Rat trapping is the most natural method of rat control. The principle rule of this technique is to use sufficient traps because in most cases, the population of rats is normally higher than the expectations. Do you want any help with rodent control? Call (800) 430-3778 and let our experts save your situation.
Types of Rat Traps
Over the years rat traps have evolved from traditional wooden snaps to more efficient devices. Here are the major types our exterminators use:
This is an easier tool which is versatile and its set-up is straightforward. They are specifically made to fit in bait stations so that the non-targeted animals like pets may not be caught.
Snap traps are very effective and they kill rats instantly. The have a very strong spring which should be kept away from pets and kids.
These are safer rat control mechanisms as compared to t-rex and snap traps. The glue boards are very inconspicuous hence the rats are less likely to note a new object. They are also less expensive and can be placed in various spots. However, they need to be placed in dust-free and moisture-free spots. Mostly, the rat doesn’t die immediately. Glue traps are effective when put in the direct runways of the rodents.It is important to find the most active places.
Live animal traps are humane. Peanut butter is the commonest bait used with live traps. The advantage of live traps is that they also catch other rodents like squirrels.
Benefits of Rat Traps
- They are safe. Unlike poison baits, traps do not pose danger to pets and children
- They are the quickest fixes for small infestation
- They make it easy to locate a dead rodent so that it can be disposed of before it brings odors
- In huge infestations, rat trapping becomes a time – consuming method. But our rodent exterminators know the correct remedies for such situations
- Care should be taken lest children, wildlife, and pets get hurt. That is why protected bait stations are used.
- Particular traps e.g. glue traps are inhumane
What happens after trapping a rat?
We recommend the use of gloves during disposal of a dead rat. The traps should be checked constantly and a replacement made as necessary. Disinfectants should be used to clean the traps to escape health hazards.
More Rat Trapping Tips
- It important to use traps that catch rats and not mice. Rat traps are bigger than mouse traps
- Target places for rat trapping include behind home appliances, dark corners, and where droppings are evident.
- The traps are located 15ft to 20ft apart. They should touch the walls to avoid detection by the rats.
- Enclosed bait stations are used because rats prefer safe locations and the non-targeted animals will be protected
- The positioning should be strategic so that the chances of rats crossing over are maximized. The traps should extend from walls at right angles while the trigger nearly touching the walls.
- The best places to catch roof rats are on tree branches, backyard fences, and under vegetation. They should be fastened with wires on beams, pipes, and rafters.
- Unset traps placed on new location increase the chances of catching the rats
- Traps may be buried under sawdust or grains
- Two to three dozens of traps may be needed for a highly infested place
- After setting the traps, some rats will still never get snared. In a rat population, there are beta and alpha rats. Beta rats are always the first to get caught as they are inferior and less cautious. The alpha rats, which are superior, are very intelligent and can detect a sign of danger. This is where live traps come in or the use of rodenticides. Rodent control baits are a bit expensive but they are more effective.
- Once the rats are trapped, care should be taken especially when handling the pets. Note that rats carry parasites and diseases hence must be disposed of cautiously.
Your home or business property is an oasis that need not be disrupted. Unluckily, small animals like rats and mice do not care about social cues that people comply to. Rats have a way of sneaking into a property to take over the domain. We are here to help you get rid of such nuisance. Don’t hesitate to call us on (800) 430-3778.