While having a mouse in your apartment is not such a serious issue, you might still want to find out more about how you can deal with this situation right away. If you are not one of those people who are comfortable with actually killing a mouse, then you are probably looking for humane ways to get rid of the little fellow.
Luckily, there are several things that you can do in order to safely remove the mouse and relocate it as far away from your house as possible. Humane traps are also, most of the times, rather inexpensive and, if we’re only talking about a mouse and not about an entire infestation, then you can safely choose this path.
As we’ve said, there are several non-lethal options that you can choose from, some of these being offered by retailers as well. One of these is the Havahart Mouse Trap which is in fact a small cage made of steel that comes with a trapdoor on either side.
Rodents are lured towards the trap using appropriate bait and, as they step into it, their weight triggers the mechanism. Once the door is shut, they have plenty of room inside to move around. Granted, they will still be scared, but at least they have a chance to live someplace else.
The thing here is that such a device can only trap one rodent at a time. Another alternative is the Smart Mouse Trap, a model made of transparent plastic, that includes a single door. The system is rather similar to the previous one, as mice are lured using bait, and once they step through the door they trigger the mechanism that shuts the trap-door.
A third option which fits the same bill is the Mice Cube trap. This long and rectangular plastic box has only a one-way door that uses the same principle. The bait is set on one side of the box and the door can shut behind the mouse, once the little fellow steps inside.
The only thing you need to be aware of if you decide to use such a trap is that there is no ventilation inside, so make sure that you check it often to know when a mouse has been trapped.
A key word when it comes to dealing with rodents, bait is the yummy element that once placed inside the trap works its charm through scent and attracts mice towards the cage. Its role is crucial in this entire process, so you need to make sure that it’s highly appealing to get the job done.
Some of the most common types of bait that you can try are peanut butter, bacon, oatmeal, crackers, or even dry beef jerky. You want the bait to be as fresh as possible in order to work. Be aware that if the smell is not strong enough or if the scent is not appealing, mice will stay away.
Placing the trap
Once you’ve chosen the type of trap and the bait you are going to use, the next step is determining the right spot to place it. This is another aspect just as important, since mice tend to run along walls and avoid wide open spaces, so if you don’t position the trap on some of their routes, the chances of successfully catching them are reduced.
You can take some time and observe the areas around your home to determine what specific spots are used by mice most frequently. After you know what these are, place your trap there, following their routes and moving patterns.
These creatures can also move through the walls. If you listen carefully and you hear a light scratching sound, then there’s a good chance they are there. In this case, what you want to do is identify the spots they use to go in and out of the walls and use those as trap spots.
Even though you are going for a harmless and non-lethal method, you still want to keep the trap away from pets or children that might play with it or ruin the luring step of the process.
Building your own mouse trap
Another inexpensive and effective way to catch a mouse is to make your own trap. This is a very simple task, and the first thing you need to do is to get the necessary supplies. These consist of a toilet-paper tube, a large bucket, and peanut butter as bait.
Once you have everything you need, place the toilet paper tube on a flat surface, straightening it as much as necessary so that it doesn’t roll away. You can put two creases in it to make this easier. Then take a spoonful of peanut butter and place it on one end of the tube.
If there is a certain spot where you’ve noticed the mouse around the house, find a table or a counter in that vicinity. If there is no suitable furniture for this, simply take another table and move it over there for a little while. The tube with the peanut butter needs to be positioned on the furniture, with the peanut butter end going over the edge.
Under the tube’s peanut butter end you need to place the large bucket without adding water if you don’t want the mouse to drown, and then wait for the trap to do its job. This might take several hours, so you should wait overnight.
Releasing the mouse
Once you have successfully caught the mouse, you need to decide where you are going to take it. The best approach in this case is to take it several miles away from the spot where it’s been caught. This way, there’s little chance for the little fellow to find its way back to the house.
Since your neighbors might not be very happy to have a mouse in the house either, you’d better avoid releasing it next to a residential area or isolated homes that might be an easy target for the curious rodent.