As we vaguely mentioned in other articles, a rat trap could be an important, decisive factor when dealing with rat infestation. Finding the best rat trap could be a very tedious and time consuming fact if you don’t know what you are looking for, and could often prove to be a very bad investment since it won’t do its job if wrong method applied.
Consider this 5 major factors when choosing the best rat trap
Rat population size.
If you are dealing with small number of individuals and you just want them out, consider purchasing an electronic rat trap. It will last much more longer until the rats “learn” about the danger it represents and avoid it, and even then there are a few tricks to solve this problem. If you want a humane method for disposing of rats, look into the mechanical cage traps. Electric rat trapping is more efficient than cage trapping for larger rat population.
Rats are extremely shy around new object, a low profile trap, or a camouflaged one could be a better option in some cases. They also have taste aversions which prevent them from intoxication, by eating only a small portion of the bait until it accommodates and gain trust
Identify the rat types you want to dispose of, and act accordingly. Highly adaptable, roof rats are nocturnal accomplished climbers, living and nesting in attics, roofs or even trees. Norway rats, an invasive species, are found in lower areas of buildings such as cellars, warehouses, stores, slaughterhouses, docks, and sewers.
Hazardous or sensitive area
Depending of the infested areas, you should choose between cage or electric traps for larger spaces, and snap or glue traps (last one not recommended) or narrower corner, ledges or pipes.
Children, pets, livestock or wildlife danger
Always keep in mind that rat traps can make collateral victims, plan ahead and choose wisely, taking protection measures before setting the traps.
Knowing this, let’s pick together the best rat trap for your specific scenario, saving you precious time and even money. We will browse through all 4 major types of traps, emphasizing on their advantages and disadvantages, setups and most efficient usage.