Got a rodent infestation problem? Rat traps are an inexpensive and effective way to deal with the rodents. There are several types of rat traps available. In this beginner’s guide to rat traps, I will help you decide which is the best rat trap to use. When choosing a trap, it is important to keep in mind that the trap should not accidentally affect any dogs or children that you may have. I advise you to use highest rated rat traps so that one rat may be caught quicker, or many rats can be dealt with simultaneously.
A guide to rat traps
Snap traps are spring-loaded traps, made of wood and metal that we see in cartoons programs very often. They are quick and efficient. A rat’s neck is snapped by a metal wire when it tries to grab the bait. As they are available in a range of different sizes, it is important to choose one that’s the size of the rat that you’re trying to kill. The trap may not kill the rat if it’s too small. It’ll only maim it, or cause its death from strangulation after a long time.
Some advantages of a snap trap are that they are reusable and effective for as long the spring is sprung. These traps can be set in places for extended durations with no detriment to effectiveness. Be careful as these can hurt you when the trap is sprung accidentally.
Glue traps are large pads coated in strong adhesive with space in the middle for placing bait. It works by luring the rat into the trap through the bait. Once the legs of a rat are caught, in its struggle to free itself, the rat’s mouth gets stuck to the glue pad, and it suffocates to death. This type of trap is very effective in dealing with smaller mice, but as rats are larger and stronger, this type of trap won’t kill them, even if it’s rat-sized. These traps are cheap and disposable. Another benefit is that they can catch bugs, spiders, and other unwanted small creatures too.
Poison is the easiest to use. Just place it where there’s a strong chance for a rat come across it, and the rat will die after wandering away. This means you won’t have to dispose of a dead yourself. This trap isn’t as effective as the other options, though. A rat will only die if it eats the correct dosage. Even then, it can take a lot of time for it to die finally. Also, poison is the very dangerous to children or pets. You should use it responsibly, ensuring that it isn’t eaten by and people or pets.
These traps only trap a rat and don’t kill it. A live trap is a cage with a trap door which activates when a rat enters inside it, in search of the bait. The cage should be of the right size because smaller rats can easily escape through the spaces between the bars of a larger cage. Rats caught can be released into the wild later, making this the most humane option.