If you live in the country, you have mice. No matter what you do to keep those little critters outside, if your house is warm, they'll come on in and make themselves at home in your pantry… in the closets… They'll be anywhere they can find a warm and cozy place to build their nest. And a nest means babies. It's a war between you and the mice so you need the best mouse traps bait available. Today I want to share a life-hack with you that is simply amazing! This isn't going to be a glamorous post, but it's oh so practical!
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Over the years we've tried everything to keep mice out of the house. Our house was built in the 1930's so there's lots of little spaces they can squeeze through to get in. Our mice are pretty savvy because they avoid getting caught. We've tried everything from placing peanut butter in a regular mousetrap to buying fancy schmancy live-release mouse traps and getting a cat. Nothing worked until we tried this.
What Is the Best Mouse Traps Bait?
Tootsie rolls! Simply unwrap a tootsie roll, cut it into 3 or 4 pieces and place one piece in the mousetrap. Within about 15 minutes of trying this for the first time, we started hearing the mousetraps being set off. (What music to my ears!) Who knew that a tootsie roll is magic mouse bait?
The Quickest Way to Catch a Mouse
It's not enough to just set a mouse trap anywhere. You have to be strategic… be smarter than the mouse! (Sometimes that's harder than it sounds!)
Mice like tunnels. They like small dark places. So if you want to catch a mouse you need to put the trap in a place where the mouse is going to feel comfortable. A pest-control professional recommended that I fold some cardboard over and create a dark tunnel, place the tunnel against a wall and put a mouse trap at the end of the tunnel. The mouse will run into the tunnel to get the tootsie roll and SNAP!
You: 1, Mouse: 0. Game over.
Stop the Mice from Getting In!
Obviously, the quickest way to catch a mouse is to stop them from getting into your home in the first place. The same pest-control professional gave me another tip. He said to take Irish Spring Soap, cut it into small pieces and sprinkle it around the outside of your home! (Say, what?) If they're getting into your car, sprinkle the soap around the area you usually park your car (or just set a bar of soap near the wheels). Apparently, mice really hate the smell of Irish Spring soap and it will repel them. Keeping a bar of Irish Spring soap inside your car is also a good idea (but be careful because in the host summer months the soap could melt and make a mess)!
Ready to win the war against mice?
Here are the supplies you'll need:
Do you have a good tip for catching mice? What has worked for you? Tell me about it in the comments!