Pros and cons of using live traps for rat removal

Rats can be an extremely bothersome issue for property owners for various reasons. Their most frequently reported problem is wreaking havoc in homes and surrounding areas.

One effective method for controlling rat infestations is using traps. Placing these along the natural travel routes of rats will provide maximum effectiveness.


Live traps are the safest, humane way to remove rats from your home, as they do not harm children or pets and are much safer than snap traps or glue boards.

Rats and mice are highly pathogenic animals, spreading infectious diseases such as Hantavirus or Plague to humans through their urine or droppings. Thus it is crucial that we catch and eliminate them quickly before they cause further damage or spread disease further afield.

Traps can be an efficient and humane way to capture rodents, however they must be checked at least every hour so as to ensure any trapped animals are humanely killed.

Welfare for animals held in live traps is a complex matter and consideration must be given to their safety, well-being and well-being of all those working with these traps. Furthermore, design of the trap should consider whether food, water or nesting material is provided to help prevent starvation, dehydration and cold stress from occurring in an effective manner.


Live traps are an efficient and humane way to rid yourself of rats. Set them near areas with droppings, walls or in dark corners where rats have been seen lurking.

Rats will enter the trap and trigger its pressure-sensitive trip plate, closing off its cage door. When caught, they can then be taken away to a safe location where they won’t return.

Plastic snap traps offer another humane option for dealing with rats. Resembling snake’s open mouths, these devices close when a rat enters them.

These traps are safer to set than their wire counterparts, yet still kill rats by suffocation rather than immediately killing them. Be sure to regularly inspect and empty out the dead animal from its trap!

No matter which method you employ, ensure to seal off all entry points where rodents could gain entry. Doing this will help to reduce future infestations while simultaneously keeping your home cleaner!


Live traps can be an efficient and humane solution to rodent infestation. Reusable and available in varying sizes to address various infestations, these reusable devices offer effective removal solutions.

Set these traps up around your home where droppings, nesting materials or gnaw marks have been seen; regularly inspect them to prevent rodents from learning to avoid it.

Rats can be highly wary creatures, taking several days to adjust to traps in their environment; so installing traps around your home is an integral step towards eradicating any infestations.

Location is key when it comes to trapping success; strategically place them near where you’ve seen rodents most frequently such as near trash cans, kitchens and closets, behind stoves or refrigerators or anywhere they have rubbed their noses or found shelter for nesting purposes.


Live traps are popularly used by those looking for nonlethal solutions to get rid of rats; however, due to their neophobic nature they do not tend to be very effective methods of removal.

Live traps should be checked regularly in order to reduce rat suffering; rats have an extreme fear of unfamiliar things that may lead them to starve, dehydrate and suffocate themselves when left in these traps for too long.

If you have an extensive colony of rats, pre-baiting the area for several days before setting traps may help get them used to your traps and increase the odds of capture. This will make life much simpler!

Bait your traps with nuts, dried fruit or pieces of kibbled pet food that can be secured to the trigger in such a way that if a rat attempts to remove their bait they’ll activate the trap and set off the alarm.