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The best mouse trap in the world won’t catch a mouse if it is not properly placed.  This is what truly sets the professionals apart from the homeowners when it comes to catching rodents.  Follow these tips to strategically placing your rodent traps and you should be on your way to controlling the rodent populations in and around your home in no time.

  • Safety first, if you have children and/or pets in the home you must take extreme caution on placement of snap traps used in the home.  Depending on the area of the home that you have discovered the mice you must conceal snap traps and place them in areas where children and pets cannot access them.  If evidence of mice was found in the kitchen consider placing traps far enough underneath the cabinets that tiny fingers or paws cannot reach them.  Rodents often travel to the kitchen through pipes that run to the kitchen sink.  Snap traps and glueboards are useful in this area.  We suggest emptying out this cabinet completely until control is gained and dedicate the space completely to trapping and/or monitoring.  Place the Snap Trap perpendicular to the wall in areas where mice are likely to enter or travel along the perimeter of the cabinet.  Securely attach the bait choosing from our suggestions in the Suggested Bait (link) section.  Keep children out with a child-proof cabinet lock.
  • Second, it probably goes without saying but you want to set the traps or place glueboards in areas where evidence of rodents has been found.  For example, if you discovered rodent droppings in your basement you will want to set a trap in the general area of these droppings, the same idea applies to the kitchen, the attic, etc.  Often times evidence of the rodents will appear near the food source.
  • For easy clean-up place newspaper or cardboard underneath the traps to protect the surface from their disease-carrying urine and droppings.
  • It is important that you understand the habits of rodents and how they travel.  Mice have poor eyesight and will typically walk along baseboards or walls to navigate around the perimeter of a room or space.  Your snap trap should be placed perpendicular to the wall that you believe the rodents are traveling along.  The trigger side that holds the bait should be up against the wall.  Placing traps in two’s is usually effective.
  • If you are certain that you have a rodent infestation and placement of your traps is not resulting in any catches then move your traps to a new area.  On the other hand, if you successfully trap a rodent reset the trap in the same area to see if you catch more mice.
  • One of the most important tips we can give you for using mouse traps is to use enough traps.  Often times where evidence of a single mouse exists there are many more mice within the structure.