When it comes to trapping mice, there is no shortage of options. Ever since the first mice arrived to America with the settlers, Americans have been looking for the better mouse trap.
Although there are glue boards, snap traps, live traps, electric zapper traps, and even peppermint essential oil treatments....the search continues.
The downside of all these methods is that they are REACTIVE and SHORT TERM solutions.
Often people look toward traps because they figure that they can collect the bodies. Or, they consider them more humane. It is exciting to set traps, but who really collects the traps, especially if they are in an attic or above drop ceilings? The answer - people set it - and forget it.
In reality, trapping often does not go as planned. Snap traps may capture mice in a variety of positions, including by the tail. Is this humane? Also, once the trap fires, it stops working for you.
Live traps can capture mice alive, but unfortunately, they do not live very long in confined spaces. Are you committed to checking live traps a couple times each day? If you have 50 mice in the attic, are you committed to taking them for a long drive in your car?
What's wrong with rodenticide? Did you know that warfarin is a rodenticide that humans take as a prescription blood thinner (anticoagulant)? While any prescription has side effects, people readily consume it. Ask this same patient to stick their hand in a mouse trap, and I bet they decline.
Many of the advanced rodenticides that are used in pest control are anticoagulants. They work in the same manner by thinning blood and reducing clotting. Additionally, due to the quantity and antidotes, they can be used safely.