How to Properly Place A Sticky Mouse Trap

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Often hear a pitter-patter sound on a wooden floor, or hear squeaks in the dead of the night? This might be the first sign that you have a rodent infestation in your attic or crawl space. Rodents often reproduce quickly, and you’ll want to nip the problem in the bud as soon as possible by blocking entry and eradicating the existing individuals before they cause any damage or stress to your family and friends who visit. 

The Hidden Dangers of Mouse Infestations

Rodents such as mice and rats are fond of burrowing and chewing. This can cause damage to the electrical wiring, foundations, and other structural aspects of your home. Nests are often also found in air conditioning. If you are able to hear the rodents move around, then this is a sure sign that you have an infestation. 

Historically, rodents have been known to cause various diseases harmful to humans such as the Bubonic Plague which was the cause of the Black Death. They also carry bacteria such as salmonella that can be spread via their fecal material. These will inevitably cause health issues for your family and loved ones. 

Moreover, if a rodent dies in an area that is not easily reachable, its decomposing body will cause a strong odor. This is often the case when you use rat poison or gel to manage a rodent infestation. Thus, it is important to not only do so but also to ensure the removal of the rodents as well. 

Kinds of sticky traps

Sticky traps also go by the term glue traps, and as their name suggests, are often just a board with glue or other similar adhesives on the board. There aren’t any other chemicals contrary to popular belief, and the sticky trap works by gluing the rodent in place until you find it and dispose of it. 

Basic Functionality

Once you’ve discovered signs of an impending rodent infestation, it’s a no-brainer to most people to quickly nip the problem in the bud, given that it’s common knowledge that rats and mice breed at exponential rates. Two rodents today could well be twenty in a few weeks’ time. 

Sticky traps are often one of the first solutions that many choose to turn to when rodent infestations or signs of it first occur. Being quite cheap compared to other solutions, and not needing human supervision, it seems an easy way to rid yourself of rodents. Yet, when you do eventually check on the traps, you’ll often find a horrific sight of rodents resorting to extreme measures to avoid death. This can take the form of dying rats and mice writhing around in agony trying to free themselves or cannibalizing parts of other rats and rodents. There might be blood, muscle, and fur all over, from rodents who’ve tried to escape. 

Best placements for traps

Location is key to making effective use of your sticky traps. When deciding the location of where to place your trap, you should first inspect your home to determine where the rodents are most active. Once this has been found, then this is where you should place your traps. Most of the time, rodents will be active along walls, behind any household appliances or large furniture as well as in dark corners of the house, especially the attics and basements, also close to food sources like fridges. To maximize your chance of a catch, you should aim to set the traps out evenly at a set distance where the rodents are most active, or where they nest. This method will give you maximum coverage. Another method is to have the traps located along the paths and runways at a right angle from the wall, with the trigger just about to touch the wall. Should you instead choose to set the traps parallel to the wall, then they should be set in pairs to get mice coming from either direction. 

Be Sure To Check And Clean The Traps Regularly

The glue from the mouse traps doesn’t discriminate, trapping everything that comes into contact with it. Amongst the various possibilities, insects are the least problematic of all animals that may possibly get caught. It’s your house pets that prove to be of larger concern, especially if you own rabbits, gerbils, or the like, and allow them to freely roam around the house. Should you fail to check and clean the traps on a regular basis, then you can expect to find large numbers of dead insects, along with dust, dirt, and debris in the traps. To avoid nasty surprises like these, be sure to check and clean the traps regularly. 

Mousetraps alternatives

If you are looking for more humane alternatives to a mousetrap, there are also tons of alternatives available. 

  • Get a cat: This seems to be a natural way since cats are known to prey on rodents. Yet, this isn’t always the best solution. Most domesticated cats will not be interested in hunting for prey if they are well-fed and cared for. If they do hunt, the hunt may not be a quick painless death for the rodents either. Moreover, cat ownership is a large responsibility of at least 10 years. 
  • Trap-and-release traps: This type of trap, as its name suggests, is meant for you to release the rodent after catching it. However, you’ll need to check the trap frequently to be able to release any trapped rodents. Moreover, PETA has also suggested that releasing the rodents too far from their nest can lead to prolonged suffering, as the animal is likely to die on its way home. Yet, should you release the rodent too nearby, it will easily find its way back to the nest, and your rodent problem remains unsolved. 

What to do if a mouse is caught

If you succeed in catching a mouse or rat with your trap, then you’ll also have to deal with the rather unpleasant task of having to dispose of the rodent, be it dead or alive. 

You should understand that these rodents often transmit a number of diseases that can be fatal to humans such as the bubonic plague, salmonella, and rat-bite fever. Thus, never handle them directly regardless if they are alive or dead. Always put on gloves and a mask if you are dealing with trapped rodents that you need to dispose of. 


Be sure to nip your rodent problem in the bud, now that you know more about the various types of traps available. 

1. What are some tips for getting a mouse to enter the trap?

Figure out what kind of mouse you are dealing with. There are three main types of mice in North America: the house mouse, the deer mouse, and the field mouse. Each type of mouse has different behaviors and preferences, so it is important to know which kind you are dealing with in order to choose the right trap and bait.

2. What is the best bait to use in a sticky mouse trap?

Some people prefer to use traditional bait such as cheese or peanut butter, while others find that more unique items such as bacon or chocolate are more effective. Ultimately, it is important to experiment with different baits to see what works best in your particular situation.

3. How often should I check the trap?

You should check the trap regularly to ensure that it is working properly.

4. How do I dispose of a mouse caught in a sticky trap?

The best way to dispose of a mouse caught in a sticky trap is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. This will kill the mouse and prevent it from decomposing and causing an odor.

5. What are the risks of using a sticky mouse trap?

The risks of using a sticky mouse trap are many and varied. Perhaps the most obvious is the risk of being bitten by the mouse. If the trap is not set correctly, the mouse may escape and bite the person who set the trap. There is also a risk of the trap not working correctly and the mouse getting away. If the trap is not placed in the right location, there is a risk that other animals may be caught in the trap, including pets or children.

6. What are some alternatives to sticky mouse traps?

There are a number of alternatives to sticky mouse traps, including:
1. Traditional snap traps – these work by luring the mouse into a baited trap and then quickly snapping shut, killing the mouse.
2. Electronic traps – these work by luring the mouse into a chamber where it is then electrocuted.
3. Live traps – these work by luring the mouse into a cage where it can then be released alive elsewhere.

7. What are the signs that a mouse is in my home?

If you think you may have a mouse in your home, look for the following signs:
1. Droppings: Mice leave behind small, dark droppings wherever they travel. You may find droppings in cupboards, drawers, or on countertops.
2. Gnawing: Mice like to gnaw on things, and you may find evidence of this in your home. Look for gnawed holes in food packaging, furniture, or walls.

8. How can I prevent mice from entering my home in the first place?

The best way to prevent mice from entering your home is to seal up any openings they could potentially use to get inside. This includes cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, and any other small openings you may find. Mice can also squeeze through very small spaces, so be sure to check for any potential openings, no matter how small.
You can also use mouse traps and baits to help keep mice away from your home.