Thw swarming of rats is indeed an alarming household trouble. Aside from the fact that they could really be very annoying, they also endanger the health of your family. They could be the source of parasitism or diseases that could fatally harm your loved ones. In order to prevent these disturbing incidents from occuring, there will be a need to implement measures that will answer the arising problem- the employment of rat traps. This is a method applied to prevent and eliminate these unwanated guests inside your house. Rat traps can be classified into two, the lethal and the non-lethal traps. However, the efficiency of these traps will downgrade if it is not employed strategically. There must be a system to follow so the effectivity of your traps will reach its optimum level.
Knowing the Enemy
The understanding that you have the power to exterminate these rodents is only half of the story. You also have to have a revelation of how they operate, including their behavior, their strengths and weaknesses. With these knowledge, you are confident that you can properly utilize the trap set for these rats.
One notable behavior rats’ possess is their caution. They have a tendency to be suspiscious of some irregularities in their habitual pathways. Thus, the presence of traps in varied kinds is usually ignored by them and possibly be avoided as well in the future. However, there is a bright side in this story, these rodents can be accustomed to classical conditioning approach. This method is operational through repition of the use of routinary activity. For instance, you can place bits of food and your stale trap along their path for few days to remove their suspicion of danger. And on that fateful day, you may now activate the trap and definitely it will work potently.
The strength of rats depend on their whiskers and keen sense of smell. They have a proactive reflex due their sensitive whiskers. Hence, it is not difficult for them to evade approaching dangers. Their acute olfactory abilities can detect food from far distances and also the familiar smell of their foe. These abilities made them more flexible and terrible at the same damaging not just on your household but even on agricutural setting. But there are always alternative solutions to tthis problem. The solution to this problem is the problem itself. Their perceptive senses are at the same time their weaknesses. You can take advantage of these characteristics by setting strategic conditioning and later on employing your traps. You can camouflage your trap through their need to sustain, in their food or in their natural playgrounds.
Types of Rat Traps
There are two basic classification for rat traps: the Lethal Traps, which are also known as the Agressive Traps and the Non-Lethal Traps, popularly known as Humane Traps. The usage of these traps should be strategic to obtain maximum efficiency.
This is the most famous method on killing your rats. There are a number of different alternatives in using lethal traps depending on the output you want to have. It could vary in style, availability of resources and cost-efficient factors.
The first conventional and probably the most populary is the Snap Trap. This is the kind of rat trap that brings instant and painless death for rats. The design of this trap is triggered by the bait placed on one end. When the rat takes the bait, it will automatically snap the vertebrae or the skull of the rat causing immediate death. The only drawback in applying this method is that, it could get a little messy because of the splattered blood or body parts. The smell of the blood most of the time stains the location so you still have to clean it properly to leave no odors and harmful bacteria.
The second type of trap is the Sticky Board Trap. This a rat trap designed to glue the feet of the rat to the vinyl usually attached to the board. When the stubborn glue takes into effect, it will immobilize the feet of the rat. Usually, in this type of trap, the death of the rat is caused by hypothermia or suffocation. In most cases, the tendency of the trapped rat is to chew off the board or its feet trying to escape, this then will cause the head to be glued as well on the board accelerating death. However, implementing this teachnique could mean few downsides. For one, since the rodent will not immediately die, it will create a screechy cry that could be really troublesome especially during sleeping time. Also, it is most often disgusting to dispose a dying rat.
One of the most popular method of killing a rat is the usage of poisons, which is third in this list. The productivity of this method is relatively high for it can kill plenty of rats in one poison mixture. Genrally, thse poisons effectuate by paralizing the whole body of the rat and destroying its nervous system. This method is a sure kill for household rat problems. On the contrary, there are also some considerations that you have to observe. First, there are some poisons that will take effect after few minutes or hours and in extreme cases days. If this happens, the rat will still have the opportunity to go back to its abode and die there. This is a problematic issue you may face because the home of rats are usually located in isolated places. Thus, there will be difficulty in recovering its deceased body. Moreveor, if it will start to decay, the rotting smell will be your pressing consequence. Finally, after death, the parasites in the body of the rat will start to seek for a new host leaving your pets or children prone to fleas or ticks. To add, these poisons if not securely and strategically applied could be a danger to your household pets and worse to your own children.
Lastly, the last rat killer which is gaining popularity now-a-days, is an electronic rat trap known as the rat zapper. This is a recent invention customized to compensate the disadvantages mentioned above of some rat traps. To describe, this is a chamber-like box with a bait inside enticing the rat to get inside. Once the rat steps into the metal plate, it will automatically activate the electic shock lasting for at least two minutes to ensure death. The electric shock has a high volatege power with 8000-8500 volts powered by batteries. Since the kill is inside the box, you won’t have to see the dead rat. Also, there is no blood stains and in some designs, it has a greeen light prompt indicating that a dead rat is inside. The only problem with the zap killer is if the battery runs out, the rat could surely survive. Lastly, if the shock has a minimal voltage power, the rat can utilize their distinctive ability to revive themselves by rebooting their heart.
In this era, where advocates of animal rights are gaining momentum, the fame of humane rat traps is also starting to elevate. The people behind these advocacy emphasizes the importance these rats are playing in the ecosystem. For instace, they are the scavengers for cleaning up the deceased decaying body of animals, and also prey for hawks, eagles, cats and owls. These humane rat traps are commonly applied into four specifications.
The first and the most popular is the Cage Trap. To describe, this is a box made up with assembled metal wires with an enticing decoy inside. When the rodent enters to seize the food, an automatic mechanism will snap the entry point locking the rat inside. After which, the rat will be released in a place with thick vegetation for it to survive. The only reminder in using this trap is to constantly inspect the cage so that no rat will die in dehydration and stress.
Second on the list is the Wired-Funnel Trap which is characterized by a funnel made up by wires allowing the the rat to squeeze enter but will not have the opportunity to exit. The sharp edges inside poking the bodily structure of the rat, will prevent it when it is trying to go out from the trap. As a reminder, permanantly inspect the trap and don’t leave it for a long time because a trapped rat might die inside.
The third non-lethal method is the Container-Trap. This can be a homemade trap that you can just easily create. You just have to provide a deep container where rats are unable to climb and a ramp with bait placed on one end. Further, attach the ramp on the mouth of the conatiner. When the rat attempts to eat the lure, the ramp will collapse leaving the rat inside the conatiner unable to climb outside. In applying this method, just make sure that the container has no water that might drown the rat.
Lastly, you can experiment and create your personal rat traps. You just have to be creative and be clever in customizing your own non-lethal traps. Also, you can recreate some humane traps and use alternative materials if you lack the required resources.
At the end of the day, the best rat trap can be indentified subjectively with respect to the setting or situation of a particular household. These rat traps are the immidiate solutions to the rats pestering your homes. However they do not guarantee a permanent solution. Rat killing by the use of rat traps are only ephemeral measure that can be used in a specific time. The best solution is still the preventive measures that you can prepare or impose to your house so that rats will not be welcomed to stay. Cleanliness and secured house structures are still the best long-term answer to rat infestations.