Although there are worse places to have an infestation, mice that occupy your garage can still do damage. By chewing through mechanical hoses and making holes in the walls and cabinetry, garage mice can be a big nuisance. The methods that you use to catch to catch mice in a garage may not be the same methods that you use to catch mice in your home. The following are some of the best traps for catching mice in the garage.
While many homeowners hesitate to use poison in their home, poison can be a very effective and practical pest control method in a space like a garage. Advantages of mouse poison include:
- Ease of use. Unlike snap-traps, poisons traps require almost no set-up and can be easily laid out by almost any adult. Older adults with arthritis and other joint problems will find poison traps to be the most simple way to catch and kill garage mice. In addition, poison traps do not require the homeowner to come back regularly to "check" the trap, as is the case with snap traps.
- One poison trap can kill many mice. Unlike snap traps, which can only kill one mouse at a time, poison bait stations will often feed many mice before running out of poison.
Note that poisons are not acceptable for use in garages where pets or children may come in and out. If your garage connects to your home, poisons aren't advisable because poisoned mice may walk into the house and die inside the walls, resulting in a smell.
Snap traps are a practical choice for homeowners who want to avoid using poisons, either because of their pets or because of their children. Snap traps are spring activated. When a mouse encounters the trap and sets off the trigger, the spring-loaded bar in the trap snaps down and crushes the mouse--often breaking the neck or the back. While snap traps do have some disadvantages (they can only kill one mouse a time and setting off the trap accidentally can be painful), snap traps do have some advantages that make them a smart choice for spaces like the garage.
- Snap traps usually kill mice instantly. Unlike glue traps, which are frequently used in homes, snap traps kill mice right away. This allows property owners to check traps at their convenience when they're in the garage, without worry that mice in the trap are needlessly suffering.
- Snap traps don't collect dust the way glue traps do. Glue traps can lose their stickiness as they collect dust bunnies, but this is not the case with snap traps. This is a helpful quality in the garage, where dust and dirt can fly through the air in abundance.
For more information about the best mouse traps to use in the garage, contact a residential pest control company in your area. A pest control professional from a company like Mr. Bug Killer Inc may have helpful advice and tricks for catching garage mice.