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  1. What baits should I use in my mouse/rat trap?
  2. Where should I place my mouse trap?
  3. I caught a mouse! What now?
  4. How do I set a snap trap?
  5. How do I set the EasySet mouse trap? (The one with the cheese pedal?)
  6. Is there a way to keep mice from chewing the wires in a car or in my house? Is there a spray or something to put on the wires?
  7. I used your mouse trap. The bait was completely eaten but I didn't catch the mouse. What can I do?
  8. I'm having trouble catching mice and/or rats with my traps. What can I do?
  9. Will my pets be harmed if they eat mouse or rat poison?
  10. What is the best way to get glue from your glue traps off of our pet's paw?
  11. How many of mice are born at once? How do I know that I've trapped them all?
  12. I am looking for a humane mouse trap. Do all your traps kill?
  13. Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles also?
  14. What types of wood, plastic, and metal are used in your mouse traps?
  15. How do I protect my pet from rats outside?
  16. How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
  17. Does a glue trap need to be baited?
  18. I saw a mouse in my garden. What would be the best way to get rid of it?
  19. I caught a mouse on the snap trap, but I didn't find it for a couple of days. Is there any danger from the mouse being dead on the trap for a couple of days?
  20. I'm having trouble setting the mouse trap. What do I do?
  21. I successfully caught a rat with your snap trap, and disposed of the dead rat. I want to use the trap again. Can I re-use the trap? Do I need to wash it?
  22. What signs do I look for when I'm trying to find a mouse in the house?
  23. How long does it take for a mouse to die in your snap trap?
  24. What is the best way to get rid of mice that are in the walls of my house?
  25. How do I keep mice out of the house?
  26. What should I do it my pet eats mouse or rat poison?
  27. What kind of screen should I have in my windows to keep mice from chewing through them?
  28. Should I broadcast rodenticide bait pellets?



  1. What baits should I use in my mouse/rat trap?
    For mice use peanut butter, cheese, oats, nesting materials, or chocolate. For live catch, use water. For rats use peanut butter, bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals, or meats.
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  2. Where should I place my mouse trap?
    Place traps perpendicular to the wall. Place traps out unset for a few days so rodents can become familiar with it. Place traps where rodent activity is seen (sign of chewing, droppings, runway, burrow).
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  3. I caught a mouse! What now?
    Check traps daily and replace as needed. Wear gloves when disposing of rodent
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  4. How do I set a snap trap?
    Remove small staple holding locking bar to wood base. Place bait inside curl found at end of bait pedal. Remove excess bait protruding from pedal . Pull back bow and hold down with thumb. With other hand, engage curved portion locking bar under small, V-shaped lip on bait pedal. Place trap against wall with bait pedal facing the wall. If trap bait draws ants, try using a small ball of cotton or strands of dental floss tied through hole in bait pedal curl.
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  5. How do I set the EasySet mouse trap? (The one with the cheese pedal?)
    1. Pull the bow (the spring loaded part) back, holding it down with the thumb of one hand. 2. With your other hand, take the locking bar (the long arm with the curve in the end that is attached to the back of the trap) and lay it in the center of the spring. Make sure that the curved or cupped part faces downward. 3. Begin to tilt the cheese pedal upward. As you do, you'll notice that the tip the locking bar will engage inside a little box-like opening on the back of the cheese pedal. 4. Slowly release your grip on the bow, the force of which should hold the locking bar inside that little box on the pedal. The trap is now set. 5. There is an "S" and an "F" imprinted on the pedal itself. If you wish the trap to be more sensitive, position the locking bar towards the "S" side of the little box by sliding it that direction. "F" stands for firm (less sensitive).
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  6. Is there a way to keep mice from chewing the wires in a car or in my house? Is there a spray or something to put on the wires?
    We recommend using the Sonic Pest Chaser in areas where you think mice might be active. The Sonic Pest Chaser repels rodents by emitting a high frequency sound. Learn more about Sonic Pest Chaser at Victorpest.com.
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  7. I used your mouse trap. The bait was completely eaten but I didn't catch the mouse. What can I do?
    The M130 Quick Set traps may be over-baited. Try to use the very least amount of bait possible in any style mouse trap you use. Strangely, the more bait you use, the easier it is for these nimble creatures to remove it without disturbing the traps. Try to make them struggle to get the bait, and in doing so, apply extra force to the trigger pedal with their nose/tongue to remove the bait. This technique alone will often result in a catch.

    Smear a thin layer of peanut butter over the end of the bait pedal, pressing it down into the "+" shaped hole. Remove the excess protruding through the bottom of the hole. With this thought in mind, another possible bait would be a small piece of a cotton ball attached to the pedal with short pieces of dental floss tied through the "+" shaped hole in the trigger. The mice will see this as possible nesting material and tug to free it from the trap which will result in it triggering.

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  8. I'm having trouble catching mice and/or rats with my traps. What can I do?
    Remember that rodents are nocturnal. They eat just about anything but especially love peanut butter. Rodents will travel the same pathways over & over. Those pathways are always along the base of a wall or similar vertical structures. Traps should always be placed in the pathways.

