Rats reproduce quickly, making it difficult to prevent infestations once they’ve settled in homes or yards.

While simple prevention methods may work in the short term, rats travel in large numbers and are quick to overcome obstacles. The pests grow used to audible scare tactics quickly, although loud noises may drive them away temporarily. Rats also become resistant to repellants and toxins.

Traps are the most effective method of dealing with rats. However, knowing how to properly select, place, and bait a trap can mean the difference between successful removal and continued problems.

The Problem with Home Rat Repellents

There is more than one DIY rat repellent, though none are completely effective.

Popular repellents include:

  • Putting out mothballs
  • Sprinkling cayenne pepper in gardens
  • Enclosing plants with hardware cloth

There are several issues with these approaches. Mothballs only last a short time and can be toxic to pets and small children. The other two rat deterrents may show some results outdoors, but don’t address indoor pests.

Types of Rat Traps

Homeowners looking to control infestations are usually offered standard rodent traps such as snap, cage, and burrow entrance traps, as well as glue boards.

Do Rat Traps Work?

This control measure is surprisingly effective. Since the pests are drawn to strange objects in their surroundings, they’re extremely susceptible to traps.

Unfortunately, trapping is not a long-term solution to pack rat problems. Homeowners are better off targeting factors that attract rodents in the first place such as poorly stored food or breaches leading into homes.

Other Issues with Rat Traps

Though rat traps have a higher rate of success than other control methods, this doesn’t mean it’s the best way to get rid of infestations. These animals often host a number of disease-carrying parasites in their fur, which means getting too close can be a health risk.

Also, after using a rat trap, homeowners are left to dispose of the animal in addition to dealing with the disgusting nest the pest leaves behind.

Importance of Effective Rat Control

It is vital to control rat populations because these rodents are highly fertile. One female is able to give birth to two babies per month. After two months, those offspring have developed enough to start having young of their own.

Instead of inviting the dangers of DIY trapping, contact the professionals at Trutech for safe and effective control of rats.