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.


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