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Mice don’t have great vision, but their sense of smell is amazing. If you’re currently dealing with a mouse infestation, you’re probably looking for a foolproof way to bait them.

You’ve come to the right place! Our mouse exterminators reveal the best types of bait to catch mice.

The importance of choosing the right mouse bait

To get rid of mice in your walls, you essentially need only 2 essential things: an effective mouse trap and bait that attracts rodents.

If you can successfully combine the use of the right trap and the best mouse bait, you will be able to catch a mouse.

How to bait a mouse with common household foods

Mice are not fussy eaters. In fact, you probably already have several foods that could serve as mouse bait in your cupboards right now.

Here are a few common household baits you could use to lure a mouse:

  • Bacon
  • Peanut or pea butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Cereals (wheat, rice, oats, etc.)
  • Bacon
  • Sausages

Various other condiments can also be used to bait mice, including various liquid seasonings and even barbecue sauce.

If you’re still wondering what to put on a mouse trap, try your luck with any food the mice have already nibbled in your home.

Basically, any food that mice eat can be used as bait.

Mice and cheese: a real love story?

It’s a common myth that cheese is the best mouse bait. This belief is more myth than reality, because cheese is no better mouse bait than any other foods mice eat.

How to bait mice with commercial toxic baits

Commercial toxic baits are also excellent mouse bait. Toxic baits sold in supermarkets fall into 2 categories:

  • Anticoagulants
  • Hypothermia-inducing products

Anticoagulant mouse bait causes fatal hemorrhaging as soon as the mouse is injured. Hypothermia-inducing products, on the other hand, are very fast-acting, killing a mouse less than 15 minutes after ingestion.

Commercial toxic baits typically come in blocks, granules or pastes, and mice love them because they’re so tasty.

Convenient, reusable and ready to use, these baits are also resistant to weather and extreme temperature variations, making them one of the best options for mouse bait.

Commercial toxic bait: a warning

Toxic commercial baits must be handled with care. They should always be placed out of the reach of children and pets.

How to bait mice

Household baits fit directly onto mouse traps. We recommend attaching the bait with wire or glue to make sure the mouse doesn’t grab it and run off without triggering the mouse trap mechanism.

Commercial toxic baits should preferably be placed in a quiet, low-traffic area, directly on the ground, on or under a surface where mice regularly go.

When to replace bait

Household bait should be replaced every 2 days. If you notice that your bait isn’t working, you could try tempting a mouse with nesting materials instead.

Commercial toxic baits can remain effective for 3 months, so there’s no need to replace them within this time period.

Mouse bait: to (finally) get rid of your infestation

Mouse traps and baits should not be the only type of pest control measures that you use. To deal with a mouse infestation, the best solution is to contact a mouse exterminator. The skill and knowledge of a professional can go much further than DIY attempts, and pest control services can guarantee that your mouse infestation will be successfully eliminated.

To learn more about mice, we invite you to visit our blog. You’ll find many interesting and helpful articles.

Pascal Rock
Pascal Rock  
Director, Elite Pest Control
Founder and mainstay of Elite Pest Control, Pascal Rock has embodied expertise and dedication for over a decade. His training, acquired with expert mentors in extermination and pest decontamination, has shaped an outstanding professional. Under his leadership, a team of six seasoned technicians deploys the very best pest control strategies. Together, they ensure the peace of mind and safety of residents and professionals from Montreal to Quebec City, by offering fast, effective interventions, available at all times.