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Your Guide to Rodent Traps

Advance Pest and Weed Management, servicing the New Mexico area, understands that homeowners enjoy being able to be proactive in their pest and rodent management. In our service area, rodents can be a large problem, so it only makes sense for individuals to be interested in traps they can place around their homes and businesses in order to help deter an infestation from happening.

Whichever method you use, be sure to keep all rodent traps, baited or not, out of reach from small children and pets. Always handle these devices with gloves, and practice good sanitary methods such as washing your hands thoroughly after touching any rodent trap.

Outdoor Placement Rodent Traps

Homeowners have several options when it comes to placing traps outside to help deter the entry of rats to their homes. These include:

  • Ultrasonic mouse traps. These traps work by emitting a frequency that is intended to deter the rodent from your property. They can be effective and are attractive due to the lack of poison, bait or need to clean dead rodents, but are limited in their range of effectiveness. These traps are suitable for both indoor and outdoor placement.
  • Catch-and-release traps. These traps work on bait and feature a larger housing unit where trapped rats live. The homeowner would then be required to check and empty the trap, usually some distance from the home. While these are more humane and don’t kill the rodent, it’s unpleasant to handle live rodents, and the rats could always return.

Indoor Placement Rodent Traps

  • Classic snap traps. These traps are baited with food and snap down on the rodent, who then dies. These traps require both the handling of dead rodents and cleaning of the immediate area.
  • Baited boxes, with poison. These traps lure the rodents inside with poisoned bait, where it then dies. Homeowners can then dispose of the box, leaving the dead rodents untouched.
  • Glue strips. While these traps don’t rely on bait or potentially hazardous poisons, they are less popular due to the high chance at encountering a living rodent that is trapped on the glue. Rodents can live, stuck on these traps, for several days.

It’s important to realize that even a dead rodent can carry health concerns for you and your family, and some traps that are baited with position are especially dangerous. If you use any of these traps, contact us for professional pest removal. We’re also available to treat your home and supply high-quality traps after treatment to help prevent a reinfestation, or to keep rodents from entering your home or business in the first place.

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