Traps vs. Baits
When you have mice or rats in the house, your want them gone. Pronto. What method you use to
control your problem depends on your preferences. Can you stand seeing a mouse once it's
caught? Would you rather just treat an area and forget about it? Fortunately, you have
Baits for mice and rats have been available for many years. The pest eats some, then dies
after a few days. Mice are curious nibblers. If they encounter a potential new food source,
they'll try a little and go away, then come back and try some more. Rats are more cautious, and
may take longer to experiment. The problem with most baits is that you have to handle them.
However, the Ortho®
Home Defense MAX® No Touch Bait Blocks and Bait
Paste Packs don't require touching or handling of the bait. Just place and wait - mice will
eat through the wrapper. For mice, you can also use the Ortho®
Home Defense Max® No Touch Bait Station, which covers the bait to help keep it concealed
from kids and pets*.
Which Works Better?
Traps and baits are both effective. It really comes down to preference. Once you decide
whether or not you want to see or touch the pest, just be sure to follow the directions on the
label, and take steps to make your house less attractive to pests. That means sealing up holes
and cracks, and storing food properly. To find out more about keeping your house free of mice
or rats, see our article on How
to Keep Mice and Rats Out of Your House.
*Place out of reach of children and pets.