever is ur prefrence also makes those liitle whipper nipper baby mice easy to catch if they run off with the tape stuck to them !
Pest control on March 13, 2012:
Do not despair if ur snap trap doesn't triger and the mouse gets clean away its a double egded sword reall the mouse will become a custome to been about to be around the trap then one fine day SNAP it got triggerd
mouse haterz on March 12, 2012:
one FINAL thing (sorry but you do get obsessed -- feels like my house is getting cleared) -- take a bath? You use the sink? Put down some dried bleach cleaning powdred. They love water. They drink the bleach if you put bleach in. Killed two that way. Yeah yeah yeah I'm a vegan but man -- I'll take my sanity over saving mice.
mouse haterz on March 12, 2012:
One more thing. Take the garbage out daily. I have an Ikea garbage can with lid, but started to leave the garbage on the door knob, so I took it out. They still smell the garbage and are attracted. This way, if you leave it on the door going out, you'll take the mice out of the house. And they want hang around trying to get in the garbage can (they ping themselves off of it)
AND suitcases. They LOVE suitcases. Make sure you put poison in them. I heard one scratching to get into my case. My friend and I threw it out (it was old and busted up) and realised there was a nest in there.
mouse haterz on March 12, 2012:
PS Invest in a noisy fan. Why? It's the only way I could get some sleep, you'll find you will be constantly trying 'to hear' mouse activity and be super jumpy in your own house.
I hate those little things. The baby ones are ok, the little mice, are fine in the traps, but man - the big fat mice? It's disgusting.
You see a mouse? Put down six traps in that one.
You'll get him. As for the humane traps? No way. Too busy.
Gluetraps? No way. Seriously. I got one mouse by its tail (it escapes under the bathroom cabinet wedging the trap in ... giving away 'the nesting spot' ... and man THOSE THINGS HOWL. Like for about ten minutes.
The one I got tonight was all dehyrated, so I'm like 'phew the poison is working' --- but seriously, don't make the mistake I did and think I had 'just one' (I convinced myself it climbed the wall) ... these things populate fast. It is a total war.
mouse haterz on March 12, 2012:
Had one mouse, three weeks ago. Convinced myself it was just one. I tried bad dollar store mouse traps (dont waste money), I tried bounce dry clean sheets (waste of money) and peppermint oil (they kept out of one area, but spread into another area). Instant mashed potatoes are an urban myth, but if you have trap shy mice, it works if you place the peanut butter and then cover it in instant potatoes, they just feast away until trap is triggered.
First thing - you seen one mouse? You've got mice. Trust me. The hoarder next door moved out and they came en masse.
First thing - put all the food in the fridge. All of it. Make sure you clean up everything that you eat. Designate an eating space, this way -- they will eat the bait. They have no option.
Second thing - block all holes with steel wool and sealent. There were three holes in my place - one in the kitchen, one in the closet, and they were 'nesting' under the bathroom cabinet.
Third thing - sorry folks - you gotta go the trap route for at least three weeks. As many traps as you can handle (and no, this is not pleasant - but you've got to descrase the population as much as you can before you set the poison down.
Fourth Thing - Put the poison out. Be plentiful. You'll find out if you did a good job with the sealant -- I heard one squeaking away as it tried to go back into the hole with the poison (the steelwool is bad for mice). Had to get some more sealant and cover up the place.
Fifth thing - keep the traps still going. You'll get the stray buggers who come out after eating the poison. Less mice decaying in your walls.
You have to be as aggressive and obsessive as you possibly can be, and have plenty of cleaning materials.
