How to Set up a Mousetrap the Right Way

Mouse trap with cheese

If there are pesky rodents sneaking around the house, garage, or shed and you've decided to use a traditional wooden snap trap as your trap of choice, be sure that you have what it takes to catch them. Today, we are going to go through the basics of how to set a mousetrap. Getting ridding of mice does not have to be overly complicated or dangerous to you. Follow these essentials for success in mouse trapping with a snap trap.

What Does an Effective Mouse Trap Do?

When you go to the hardware, grocery, or home improvement store to make a selection of mouse traps, you have to know what will work. Not every mouse trap is built the same. Results will vary, so choose wisely.

There are a few things that you should expect out of a mouse trap for your money. Primarily, an effective mouse trap will do three things:

  • Bait safely
  • Bait securely
  • Humanely kill the mouse without causing suffering



Humane Kill

What You'll Need to Trap Mice

Roof Rat at the lamp

Image by Christine McCall from Pixabay

In order to trap mice, you'll need only a few basic things.

  • Time 
  • Patience
  • Trap
  • Bait





How To Set a Mousetrap Properly

Prepare the Trap

Bait the Trap

Prime the Trap

Place the Trap

Important Points for Fine Tuning


Mouse trap and a mouse

Image by Hans Rohmann from Pixabay

The mousetrap is a very simple machine. At the same time, it is not necessarily self explanatory. Trying to understand how to set a mousetrap can feel intimidating, but if you familiarize yourself with the parts of the trap and practice just a bit, you can succeed without issue.

Regardless, you might find yourself failing the first few times out. About 99% of how to set a mousetrap comes down to patiently working with the device and bait until you get it right. There are no real short cuts to trapping mice. You just need to test the steps and alternate your bait until your mouse likes what's on the menu. It could mean a few minutes or a few weeks. Keep trying until you get your unwanted house guest.

Featured Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay


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