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Pest infestations are always a huge problem in big cities and rural-adjacent locations, be it grasshoppers, termites, or, most commonly, rats. Due to the animal's incredibly quick reflexes and small size, which allows them to hide in the most inconspicuous of places, trying to capture or neutralize them directly is often a very difficult task. Furthermore, if not dealt with effectively, the animals can quickly reproduce and take over the whole environment. In these situations, rat traps can serve as ever-vigilant watchmen in multiple hard-to-reach places throughout the household, ready to strike when the time comes.

Poison or rat traps for pest control

For larger infestations, poison is often recommended as a good solution, since they require practically no setup. However, it's important to consider that the substances used are also deadly or dangerous not only for rats but also for other mammals in the area, a.k.a humans, dogs, and cats. Moreover, whenever the rats are poisoned, they might die in impossible-to-reach places, which means their body will start to decompose and release chemicals while homeowners won't be able to dispose of them. To avoid such problems, a rodent trap can give customers more control over these factors, but won’t be able to act on the same scale as poisons.

Types of rat traps

Rat glue traps are one of the most popular options. These traps consist of a strongly adhesive surface with a bait in the middle. Whenever the rat reaches for the food, it will become stuck in the trap. However, these models can also be dangerous for pets and other animals, and taking them out of the trap won’t leave them unscathed. Although their effectiveness is undeniable, many customers prefer other humane options, since the rat will go through a long period of dehydration and starvation before dying.

Spring-loaded snap traps are also very commonly found. They work by pulling a small metal lever behind and hooking it in place, which is then let go whenever the rat puts pressure on the bait. One downside of these traps is that the initial setup might lead to accidents and injuries if the customers are not careful. Electric rat traps work similarly, but simply discharge a high current when the rat enters the trap, killing it instantly.

For those who are looking for more humane rat traps, the options are fortunately vast. The basic concept behind these traps is to capture the animal alive and release it. On the simpler side, a 5-gallon bucket mouse trap can get the job done under the right circumstances. They have an upper trapdoor lid that closes when the rats climb onto it, trapping them in the bottom of the bucket. Other models of humane rat traps include cages, similar to those used during the hunting or rescue of wild animals. Whenever the rat falls for the bait, a gate closes behind it. These traps also have protected handles to avoid bites or scratches from the animals, allowing customers to easily capture and release rats outside of their property.