Even with numerous pest control methods in place, rodent control often comes down to setting up a rat trap or a bait. Rat Traps are a quicker solution (but not necessarily a permanent one) to rat problems. But rat traps are often inhumane, and the last thing we want to promote is cruelty towards those poor creatures.
But we still need a solution, right? Rats, mice, and the entire rodent population happens to be an intelligent species. So, the plan of setting up a trap or bait to lure and catch them often fails because they usually figure things out and find a way to escape.
So, before you set up a trap or a bait, here’s a list of tips and things you need to know to make sure of your trap.
1. Know Where To Place Your Trap
Placing a rat trap is not an easy task. To make sure it works, you need to carefully place them in their commonly used tracks and trails. While dealing with an intelligent creature like a rat, you can’t make the mistake of placing traps in places like the center of your room.
Before you place a trap, you need to be aware of the rats’ movements and their trails. Rats use their whiskers to detect objects in their paths. With one side of theirs being a wall, they only have to keep an eye on the other side, making their movement safer for them. This unique style of theirs makes their movement predictable for you.
They mostly travel and run along the wall. To make sure that their movements trigger your traps, place the trap along the wall or close to it. If it still fails, you can place another trap perpendicular to it to increase its effective radius.
2. A Rat Bait Is Not A Buffet
To get a rat set off a trap, you need to lure the rat towards it.
Most people often forget that a rat is accustomed to a specific diet and is usually picky about it. Putting different food items on the bait to lure them often fails as they aren’t attracted to everything.
Black rats, which are mostly garden rats, often roam around in your garden and scale trees. To lure them, use peanut butter. For them, peanut butter is irresistible. On the other hand, use smelly cheese for brown rats. They are the kind who go through your garbage and try to find their way in your house through tiny cracks.
3. Gain its Trust first
Being intelligent creatures, they are cautious and careful. They also learn from experience and their mistakes, making them quite skeptical. So, while trying to use a bait to lure them into a trap, make sure you gain its trust first.
When they find your bait for the first time, they will approach it quite skeptically. Their extra cautious attitude will reduce your chances of catching them. So, it becomes crucial that you gain their trust and get their guards down by keeping the food-bait without the trap for a few days.
Once they are accustomed to their new ‘food source,’ place the trap and let it work.
4. No Poison Please
We do not prefer inhumane rat traps. Along with that, we do not like rat poison and strongly advise you against it.
Although many would advise you on slow-poisoning your rat by mixing the poison to the food, it often has unpredictable results. With slow-poisoning taking its toll on the rat, the creature usually dies in a secluded part of the house, away from normal human movement.
This often makes things hard for you as you have to endure a rotting corpse of a dead rat for days before you can locate the dead body.
Using acids or other instant poisons is also not an option, as you face the problem of spilling. You can face accidents like stepping on them or kids burning their feet with spilled acids and poisons. Moreover, they can create a hazardous situation in your house and create a messy problem.
5. Lead To The Trap
Do not just set a trap or place the bait in front of a trap. Lead the rats to the trap with small incentives.
Make sure you place small bits and pieces of the bait and make a small food trail, which finally leads them to their final bait. This way, you too gain their trust, and they are not overly cautious while devouring the bait-food. You can also spread and sprinkle a bit of bait around the trap to make it look less suspicious or prevent the trap from letting off any smell.
6. Disguise Your Traps
Don’t make your traps too obvious. Place your traps so that it is a bit hard to notice, and the rats do not understand that a trap follows the baits. You can use sawdust and other debris to hide the trap.
Also, make sure your traps are highly sensitive. As rats and mice are skeptical and cautious beings, while being fast on their feet, a slow rat trap is not going to work.
7. Use Tracking Powder
If you are still facing issues with finding out where to place the rat traps, you can try using tracking powder to help you out.
Sprinkle some of the powder in front of their burrows or on their trails. Once they step on the powder, they will start leaving footprints. This will make things easier for you, as you can now note down their trails and plan your traps, baits, and lures accordingly.
Rats, mice, and rodents can be a nuisance. We know, and we are aware of it too. But rodent eradication is a problem that can be fixed humanely, without torturing those creatures or even killing them. You can try these methods or take away the food source to make sure they leave your home. You can also use proper naturally derived pest repellants like Infestics’ Strike Rodent Spray to aid you in the rodent eradication and rodent control process. It will not only make your life easier but also make the eradication process a lot more humane.