Just the idea of having rats in your house can make you feel burdened. Rats destroy property, food, and leave their wastes in different parts of the house. If not controlled quickly, they can multiply at an alarming rate. As a result, you need to use a proper method to get rid of these irritating animals.

Rat Traps or Poison

So, which method do you prefer? Are you afraid of seeing an animal in pain or just want them to disappear at once? Depending on your preference, you can either use rat poison or a mouse trap. But which one is better? We’re about to find out as we read on!

Rat Traps

There are various types of traps to choose from. These include live traps, no-touch traps, snap traps, and glue traps. A few decades ago, traps were a very popular way of catching these bothersome rodents. But the arrival of poisonous baits has changed things rapidly. Snap traps were very common, but it was a very inhumane way of eliminating of rats and it’s still inhumane. So, if you are a person who dislikes seeing dead animals or hurt animals, then this is not the method for you. This applies the same to glue traps.

Recently, many brands have introduced live traps and no touch traps. These help you capture the rat or mice without harming it. You simply lift the trap and dispose of it together with the rat. Most of the live traps come with bait or require the user to place bait in the live trap to lure the rat. With these traps, you will be required to constantly check whether you have captured the rat or not. They are effective in areas with little rodent infestation.

The only challenge is that traps are not very reliable as there are several cases of rats shying away from them. This makes the whole process to be difficult.

Rat Poison

Rat poison has been in use for many years. It can be in form of liquid, blocks, chunks, pellets, gels or dust. There are those poisons that rats have to feed on continuously for the effect to take place and there are those that they just need to feed once to suffocate to death. Also, some poisons take a day or so, while others take several days or weeks for the effect to take place. Therefore, you need to wisely select a rat killer that works best for you. When doing so, you should consider your kids and pets as it can harm them as well.

Note: Some rat poisons cannot kill Warfarin Resistant Norway rats, while others can.

The challenge with using rat poison, which is normally placed in food ingredients, is that rats are very cautious and it may take a lot of time for them to experiment and eat the bait. Also, they can be resistance to the bait, especially, if they find an alternative food source.

Which one is better?

As we have seen above, both rat traps and mouse poisons have their ups and downs. But they are very effective and should be kept away from kids and pets. Therefore, it comes down to your own preference. Do you want to see the dead rodent or not? Do you have a lot of rats in your house or just a few? The method that you select should be able to help you eliminate the rat or mice infestation in your home. Follow the guidelines on the mouse trap or rat poison for successful elimination. Also, know that these are just control methods and not total elimination of the rats or mice.

To deal with rats and mice infestation in the future, you need to properly seal up holes and cracks, repair leakages in pipes and sewerage, and keep your food properly. This will prevent other rodents from entering your home instead of just using rat traps and poisons for a season.  If you don’t know how to deal with them, you can as well call an expert and get help.

Conclusion
Generally, traps are good for controlling a little population of rodents, while poisonous baits are great for controlling a large population. But whatever method you use, ensure to take precautions so that the trap or poison doesn’t fall into the hands of pets or kids. So, Rat Traps or Poison? Which one you are going to buy? Comment below.

FAQ

  • Q. Which is the best trap to use?
    Ans. This depends on whether you are inhumane or not. Today, there are various traps to use such as live traps, glue traps, and no-touch traps. The best traps are the no touch traps as you don’t get in contact with the rats at all.
  • Q. Where should I place the bait or trap?
    Ans. Look for areas with rats or mice activity. These pesky rodents love to gnaw, urinate or even leave behind their solid wastes. Position the poisonous baits or traps in these areas and away from your pets and kids.
  • Q. What should I do if my pets feed on a dead rat?
    Ans. If the rat died because of suffocation from consuming poisonous bait, then, you should call for help. Because it is likely that your cat will as well be harmed. But if the pet ate a dead rat from a trap with no poison, for instance, a spring trap, then there is nothing to worry about.