Rat Traps

Rat TrapsBuying rat traps is an efficient and safe option for tackling any daunting rat infestation.  While having these rodents in your home or surrounding structures can be troubling and even dangerous to you and your family, there are a number of do it yourself pest control methods you can use to eradicate the problem as soon as possible. Deciding which of the many rat traps on the market will do the best job for you may be overwhelming, but with the right knowledge you’ll be ready to give it your best shot.

Rats are very destructive creatures that can be up to 10” in length and weigh about a pound. They can  enter through the smallest of holes and generally seek out food, water, and shelter from predators. They prefer to stay out of view, keeping their travel paths close to walls and behind large appliances. As they move about they leave evidence of their presence behind in the form of fecal droppings, fur and oily marks from their bodies. These are some of the signs that will alert you of your infestation and where you’ll need to focus your attention. If not dealt with immediately, you run the risk of a rapid population growth.

Rat traps are an effective approach to indoor rodent control as they confine the rat, dead or alive, to the location where you set it. This eliminates the opportunity for a rat to wander off and die within your walls after consuming the rat bait or poison. In addition, traps are usually quite affordable and can be used numerous times until the problem is solved. Traps can either be lethal or humane, depending on your specific circumstances and what you feel comfortable with. In addition to containing the rats, locking rat bait stations also protect young children and pets from accidentally ingesting the poisonous bait.

There are a number of traps available today, from the inexpensive wooden snap trap, to an electronic zapping model. The standard snap trap is made to catch and instantly kill the rats when they go to retrieve the bait set out for them. They should be used with caution as they can be dangerous to set and can easily be triggered and injure an unintended person or animal. Glue rat traps (pictured) catch the rodents when they walk across them and get stuck to the strong adhesive. They slowly die while attached to the strip and can be disposed of at that time. There is also an electronic station that is baited to entice the rat to travel through it. Once it enters the tunnel like structure, the rat is electrocuted and dies instantly. These require little effort and are very efficient, but they may be a bit more expensive than other rat control options. While the snap trap and the electronic model are designed to immediately kill the rat, you may also choose a more humane approach in the live trap. These types of rat traps involve a cage that is baited and has a door that closes once the rat has entered. Once captured, the rat can be set free a good distance from your property to avoid its return without doing it any harm.

Whatever trap you choose should be one that best fits your immediate needs, always taking into consideration any pets and children.  They should be set in the hidden places that rats tend to travel and checked repeatedly to avoid unwanted odors if they have died. Be aware that rats avoid new objects set in their normal path, so it may take a few days for them to feel comfortable enough to explore the new obstacles.  It may be necessary to use numerous rat traps to ensure a quick solution to your problem, especially when there are large amounts of rodents involved.

Regardless of how many you have and where they have invaded, rats are not an enjoyable addition to any home. It is important to be proactive to eradicate the situation as soon as possible using the best rat control products available. You will find rat traps to be the quick, no nonsense approach you need for your pest control woes.