This is the ONLY way. I tried everything. I got twelve mice in the traps (make sure you put the peanut butter inside, you'll get some 'lickers' but they don't get it all.
it did not work on March 08, 2012:
i had 2 ice in my home but it did not work we r still finding ways for catching these stupid mouse.
rk4n3 on March 05, 2012:
I've caught many mice, and my favorite technique is the little gray boxes that tip and close with the mouse alive inside. I've populated terrariums with little "pets" many times by catching them live like this. They seem to live 3-6 months, not sure why not longer, but they seem happy, and I'm happy to not have them running around leaving their droppings all over, while also not having to kill them. I have, however, also used snap traps when the situation is dire. Tying string on the trigger, and saturating it with the peanut butter, seems to help with the "disappearing bait" problem.
Rev. Hoi San on March 01, 2012:
Someone posted and mentioned this after I did. It seems like a good idea to clarify an issue.
There's a Buddhist LAW that says when something is a threat to other life, it must be killed. This is an obligation, not an option. Mice carry diseases and are especially, tragically dangerous to babies.
Glue traps are horrific but they are the only option I know that works other than poison. Between glue traps and poison, there is 100% efficiency in mouse-catching but one must be patient.
These poor creatures are innocent and some of them are cute because I kept a secret pet, on agreement that he wouldn't scare my mother. This was LOOOOOONG ago. When my parents found him they squashed him.
Now I can understand why. Mom was born in 1917 and pop in 1911. They knew all about disease-ridden critters and the rule was to kill on sight or risk total contamination of home and food. We have to keep that in mind today, and the release traps are lousy because, as someone said, you're releasing this on someone else's house (but much more likely is the little mouse will run right back in your house).
Until a better answer surfaces, glue traps, D-Con poison and a kill-on-sight attitude is a must. So sad it has come to this. Know why rats spread horrid diseases in the Dark Ages? Because people were afraid to kill them and had no idea of the diseases and vermin the rats carried.
We know so much more and we still whine about saving the mice. KILL!!
LuckyU on March 01, 2012:
Mice love dental floss. They use it in their nests. Tie a rather large knot on one end of a long piece of dental floss. Tie that knot as close as you can to the mouse trap release thingy and cut the excess dental floss off and remove it. Then put peanut butter on the knot. When the mouse approaches the peanut butter and sees it's also nesting material that appears to be loose, he will grab it and try to make an escape with the floss and PB, but you tied the floss to the trigger so sure enough that trap will catch his greedy little ass.
roobie on February 27, 2012:
For those having trouble with mice eating the bait and not setting off the trap - here's a tip. Glue a nugget of dog food to the trap for bait. Works like a charm.
Jack on February 24, 2012:
Anybody know where I can purchase this humane trap?
Al Far on February 20, 2012:
My friend is a mouse sometimes he escape and he don't work enough hours how to make him stick to his chair?
Diane on February 13, 2012:
Actually, I did corner him, scooped him into a Tupperware pitcher, and set him free a couple of miles away.
mqjeffrey (author) on February 11, 2012:
Yes, but that is your choice. I have a dog but I can't take care of every stray that wanders into my kitchen :)
mouse lover on February 11, 2012:
have a mouse as a pet
Kitty on February 08, 2012:
We used to have mice in our shed and they were not pleasant. A few years ago, we found one dead outside of the place they infested. The little suckers avoided the snap traps we set out.Now we haven't seen them for a while and am wondering where they proubably went. Also, what kind of cheap traps would you recommend for mice that avoid snap traps, and want to be let go harmlessly.
(P.S. We have moles too! How would we get rid of them!)
A.Hopkins on January 31, 2012:
Is it possible to only have one pesky disgusting mouse in you house!?? We did get one an I haven't heard anything? Or seen any evidence!
Sara on January 30, 2012:
Ok thank you, I'm not sure if there is another way out for him, I don't want it to die in there. I'll just try my best to catch him with all of the helpful tips from this thread. Thanks!
mqjeffrey (author) on January 30, 2012:
Sara, I'd say blocking the hole is a good idea; as long as he has a way out of your house, it shouldn't be a problem
Sara on January 30, 2012:
We have a rather large mouse, def not a rat but he's a fat and long one, and pretty cleaver too. We have tried for 2 nights to catch the darn thing with traps, stickey plates etc. he just eats the goodies we put out without a stratch on him. We know where his little hole is (under the oven wall) but he doesn't come out when we are around even when we don't make a single peep (he def senses us there). So we are just thinking that when he is in the hole we just plaster it shut and hope he just leaves. Is this a good idea or am I running the risk of him finding another way in even though there are no other such holes he can get throuh in our house.
