Trap Mice with Safety and Sanitation in Mind
Cheryl Alberts, Pesticide Safety Education Program Project Coordinator - October 24, 2016
In trapping mice, Dennis Ferraro, Nebraska Extension wildlife specialist, recommends following these tips:
- Prebait. Put out food the mouse is accustomed to eating, such as peanut butter or chocolate. After the mouse eats the prebait, put the same food firmly on the trap. If the mouse already has access to plenty of food, nesting material such as cotton or twine could be used as bait.
- Gloves. Wear gloves when setting the trap.
- Travel. Set traps along walls where mice travel. In a snap trap, set the snapping mechanism toward the wall. The mouse is less likely to drag the trap away, or escape. In corners, set two traps, one perpendicular to each wall. Set all traps inaccessible to children and pets.
- Glue traps. If using glue traps, place any bait inside a small container such as a bottle cap. This prevents oils from the bait creating a ‘slick’ on top of the glue so mice can get away.
- Multi-catch. Multi-catch mouse traps catch several mice at one time without being reset. Mice are contained, as are any bacteria, lice and fleas.
- Check. Wearing gloves, check traps twice a day. Bacteria in and around a dead mouse will multiply. Gloves help prevent direct contact with bacteria, lice and fleas.
- Sanitation. When disposing a dead mouse, wear latex gloves, spray the corpse with a disinfectant, double bag the corpse and dispose in the trash. Wash and disinfect traps to prevent bacteria from spreading. Wash gloved hands before removing.
Ferraro addressed the IPM Coalition in Lincoln Oct. 18. Coalition members include representatives from schools, public health entities, tribes, and state and federal government. For more information about trapping mice, see Controlling House Mice or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJHvExNyGg. For information about control and diseases of other pests, see http://wildlife.unl.edu.
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Trap mice with safety and sanitation in mind
For more information about trapping mice, see Controlling House Mice or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJHvExNyGg. For information about control and diseases of other pests, see http://wildlife.unl.edu.