How to Catch a Mouse

A traditional mousetrap need not be used to get rid of rodents.
A traditional mousetrap need not be used to get rid of rodents. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Rodents are an unwanted presence in any house or business because of their droppings, the damage they cause with their gnawing, their dirtiness and the diseases they spread. If the home or business has only a few of the nasty critters, there is no need to call a professional. A safe and humane way to catch and remove them is available.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue traps
  • Gardening gloves
  • Rodent bait
  • Baby oil
  • Cotton swab

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Purchase glue traps at a local hardware store.

Place the glue traps in the places where mice have been noticed in the building. Place them along the wall so they are not accidentally tripped. It's best to place several traps together, or to buy the rat-size traps.

Bait the traps. Some pest-control companies manufacture a bait product designed for this purpose, but mouse-alluring food such as a dab of peanut butter is effective.

Listen for the sound of a mouse struggling in the trap. Mice often make loud noises trying to escape glue traps.

Put on gardening gloves to protect your hands.

Carry the trap outside and away from the building.

Apply 1 to 2 drops of baby oil to the trap, which will free the mouse and allow it to scurry off into the wilderness. A cotton swab will help rub the oil in and disengage the glue.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent future mice invaders, mouse-proof the building by sealing off small openings and keeping food sealed in airtight containers and cabinets.
  • Traditional spring-loaded mousetraps and rat poison are options, but both will result in dead rodents and potentially a foul odor if they are not removed promptly.
  • If the building is infested with mice, call a professional.
  • A glue trap will lose its effectiveness if left out too long; dust and debris will decrease its stickiness.
  • Use caution around rodents. They carry diseases that are spread by bites.


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