Please help!!! I have never had to incounter one before and I'm disgusted by them.
A.Hopkins on January 29, 2012:
I LOvE this thread!!! BUT WE have mice!!!!! I'm so deathly afraid of these lil beggars!!!! I'm sick to my stomach that they are in MY home!!! I'm finding lil feces on my COUNTerS! Bathroom floors!!! N in my baby's DRESSeR!!! And I could have sworn it crawled on me last night an 2 nights ago!!!! My husband says I'm crazy, but I'm crazy because of these DISGUSTING rodents!!!!!! I have no idea how many there are I feel like there's hundreds, but probably not lol!
And whoever says us hamin ways is absolutely CrAZY!!! Kill em!!!!!! I'm going for the snappy trap thing with peanut butter! And I wish the person that posted about peppermint oil would've explained how they used it!!!! Wish me luck PlZ!
mqjeffrey (author) on January 29, 2012:
Thanks for continuing to read this hub, and make it the great resource it is by sharing your stories!
You guys are the best :)
fireball on January 29, 2012:
Are cat dyed 3 months ago. Now we have mice. the cat killing the mice, I have no problem with thats the order of things. Me on the other hand. can't do it, and too soon for the wife to get a new cat. so I picked up a small cech and release trap 1 day so far nothing. But that T.P. roll sounds like it may work, so I just set 1 up. quick and eazy, will see how it work, hope good thanks
reality chick on January 29, 2012:
Ww have two mice ... Well i think there are only two. First time EVER I have seen mice and I've lived in my house for 5 years. Tried rat sack packs but they ignore them. Going to get snap traps tomorrow. They are becoming very bold. One came out the other night while I was cooking dinner, fell on his side and looked like he was having a fit then dying. I ran out screaming of course. Next thing, I go back in, he's sitting up looking perfectly healthy. I couldn't believe it. When I got nearer he scarpered off faster than the speed of light. The other keeps coming into the living room when we're watching TV. He has taken to just sitting there til we try and catch him then again, pisses off laughing (or looks like he is, cheeky little mouse face).
Neither of us want to kill them but I want them gone and am reaching the end of my tether. I'm so glad I found this site. Have been giggling through everyone else's stories and it's nice to know I'm not alone in my mousey mayhem.
Peanut on January 28, 2012:
I catch a mouse a day with my snappy traps
Bill on January 16, 2012:
Got one in my kitchen and can't get rid of the little one. Can't seem to get him to go away and catch him. Tired of all the money spent on baits and traps with no success. I even tried a mine field of traps on the counter and no success. Tried the humain. Any suggestions to get rid of the little pain?
Dr Badhair on January 15, 2012:
Just moved into a house that backs up to a desert oasis. Had the pest inspection and all seemed well .... until yesterday. My wife calls me up from our daylight basement and shows me the tell tail signs of little brown capsule turds under the sink. Two Snap Traps baited with peanut butter and one night = two kills.
Rebaited this morning and if I have the same results, time to pull the dishwasher out, find the point of entry and bring in the steel wool .... in addition to setting a minefield of traps the likes of a Warner Brothers Cartoon.
