2011-2012 Science Fair
Will the food you place in a
trap affect the mouse’s likely
hood to bite the bait?
Mice are always thought of to
be cheese lovers so when you
want to get rid of mice you set
mouse traps that have fake
cheese on the end. Does that
work best or would something
more like their regular diet be
Mice are herbivores so they eat
fruit and grains only. Many
people say that their mice like
peanut butter and grains. They
also say that they typically avoid
the cheese or save it for last. Mice
also have a great since of smell.
The more subtle smells may be
better for them. Stronger ones
may be overpowering.
I predict that they the peanut
butter, bread, and banana will
be visited equally, but they will
avoid the cheese because it isn’t
natural to them and has an
1) Wood (1 7) Jar of peanut
2”x1/4”x9’) 8) 1 package
2) Plexiglas (1 saltine crackers
12”x12”) 9) radial arm saw
3) cardboard 10)wood glue
4) 20 mice 11)paper
5) 1 cup Shredded 12)pencil
cheddar cheese 13)Computer
6) 1 banana 14)Tape
The mice would be the independent
The dependant variable would be
the food the mice go to.
Use the same maze, same food
Gather plywood Run 5 mice
and saw through the
construct maze maze
using blueprint record the food
buy 5 feeder they go to, and if
mice they specifically
place small avoid a food
amounts of the run those mice
four test foods again an hour
on small later
squares of Record results in
Using the computer make graphs
and charts showing the data.
50% for Cheese
20% for Peanut Butter
10% for Crackers
20% were undecided
No one liked the Banana
Mice really do love cheese. The
best thing for you to bait a trap
with is sharp cheddar cheese.
50% of the time the mice like the
cheese. If you don’t mind using
your cheddar that cheese will get
you the best results.
Possible Cause of Error
The mice I used were
domesticated mice, born into
captivity. Those mice may be
different in the foods they prefer
to your ordinary field mouse.
4 of the mice cleaned off the
peanut butter after they touched it.
All of the mice (10) visited the
9 mice visited the cracker and
Only 8 mice visited the banana.
After I moved the corners that the
foods were in the mice tended to go
where the cheese used to be.
The banana was visited first most
of the time.
If you’re afraid of mice and you
live in the country you’re bound
to have troubles with mice. This
test gives information as to what
type of bait works best for mouse
traps if you are against using
cats to hunt them down.
Does positioning of mouse traps
affect the likelihood of catching
Do different combinations of
food affect the likelihood of
Would a different fruit be more
effective than the banana?
Is cheese the favorite of wild
Big thanks to my dad for helping
me build the maze and handle the
Thanks Mrs. Riffel for supplying
computers for recording data
Thanks Mom for giving me ideas to
better my experiment
Thanks SHS for supplying the wood
I used to build the maze