Effective Control and Expert Tips
Location, Location, Location:
The most important rule for the effective use of traps is to find the right location. Start by thoroughly inspecting your home and determining signs of rodent activity and high-traffic areas for rodents.
Number of Traps:
The most common trapping mistake is not using enough traps. For only a couple of rodents, several traps are not too many. The electronic mouse traps should be placed in areas of high activity or along walls where rodents primarily travel at 2 to 3 foot intervals. For more severe infestations, traps should be placed closer together in areas of high activity. It is not recommended to place a less effective, less hygienic and less humane snap trap next to an electronic trap because it will reduce your results.
Importance of the First Night:
Statistics show that more rats are trapped on the first night than any other night, so plan strategically.
Offer Multiple Bait Choices:
Finally, offer multiple bait choices. Individuals in a rodent population forage for different types of food. Peanut butter, bacon, dry pet food or nuts are all great options.
Check traps regularly and continue to trap until signs of rodent activity dissipate.
Always Wear Gloves:
Human odors on traps are not likely to deter rodents but to be sure, always wear disposable gloves or use a tool such as a Q-tip or toothpick to bait. Also, for personal hygiene and biohazard awareness, disposable gloves should always be worn when installing or recovering any traps.