Sylvester Gonsalves on January 13, 2012:
To be frank I'm totally confused how & what can I do to get rid of these tiny creatures known as M O U S E. Sometimes when I talk about mouse to somebody, I feel like I'm talking about big monsters. Imagine how much I'm scared of them. What I have not done to keep them away but....ooooh everything seems waste. Still in night I hear all sorts of noises as if these creatures are talking about me and calling me a big fool. I have used the MOUSE TRAP, RAT POISON ON FOOD, ELECTRONIC WAVES TO SCARE, BLOCKED THE HOLES, TRAINED MY DOG TO CATCH THEM, KEPT A CAT for few months(as my dog n cat hated to stay together) and have sometimes even ran after them with whatever came in my hand to hit them. All my actions seems very childish in these creatures eyes. Now I don't know what these rats think of me. Anyone listening me if so pls. atleast make one attempt to apprise me what should I do further. Get me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherri on January 11, 2012:
So I have this extremely intelligent mouse in my kitchen. It has gone through my peanut butter cookie mix. Now it has hit up on the fake mash potatoes, and I just found a drawer with ketchup packets all eaten, who knew. Mouse droppings everywhere. I know his hang out and I sneak around with a flash light trying to get a glimpse of this crafty little bugger. I have been using the clap traps, cheese and peanut butter. Let me just say, now I have a very well fed mouse. I've declared war! He isn't paying my mortgage and sure didn't get permission from me to move in. I have the paper roll with a trash can set out to give that a try. If that doesn't work I'm going out to look for some other type of trap. What really ticks me off is if I breath on the darn trap it will snap and yet he can lick every last bit of peanut butter right off of it without springing it - how do they do that!. It is war and it is on, he/she is going down!
Matt on January 11, 2012:
Nutella = crack for mice
It is like a cross between peanut butter, chocolate.
They love the fatty hazelnut butter for adding weight to keep warm in the winter. The cocoa and whey make the mixture extra thick and sticky so they really have to get onto the trap to consume it.
I wish I had realized this sooner. I only tried it because we ran out of peanut butter.
The mice are actually coming out in daylight with people in the room to get at this stuff.
lacy on January 05, 2012:
I hate mice but I don't want to hurt them. Although I WANT THEM GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mqjeffrey (author) on January 03, 2012:
Keep fighting the good fight! People post to this hub frequently, so if one solution fails, I'm sure we can come up with plenty more ideas... unless you meant you were doomed because it's 2012 and the Mayans say so...
analyst on January 03, 2012:
I have been on the internet for hours reading about the rat and mice problem. At times I was convinced with one remedy, but the happy feeling kept dwindling and finally concluded with disappointment it did not worked. May be we will have a genius scientist within this century who can solve the problemo. I am in a vicious dejavu of rat-o-rally. Holy mollie rat o rolly these suckers mean business. Cant call the hurt-line for help, (they cant help, nobody can) I am doomed.
mqjeffrey (author) on January 02, 2012:
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this secret with us, verminkiller! Old holes can be a problem; once the old mice are gone, new pests can still gain entry. What a terrific low-cost solution :) May you all be rodent free in the New Year!
Verminkiller on January 01, 2012:
I had a problem with mice coming through some old holes I had patched earlier in a small workshop. I have found the solution to this problem. STEEL WOOL! The little suckers won't come through it. I just packed in the holes before patching them, and there are no signs that they are even trying. Just wanted to share the secret. I got the tip from a local pest control guy who swears he has never in 20 years seen a rat or mouse come back through a hole that he has patched with steel wool. Amazing!
Kim on December 28, 2011:
We have been using raw bacon and we have been having great success!
Adam on December 23, 2011:
Great info. Now that I have caught my mouse, how long will it take for it to starve? I may want to keep it as a pet OR not.
mqjeffrey (author) on December 20, 2011:
Hi Simon! One reader suggested melted gummy bears (harder to lick away)... maybe that might defeat the uber-maus :)
Simon on December 20, 2011:
I suddenly had mice appear around two weeks ago. I used traps baited with peanut butter, which had seemingly wiped them out. In the last day or so, though, another one has appeared, which seems to be cleverer than the previous ones. This uber-mouse rests its front feet on the base of the trap, and calmly licks the peanut carefully off the upper platform, despite my actually being in its range of vision. When it has finished, it hen calmly saunters back behind the cooker.
