Often mice are pretty cunning when it comes to traps being placed for them. Baits don't even work sometimes because of their surprisingly keen intuitive instincts making them more elusive than any other pets that could inhabit a household. That's why there is an imperative cause for you to continuously innovate the aspects of a trap or the methods you are employ in order to catch mice. You have to continuously search for new and more potent baits that mice will inevitably be attracted and relocate your snap traps from time to time when you will discover that your traps aren't working anymore at their former locations. Therefore it is also very important that you employ critical thinking and analysis as such skills will really help you out in effectively ensnaring mice wherever they may be able to efficiently hide. If you do not have such skills, then you may just end up investing financially over things you assume to work but will not work because you failed to critically assess their functionality. You have to understand that any trap or method to catch mice is not all effective by itself. It needs to be placed on the most conducive locations as possible and have the most attractive baits to lure mice in and it's your job to consider and apply these factors.
As your search goes on for the most effective phase of mouse-trapping, you may come across a variety of options along the way. Most of them are conventional and some are a bit of outside the box as one might say. You may choose to apply the conventional methods of trapping mice, knowing that over time they have already proven their efficiency and effectiveness. The trust brought about by its popularity over the years will assure you of quality output making you less worried about it failing in its cause. However, such devices will certain natural disadvantages or inefficiencies and having been so engrossed with the fact that it's been proven to be effective over time will make you overlook of these flaws. Thus, it would make you less innovative and resourceful in mice catching by becoming overly dependent in the archaic devices you have employed. Still, this should not be so; one must always continuously search for newer ways, maybe even unconventional, unorthodox means.
Truth be said, there are many varieties of options out there when it comes to catching pest mice and you'll be surprise how some of them seems so unexpected. But they are just actually products of some individuals' ability to put their minds into good work and now quite a number of people are using it already, making it more popular as time goes by.
You may become quite doubtful at first about its effectiveness but later on, once you will get to experience firsthand the output of these unconventional means for catching mice, you will be impressed how quickly they can satisfy your desired outcomes. Here are some of the "not-so" conventional means introduced to the realms of mice hunting:
1. Pet Dog
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are more efficient mice catcher than cats. Considering the weight and size of the animal and its difference to a cat, you can easily deduce why it can kill more effectively than the latter. There is even one breed of dogs called "rat terriers" because of their surprisingly prominent ability to spot mice anywhere and does them in for good. Unlike their feline counterparts, dogs don't play around their mice prey before killing them. Especially when agitated (as they all normally do when they see something small skirmishing their territory), they would just pounce their way to their target's death. However, it can't be told whether the dog will eat the mice for a meal so there is a chance that the dead mice carcass will be anywhere. Make sure by then that you check on places in the house to make sure there aren't any rotten mice corpses stanching away.
2. Peppermint Oil
Well, a lot of people may find peppermint oil as something exotically pleasing to the olfactory senses. As even sometimes it is used to add aroma to some delicacy in order to grant more attraction to its tasters. However, this doesn't go the same way for mice. Mice hate the scent of peppermint oil. They hate it so much that they shun away from it. What you can do is to put some peppermint oil on a dry cotton ball (make sure that it is dry of course, otherwise it will dilute the strength of the peppermint scent) and place it in locations where mice in the house will likely to stride. Place it as well on locations wherein mice are most likely to enter your premises. That way, you will be dissuading those mice away from ever infiltrating your household. This works as a repellent of course. You may not be able to use it against the mice that are already in the house as placing them in the exits of their litters may cause the mice to avoid the particular exits where the peppermint oil scent is and will most likely drill another hole for exits. This will cause more damage in your properties rather than having them fixed by getting rid of the pest. You may use them however as an extension to your entire pest mice control scheme. Place them after you have successfully driven all the pest mice away from your house so that they may never come back anymore.
Humans may like drinking soda to quench their droughts away. However, it may prove to be quite harmful if extensively being ingested due to carbonation factors that could take toll anytime. But with mice, a sip from a Soda means inevitable death. The carbonation will do them in, however, not instantly. So you may have to search the premises again for dead ones. Ironically though, even if Soda can really kill the pests, they really like it. That's why Soda is an ideal bait and trap method for pest mice and rodenticide at the same time.
4. Vitamin D Trap
This is really a quizzer. Who would have thought that Vitamin D, a supplementary vitamin intake essential for your bones and teeth are poisonous to pest mice? However, according to research and studies, mice are Vitamin D intolerant. An ingestion of vitamin D will precipitously disrupt their metabolism, (very much like what happens to lactose intolerant people who just drank milk but worse) and thus making them feel very awful later. In order to effective use Vitamin D as vermin poison, crush a tablet and mix it with peanut butter or cheese and then of course place it near suspected mice locations. A mouse will have to 2 days tops until the supplement kills it. However, even if Vitamin D is a natural human supplement, precautionary measures should still be observed.
5. Chocolate Plaster of Paris
Well you know what plasters are. You may think what would attract mice to plasters to kill themselves? Of course, plasters are not your main mice dish. It will be the chocolate that you will imbue with the plasters which make it attractive to mice. Chocolates have the effect of making mice thirsty. Therefore, once the mice ingest the chocolate imbued plasters of Paris, they will ferret for water outside of their litters. And then, the solidifying of the plaster in their tract will kill them. The best thing about this poisonous bait is that there's a high chance that the targeted mice will not die inside remotely secluded places. As they would have to go out and search for water, they will most likely die near the water source. Plaster of Paris quickly crystallizes into a hard mass of Gypsum once hydrated. Imagine, mixing cement into your stomach.