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Rats are destructive pests that are hazardous to your health and wellbeing. These animals reproduce quickly and will wreak havoc on the structure of your home should you leave them be. Tackling a rat infestation immediately is the key to solving any rat problem. Handling traps yourself however could result in injury. It is why you should know how to best trap a rat. Rat traps are known to break fingers and hurt people by accident. If you suspect a rat infestation in your home and need help, give rat removal Toronto a call.
Rat traps are powerful because rats can be quite large. The average rat measures roughly 40cm in length and weighs about 10 times more than a house mouse. The platform on a rat trap thus has to be large enough to fit a rat and strong enough to break its neck. This trap is the most common for rodent removal as it is very effective; the trap is designed to eliminate rats immediately so that they do not feel pain. Keep this in mind when handling traditional snap traps. Use caution when baiting and setting a rat trap and place it in an area where you, your pets, or your family members will not accidentally set it off.
If you’re worried about getting hurt, consider using a different trapping method. Electronic rat traps, for instance, are very effective and do not use mechanical means. They instead deliver electric shocks when rats have entered their chambers. Handling these traps is easy as they can easily be turned off and you never have to put your hand inside to bait the trap or remove a rat. Glue traps may also be available at your nearest hardware store, but these traps are grossly inhumane, and you risk gluing your finger to the trap. Multi-catch traps, on the other hand, are the safest and most humane traps out there. These simply trap rats who have come inside to consume bait. Once trapped, you can bring the rats outside and release them.
Another safe method of rat control is the bait station. Bait stations are not traps but they do eliminate rats effectively. These stations are tamper-proof boxes with openings on their sides for rats to enter and consume the rodenticide placed inside. The rodenticide, or rat poison, is specifically formulated to appeal to rats. Keep in mind that these stations should only be used outdoors – when a rat begins to feel the effects of the rodenticide, it will retreat into its burrow and perish underground. Using this method indoors may result in there being dead rats in places that are hard to reach, such as the insides of the walls.
Rat traps are effective, humane, and cheap, but they should be used with caution. Read their instructions carefully and compare them to the other traps on the market before you create your rat control plan. You should also remember that professional help is always available. The technicians at The Exterminators will set the traps for you in the safest and most efficient locations in the house. Calltoday and ask us about our warranties and pest-proofing services.