How to Catch a Mouse in the House

If you have a house mouse, chances are you are keen to get rid of your unwanted guest. You may occasionally spy the small rodent dashing around your baseboards, but more often, you become aware of its presence by noticing mouse droppings or shredded packages of food in your cabinets. A variety of traps exist to catch a house mouse, from a cheap, conventional wooden trap to those with a more elaborate design.

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Simple wooden traps are an economical way to catch a mouse in your house.

Step 1

Set several spring-loaded mousetraps where you've noticed mouse activity. Read the instructions and carefully set the trap. Peanut butter is excellent bait -- it cannot be stolen and carried off to eat because the mouse must work to lick it off the trap. Mice also like cheese and chocolate. The least expensive variety of mousetrap is dangerous to human fingers if you accidentally set it off. Other varieties are easier to set and less dangerous but may cost a little more.

Step 2

Another option to catch a mouse is a glue board or box. This style of trap features a sticky glue surface. Add a few bits of food to tempt your resident rodent and it will stick to the surface. It will be unable to move and you will not be able to remove it. Glue traps that have a box surrounding the board are preferred by many people, as they do not have to look at the mouse. The downside to this method is that death is a long, drawn-out process, unlike the quick death of a spring-loaded trap.

Step 3

Live traps are an option when you don't wish to kill the mouse and plan to release it into the wild. Construct your own live trap with a cup and a coin. Put a bit of food under the cup and prop it up, using a coin balanced on its edge. The mouse will likely knock the coin over trying to get the food. Ease the mouse onto a piece of stiff cardboard. Or, purchase a trap; however, while humane, a house mouse often has difficultly living in the wild.

Step 4

Rodent poison is an effective means of pest removal. Once ingested, death occurs in a few days to a couple of weeks. The downside to poison is that the mouse doesn't die right away and can crawl off and expire within your home's walls where you can't remove it easily.