Mistake you are making about Mouse Traps
Mistake: you are ruining the bait!
Solution: keep your hands off
Mice and rats can detect your scent on the traps that you've handled and may then stay away from them. To avoid that situation, wear gloves when you are handling mouse trap bait and setting mouse traps. Waterproof gloves used for food preparation, health care, or washing dishes can work well. (Always make sure to wear gloves to protect yourself from disease before handling a trap after it has caught a pest.)