According to Victorpest this is the typically used bait for mice and
Peanut butter Peanut butter
Oats Fruits, vegetables
Nesting materials Cereals
Water (live catch) Combination of any of the above
Pretzel (tie with string)
Combination of any of the above
Giles discussion group on how to catch mice is very informative and
will give you a good idea of the best bait to use although you may
have to find out your particular mouse's favorite dish by trial, error
Almost everyone agrees that Jelly Babies obtain the best results.
Chocolate, currants and raisins work as well.
Here are a few short excerpts from the discussion group.
Peanut butter is often-recommended bait, but I think Jelly Babies
are better. Any mouse with half a brain can lick the peanut butter off
a trap without setting it off, but a Jelly Baby is much chewier - they
are far more likely to get caught.
I then purchased inexpensive wooden traps. Put cheese on them, bacon
rinds etc. (..) None worked but he liked chocolate-cleaned traps on
several nights. It was so clever I named him "Mensa the Mouse". On
reading your suggestions I headed off to the shop tonight at 10 pm to
get jelly babies for the traps - caught Mensa less than 2 hourrs
Try dried fruit, sultanas, and currants as bait. I have had many a
victory with it.
The best trap is the old wooden 'little nipper' but after baiting (I
have found moistened raisins or sultanas are the best) you have to
place and then CAREFULLY tease the release wire to the very verge of
I have set one more trap, (cheese). The other one that had the catch
had (Snickers Bar).
Stevie says: Caught six within a few days baiting cheap wooden traps
with chocolate. (Hersheys Kisses work great) You can soften them a
little in the microwave. Mice love chocolate!! I've tried cheese,
peanut butter, but chocolate is the answer.
I baited the traps with "Penguin Biscuits" and bingo, I caught a
I set two wooden traps last night and had one capture. I put choc
spread on and it took it straight away
Source: Giles how to mice discussion group
At this newsgroup they say that lemon gumdrops attract mice the best.
Additional information that may interest you:
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I hope you find this helpful.