Put on a Mousetrap for Bait

What to Put on a Mousetrap for Bait

Below are eight popular bait options that people have used for a long time.

  • Cheese

    If you picture a mousetrap in your mind, then we bet you it is baited with a piece of cheese, right? It can also be a practical bait in the real world because it is a fermented product with a long shelf life, even at room temperature. It also has a pleasant aroma that can help attract mice and other rodents into the trap.
  • Preserved Meat

    Never use fresh meat because it will rot too quickly and smell so bad that even a mouse won’t be interested in it. Instead, keep an eye out for things like preserved meat like Bologna and luncheon meat since these products are both already cooked and contain a lot of preservatives. They can survive at room temperature for quite a while before they need to be replaced.
  • Sausage

    Sausage meat has all the pros of preserved meat we mentioned above but with one extra advantage. Cook the sausage before you place it in the trap (needless to say, let it get cold first), and it has a stronger aroma than regular deli meat. In case it’s not yet apparent, we are looking for bait with a pleasant strong smell to lure the mouse in, and a cooked
    sausage brings that.
  • Chocolate

    This is a prevalent bait food, and it’s easy to understand why. It has a powerful smell that attracts mice, and sweet scents are beautiful to mammals. They also have a wonderfully long shelf life and can happily sit in the trap for extended periods.
  • Seeds

    Another food with a very long shelf life is the seed. This could be a winner if you search for a mouse bait that doesn’t
    need to be checked or replaced regularly.

    They may not have the smell that food items like cheese or sausage bring to the table, but they are more in line with the mouse’s natural diet. This means that when they do smell the seeds, they are incredibly enticing. Good seeds to use are pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
  • Commercially Available Mouse Food

    Don’t forget that many people keep mice as pets. If you go to a good pet store, you should be able to find a range of mouse food for sale and much of which will usually be in the form of pellets. Since they are formulated to be part of a mouse’s diet, they will have a decent aroma that mice should find appealing.

    If the mice have been living around humans for a while, they may be used to eating scraps of human food. In that case, simple mouse food may not have the same appeal as cheese or sausage.
  • Sugar Cubes

    Another bait that is both long-lasting and attractive to mice is sugar cube. If you place a sugar cube into or onto your trap, the chances are you’re only going to need to replace it once the trap has been activated.

    If the trap lies unused for a prolonged period, it can be a good idea to (carefully!) pick the cube up and rub off any dust. Also, consider crumbling the cube slightly between your fingers. This will break down some of the sugar granules on the surface, helping the cube spread its aroma further.
  • Peanut Butter

    Another classic, and probably the bait we recommend above others, is peanut butter. For one thing, it drives mice wild! It also has a lot of other pro points that help explain why it is so popular.

    First, it has a great odor, which mice can smell from quite a distance. Second, it’s also lovely and sticky, which means the mouse can’t just grab the bait and run away; they need to stick around that bit longer to eat the peanut butter, giving the trap a little bit more time to activate correctly.

    It’s also very long-lasting, so once you’ve placed it, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for a while. Finally, it’s very cost-effective. A jar can set you back maybe a dollar or so while still providing you with enough bait to supply hundreds of traps for a prolonged period.


When deciding what to put on mousetrap for bait, you must always go the traditional way since its effectiveness has been proven. Just remember, choose those that smell great and won’t get stale quickly.

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