Either you have mice, or you simply want to stop mice from infesting your home, you will need to know the best places to put mouse traps to ensure a successful capture.
But how do you know where to place mouse traps?
In this post, we draw on our knowledge and experience to give you some advice on where you should put your mouse traps to ensure they are as effective as they should be.
Here is a quick tip – always remember where you put your mouse traps, and always ensure that any children and pets are kept away from those areas!
Mice can carry some nasty diseases, so if you do come into contact with a mouse, or mouse droppings/urine, be wary of the symptoms of Hantavirus!
Why it is important to pick the perfect mouse trap location
Before you consider where to put mouse traps, let’s take a look at why it is important to know…
Let’s face it, you want to get rid of some mice. To do that you need to be smart, and you need to carefully consider where the mice may go, and the routes that the mice will choose to get there. It is only when you know this that you can apply the knowledge to successfully capture the rodents.
You may have heard mice in your attic, or you may have noticed signs around your home which indicate that you have a mice infestation. Use this knowledge to decide where you should put your traps.
If you have heard noises in your attic at night, then that it the area that you should start.
When laying mouse traps, you should always look for confined areas first, especially if you notice signs that the confined area is used by a mouse to travel around your home. Confined areas will restrict the movement of the mice and they are more likely to stumble upon the trap.
Let’s take a look at the best places for mouse traps!
6 Places To Put Mouse Traps For Maximum Success
There are so many places in your attic that you should consider when laying your mouse traps because it is the most commonplace that you will catch a mouse.
The reason mice love attics so much is because they are quiet and they will not be troubled by predators.
When you have discovered that you have mice in your attic, you will need to go up there with a torch so you can discover the most common areas they use. For instance, look around for items they may have chewed. Look out for mouse droppings and urine stains. I will always place a trap in these areas.
While you are up in your attic, take some time to investigate possible travel routes. For instance, wooden beams and narrow corridors are the perfect choices for a mouse to travel. These are also the best places to put your mouse traps. Why? Because these corridors and beams do not offer much room to go around objects.
If you are a mouse traveling through a narrow corridor and you stumble upon a free food source (we have covered the best mouse trap bait already), then you will always test your luck, right?
Basements are very similar to attics. A quiet, protected environment is perfect for them to breed in!
Follow the same advice as to the attic section above and find out how they are traveling through your basement.
Thoroughly check for holes in the walls of your basement for evidence that a mouse is using it to get in and out. Should you find any holes, simply place a mouse trap near it, loaded with some tasty mouse bait!
A garage is a perfect place to set a mouse trap!
Similar to a basement or an attic, a garage is one of the rooms in your home that is less frequently visited by humans. Let’s not forget that mice have an incredible sense of smell and will avoid any rooms where they can pick up the strong scent of a human.
Check for areas where mice can enter your garage and place a mouse trap down.
If your garage is connected to your home then you must check the connecting wall for any signs of mice damage. If you find any, then this area is a great choice to lay down a trap.
Rooms That Are Rarely Used
Consider any room that is rarely visited by a human.
Common rooms include spare rooms or storage rooms.
Storage rooms are attractive to mice simply because there will be plenty of items they can use to build a nest.
Check each room for signs of mice and lay down traps in confined areas, or areas close to items that a mouse will use for nesting.
It is worth noting that any room which is not frequently used by you will not carry much of your scent. That means any new items placed in that room will seem out of place, and a mouse may be hesitant in approaching it. When you lay down your mouse trap, use rubber gloves, or simply place it in an area that makes it difficult for the mouse to navigate around.
Your yard is likely to be the first place that a mouse will visit near your property. This is especially true if you have a yard with plenty of plants and trees. Mice love to move undercover!
Place a mouse trap in an area where you have your plants and flowers, but is still close to your Home.
When placing a mouse trap in your yard, you should always consider other wildlife. Always opt for humane mouse traps, such as live kill traps. Avoid using snap traps because other animals may be attracted to the bait you have laid. You are out to catch mice, not your neighbor’s cat!
Mice are not only attracted to comfort, warmth, and security. One of the biggest attractions for mice is food.
Your kitchen is certainly going to be a place of interest for a Mouse!
The best place to lay a mouse trap in your kitchen is under your kitchen cabinets.
During the night, as you are laying in bed, mice will be roaming your house looking for food and nesting items.
As soon as they find your kitchen, they will know where it is and it will become a frequent room for them to visit. Using the protected route underneath your cabinets, they will feel secure and safe from predators.
Use this to your advantage by placing a number of loaded mouse traps underneath your kitchen cabinets.
I mentioned above that mice have an incredible sense of smell, this can make them avoid anything new in an area they are familiar with, such as an attic, or basement. A kitchen is going to be different because most items are going to be new to them. This is an advantage to you because they will not fear the trap that you have left out for them.
Wondering where to put mouse traps in the kitchen?
I mentioned above that the best place to put mouse traps in the kitchen is under the cabinets, but you should also consider placing some in the following places too (I will include cabinets for a complete list):
- Under the sink
- Inside the panty (watch for little fingers looking for food! Place them up high or use live catch mouse traps)
- Inside cupboards
- Anywhere you have found mouse dropping
Catching mice is always a difficult task. They are small, fast, and fearful of any noise or predators. This post gives you the best places to put mouse traps, so you can be more successful in clearing your home of any mice infestation.
Finding the best mouse trap placement relies heavily on your knowledge of the mice, or mouse that you have in your home. Pay attention to sounds and always investigate any possible signs that you have mice. Use this knowledge to your advantage!
It is also worth remembering that whenever there is a danger that you will come into contact with a mouse, always be protected. Mice can carry some very nasty diseases, such as Hantavirus. Hantavirus is a virus that is usually transmitted when a person comes into contact with mouse feces or urine.