What are the Pros and Cons of Using Rat Traps?

Witnessing a rat scurry its way through your New Jersey home can seem like quite the nightmare. These destructive and aggressive pests can chew through thermal insulation and spread bacteria.

Many New Jersey home owners use rat traps to catch these unsightly creatures. While there are an immense amount of rat trap products on the market, nothing compares to professional pest control services. However, if you plan on investing in a rat trap for the time being, let’s take a look at the different types of traps.

Live Capture Rat Traps

Live capture rat traps are generally used to lure in the rat and then the trap will close down on them. This is a humane way to catch a rat as it will not kill the creature. Like many products, there are a few downfalls to this product. If the rat escapes the trap, it will know better than t approach another one. Once the rat is trapped, it can be quite difficult to dispose the rat or transport the body.

Glue Rat Traps

Glue rat traps are one of the most common methods to removing a rat from your home. These types of traps consist of a piece of cardboard with glue spread across it. They should be left out flat or folded into a small box that is opened on both ends. This may be a cheap alternative to other traps but the rat may only become partially stuck. If this is the case, rats tend to chew off the part of the body that is stuck and then scurry away.

Snap Rat Traps

Snap rat traps are traditional wooden traps that lure in rats with bait such as a piece of cheese. The food is put on a trigger and once it is touched, a metal bar will come down and snap the rat’s neck. These are inexpensive and are offered in various sizes for both mice and rats. A major downfall with this design is that the traps must be set in areas with the most rat activity. Additionally, if a child or pet accidentally steps on this device, he/she will be seriously injured.

If you’ve discovered mice or rats in your New Jersey home, contact Merlin’s Pest Control at 973.627.0500. We offer home pest control services in Denville, Basking Ridge, Butler, Morristown, Flemington and the surrounding towns.


How Can I Pest Proof My New Home?

Purchasing a new home in New Jersey is an exciting time and shouldn’t be brought to a halt due to pests. If you have recently bought a new home or are actively looking for new real estate, always make sure to look for signs of infestation.

Look Over the Attic Insulation

The most common critters to creep into your attic are raccoons, squirrels and mice. These critters tend to burrow their way through the insulation and create nests out of the material. If you see any type of damage in your attic due to wildlife, immediately get your insulation replaced.

Check Under Decks, Porches and Sheds

Animals that tend to burrow, favor enclosed spaces underneath structures. Areas such as porches, decks, stoops, sheds and houses are common for these types of critters. New homeowners should search for places around these structures where holes have been dug out. Even if there is no more wildlife there, some creatures will take over the abandoned den.

Inspect the Roof

Prior to purchasing a home, take a walk around and see if there are any damages to the roof. If you see ripped, chewed or mangled shingles then this could be an indicator of an animal breach. Raccoons are incredibly strong and can claw through even the toughest surfaces. Additionally, squirrels use their teeth to cut holes into the roof. Make sure to check where the wood could be weakened or rotted. Check gable vents or holes for smudgy markings or guano; these are signs of bats.

Observe Gutters and Downspouts

Raccoons commonly climb through downspouts to access the roof. If you notice smudges, muddy footprints, scratches or dents, this could mean an animal has climbed the downspout.

Contact Merlin’s Pest Control at 973.627.0500 for an inspection of your New Jersey home. We offer home pest control services in Denville, Morristown, Montville, Rockaway, Flemington and the surrounding area.

How Does Merlin's Pest Control chooses a material to use

Home owners from Ringoes and from Wayne recently asked us about one of the most commonly asked concerns. The question in some form is about the materials that may be used for a treatment. It may be a termite treatment, a bed bug spray, or a more general type of pest control. Today lets start this response at the beginning with what it takes to get a material/ ingredient approved by the EPA for sale in the USA. The EPA is tasked with making sure all pesticides used in the USA are effective and must first ensure that the pesticide when used properly (label directions) can be used with relative certainty of no harm to humans and without posing unreasonable risk to the environment. The EPA requires over 100 different scientific studies and tests. Also all pesticides are reviewed on a ongoing regular basis. This high standard is the starting point of our decision making. We at Merlin’s are constantly reviewing the performance of existing ingredients and watch and review new products. We will choose a material on how well is performs against the pest we are addressing and situation it is in. We also prefer ‘brand name’ materials as they are always refined and formulated to the highest order. Odor and staining properties are important. Also important is where that ingredient is manufactured. Is it in a scorched earth facility or is it in a facility more concerned with the environment. Merlin’s Pest Control takes an environmentally thoughtful approach to pest control and that includes the choice of materials we choose to employ. The materials chosen are approved for use in hospitals, nursing homes, as well as your home or business. I hope this sheds some light on an important concern.

What happens if it rains

One of the problems of decades of experience is that sometimes you lose perspective. It can become much more difficult to understand someones else’s perspective when they ask a question. I have noticed over the past few years sometimes when I am asked “what happens if it rains?” it confuses me. Believe it or not it, it may take a few seconds for me to realize they know millions of water drops may free fall from the sky. They are probably questioning the service.
I find this confusing because rain is an every day experience and for some parts of the country and world it really is an every day event. This fact makes rain performance an early requirement for any new/existing ingredient and product. Since I have known this for 39 years sometimes I presume everyone else does as well.
No material should be applied in the POURING RAIN. The EPA takes the safety perspective in stating this on labels, it uses language like Do not allow to enter storm drains, stream, lakes, and the such. The business perspective would be the waste of money on labor spent driving to the account and applying as well as the cost of material used only to go back out to do it again. This is literally throwing money down the drain.
Each product formulation has a directive regarding rain. If the product has limits below pouring rain the label will so state.
The most direct answer is that once the material has dried (usually in just a few minutes) then the product will perform as expected.