For as long rodents have existed, human beings have used increasingly complex traps as a form of rodent control. But are traps really an effective method of rodent control? Action Pest Exterminating, one of the leading pest control companies in North Carolina, investigates.
Benefits Of Traps
The biggest benefit gained from employing traps as a form of pest control is the fact that there are more efficient than rodent poisoning, faster kill, and offers a clear confirmation of a capture. Poisons require sometimes numerous feedings before enough rodenticide is ingested, and the rodent may die somewhere in the home and will not be known until there is a smell.
Types Of Traps
Although they were en vogue decades ago, glue traps have since fallen out of favor and are not recommended as a solution for professional pest control. For one, these traps capture not just rodents but also lizards, birds, and baby animals. Also, there was a strong likelihood of a captured rodent urinating in the trap, which increased the risk of spreading disease.
This is the classic mousetrap, with a spring-loaded bar that kills the rodent when the trap is sprung. Risks to toddlers and pets see these traps enclosed in a plastic box nowadays.
There are many variations available for this trap, but the M.O. is the same: a battery-powered trap that instantly kills a rodent via an electric shock.
While these traps are by far the most humane rodent control solutions mentioned here, and some are sophisticated enough to capture multiple rodents, there are a couple of downsides. For one, different states have different laws regarding the capture and release of rodents into the wild, and some states prohibit it entirely. Secondly, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns of the possibility of disease associated with a captured rodent’s urine.
Are These Traps an Effective Method Of Rodent Control?
Now that we’ve reviewed the benefits offered by “trapping”, and the most common trap types, let’s return to the question posed at the outset: are rodent traps an effective method of preventive pest control? As a form of rodent removal, the answer is yes. As a form of rodent prevention, the answer is also yes, with the caveat that traps alone will not permanently keep rodents out of your home. Traps are only effective for rodent prevention when they’re used as part of a broader solution designed around two critical requirements:
- Sealing of all entry points to prevent rodents from accessing the home
- Elimination of rodent attractions, i.e. food and water. This is chiefly accomplished by repairing any leaky pipes and ensuring that food is always stored in tightly sealed containers
Traps are useful for removing any rodents that are “trapped” inside the home once these requirements are addressed.
We’re Focused On The Big Picture
Action Pest Exterminating uses time-tested pest control services designed to keep your home rodent-free for life. We understand the benefits and limitations of traps, and we use them strictly as a component within a larger solution. Learn more by contacting us today and scheduling a consultation.