One of the best methods that you can use to get rid of Norway rats is the rat trap and there are several options available on the market. In this article, we’re going to take a look at these options, and their pros and cons.
The snap trap
The snap trap is a classic. It is a simple mechanical device on which you place some form of bait, and when the rats try to eat the bait, the trap snaps onto the rat, capturing it or killing it outright. You are likely familiar with this trap, even if you’ve only seen it in popular media. The main advantages of this trap is that it is fast, reusable, cheap, and effective, with the disadvantage being that it can be dangerous to set. While setting or resetting the trap, you may accidentally trigger it, and it can snap on your fingers. In most situations this will be very painful, but there are cases when these traps have broken people’s fingers.
Glue traps are very simple. They are basically a piece of cardboard with glue on top of it. These traps are placed along rat pathways and in areas where rats have high levels of activity, and as rats pass through, they get stuck on the glue. They are as effective as they are simple. However, these traps are quite inhumane, with the rats suffering a lot until they die, and people or other animals may accidentally step on them.
This is a non-lethal, humane option for dealing with rats. The live-animal trap is usually cubic in shape, and the rat enters the cube and is trapped inside alive. Then, the rat can be released into the wild somewhere far away from the town or city in which you live. The problem with this trap is that it takes a lot of time to get rid of the rat, and when dealing with a large infestation, it will simply not be enough to get rid of all the rats in the home.
Working with a pro
The best way to ensure that rat traps are 100% effective is to work with a pest control professional, who will use the right traps for the project. If you would like to know more information about professional rat control services, or if you have a Norway rat infestation in the home, contact us today.