St Louis Pest Control Blog

House Mouse – Control

There are a variety of mouse traps that can be used to solve a mouse problem.  The four most commonly used traps for mice are snap traps, glue traps, bait traps and mechanical traps.  Let’s discuss these four a little bit now.

There is a reason why the snap trap has been around for a long time, it’s inexpensive, fairly easy to use and they work.   When using this type of a trap, make sure you place them against the wall with the trip mechanism firing towards the wall so that no matter which way the rodent approaches the trap it can fire of cleanly.  If you use an attractant, make sure it is something that can’t be pulled off, the best lures will cause the mouse to work to get the meal and therefore will cause the trap to be tripped.

Glue traps can be an effective way to control mice, but I would not use this method without combining it with one of the other methods.  When using glue traps, you want to place them as close to the problem area as possible.  The whole design of the glue trap is for a mouse to accidentally run onto one by mistake and get stuck.

Baits are highly effective, but once the mouse has eaten a lethal dose, it can die almost anywhere.  The problem with that is the odors sometime cause an unpleasantness in the home for a day or two.  Bait stations should only be used  in areas that children and pets can not access them.  But the benefit of the bait station, is that it can be placed out prior to a problem to hopefully solve a potential problem before it becomes one.

The last type of trap we will discuss is the mechanical trap.  These traps are designed to take advantage of the mouses curiosity.  Since mice love to explore new things, the mouse will explore this device and once inside it will not allow them to exit.  Once the mouse trapped you have to option to release the mouse back into the wild.  The problem with is, once the mouse has been freed, it may come back into your house and will more than likely now know not to go into a trap like this again.

At Blue Chip,  we use a combination of these methods in the field to gain control of the most difficult situations.  The one things I must stress before anything is done is to do a through inspection.  Finding out how the rodents are getting in and where they are harboring is key to a successful rodent program.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to for more information regarding our service options.



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