Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.
Always usefresh bait. Rodents will avoid old, moldy, or insect-ridden baits.
When baiting for mice, a good measure for distance between placements is 8 to 12 feet apart for light to moderate infestations. Heavy or severe infestations may require placements of 4 to 8 feet.
As a rule, many bait placements containing smaller amounts of bait are more effective in mouse control than a few placements containing a lot of bait.
For heavy infestations, use the maximum number of bait placements indicated by the label.
Bait stations should be placed where mice are likely to encounter them during their routine travels, between harborages and food sources.
Corners are "hot spots" for bait placements since mice tend to spend a lot of time in darkened corners.
Attempt to locate "favorite feeding locations" (indicated by a high concentration of rodent signs-droppings, tracks, odors, shredded paper, etc.) and replace existing food sources with bait stations in these locations.
Always use mouse-sized bait stations, not the larger stations designed for rats.
Mice often live above or below their food sources, in attics or basements, so bait placements should not be limited to a single level of the infested structure.
Mice develop preferences for certain types of foods and baits. If there appears to be bait avoidance, try placing 3 or 4 different bait formulations (pellets, place packs, bait blocks, liquid bait) to see if the mice will prefer one formulation over another.
If a bait placement remains unvisited upon inspection, try moving the placement five feet in another direction.