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Have a Rat Problem? Buy the Best Rat Trap for Your Needs

By Edited May 10, 2016 0 0

Get rid of rats in the garden or house with these traps for rats.

Hantavirus, leptospirosis, and plague are just a few of the diseases carried by rats that can infect people and pets. They may be furry and cute, but finding evidence of rats in the house or garden means you do have a rat problem that needs attention.

When choosing the best rat trap to buy, you need to consider more than just the targeted rats. With bait traps, you risk poisoning pets and other wildlife, such as hawks and owls, that may eat the poisoned rat. Since bait takes time to work, the poisoned rat can travel away from the bait only to be eaten once it becomes sick. The poison inside the rat can then poison the predator. With sticky traps, the rats are left to struggle and suffer. The best traps for rats should be efficient and quick to minimize suffering and limit the hazards to people, pets, and other wildlife.

Victor Electric Rat Trap

Best rat trap

The Victor electric rat trap is a self contained efficient way to trap and kill a rat. At one end, you smear peanut butter inside a hole, then you put it into place and turn it on. The rat has to go all the way inside to get to the peanut butter and once it does, it receives an electronic shock that kills it instantly. The rat is not left to struggle or suffer and you are not left with a mess to clean up. Once caught, the trap light blinks. You then only have to turn the trap off, pick the entire trap up, and dispose of the rat. You never have to touch the rat. Set the trap back in its place and turn it on for the next catch.

This eclectic rat trap does come with some warnings. It is an electronic shock device and should not be put where children or pets may encounter it. This trap is best for homes without kids or pets or for locations inside or outside that kids or pets cannot get to. Also, handle it with care. Only turn it on once it is put into position and when you will not be touching it again. And only pick it up after turning it off. The jolt from mishandling while it is turned on will be one you don’t soon forget.

The Victor electric rat trap is more expensive than other traps for rats and will only catch one rat at a time. But the efficiency and mess free handling is well worth the cost if you only have a minor rat problem. Also, according to the manufacturer, you can reuse it at least 50 times.

Traditional Snap Rat Traps – The Cheap Traps for Rats

The traditional spring snap traps for rats that clamp down and squeeze the rat are the best cheap rat trap. When set properly they do work and can be reused. So at less than $5 a trap, these are going to be easiest

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However there are several drawbacks to using snap traps for rats. One is setting them up. Mishandling of these traps will hurt your fingers. Also, many rodents can easily learn to take the snack without getting caught. And once caught, if you wish to reuse the trap then you have to remove the dead rat by hand. But if you have a large rat problem and need to catch several quickly and for cheap, then buying several snap traps for rats are your best option.

Humane Traps for Rats

If you just can’t bear the thought of killing your new fuzzy house or garden guests, but still consider them an unwelcomed guest, you can buy humane traps for rats. These set up similarly to a snap trap but with a spring-loaded door rather than a clamp. You place food at one end of the trap, and when the rat enters, the door slams shut behind him. As long as the door doesn’t slam on the tail, the rat is left unharmed. Now you just have to find a field far enough away from your home and any other homes to release the rat, or the rat will move in once again as an unwelcomed guest. If you have a significant rat problem, you will be spending a lot of time driving rats to their new home.

It should be noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have this to say about glue and live traps:

“We do not recommend using glue traps or live traps. These traps can scare mice that are caught live and cause them to urinate. Since their urine may contain germs, this may increase your risk of being exposed to diseases.”

 

How to Get Rid of a Rat Problem for Good

Just trapping rats is not going to solve your rat problem permanently. You also need to address why you had rats in the first place. Leaving pet food outside, fallen fruit, woodpiles, and overgrown ivy, grass, or other ground cover are all ways to attract rats to your garden and house.

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Bibliography

  1. "Trap Up!." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 20/02/2012 <Web >
  2. "Disease directly transmitted by rodents." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 02/20/2012 <Web >

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