What is a Rodent Trap?
Rodent traps come in variations to ultimately control mice and rat issues in and around your home. Choosing the right type of rodent trap depends on your intention to capture the rodent alive, or to kill it on-site.
In order to encourage the rodent to fall into the trap, a lure is required to do so. Products such as glue traps stop rodents in their tracks using a peanut butter-like formula that entices rodents to interact with the glue. Other rodent traps require you to place food or an alternative attractant gel applicant for mice and rats inside the trap to lure rodents over.
How do Traps Work?
Unlike rodent bait stations that take up to 48 hours to kill mice and rats, rodent traps designed to kill mice and rats instantly. Traps are more commonly used for smaller rodent incidents and work best when trying to remove a few rodents. Should you need to remove a colony of rodents, bait stations work better in those situations.
Rodent traps come in a variety of trap types to provide you with different ways to solve rodent issues in and around your home. Depending on your preferred means of getting rid of mice and rats, there are trap types to suit the removal process of your choice.
Types Of Traps
|Product||Mechanism Used||Ideal For:||Is Applying Bait Required?|
|Spin Trap||Plastic Lever Trigger||Killing rodents instantly and mess-free.||Yes|
|Wooden Trap||Metal Coil Snap||Economically killing rodents one at a time.||Yes|
|Snap Trap||Spring-Loaded Plastic Teeth||A more powerful alternative to the classic wooden trap.||Yes|
|Glue Trap||Sticky Adhesive||Luring rodents to be trapped in the scented glue tray.||No|
|Humane Trap||Catch and Release||Catching rodents indoors and safely releasing them back into the wild.||Yes|
Mechanical traps is an umbrella term that refers to the different types of mechanisms available to catch rodents and kill them instantly.
- Spin traps for mice are designed with a lever trigger that spins back when touched by a mouse and kills the rodent inside of the trap before it can reach the bait.
- They offer users a mess-free way to kill mice without ever seeing the mouse itself.
- These spring-loaded woodentraps are available for mice , as well as wooden traps for rats and involve placing food or an alternative type of bait onto a platform that when touched in the slightest manner, snaps a u-shaped metal trap back onto the body of a rodent once it gets close enough to the bait.
- They are good for single use and need to be disposed of in the garbage after catching a single rodent.
- There are plastic snap traps for mice as well as plastic snap traps for rats as well.
- Snap traps can be looked at as an evolution of the wooden traps as it requires bait to be placed on a platform that will trigger the spring-loaded trap to snap and close on the rodent’s body, killing it instantly.
- These traps can be disposed of in the garbage after successfully catching a single mouse or rat.
- There are glue traps for mice and glue traps for rats which differ in size to effectively catch these rodents right in their tracks.
- Glue traps kill rodents by being placed in an area of high traffic amongst rodents as they instantly stick to the glue trap when attempting to run across the sticky sheet of pesticide-free glue.
- Glue traps are commonly coated with a luring scent to entice rodents to enter the trap.
- This luring scent is also effective in catching other pests, such as cockroaches and other insects.
- Humane traps are also known as “catch and release traps” as they allow you to capture rodents and release them back into the wild when you decide to do so, without having to physically touch the rodent itself.
- Also available are humane traps that catch up to 10 mice at a time.
Choosing the Right Trap for Your Rodent Problem
Understanding the different types of traps available can help determine which one will help get rid of the rat or mouse problem in your home in a preferred fashion. Each variation rodent trap type has its benefits and caters to your preference in how you want to get rid of the rodents and dispose of them. Learn about the different types of traps with the following list:
Spin traps for rodents are ideal if you require:
- A trap to catch and kill one single rodent per trap, instantly
- A disposable trap that is mess-free and can easily be thrown into the garbage after its use
- A functionally designed trap that can fit snug for placement in corners
- A bait cup designed to easily add bait of your choice to lure rodents into the trap
Wooden traps for rodents are ideal if you require:
- An economical option to killing one mouse or rat per trap, quickly and instantly
- An easy-to-use trap that has withstood the test of time as a reliable way to catch mice and rats
- A trap that makes applying bait of your choice simple and easy
Snap traps for rodents are ideal if you require:
- A more powerful alternative to the classic wooden traps designed to forcefully snap and catch rodents with ease
- A trap for killing one rat or mouse per trap as opposed to many rodents at once
- An easy-to-set trap that is reusable for future use both indoors and outdoors
- A trap that can easily be disposed when rodents are no longer causing issues in your home
Glue traps for rodents are ideal if you require:
- A disposable trap that can catch only a few rodents at a time despite needing to be thrown in the garbage once it catches at least one rodent
- A ready-to-use trap that does not require having to apply additional bait
- A pesticide-free option that works effectively without any toxic chemicals
- A trap that additionally can catch other pests such as cockroaches and insects as well
Humane traps for rodents are ideal if you require:
- The need to catch rodents in and around your home without having to kill them
- A catch & release trap that exists for catching one rodent, or one that alternatively catches up to 10 rodents at a time
- A trap that does not involve accidental false triggers
- A trap that is reusable for future use
The Difference Between Traps for Mice and Rats
Simply put, the difference between traps for mice and rats is the size of the traps themselves. Rat traps are commonly larger than mice traps to ensure that it is of a sufficient size to effectively catch rats. The sensitivity of the trap mechanisms are also different since mice, for example, may be too small to trigger a mechanism on a rat trap.
