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How To Trap For Rats and Mice
*trapping for rats & mice is far more effective than poisoning for the rodents
*trapping is only one component of solving a rodent problem, click here for integrated pest control
There are 3 main trap types: cage traps, glue traps, and snap traps. Of these, snap traps are the most effective. Traps are sized differently for rats and mice. In Orlando, FL, almost all rodent problem are rat problems and people
should use rat size traps to catch the rodents. Mouse-size traps will NOT catch rats. But rat-size traps will catch mice. In general, the best trapping technique involves using 12-20
rat-sized snap traps. Occasionally glue traps are useful if small rats are spotted inside the home.
Bait Many different types of
bait can be used for rats. In my experience, the best bait is peanut butter and dog food. In most cases, I lay traps
in groups of 4 - with 4 traps baited with peanut butter surrounding a plate of dogfood. Use dry dog food as bait!
Where To Set
Most rat problems originate in the attic. In the attic, rats leave runway tracks and droppings. The traps should be set where
activity is heaviest in the attic. The traps need to go up in the attic as close as possible to where noise is heard.
If rats are seen inside the home proper, traps can be set where they were seen. However, snap traps inside the home
are a danger to pets and children. So while adding traps inside the home proper is useful, in most cases all the trapping can be done in attic. Any rat or mouse
seen inside the home will run back up into the attic.
Use 12-20 traps Using a lot of traps is very useful. Rats and mice can be
difficult to catch with only a handful of traps. Sometimes its hard to tell the exact best locations to set the traps, and using a lot of traps helps you hedge your bets by covering all of the most likely locations.
The differences between trapping for rats and mice:
mouse problems are highly unusual in Orlando, FL, while rat problems are very common. Most people who call Wildlife Patrol having seen a mouse have actually seen a young rat.
rat problems almost always involve the attic, whereas mouse problems are much more likely to be confined to inside the home or garage
rats are heavier stronger animals and you need to use larger snap traps to successfully catch these animals