Even the best mouse trap will not get rid of mice in your home
Mouse traps are not a permanent mouse control solution
Trying to kill mice can make a problem worse
The best way to stop mice is to mouse proof your living space
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If you see a mouse in the house or business premises, the sensible thing to do is go online to find the best mouse trap. Right? We would say, very politely, wrong!
Give us a moment here, and we will explain. Mouse traps have been around for centuries, as long as mice have been living with humans. And, as reported in the New Scientist in March 2017, the latest scientific evidence indicates that is 15,000 years.
If you have mice in the house or flat, and you want to get rid of them, most humans revert to instinct and think of ways to hunt them down or kill them. And setting mouse traps seems to make perfect sense.
Mouse traps – back to cavemen
For such a small and generally timid animal, mice bring out the killer instinct in humans. Conventional responses to mice infestation are coloured with violent language:
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This understandable, but slightly primitive, response (no offence intended) doesn’t take account of one thing. Put bluntly, mouse traps don’t work.
Also, as we have made clear in a previous blog post – Best mouse poison? That’s no Mice Poison – the other caveman response, trying to kill mice with rodent poison, or rodenticide, also doesn’t work.
The one method for getting rid of mice in the home that does work is this: stop them getting into the property in the first place. The answer is to mouse proof your house, flat or business. More on that later.
A mouse trap that really works?
First, a bit about mouse traps. You might think there are mouse traps, and then there are mouse traps. Not all will work. But surely the best mouse trap on the market should do the business? In this day and age – we’ve put humans on the moon for chrissake, there must be mouse trap with enough gizmos on it to make it work?
Well, here are 4 reasons why that is not the case:
Mice are quick learners. Mice have evolved to live with humans, and they have developed the ability to respond to all our tricks. They avoid areas and objects that present a risk. So, mouse traps might work briefly, but then mice will change their habits to avoid them. In fact, experts say mice are developing behavioural resistance to mouse traps.
SUPERPROOF Technical Director explains: “There is a comparison with antibiotic resistance. Because of the rapid breeding cycle, mice evolve quickly. Learned traits are passed from one generation of mice to another. This could contribute to a growing learned resistance to traps within mouse populations, making them less and less effective.”
Mice are quick breeders. Mice breed so rapidly that no amount of mice traps can eradicate a well-established mouse infestation. Then, as soon as you stop using the traps, the mouse population will expand once more, and you will be back to square one.
Mice traps do not tackle the underlying issue. You are seeing mice in the home because mice can get in. That is because there are multiple entry points. Putting down a mouse trap or two will catch one or two mice, but that just leaves space for more mice to move into.
Mouse traps can make the problem worse. Mouse traps will capture the weakest mice, and those most desperate for food. Mice that have learned to avoid them, or are not tempted by the bait inside them, because there are much nicer things to eat, carry on regardless, and will breed and multiply quite happily.
Mouse traps – painful and smelly
Mouse traps relate to that concept that pest controllers follow – mouse control. They aim to control mice, because they know they cannot stop them. They just don’t tell you that.
Setting mouse traps means they have to come back again and again to check them and bait them. This gives them more to do, so they make more money, at your expense. Without solving your mouse problem!
On top of that (hope you are not squeamish) the few mice that are actually caught in traps, including sticky mouse traps, can die slow, painful deaths. Then they can decompose in your home, spreading nasty smells. Most people find the experience is not very nice at all.
Best mouse trap?
So, if you agree now that buying the best mouse trap might not be the best way to get rid of mice in your home, what is the answer? We say it is to stop mice getting in.
If your home is burgled because you left your front door open, you don’t go to bed again the next night, with your front door open, do you? Not mouse proofing your home would be exactly the same.
Mice live with humans because they offer three things – shelter, warmth, and food. They live in the cavities of your home’s walls, ceilings and floors to get the shelter and warmth. Then, they come out at night and enter your living space to get their food.
Mice deterrence – from inside out
So, here at SUPERPROOF, we have developed the most advanced system of mouse proofing in the UK. We use unique methods to locate and block all the entry points into your living, or working, space.
We use innovative combinations of mouse proofing materials and techniques to protect your living space from the inside out.
That way mice cannot get into your rooms to find the food they need to survive. Their only option, then, is to move elsewhere to find food (there are plenty of other people living not too far away who have not had their properties effectively mouse proofed).
Customer stories – here’s the proof
You are left in peace. Unlike with mice poison and traps – whether the best mouse trap or the worst – mice have no answer to this solution. This is not a caveman response to a mouse problem. It’s a 21st Century one.
Also, because we know our mouse proofing system works, we give you a certified guarantee that the mice will be gone for a year. Ask a pest controller using traps and poisons for the same guarantee, and they will run a mile.
Don’t believe it? Read our customers’ stories, to see how people with very serious mouse control problems discovered that the search for the best mouse trap was a mistake. But finding SUPERPROOF online wasn’t!