Rat Traps | Effective Rat Control

Rat traps are an effective method of rat control. Trapping is recommended for use in homes because, unlike with poison baits, there is no risk of a rat dying in an inaccessible place and creating an odour problem.Trapping has several advantages:

  • it does not rely on inherently hazardous poisons;
  • it permits the user to determine if the rat was caught or killed;
  • it allows for disposal of dead rats, thus eliminating odour problems that may occur when rat poisoning is done within buildings.

Types of Rat Traps

There are four types of rat traps:

  • snap rat traps
  • live capture rat traps
  • electronic rat traps
  • glue traps

Snap traps

rat control - snap trapA snap trap is designed to kill the rat instantly. A snap trap consists of a block of wood onto which a snapping mechanism is attached.

The trap is set with bait attached to a trigger. As the rat nibbles on the bait, the trigger releases the snapping mechanism, which should break the rat’s neck.

Live cage traps

Rat Control - Humane rat trapLive cage traps are often more expensive than snap or glue traps, but can be used multiple times. Most live capture traps are boxes with glass lids. The glass allows for inspection of the traps without the need to open them. When rodents enter the boxes, a mechanized shutter is released that closes off the entry point, effectively sealing the animal in the box.

Live rat traps are designed not to harm the animal. Due to rats being regarded as vermin, rats that are captured should be humanely destroyed and not released elsewhere because of their role in disease transmission, damage potential, and detrimental effect on native wildlife.

Electronic Traps

Rat control - Electric rat trapElectronic rat traps consist of baited boxes that electrocute the rats when they enter. Most of these traps are battery powered and designed to be disposable. It is not necessary to remove the rat from the box. These traps can be purchased in various sizes, to handle either mice or large rats.

Electronic rat traps are usually more expensive than other types of kill traps and, although they sound ideal, they are not without problems.

Glue traps

Glue traps are illegal and cruel method of rat controlKitten rescued from glue trapUsing glue traps, either store-bought or makeshift, is a very cruel and inhumane method of rodent control.

Not only do glue traps subject their victims to a slow, torturous death, the animal also potentially faces days of suffering before they suffocate, starve, dehydrate, or go into shock and then usually die.

Some animals may even chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape from the glue, especially mothers trying frantically to get back to their babies.

Glue traps are completely indiscriminate and can trap any non-target small animals, such as kittens, birds or rabbits who are unfortunate enough to wander upon them. The kitten on the left was rescued from a glue trap.

OnGuard Pest Control NEVER USE GLUE TRAPS. They are ILLEGAL IN IRELAND and they should never be used for pest control.

Disposal of Dead Rodents

When removing dead rodents and when cleaning or disinfecting items contaminated by rodents, always wear intact rubber or plastic gloves. Soak or spray dead rodents with a disinfecting solution (3 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or a commercial disinfectant containing phenol) until thoroughly wet and place in a plastic bag.

The bag should be placed in a second bag and tightly sealed. Dispose of rodents in trash containers with tight fitting lids. After handling rodents, cleaning and resetting traps contaminated objects, thoroughly wash gloved hands in a general household disinfectant or in soap and water. Then remove gloves and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

If you would like to know more about rat habits and how to prevent them from setting in your home, visit icwdm.org website.

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OnGuard Pest Control offers fast, effective rat control to both residential and commercial clients. If you have rodents in your home or your place of business, call us. We will remove them quickly and safely.

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Rodent control – How to prevent rats and mice from settling in your home?

Rat control - Rats and Mice feeding on left over foodAccess to food scraps and the presence of hiding places help rodents such as rats and mice to survive in residential areas. Good sanitation will effectively limit the number of rats and mice that can survive in and around your home or the place of business.

Effective rat control involves good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food materials and refuse, and elimination of rodent shelter (harborage). Outside dog pens must be properly maintained to reduce potential rats and mice problem. Removing clutter around homes removes rats and mice hiding places and allows you to spot any signs of them early, before they had a chance to settle in. Good sanitary practices will not eliminate rodents, but it will make the environment less suitable for them to thrive.

Rodent-proof Construction

The most successful and permanent form of rats and mice control is to “build them out” by making their access to structures impossible. Ideally, all places where food is stored, processed or used should be rodent-proof. Store bulk foods, bird seed and dry pet food in metal cans with tight fitting lids.

Seal any openings larger than 1/4 inch to exclude both rats and mice. Openings where utility conduits enter buildings should be sealed tightly with metal or concrete. Equip floor drains and sewer pipes with tight fitting grates having openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. Screens, windows and doors should fit tightly. It may be necessary to cover edges with sheet metal to prevent gnawing.

For more tips on how to prevent rats and mice from settling in your home, see the video below:

Effective Rodent Control in Your Home or Your Place Of Business

Onguard Pest Control offers fast, effective elimination of rats and mice for both residential and commercial clients. Our highly experienced Rodent Control team can:

  • set up rat traps
  • set up bait stations
  • monitor the traps and remove caught or dead rodents
  • pest proof your property

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Rat in your toilet? Call OnGuard Rat Control

RAT CONTROL - rat in toiletOnGuard Rat Control | Rats are ingenious species, and they will do anything within their power to access new sources of food. They will bite their way through a brick wall, walk on a wire or even navigate the u-bend of your toilet.

Has it ever happened to you? Have you ever found a rat in your lavatory?

Imagine the horror of being still half asleep and about to sit on the toilet, when a live RAT pops-up out of your toilet bowl. This happened to a couple in Sutton, South London. The couple, Margaret and Keith Woods, who have lived in their home for 27 years, have experienced rat problems in the past and said they have had a rat appearing in their toilet for the last eight months.

The couple filmed the rat – which they have nicknamed Roland – poking its face up into the bowl, but investigators from Thames Water have done a search of the pipes at their home without much success. The couple are now terrified to leave the toilet cover off and flush the toilet several times before using it.

Finding a rat in your toilet is not as uncommon as it seems. Here is another couple who got a nasty surprise lurking in their family bathroom. Watch the video below.


Onguard Rat Control

Rat Control - Brown ratRats, once they find the way into your your house, they seldom go away by themselves. They usually settle and start breeding. Rats can reach sexual maturity at 5-6 weeks of age and each female can have between 10 – 12 babies.  The gestation period is normally 22 days and the female rat can become pregnant again 24 hours after giving birth. This means that in a very short period of time, you could be sharing your home with a lot of rats.

Rats are initially not that easy to spot. Unless acutely over-crowded or disturbed, rats feed almost exclusively at night, remaining well concealed in family burrows during the day.  As a survival strategy, rats are also extremely wary of unfamiliar objects as well as human and animal activity, and dwelling in the open.

This means only a minority of the population is ever seen, making it easy to under-estimate the scale of infestations.

If you suspect that you might have rats in your house, call OnGuard Pest Control – Rat Control Section. We will get rid of your rat problem quickly and effectively. We can also rat proof your property.

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