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Winter is a tough time for homeowners with rodent problems. As the temperature drops, mice seek refuge inside your cozy house, becoming unwelcome roommates that won’t want to leave even once sunny weather comes back. If you’re one of the 21 million homeowners who has found yourself in this unfortunate situation, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your rodent problem once and for all.
The traditional mousetrap was invented in 1897, and for many years its design stayed stagnant. This design was flawed in multiple ways. For one, it wasn’t humane, leading to suffering for the mice caught in the trap. Second, you had no way of knowing if the trap was working, so you either checked it repeatedly in vain or left a dead mouse to decompose and stink up your home.
Consider the mousetrap officially reimagined, because that’s exactly what has happened with the Dome Mouser. It’s an electric mousetrap that instantaneously zaps mice as soon as they enter the trap, so there’s no prolonged suffering for the little guys.
But here’s an even better part: you’ll always know the moment that the mousetrap needs to be emptied. The smart mousetrap uses home automation technology to send a notification to your phone as soon as the pesky rodent is caught, so you won’t ever have to worry about any stinkers in the attic.
Combine the smart notifications with the Mouser’s innovative design for easy bait setting and cleaning, sight-free removal, and easy setup, and you gain a device that blows the traditional mousetrap solution out of the water.
Getting a better mousetrap is definitely a step in the right direction, but you still need to make sure you’re using it appropriately. Follow these instructions for maximum effectiveness:
1. Choose the Right Bait
If you’re trying to lure rodents with bait that they’re not interested in, you’re not going to have much luck. Studies show that the most effective bait is typically peanut butter, bacon, soft cheese, maple syrup, or bird seed. If at first you don’t succeed, experiment with other bait types.
2. Place the Mousetrap Appropriately
It’s a common mistake to place the mousetrap in the certain of the room, but the reality is that rodents tend to run along walls. If you’ve seen mice scurrying in a specific area, such as the pantry, place the mousetrap near there in a dark, secluded corner or against the wall. Attics, crawl spaces, and underneath cabinets are all popular places for mice to hang out.
3. Close Any Entry Points
If your home’s exterior has holes in the walls or roof, consider it an “open vacancy!” sign for future infestations. Inspect your home for any entry points that might make it easy for rodents to enter in the future.
4. Keep Your Home Clean
The bait in your mousetrap isn’t going to be very effective if the rodents have an all-you-can-eat buffet of crumbs on your floor. Do a thorough cleaning and verify that all of the food in your pantry and kitchen is completely sealed. This will help your current eradication efforts to be more successful as well as remove temptation for any other mice that come across your home.
Follow the guidance above, and you’ll be pest-free in no time! Click here to order the Dome Mouser, and then check out our other Z-Wave devices to explore the many ways you can make your home smarter.