Mice are shy rodents. Most rodents are. It is frustrating that now you have found a mouse (probably in a common mouse hiding place), you cannot tempt it out to capture it! You need to know how to attract mice out of hiding.
In this post, we will explain the steps you can take to tempt a mouse out of hiding. Whether you plan to catch it, or whether you plan to observe and grab a few photos with the mouse. Good luck getting a selfie though!
Before we begin, you need to know that mice can carry some diseases, such as Hantavirus. You should always approach mice with caution!
First of all, let’s cover the reasons why a mouse is hiding from you in the first place.
Why Do Mice Hide From Humans?
It is an obvious question, with a more obvious answer! Mice are scared of humans, plain and simple.
Because we are much bigger than they are! What would you do if a giant was trying to tempt you out of a hiding place? You would stay there, right? I know I would!
It is not just your size that will concern a mouse. They are likely to have run into a human before, and it probably didn’t go that well. Most people consider mice to be pests, and when faced with a pest, most people will react with an attempt to attack the mouse.
If that has happened to this mouse, then it will be fearful of any human. Therefore, the mouse will remain in a place of relative safety until the threat has passed. i.e. you have left the area.
How To Attract Mice Out Of Hiding – Our Guide
Leave The Area
I know you want to get to the mouse. I know that you want to capture it or take pictures of it, but if you are standing around waiting for the mouse to stroll out of its hiding place, it will not.
You need to leave the area, or the mouse will not leave the safety of the place where it is hiding.
Leave Some Tasty Mouse Bait
Mouse bait is perfect to attract mice out of hiding. Why? Because mice eat… a lot! All of the time.
By leaving some tasty mouse bait in the local area, the mouse will get the scent and will leave its hiding place for a snack.
Be warned, mouse bait is not enough to attract mice out of hiding if you are going to stick around.
Set the mouse bait, and disappear out of sight!
Remove Any Threats
It is not just you that mice will be scared of. A mouse will be wary of any object that has not been in that area before.
If you have put new objects down in that area, remove them, because the mouse will be wary of any new objects.
This is also something you need to be aware of when setting mouse traps. Mice will be wary of any new objects and will pick up the scent of anything different. For this reason, I always leave a few traps scattered about around the best areas to leave mouse traps. Because the traps have been there for some time, they will not smell ‘new’, and they are ready to catch mice at all times!
Tell Everyone Else To Disappear Too
If you have kids, they will naturally be interested in looking at the mouse when it appears, but the mouse will not appear when a human being is clearly present.
Mice have a fantastic sense of smell and will know you are there even if you are not moving.
While I am on the subject, your scent will remain in that area for some time, so even if you do leave the area, it will be a while before the mouse feels confident enough to make an appearance.
If you are that desperate to catch or take a photograph of the mouse then we suggest laying down on the ground.
When you get down to their level, the mouse will see you as less of a threat, which may tempt the mouse to leave the safety of their hiding place and explore.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are mice afraid of humans?
Simple answer – yes. Most living things have a natural fear of larger living things. When you compare your size to that of a mouse, it is easy to see why a mouse will be afraid of humans! Also, the mouse may have been in contact with humans in the past. What is the most common response by a human when we come into contact with a mouse in our home? We try and attack them.
- What are mice attracted to?
Mice are attracted to food, warmth, comfort, and protection from predators. In terms of food, there are many types of food that a mouse is attracted to. Fruit, berries, anything sweet, and anything with a strong smell.
- Do mice come out when the lights are on?
Mice will come out when the light is on but they prefer not to. It depends entirely on the reason why the mouse is leaving a hiding place. Mice are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. When there is too much light, they are exposing themselves to predators. This is something that a mouse will not be comfortable with.
There are a couple of reasons why you may want to know how to attract a mouse out of hiding.
It could be that you want to catch the mouse to put a swift end to a mouse infestation. You may be outside and simply want to see the mouse. You may even want to try and get a photograph of it!
You may also have a pet mouse and just want to see it.
Either way, if you use the tips above, it will greatly enhance the chances of attracting the mouse out of hiding.
Good luck! Please let us know how you got on!