Bailey on December 06, 2011:
We have a mouse now and he just takes the peanut butter straight of the trap, he's very very cheeky
HAHAHA on December 03, 2011:
Nutella used as glue to the spring trap with Havarti Cheese. I got him. Now I am seeking out Minnie and Moe whom I have made a double decker of nutella and american with havarti and another with just nutella... Alongside a side dish of decon. Yummy! (I heard a snap in 30 minutes of setting it) I was P&@#*(# off that he got away with just american cheese originally. So I think it was him..
rodney on December 03, 2011:
Got the rat zapper and i love it! Got a total of 9 mice so far and the main problem a big pack rat. I used peanut butter and a small amount of dog food in the backside of the container. The pack rat was so big it barely fit in the container but it killed him dead as a door-nail. Last day not much activity in my shop but you can believe that i will keep it on from here on out.
CaT on December 01, 2011:
thank you this was very informative. we have rats getting in thru garage and into the attics. The cheese was not working. I hope peanut butter will be the answer!
rodney on November 30, 2011:
Heard about a product called rat zapper. A friend had one and swears by it. It electocutes the mouse/rat when it goes in the trap to get the bait. Also if you get it you may want to put a damp cloth under it to help shock the pest. Cost about $52.00 not including batteries. Just goggle rat zapper and it will take you to it. Good luck
lee on November 19, 2011:
thanks for you advice Hoi san.
ive had 3 different pest sevices and not 1 mouse has been caught but still i see droppings everywhere. i might look into band joist its worth it if it solves the problem
Rev. Hoi San on November 17, 2011:
One of the things I suggest, "lee", is perhaps calling a pest service that may be able to service your home against mice. They generally catch them all, sanitise the home and then do what they can to proof the house. One of the things they do is a lot of outdoor work, especially on the band joist of a home. This will cost you between $2,000 and $3,000!! People tell me it is worth it because no mice get in and no mice die.
lee on November 14, 2011:
ive had mice in my apartment now since last march and I just cant get rid of them..I've spotted these mice on a regular bases but they hide straight away. ive put down glue traps, ultrasonic devices everywhere, snap traps and I haven't caught one mouse ive had an exterminator come three times hes put down poison everywhere and tried to block of the entry point but to no avail every morning i wake up with mouse droppings on the counter-top. just 2 days ago the exterminator was here he has covered my apartment with snap traps using peanut butter as the bait i went into the kitchen there more droppings around there snap traps none of the peanut butter was touched.. can someone give me a bit of advice on what to do I think ive tried everything its gone to the stage where I wont even cook food in the house because I don't feel its hygienic. and to make it worse ive got a phobia of these things.. any bit of advice would be much appreciated because all I want to do is get rid of these dirty pests.
mqjeffrey (author) on October 07, 2011:
Excellent point Dottie! Thanks for reading...
Dottie on October 07, 2011:
One comment on catch and release: If you don't enjoy finding a mouse in your own home think about what that mouse you drive a mile away and release does almost immediately. He goes to the nearest house and finds a way in.
Rodents carry diseases. That is what you are removing from your home and basically dumping on somebody else to have to deal with. Think about it.
Dottie on October 07, 2011:
Five years ago I bought snap traps and sewed cotton balls to the triggers. I pour a few drops of vanilla onto the cotton balls. Viola! Bye, bye mousies! I've reused the same traps with the original cotton balls just refreshing the vanilla each fall and setting them out. Just caught my first mouse of the year last night. Oct 7th.
mel on October 06, 2011:
hi i have killed 2 so far and i know that there are more as they have stolen the bait,, cheese,, i use the old mouse trap ,,,NOW the best way i think is to melt chocolate on it as they have to realy go at it to get the bait but they never get,s it as it,s good night 4 them little fk,s so give it a try it works for me ALL THE TIME hahahahaha
Joe on October 02, 2011:
stuntborg on September 26, 2011:
There's enough killing in this world. I won't debate the ethics of kill versus non-kill but I will say that glue traps are awful. I have the smallest Hav-A-Hart and it is very effective. Been baiting it with Honey Bunches of Oats lately. There's a local villain whose yard I release them in. Muh hah hah!
