I have a bad problem with mice and I know that since I have have both pets and a 2 year old son, I would guess live traps would be best. They have always been a bad problem in the attic. The snap traps do not work there and the mice seem to have no interest in Decon pellets. What do you think would be best for live traps? I would need at least 2. And also what would be the best bait? I also need to have something to help keep mice away from the house too. I live on a ranch and there are hay stacks, an old barn and many other places the mice are at. If I can just keep them away and out of the house would be great. One last thing, what is best for cleaning up mice urine and feces? We have recently noticed when our dishwasher is on the drying cycle and startes to steam, it puts out an awful awful smell, but only when its on the drying “steam” cycle. Please help!!
First, you should review our MICE CONTROL article which covers everything I’m about to summarize but in great detail. As you’ll learn in our article, using live traps is generally the best way to proceed all the time. There are many reasons for this but the top three are 1) Traps last a long time. I’ve had two for over 10 years and I’ve been using them both outside and inside my home during this time. They still work as good as new and I fully expect they’ll last at least another 10 years. This makes them the most cost effective approach for sure. 2) Mice don’t become afraid of live traps so you can catch even the most timid of the lot. 3) Live traps pose no hazard to people, pets or any other non-target animal making it the safest option too.
Now which trap is the “best live trap”? That’s a tough call. Personally I like the LT3310 because it will work on chipmunks, flying squirrels and rats as well as mice, shrews, voles and more. But the TIN CAT or the MOUSE MASTER are good options too if feel you need a trap that can catch multiple animals.
More on these can be seen here: https://bugspray.com/mice.html#mice-live-traps
As for what to use as bait to get them into the trap? No doubt our TRAPPERS CHOICE PECAN PASTE is the best lure available. Add a few pieces of dry dog food or some bird seed in the back of the trap along with some Pecan Paste and you’ll be able to round up any mouse that comes close to the offer. I like to place 1/2 teaspoon of Pecan Paste on the trip pan and then I smear a little of the paste on the front door frame. This helps to draw their attention to the trap opening and dare I say it works every time :)
Pecan Paste: https://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/pecan-paste
Now once you can go at least 2 weeks without noticing any new activity (i.e.: droppings) or without catching any more mice, you can consider using some granules. For inside the home, set out EVAC POUCHES. These can be used in attics, closets, behind dish washers, etc.
For outside the home, sprinkle PEST RID GRANULES around any structure you want to protect. Next, spray over the top of the granules with PEST RID SPRAY. This should also be sprayed on foundation walls or any other location where they might crawl or forage.
Pest Rid Granules: https://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/granule/pest-rid-exempt-granules-2-pound
Lastly, we have several odor control options covered in this section of our article:
So if its just around the dishwasher where the odor is active, the ODOR DESTROYER should do the job fine. But if you have more extensive areas to treat, get some NNZ. This material works on all kinds of odors and will effectively neutralize any kind of malodor including dead rodent smell, odors from droppings, etc.
Odor Destroyer: https://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/odor-destroyer
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