When to Use Traps
Deciding to use rodent traps instead of rodent bait stations involves assessing the rodent situation in your home and ensuring that it is not an infestation of more than one mouse or rat. Traps are more suitable for instances where you are combating fewer rodents than when using bait stations. All rodent trap types are ideal when removing one, to a few rodents at a time due to many of the trap types only catching and killing one rodent at a time.
To be sure that you find the right rodent trap specific to your situation, see how each trap solves rodent issues compared to other traps and bait stations for rodent removal:
|Rodent Removal Product||Product Is Ideal For:||Indoors/Outdoors?||Does it Kill Rodents?||Will You See Dead Rodents In the Trap?||Does it Require Poisonous Ingredients?||Is it Child & Pet Resistant?||Can It Be Reused?|
|Spin Traps||One Mouse or Rat||Both||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Snap Traps||One Mouse or Rat||Both||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Wooden Traps||One Mouse or Rat||Both||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Glue Traps||Up to 4 Mice or Rats||Both||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Catch & Release Traps||One Mouse or Rat (Single Style Trap) & Up to 10 Mice (Multi-Catch Style Trap)||Both||No||No||No||No||Yes|
Where to Use Traps
All rodent traps work best when placed in areas in your home that you suspect the rodent is frequenting. The better the destination of your rodent trap, the more likely it is for rodents to discover the lure you have laid out for it.
How to Set Traps
Effectively setting traps up varies by trap type. Whether you decide to use a glue trap, a humane trap, or a mechanical trap, it is important to always follow the instructions on the packaging to ensure that you are safely setting the traps up for success. Follow these quick steps to effectively set up each different rodent trap type:
Spin Traps (Mechanical)
- Remove the bait cap from the bottom of the trap.
- Add bait or attractant gel.
- Apply the bait cap back into the bottom of the trap. When done properly, the cap will “click” back into place.
- Prepare the entrance slot of the trap by simply pulling it away from the trap.
- Place the spin trap in an area of your home that you suspect is frequented by mice or rats.
- Check on the spin trap often to see if any activity occurs.
- Once the spin trap has caught a rodent, dispose of the trap in the garbage.
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Wooden Traps (Mechanical)
- Add a bait of your choice or an attractant gel to the base of the bait holder on the trap.
- Carefully pull the U-shaped metal bar in the opposite direction of its placement to load the spring of the trap and hold it in place with one hand. With your other hand, place the metal pin over the U-shaped bar and insert the curved section into the open slot on the side of the metal trigger.
- Without accidentally triggering the trap, carefully place the trap in an area that you suspect rodents to frequent.
- Once you have noticed that a rodent has been trapped, use gloves to carefully pick up the wooden trap and immediately dispose of it in the garbage.
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Snap Traps (Mechanical)
- Remove the bait cap which can be accessed from the bottom of the trap.
- Add a sufficient amount of bait or attractant gel to the bait cap and reinstall the cap to the trap.
- While the trap is in its dormant state, firmly and carefully open the mouth of the trap until you hear it “click”. Once clicked into place, the trap is now live and active.
- Place the active snap trap in an area that rodents frequent.
- Once the trap has caught a rodent, use gloves to immediately dispose of the trap in the garbage.
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- Once removed from the product packaging, you’ll notice that two glue traps are initially stuck to each other. Carefully separate the two glue traps from each other.
- Once separated, decide where to place the two glue traps. Areas that you suspect rodents to frequent are the most ideal places for the traps.
- NOTE: To catch rats, the glue traps should be placed 3-4.5 m (10-15 ft) apart from each other. To catch mice, the glue traps should be placed 1.5–2.5 m (5-8 ft) apart from each other.
- While it’s possible for glue traps to catch more than one rodent to a single trap, it is best recommended to dispose of a glue trap as soon as you have caught one to maintain a healthy environment in your home.
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Single Catch & Release Traps
- Remove the bait box of the trap by separating it from the opposite end of the rodent entrance.
- Apply a bait of your choice or an attractant gel to the bait box and reattach it to the humane trap.
- Lift the door of the entrance to the trap.
- Once the entrance is open, place the catch & release trap in an area that rodents frequent.
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Multi-Catch & Release Traps
- Simply place the trap in an area that rodents frequent.
- Since this trap can catch up to 10 mice, frequently check on the trap and decide when it is time to release the rodents from the trap outdoors.
- Slide the top of the trap to release rodents back into the wild.
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Safety Precautions When Using a Trap
Handling a Trap With Care
Unlike rodent bait stations, traps are designed to kill rodents instantly and leave the rodent caught in the trap for you to dispose of. Open exposure of the caught rodent and the trap itself leaves potential for contamination and also injury from the rodent traps. Remembering where you’ve left traps in your home and immediately disposing of used traps is good practice to avoid any issues regarding hazardous waste and injury.
Keeping Traps Away From Children and Pets
Although rodent traps are designed to be as safe to use as possible, it is still possible to harm children and pets accidentally. While catch and release traps may be easier to manage from a safety perspective, rodents are highly poisonous and should not be anywhere near children. Setting traps in areas that children and pets do not frequent is not only good for safety reasons, but are more likely to be frequented by rodents who do not want to be found by children and pets.
Safe Disposal of Traps
Used traps can be disposed of directly into the garbage, unless stated otherwise by your municipality. It is always important to use gloves when disposing of traps to avoid any risk of contamination.