Rev. Hoi San on September 19, 2011:
There's a lot to add to this great thread: I am a Buddhist priest, and the mice are a terrible problem. I have multiple sclerosis and am very open to infections. Mice carry so much trouble with them.
I have refused for many decades to trap them, glue them to boards, etc. but even when my mother was alive I was forced to kill them, since she screamed til they were dead. And she feared no man.
My father and I later had the solution to allow them to do whatever they wanted. We had them in residence no matter what. I hated that too, because he and I both became very ill as a result of that. He was in his late 80s at the time.
We always put D-CON rat/mouse poison pellets (the blue pellets) and these kill mice like nothing else. I snuck around and removed the boxes every time, but Mom was too fast. Only twice in my life could I capture a mouse and release it; my mother hated my guts for about a week later, until a mouse would show up again and she'd say, "Well! There's your damned mouse again! KILL IT!!"
I agree glue boards are barbaric and vicious. Some like their effectiveness (not too effective, but OK once in a while). I've seen lots of small mice glued and unable to move. Some starve there, but I think it's either us or the mice. Think about that, because either you kill it or you don't.
If you don't kill, be ready to spend lots of good quality time with these disease-bacteria-ridden vermin, cleaning up the poop in the kitchen and TRYING to sanitize the ENTIRE house. I had my fill when I saw mouse poop in my favorite rice bowl.
MouseMurderer on September 12, 2011:
This isn't helpful to me! My partner keeps getting mice in his house.. We catch them, they die, we throw them away. There's more the next day. There has to be something OTHER than traps!
Dan on September 11, 2011:
I had a mouse that started to raid the waste basket in the middle of the day while we were watching TV. I bought a no-kill mouse trap made by a company called Victor ($3.99 at Home Depot). I baited it with peanut butter (recommended)and set it against the bottom of the cabinet near the waste basket. We left the house for a few hours and the mouse was in the trap when we came home. I drove a mile away and released it (easy to do). It scurried away in good health!
Moonbeam Prime on August 31, 2011:
My room is really Messy, and we had a mouse problem, but now there is only one mouse... in my closet... i nearly had it, but it used my arm to leap off my bed, and back into the mess... School is around the corner and i can't have a mouse in my closet, how the hell do i kill it, when i barely have time to see it!?
Chelsea on August 30, 2011:
I was really frustrated because I had a mouse that was licking the peanut butter off the spring traps without setting them off, so I followed one of the other commenters here - I glued a peanut to the spring traps, and caught the mouse within a few hours!
usedjoe12 on August 27, 2011:
i was using cheese as soon as i used peanut butter i had more mice than i thought i had in my garage
Lady A on August 27, 2011:
Stupid little mouse woke me up at 5am!! Sounded like a metal ball rolling down the hallway..ALL THE WAY IN MY ROOM!!! I turned on all the lights and just waited. Apparently it's living in my DRESSER. I want to burn everything, LOL. I am going to get about 30 sticky traps and cover the floor with them and just dare that mouse to show it's nasty little head. I'm done playing nice with mice. Once caught on a sticky trap it will get a swift death, no second chances for that mouse!
