Pest Traps: All about Pest Control Traps
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Pest Traps: All about Pest Control Traps

Are you tired of pests? Probably yes. You definitely want to get rid of these little animals but you don’t know where to start. Well, in this article you’ll get to know the type of pest control traps that you can use to get rid of these little monsters.

What is Pest Control Traps

Pests are harmful. If your home is invaded by pests, you plus your food and/or living condition have a problem. Start looking for a pest control trap as soon as possible.

Pest control traps are physical methods of controlling many pests. Traps are very useful in handling vertebrate species like squirrels, pockets, raccoons, rats, mice, and meadows.  The traps are designed in a very attractive way to lure the pests. This is achieved by the use of colors and pheromones, the sex hormones. Once the pests are trapped, they can’t escape.

Types of Pest Control Traps

Traps exist in various designs. Each trap design target a particular species. Some traps are designed to kill, while others only catch the pests without injuring them. There are various types of pest control traps in the market that you can use to get read of pests. The types of traps that are ordinarily used include:

  • Cages
  • Snap Traps
  • Glue Traps
  • Electronic Traps

Cage Traps

Pest cages are also referred to as humane traps or squirrel traps. They are used to trap large creatures such as raccoons, squirrels, and roaches. There are three types of cages that you can use by trap pests. They include:

  • Body grip traps.
  • Paw hold traps.
  • Live cages.

Humane traps only catch the animals without killing or dispensing pain to them. You can then release the trapped creatures to an environment away from your home. Remember to close the doors and windows to prevent these creatures from invading your home again.

Be careful when using cages, the trapped animals can bite you. Remember to check your traps daily and avoid abandoning them for more than two days. The animal may die or injure itself rendering the method ruthless.

Snap Traps

Rat Tap


Snap traps are designed particularly for trapping rats and mice. They are made of wooden, metal, or plastic materials loaded with a powerful trigger hinge which kills the rodents directly on contact. Examples of available snap traps include:

  • Victor Mouse Trap
  • Victor Rat Trap
  • Trapper T -Relax Trap

In each snap trap, bait is used to lure the rodent. When the pest starts to consume the bait the trigger is released killing the rodent.

Unlike cages, snap traps kill the pest and you are needed to dispose of the killed mouse or rat. Sometimes the trigger may fail to strike the rodent well enough to kill it. In this situation, you are required to look for an alternative method to destroy the trapped animal.

To maximize the use of snap traps, station the traps in strategic places where there is maximum rodent infestation. Clean the area well and remove all food remains so that the rodents are left with the bait as the only source of food. Consider using enough traps to increase the chances of catching the pests.

Glue Traps

Glue traps can be used to catch mice, lizards, snakes, cockroaches, and birds. This method employs the use of a sticky adhesive substance to coat a piece of cardboard or plastic sheet. Glue traps heavily depend on the station that they are placed. So, do a thorough site search before placing them.

In some glue traps, baits are used to lure the pests while in others the glue contains a powerful redolence that attracts the creatures. Once the animals are in contact with the glue traps they are stuck and cannot escape. They suffer immensely. Sometimes the head of the animal is stuck making it suffocate to death.

Glue traps do not kill the pests immediately. You are hence required to dispose of the trapped creatures alive or use other methods to kill them. Take heed when handling the trapped animals, they can bite you or spread diseases as they try to escape.

Electronic Traps

Electronic traps such as electronic mouse traps are very effective methods used to trap rodents such as mice and rats. They are completely confined with only one entrance. Electronic traps contain a high voltage current which startles the rodents to death.

These traps are very easy to use-you merely bait and switch on. They are designed in a way that you can easily know that an animal has been trapped.  A red light tells you that the battery is low while a green light shows that your target animal has been killed.

The bait entices the rodent into the trap which then gets electrocuted and dies within seconds. You can then dispose of the pest without touching or even seeing it.

The size of pests determines the type of traps to be used. Electronic traps, cages, and snap traps are effective for trapping large animals like rats, mice, and squirrels. Small animals such as houseflies and cockroaches are best trapped by glue traps. Some types of traps kill the pests while others do not. Always remember to dispose of your trapped creature properly.

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