Trapping a rat is often the best course of action, but only if done correctly. It takes knowledge and training to know where to use rat traps and how to effectively use them. Below are some, though not all, problems that can come with rat traps when used incorrectly.
1. Rat Traps Can Cause Unexpected Injury
Have you ever actually seen a traditional snap trap for rats? The snap trap is large with a sensitive trigger and the force of the bar is strong. The force is strong enough that the bar will probably bruise and may break a human finger. It is also possible for them to hurt domesticated animals who are tempted by peanut butter or other food bait. This is one reason why proper placement is so important.
2. Rat Trapping Doesn’t Keep Other Rats Out
Sure, you might set a trap and catch a rat. But what about the other possible rats living in your walls or attic? Or what about the crack or hole that the rat used to get into your home? Rat traps are best used in conjunction with an exclusion plan. That way, you’re removing the rats and then helping keep others from getting into your home in the future. And exclusion should be done after the population is trapped. Otherwise, you may trap the rats inside.
3. Rat Trap Placement Takes Knowledge of Rats
Homeowners may place traps in areas where they see the rat or think the rat is moving. This might not be the most advantageous strategy as rats are smart and may not interact with the trap without a conditioning period. Trained professionals know where to look for signs of rat activity and where they are likely to find the trap. There’s a strategy involved to rat trapping and there may even need to be multiple traps set.