Best Bait For Mouse Traps

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When it comes to mice pest control, Hama Pest Control services knows best. But sometimes, it’s a good idea to try to confront a small mouse problem on your own first.

Using good mouse trap bait can help you capture mice in your home even more quickly, which is why we’ve put together this guide on the best bait for mouse traps.

What food is irresistible to mice? Let’s find out.

Hama Pest Control Recommends These Baits to Trap Mice

As experts in our field, we here at Hama Pest Control know what kind of bait reels in a mouse. What is the most effective mouse bait? This list tells all:

  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese
  • Marshmallow/gumdrops
  • Cooked or raw meats
  • Nesting materials

A closer look at these items can help us learn more about the best bait for mouse traps.

A single brown mouse, that has been caught in a mousetrap in a residential building. The black plastic trap has been set with peanut butter as bait, which has enticed the mouse to try and take it, thereby setting off the trap and catching it with one quick humane snap across its head. The jaw like lever has closed over the mouse’s head, so only the body is showing. A yellow triangle sticker warns users of the trap to take care of their fingers.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the best bait choices you can use to attract both mice and rats. In their natural habitats, mice love to feed on nuts and seeds. Not only does peanut butter come from a nut, but it also has a very strong scent that mice can detect from far away.


Cheese is another food that mice love, and like peanut butter, a little bit goes a long way. You can purchase a large block of cheese and use just a little bit on your traps, saving the rest for you and your family.

The best cheeses to use include brie, muenster, cheddar, and blue cheese, as they are easy to find and have fairly strong odors to attract mice.


Did you know that mice have a bit of a sweet tooth? Pretty much any kind of sweet treat or candy will attract a mouse. We appreciate marshmallows and gumdrops because their soft, sticky textures make them easy to press onto a trap.

Chocolate also works just as well as these two sweets.

Cooked or Raw Meats

Meats of all kinds, either cooked or raw, work very well on mouse traps. One of the most common forms of meat to use is hotdogs. Hotdogs are cheap and easy to get your hands on. Just cut one up into small pieces and press it into the trap.

Other kinds of meat will work well, too. Just be sure to check your traps frequently, as the meat will go bad and begin to stink up your home.

Nest Materials

Most people bait their traps with some kind of food, but you can also attract a mouse with nest materials. Mice will scavenge for all kinds of materials to create their nest, so putting some on a trap is actually quite brilliant.

Try attaching materials like string, bits of fabric, cotton balls, dental floss, or stuffing to mouse traps. Be sure to wear gloves, as mice can smell your scent on these materials and will likely stay away.

What to Do When Baits Don’t Work

Trapping mice may sound easy when you read about it online, but oftentimes there are several adjustments you have to make along the way before you’re successful. If your traps aren’t working, you may need to address one or more issues.

1. Switch the Bait

If a mouse isn’t taking your bait, switch it to something else. It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. Some mice love peanut butter, while others will ignore it. Some may prefer scraps for their nest over food. Try something new until you find something that works.

2. Switch the Trap

In some cases, your bait might be attracting mice, but the mice recognize the trap and stay away – regardless of how much they might want that piece of cheese.

This seems to be particularly true of snap traps.

If you’ve tried switching your bait to no avail, consider using a different kind of trap such as a live trap or an electric trap to fool the mice.

3. Change the Location of the Trap

Placing your traps can take a bit of guesswork sometimes. We know that mice return to their food sources and that they don’t venture too far from their nests, but it can be difficult to nail down the exact locations.

If mice don’t seem to be going near your trap, it may be the location and not the bait. Try to put your traps in high-traffic areas or near food sources, nests, runs, and entry points.

4. The Bait is Gone But So is the Mouse

When a mouse recognizes a trap, it will do one of two things:

  1. Avoid the trap altogether
  2. Attempt to dislodge the food without triggering the trap

If you’re finding empty traps with no bait, it’s because you have some clever mice on your hands that are sneaky off with your free food.

The first thing you should do is test the trigger on your traps and make sure they’re not duds. If the traps are working, try using a different type of bait. Use a softer cheese or peanut butter – something that really makes the mouse work for it – to increase the chances of setting off the trap.

5. Buy a Trap with Sensitive Sensors

House mice can be very tiny, which means that their bodies don’t weigh much. In some cases, they may not even weigh enough to trigger standard snap traps. If your traps aren’t going off and you’ve tried everything else, perhaps it’s time to invest in different, more sensitive traps.

Electric mouse traps tend to have more sensitive triggers than snap traps. Try using these traps instead and see if you have better results.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes even your best efforts and a whole lot of research can feel like a waste of time. It’s always best to contact professionals if you’re struggling with a mouse problem in your home.

Pest control services like Hama Pest Control have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to get rid of a mouse problem fast. Contact us today for more information and help defeat your mouse problem.

Jake Garza
Jake Garza
Jake is the founder of Hama Pest Control, the preferred choice for pest removal and extermination in the Greater Toronto Area. With over thirty years of experience, Jake prides himself in bringing quality, knowledge, and care to Hama Pest Control's customers.
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