When you find a mouse in your house, the first thing most people do (after recovering from the shock!) is head straight for the mouse traps. Over the course of a hundred years, the basic mouse trap hasn’t changed much because they are inexpensive and do the job well. Traps can be even more effective if you know the best way to bait and position them.




The Best Bait for Mouse Traps

The bait is one of the most important aspects to consider when trying to catch mice. For best results, don’t choose cheese. Although we have been brainwashed to believe that mice like cheese, research has shown that is simply not the case. In fact, mice are often repelled by the strong smell of cheese. Then what do mice eat? Mice are attracted by foods they find in nature like seeds, fruits, grains, and vegetables. They also really like nuts and sweets, so chocolate, peanut butter, and nutella are great options to try. When you are baiting the trap, make sure that you use only a small, pea-sized amount. Too large of a portion might make it so the mice can eat around the bait without tripping the trap.

The Best Place to Put Mouse Traps

Mice do not often venture into open spaces, so your best bet is to place traps right along walls around the perimeter of rooms. The mouse traps should be placed perpendicular to the wall with the trigger and bait end nearest to the wall. This will allow the mice to move toward the bait without leaving the wall and without arousing their suspicion. Mice also like to hide in concealed areas, so it is wise to place some traps behind appliances, furniture, or other areas where there is evidence of rodent activity.

The Best Amount of Traps

When it comes to mouse traps, it is best to set several at a time. You can place one mouse trap every few feet along walls where you have seen mice or evidence of mice. You can also switch things up and set two mouse traps together. Since they multiply so quickly, chances are good that there is probably more than one mouse, so having extra mouse traps is never a bad idea.


Even the most experienced trappers can’t always solve rodent problems with trapping alone. If you can’t get rid of the mice or are feeling discouraged, it might be time to call a pest control specialist. Solving rodent problems can often involve other things like exclusion efforts, baits, and rodenticides. The experts at Combs Pest Control can help you on your way to being rodent-free. For pest control in Boise, trust Combs Pest Control.