What are the types of rat snap traps?
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Snap traps are one of the most effective ways to deal with a
rat infestation in your home or commercial property, but you
might be surprised to learn that there are actually
different types of traps, and even different types of snap
traps. We would recommend snap traps to you because they get
the job done in one. Poison is dangerous, and glue traps are
entirely inhumane. Other methods, such as repellents or
deterrents, just don't work and aren't worth your time. That
basically just leaves snap traps, and other types of traps.
We wouldn't recommend using live cage traps to “humanely”
remove these creatures from your home. The reason for this
is because relocated rats very rarely make it very long in a
new territory. Essentially, you're signing the rat’s death
warrant by releasing it back into the wild again, after you
have captured it.
Glue traps are another relatively new concept, and one that
many homeowners are now leaning towards. These too have
their disadvantages and advantages, however, but they don't
deal with the problem. The rat will now be stuck, but not
dead, and you will need to resolve that particular issue. It
won't be pretty.
Snap traps, on the other hand, are very effective. This is
definitely the case when you have done your research, and
placed those traps in exactly the right place. They need to
be up against the walls, because that's where rats tend to
run the most, and you will need to first figure out where
the rat (or rats) are frequenting the most. You can use
cornflour or flour to help you find out themes visited
spots. If you sprinkle some of the white powder down and
then wait a few days, you will usually find tiny little paw
prints appearing in the most visited spots. That’s exactly
where you should be looking at placing your traps.
You will find that rat traps are slightly bigger than mouse
traps, so you should make sure you’re buying the right traps
for the right animal. A mouse trap might not be large enough
to contain a rat, and it might just maim the animal, rather
than killing it like you had intended. You then have a few
more options to make your choice from. There are the
traditional metal pedal traps, and these days you have an
“easy set" option, which is generally more plastic. These
are less reliable than their metal counterparts, but are
still good traps nevertheless.
There are other types of plastic snap traps now too, often
called “quick set” style traps. These look a little like a
hole punch, and they are reusable too. They have a quick
release that enables you to release the carcass of a rat
quite easily. It's like a regular snap trap, but a little
more aesthetically pleasing.
Things have advanced even more than that in the world of rat
traps these days too, and you can buy devices that are built
to kill and hold up to three mice or rats at once. Other
rodents tend to be curious about a dead friend or sibling,
and if they come and investigate, there are two other traps
ready to capture them too. It’s taking multitasking to a
brand new level. The bait is often a tad hidden with designs
such as this one, and this makes it even more effective at
capturing those pesky rats and mice. They need to actually
go into the trap more to get to the bait, and that means
they will stand no chance of avoiding the snap action. That
is, of course, unless you come across a cage-shy rat who is
unlikely to go further into the trap to investigate the
bait. Either way, it's worth. More traps, when placed
correctly and baited the right way, will mean more rat
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