Safely Trapping and Removing Mice

How Can I Safely Trap and Remove Mice?

To safely trap and remove mice, start by choosing the right trap, such as a snap trap or a humane live trap. Bait the trap with appealing food like peanut butter or seeds, and place it along walls or near areas of mouse activity. Regularly check and promptly clear traps to prevent distress. For a comprehensive solution, consider Orkin’s professional services, which include identifying and sealing entry points to prevent future infestations.

Understanding Mice Behavior

In this guide, we’ll walk you through various aspects of mouse control, from identifying signs of an infestation to choosing and setting traps, and when to seek professional help.  At Orkin, we believe in a comprehensive approach to pest control. It’s not just about removing the mice you see; it’s about creating an environment where they can’t thrive. This involves a combination of safe trapping techniques, preventive measures, and professional expertise. Our goal is to provide peace of mind by ensuring your home is not just mouse-free but also safe and healthy for you and your family.

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Before we dive into removal strategies, it’s essential to understand mice. These creatures are known for their agility and ability to sneak into the smallest of spaces. They’re attracted to warm, cozy areas with easy access to food and water. This understanding is crucial in effectively targeting and trapping them.

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Choosing the Right Trap

When it comes to trapping mice, selecting the right type of trap is crucial for both effectiveness and safety. Here’s a closer look at the options:

  • Traditional Snap Traps – These are widely recognized and can be highly effective. They work by using a spring mechanism to snap shut when triggered, quickly killing the mouse. While effective, they require careful handling to avoid injury to humans or pets. It’s important to set these traps away from areas frequented by children and pets.
  • Live Traps – For those who prefer a more humane approach, live traps are ideal. These traps capture mice without harming them, allowing for their release back into the wild, far away from your home. It’s important to check these traps frequently, as mice can become stressed or dehydrated if left trapped for too long.
  • Electronic Traps – These are a modern solution, using a high-voltage shock to quickly kill the mouse. They are generally safe for use around children and pets, as the mechanism is contained within the device.
  • Glue Traps – While an option, glue traps are generally not recommended. They can cause distress and prolonged suffering to the trapped mouse and can also be a hazard to small pets.

Baiting the Trap

Effective baiting is key to successful trapping. Mice are primarily attracted to foods high in fat and protein. Here are some tips:

  • Peanut Butter – A small dab of peanut butter is often irresistible to mice. It’s sticky, which means the mouse will have to work to get it, increasing the chances of triggering the trap.
  • Seeds and Nuts – Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or bits of walnut are excellent choices. These mimic the natural diet of mice and are highly attractive to them.
  • Chocolate – A little-known fact is that mice have a sweet tooth. A small piece of chocolate can be an effective bait.
  • Bait Placement – Place the bait carefully on the trap, ensuring it’s positioned to trigger the mechanism. For snap traps, place it on the bait pedal. For live traps, place it at the end of the trap to lure the mouse fully inside.

Strategic Placement

The placement of your traps is as important as the bait you use. Mice tend to avoid open spaces and stick to walls and other hidden routes.

  • Along Walls – Mice feel safer when traveling along walls. Placing traps flush against walls where you’ve noticed droppings or damage can be effective.
  • Entry Points – Look for gaps or holes where mice may be entering your home. Placing traps near these points can catch them as they come in or out.
  • Dark, Secluded Areas – Mice prefer dark, quiet areas. Basements, attics, or under furniture are good spots for traps.

Prevention is Key

Once you’ve dealt with the immediate issue, it’s crucial to prevent future infestations. Seal entry points, keep your home clean, and store food in airtight containers. Regular maintenance and vigilance are your best defenses.

When to Call Orkin

While DIY methods can be effective, sometimes the situation requires professional intervention. If you’re dealing with a large infestation, or if the thought of handling traps is unsettling, Orkin is here to help. Our trained professionals use safe, effective methods to remove mice and prevent future infestations.

At Orkin, we don’t just remove the problem; we look for the root cause. Our Integrated Pest Management approach focuses on long-term prevention and control. We inspect, identify, and treat not just the infestation but also the factors contributing to it.

  • Expertise – With years of experience, Orkin professionals are well-versed in mouse behavior and control techniques.
  • Safety – We prioritize your safety and the well-being of your home.
  • Customized Solutions – Every home is different, and so is every infestation. We tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.

Ready to Say Goodbye to Mice?

If you’re ready to tackle your mouse problem, remember these key points:

  • Safe trapping and removal are crucial.
  • Prevention is your long-term solution.
  • Orkin is here to help when you need us.

Don’t let mice take over your home. Contact Orkin today for a consultation and take the first step towards a mouse-free home. Remember, with Orkin, you’re not just removing pests; you’re protecting your home and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the safest types of traps to use for mice?

The safest traps are snap traps, live traps, and electronic traps. Snap traps are effective but must be handled with care. Live traps are humane and allow for the release of the mouse, while electronic traps offer a quick and humane solution.

Where should I place mouse traps in my home?

Place traps along walls, near entry points, or in areas where you have noticed mouse activity. Mice tend to travel along edges, so positioning traps in these areas increases the chances of capture.

What are the best baits to use in mouse traps?

Mice are attracted to foods high in fat and protein. Peanut butter, seeds, nuts, and small pieces of fruit are excellent choices for baiting traps.

How often should I check the mouse traps?

Check the traps daily. This is important for humane reasons if using live traps and to remove and reset traps that have caught a mouse.

What should I do if I catch a mouse in a live trap?

If you catch a mouse in a live trap, release it far away from your home, preferably in a wooded or rural area. Ensure the release site is away from other residences to prevent the mouse from becoming a problem for someone else.

 How can I prevent mice from entering my home?

Prevent mice from entering by sealing cracks and openings around doors, windows, and foundations. Keep your home clean, store food in airtight containers, and reduce clutter where mice can hide.

When should I call a professional like Orkin for mouse removal?

Consider calling Orkin if you have a large infestation, if traps are not effective, or if you are uncomfortable handling the situation yourself. Orkin professionals can provide a comprehensive solution for mouse control and prevention.

Are there any health risks associated with mice in my home?

Yes, mice can carry diseases and contaminate food sources. They can also cause allergic reactions in some people. It’s important to handle mouse control safely and effectively to reduce these health risks.


Effectively dealing with a mouse infestation requires a blend of knowledge, strategy, and sometimes, professional assistance. Remember, the key to successful mouse control is not just in the trapping but also in understanding and modifying the environment to make it less inviting to these pests. By choosing the right traps, placing them strategically, and using the correct bait, you can significantly reduce the mouse population in your home.

Our experts are equipped with the knowledge and tools to not only address the current infestation but also to provide long-term solutions to prevent future problems. With Orkin, you get more than just pest control; you gain a partner in keeping your home safe and pest-free.

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