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Rat Traps: Pros and Cons

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There are few things that trigger the ick factor in homeowners quite like a rat. Big, beady-eyed and often aggressive, rats are also as destructive as they are frightening. They’ll eat up to 15% of their body weight in food a day, not to mention chewing through thermal insulation and threatening the welfare of you and your pets with their bacteria.

It’s no wonder that, at the first sighting of these super-sized rodents, many homeowners run for an instinctive solution: rat traps.
There are tons of brands and varieties of rat traps, each promising to solve your rat problem with minimal effort. Which should you choose? Here are a few pros and cons of some popular rat trap varieties to consider as you decide.

Live Capture Rat Removal

Some rat traps are devised to lure the rat into a trap which closes down on them, holding them inside. These traps have the benefit of not killing the creature. If capturing pests humanely is high up on the list to you, this is a major pro.
But there are a few cons too. First, these rat traps are often made of flimsy material that rodents can chew through. The result: The rat is out of the trap and now knows better than to approach another one. Second, even if the trap works, there’s the problem of disposal. Are you really ready to carry a trap with an angry rat? How do you transport it – and to where? Are there specific rules for trapping and releasing rodents in your municipality? These are just some of the things to consider if you’re thinking about live capture rat traps.

Glue Rat Traps

Glue rat traps are a common choice consisting of a piece of cardboard with strong glue smeared on it. These rat traps are designed to be left out flat or they can be folded into a little box that is opened on each end. The idea is that, if a rat steps onto the sticky surface, it will become stuck and not be able to get off. These traps are cheap to buy – a four-pack can run you as little as $5 – and they’re easy to set down, both pros.
But one drawback is effectiveness. While rats will sometimes get entirely stuck in the glue, other times they’ll only get partially stuck. The rat may then chew off the part of its body that is stuck and escape. Still more gruesome is the problem of rats that are stuck but not dead.

If you happen upon the rat while it’s alive and struggling, what should you do? Most homeowners can’t stomach killing the creature. And moving a glue trap with a dead rat attached isn’t much better and can also be unsafe. Take these into consideration when thinking about buying glue rat traps.

Snap Rat Traps

Snap rat traps are what most people thinking of first when it comes to rat traps. These are the traditional wooden traps that lure rodents in with a piece of peanut butter or some other bait placed on a trigger. When the trigger is touched, a metal bar comes down and snaps the rodent’s neck. There are small and large varieties designed for mice and rats.
These are inexpensive, which is a major benefit. But they have plenty of drawbacks. For one, they must be baited with something that will remain moist, not dry up and fall off. These traps also need to be set in the areas where the most signs of activity are spotted to be effective. Set them elsewhere and you may miss the rats and end up having to remove the traps, very carefully.
Most importantly, snap traps close shut with serious force. That’s great when it comes to killing a rat – not so great if a pet or a small child happens upon a trap. The result can be some serious damage!

Making It Work

The biggest problem with setting rat traps is that there’s no special spell or incantation to make a rat go to the trap. As long as the rats have access to coming and going, there is no guarantee that you will catch any.
It’s also important to remember that rats can carry disease and even the best traps require you to remove these pests. That’s something best done with the type of protective gear most homeowners don’t have handy.
If rats are ruining your life, trying your hand at a few types of rat traps may be a good place to start. And when the going gets tough, call AAA Trapping – our rat removal technique involves sealing off all access and entry points the rats may have been using to enter your home, while trapping the rats and disposing of them.
If you’re ready for professional rat removal in Atlanta, call AAA Trapping today!