Snap Trap vs. Glue Traps
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When you are trapping rats, you have a couple different options of traps that you can buy, the two you will most commonly find are snap traps and glue traps. While each type of trap has its own set of pros and cons, snap traps have proven to be the most effective when effectively trapping rodents.
Glue traps are the more inconspicuous traps and are safer to handle, from a human standpoint at least. They are more cost-effective, and are able to be placed in more areas of the home since they will not cause harm to pets or unsuspecting humans. On the flip side, they are typically not powerful enough to capture rats and frequently the rats will end up able to pull themselves loose, leaving only signs that there was a rat on it at some point – such as patches of their fur. Not only is your rat still running free, though slightly less hairy, the rat will also remember the trap and steer clear of it. He will also advise his rat buddies of his experience, and they will all end up avoiding the traps.
Snap traps are deadly, yes, but they are the most effective form of trapping rats. Once baited, the rat steps onto a trigger, and the trap snaps shut killing the rat. You are then able to remove the trap, through away the rat, and rebait the trap to catch more rodents. A major drawback is that these traps are sensitive and many people have been known to catch their own finger, or their household pet has stuck their nose in it resulting in a painful snap.
If you are looking for a more humane method of removing rats, you may find live traps on the market. However, while these traps are humane, they do not commonly work with rats and you will not have much luck with trapping them. If this is the route you are wanting to go, you must ensure that you get the smallest live trap that you can find, otherwise the rats won't be heavy enough to trigger the trap door. Once they are caught you should drive them far away, so that they cannot find their way back to your home.