    Place the traps against the wall where rodents travel, orienting them so that the short side of the trap with the bait pedal, is against the wall. Pairs of traps may be employed since mice will often jump over obstructions in their normal path. Use two traps in the positioned mentioned above or place then length-wise, end-to-end (red "V's" on traps pointing towards each other) so that the bait pedal end will be encountered first as mice approach from either direction.

    Also see our FAQ entry about baiting your trap.

    Category: Mice and Rats
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  9. Will my pets be harmed if they eat mouse or rat poison?
    Rodenticides can be harmful if ingested by domestic pets or non-target wildlife. To prevent exposure use the following precautions: 1. Store product that is not in use in a location out of reach of pets. 2. Apply bait in locations that are out of reach of pets and other non-target wildlife. 3. Collect and dispose of any dead rodents and left over bait right away.
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  10. What is the best way to get glue from your glue traps off of our pet's paw?
    The glue from all our traps can be removed easily. Liberally coat the glue on the paw with vegetable oil. The oil will dissolve the glue within a short period of time. The oily residue can then be removed by washing with mild soap and warm water.
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  11. How many of mice are born at once? How do I know that I've trapped them all?
    Mice reach reproductive maturity within 60 days of birth and can have litters of 4 to 7 as often as every 40 to 50 days. It's virtually impossible to tell when you've trapped them all. You should continue to trap as long as you see mice or notice signs of activity. After that, leave traps set in high traffic areas and inspect them periodically.
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  12. I am looking for a humane mouse trap. Do all your traps kill?
    No. We make several different types of traps that simply catch mice unharmed until they can be released. More information about our mouse traps can be found at http://www.victorpest.com/mouse_rat_home.htm.
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  13. Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles also?
    Unfortunately, no. Typically voles will not enter this type of live catch trap. A better alternative is the Havahart Cage Trap. It's a cage-type trap designed for small rodents.
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  14. What types of wood, plastic, and metal are used in your mouse traps?
    All of our wooden mouse traps are made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood from environmentally managed forests. The type of plastic and metal and species of wood used in our traps is considered proprietary information.
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  15. How do I protect my pet from rats outside?
    To reduce the risk of harm to your pets:

    1. Don't leave animals outside at night for long periods of time.
    2. Locate the nest, if possible, and begin to trap & remove the rats.

    There are several different trapping options available, both lethal and non-lethal. Learn more about trapping rats at http://www.victorpest.com/mouse_rat_home.htm.

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  16. How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
    Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Some shoe boxes work for this). Cut a 3" x 3 opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rat path so that the rats will be able to enter the box as they travel on their path.

    This should prevent your pet from being snapped by the trap.

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  17. Does a glue trap need to be baited?
    No. Mousetraps of any kind simply need to be placed in known mice pathways. The mice will then encounter and rapidly explore the traps.
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  18. I saw a mouse in my garden. What would be the best way to get rid of it?
    Either a snap trap or live catch trap baited with peanut butter would be the best method of rodent control to use in your garden. Please visit our Rodents page for a wide selection of traps.
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  19. I caught a mouse on the snap trap, but I didn't find it for a couple of days. Is there any danger from the mouse being dead on the trap for a couple of days?
    There should not be any danger involved with this. You should always wear gloves when disposing of the dead mouse to prevent the spread of germs or disease. You can also disinfect the area with a household cleaner if you are concerned that there is a possible threat on your health.
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  20. I'm having trouble setting the mouse trap. What do I do?
    I'm sorry that you are experiencing trouble. Please read our detailed instructions for all Victor mouse traps.
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  21. I successfully caught a rat with your snap trap, and disposed of the dead rat. I want to use the trap again. Can I re-use the trap? Do I need to wash it?
    Rats are social animals. If they detect the scent, they will shy away from the trap. I recommend purchasing a new trap to catch another rat.
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  22. What signs do I look for when I'm trying to find a mouse in the house?
    One of the key signs is feces. This would indicate the presence of a mouse. Also look for wires, insulation, or edges that have been chewed. For some further information on mice and how to trap them, please vist our mouse section at Victorpest.com.
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  23. How long does it take for a mouse to die in your snap trap?
    The mouse should die immediately, upon impact. Please visit our mouse section at Victorpest.com for more about mice and rats.
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  24. What is the best way to get rid of mice that are in the walls of my house?
    We recommend using the Sonic Pest Chaser in areas where you think mice might be active. The Sonic Pest Chaser repels rodents by emitting a high frequency sound. Learn more about Sonic Pest Chaser at Victorpest.com.
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  25. How do I keep mice out of the house?
    Victorpest.com offers many tips and tricks for keeping mice and rats out of the house. Read Preventing Rats and Mice from Entering Your House at Victorpest.com
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  26. What should I do it my pet eats mouse or rat poison?
    If your dog or cat eats mouse or rat poison you should contact your local poison control center or vetrinarian immediately for more information.
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  27. What kind of screen should I have in my windows to keep mice from chewing through them?
    Fine mesh aluminum or copper is best. Please see our tips for keeping mice out.
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  28. Should I broadcast rodenticide bait pellets?
    No, you should not broadcast (spread the loose pellets) the bait. If desired you can tear a corner on the bait pack, otherwise just place the pack in the desired location. Do not scatter the bait.
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