Mouse dude lolz on August 26, 2011:
We have a cat that is very playful, and never kills mice. She chases them, but she just kind of pats them on the head when she gets them. Almost as if she's trying to be friends with them. Any way, anytime we find a mouse, we get the cat, and when she catches it (usually gently with her mouth like a dog does to a pup), we set it free out on this dirt road just a few blocks away from our home. We've pretty much got our cat trained. Anytime I call her, she knows there's a mouse lol. Kind of odd. Just figured I'd put that out there.
ui on August 24, 2011:
i used plastic
Lumino Perseid from New Orleans, Louisiana on August 16, 2011:
Red gummie bears Work fast i was in hawaii and i got tired of the rats licking the bait out of the traps. i love gummy bears and one day while eating my treats they stuck to my teeth. A light bulb went off and that night at sunset i set traps with all the colors, They took the red. last night i got a mouse just wanting to share.
Now here is the science HALF OF A SMALL RED BEAR is all you need and it self adhears to the trap. mash that sucker on the trap. They See it (red) they smell it they lick it they like it they want more after a few licks they bite teeth stick snap dead not able to tell friends about it.
It is always better to not kill yet when i find turds in my bed that's the end
Allison on July 13, 2011:
Use Eucalyptus oil, it repels them totally from your home. They hate the smell of it. Simply put a few drops every month under your cupboard, in your corners, laundry room etc, whereever they may get in and that's all you need. They will not come in because they do not like the smell of Eucalyptus oil. You have to do it every month though including summer. If you have a basement, put some on an old rag and toss it down there to scare them out of the house.
Jeanell on July 10, 2011:
Been years since I had varmin; this site is great. I had always used a small piece of pecan before successfully in the victor spring trap. Evidently did not wedge it in correctly. Set two traps last night and it got away with the bait without springing the trap. Trying again tonight with pntbutter on the baitsite along with a piece of pecan. Hate the creatures. Had been forgetting and leaving dog food out again at night. Being more careful about that (too late however, they have already come inside). I will catch them. Cannot find entry way. Think must be coming in when I leave the door open so the dogs can go outside. Leaving the door open a lot less too!
Eric on July 05, 2011:
I use the old-style Victor spring traps. I place a chow mein noodle coated in peanut butter through the metal loop, then top it off with more PB. Little guy had a firm bite on the noodle when he tripped it. Otherwise they can lick off the PB, so make it so they have to bite and pull.
x on June 15, 2011:
Used Peanut Butter first night, smart little things ate it without springing the trap.
Tried spreading it all over the trigger plate and around the hinge the next night….again ate it all and got off scotch free!!!!!
Dee on May 30, 2011:
No, Nutella does not work. The mouse was able to slip it right out of two traps I had set. The little creep is in my food storage closet, I am going to kill it tonight. Forget the humane catch and release these things are atrocious and the cockroaches of the invertebrates... I don't need to contract the Hanta Virus... which DOES exist! I sure hope there aren't any babies around too.
I just found another posting that hot gluing a small piece of crunchy cereal works. Another piece of advice was to never handle the traps barehanded, but with latex gloves (or non latex gloves) to avoid placing human scent on the trap.
Tonight, the little bugger DIES! It'll look cute when it's dead. =-~
ximix on May 10, 2011:
Here is a great tip for those of you having problems with insects eating the bait. Surround the trap with powdered Boric Acid. It is completely odorless and kills just about every insect on contact. It wont bother the rodents at all because they have no exo-skeleton.
aron on May 01, 2011:
ill use sticky mouse trap the best trap & harmful trap baygon...
laura on April 16, 2011:
i hate mice,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Sam on April 15, 2011:
Caught one in a trap last year, but they are back again this year. Just been up in the roof and found 2 done by bait, none in the trap yet, going to try Peanut butter... will let you know how I get on!
A.S on April 04, 2011:
I bought those mouse repelant that you plug into the wall I had one in my garage and in my laundry room off my garage and funny thing there was a mouse in my laundry room. Those plug in noise repelants are a waste of money!!! I would suggest traps with peanut butter or those sticky pads as I caught it now~~~
Lilz on March 30, 2011:
I liked it thanks it was just what I needed we moVed in to our new house and Then we got a visited an unwanted visited thank you