Common Mouse Control Methods And Their Overall Success

Most every homeowner is aware of the issues with mouse infestations, and they understand how troublesome those little critters can be. At the first sign of a mouse, many homeowners turn to some of the widespread mouse-elimination solutions. However, some of those solutions are not as effective as their reputations might have them seem. Here's a look at some common solutions and the truth behind them.


One of the first things that many people suggest when they hear that you have a mouse is to get a cat. Cats and mice have long been connected in a hunter-and-prey relationship. As a result, it's often believed that if you have a cat, you won't have mice. Or, if you get a cat, the cat will hunt and kill the mice.

The truth is that not all cats are mousers. Some domestic cats never fully embrace that hunter instinct, and as a result, they will do little for your mouse problem. If you've decided to get a cat to deal with the mice, you should adopt an adult cat that's already been proven to hunt mice. If you get a kitten or an unproven cat, you can't be sure that you're going to get one that's an inherent mouser.

Bait Traps

There are all sorts of mouse traps on the market, and you can buy a variety of them at your local department stores. However, unless they are handled, baited, and placed correctly, they aren't going to be highly effective. In fact, without the right knowledge, you could place traps and never catch a single mouse.

While most people reach for cheese when they bait a mousetrap, that's not the most effective bait to use. Mice will eat cheese in the absence of other options, but they aren't actually big fans of it. In fact, if you put cheese on a snap trap, you run the risk of the mouse sneaking the cheese off the trap without triggering it. Peanut butter is more effective as bait. Mice love peanut butter, and it's not something they can just take off the trap.

In addition, handling a mousetrap with your bare hands will leave oils from your skin on the trap. This leaves your scent behind on the trap, which will discourage mice from even getting near it. If you are going to bait and set traps, you need to wear gloves to do it so that you don't leave your scent behind.

With so much guesswork involved in catching mice, it's easiest to call an exterminator that specializes in mouse removal. They can locate and properly trap the mice to get them out of your home. Contact a company like Paffy's Pest Control to learn more.