Live Trapping

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Multi-Catch Humane Mouse Trap
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Solutions Humane Live Animal Trap
Live Trap
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Repeating Humane Mouse Trap
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Keith's Pro Tips

"When considering where to place the trap, think about the particular species. A successful trapper knows the habits of the target animal, including what they like to eat, where they look for food, and the trails they use."

Live Trapping

Wild animals can be quite difficult to manage once they set foot in your home or property. They can also cause a lot of damage, so it’s best to act quickly once you discover you have a problem. Common methods to control wild animals are snap traps, glue boards, and poison bait. 

While the methods listed above can be effective for the removal of pest animals, not everyone wants to use these types of products. We at Solutions Pest & Lawn understand that, which is precisely why we have humane live trapping techniques and products which can capture rodents and animals without harming them. 

What is Live Trapping?

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Live traps are a method of capturing unwanted rodents and animals from structures, lands and areas via a humane means which results in the animal not being harmed. Once caught by a live trap, the offending creature is transferred to another location and safely released back into the wild rather than killed.

Live traps are good for capturing smaller rodents like mice as well as larger animals like squirrels, raccoons, foxes, woodchucks and similar animals which can trespass onto a property and do damage.

Live traps often involve various styles and mechanisms which lure, trick and seize the critter. For instance, there are single-door traps, rear-door traps and collapsible two-door traps. There are also traps, in the case of rodents like rats and mice, where multiple captures can be achieved. We’ll touch on a few of them here:

Single-door traps -These are traps where there is only one spring-loaded door at the front of the trap; baiting, setting and releasing the animal is carried out through this single door. This trap is simple to operate and safe to use around children and pets.

Rear-door traps - This type of live trap features two doors – one in the front and another at the rear; baiting and releasing the animal are done through the sliding rear door, while setting can be taken care of through the spring-loaded front door or the rear door. This type of trap allows for quick access to bait and set it as well as safe release of the captured animal; it's ideal for aggressive animals. The rear door is equipped with a double latch and security lock.

Multiple-Capture Traps - These type of traps are primarily for smaller rodents like mice. The benefits of multiple capture mouse traps are their ability to operate for long periods without the use of bait and to reset themselves. High-profile, wind-up types utilize a spring-operated paddle wheel to throw captured mice into a compartment. Low-profile, non-wind-up types utilize a serious of tunnels and treadles that allow mice to enter but not leave. Mice enter multiple-capture traps because they tend to investigate new holes in their territory.

Conditions to Use Live Traps

Live traps can be used in food plants, kitchens, restaurants, food processing plants, hospitals, residences, zoos, and other sensitive areas where the use of poison is prohibited or discouraged.

Customers who prefer to use live traps often do so because it is a relatively cheap, quick, and easy method of capturing mice, rats, or other insects which have infested their homes or places of business and is more humane. 

It can be hard to go on the hunt and inspect for pests, so live traps often do the work for you by capturing the offending pest so then you can release it.

Benefits of Live Traps

The main benefit of live traps are that they are safer and a humane method of capturing an animal or rodent. Once the animal is captured, it can be safely released back into the wild.

Drawbacks of Live Traps

Using a live trap does not guarantee a trapped animal. Raccoons in particular can be what is known as "cage-wise", meaning they are aware of what a cage is and will avoid it. 

Our Recommendations

Solutions Humane Live Animal Trap - This trap is ideal for animals such as squirrels, skunks, stray cats, or ground hogs. Comprised of sturdy, rust-resistant wire mesh and steel reinforcements, this product will provide you with years of reliable trapping.

Multi-Ctach Mouse Trap - This mouse trap catches mice alive so they can be removed from homes or businesses. This trap is discreet and easy to use as well as efficient and safe around pets and kids.

Repeating Humane Mouse Trap - This  is a multi-catch mouse trap used to trap mice of all sizes and shapes while they are still alive. It can be wound up and catch up to 13 mice without being reset. It is great for use in farms and warehouses where large quantities of mice must be caught. It is non lethal.

Tools Needed

Be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) before handling a live trap. Gloves need to be worn at all times to avoid leaving your scent behind. Animals will avoid an area that has a human scent. This will make your trap ineffective.

For results, bait is also needed to lure the wild animal in the trap.

User Guide

Live traps rely on optimal placement, as well as sanitation and exclusion. When food and harborage are removed, rodents will move in search of these resources, making them vulnerable to traps.

Step 1: Bait the Trap

Place the bait in the trap before setting it. The type of bait you use will depend on the wild animal you are trying to catch. For a generic bait, use peanut butter. It is a cheap product and many animals enjoy it. You can also read our guide on how to bait a live trap. 

Step 2: Set the Trap

Once you have inserted the bait, you can set it. The process for setting the trap depends on the model of live trap you are using. The trap will need to be placed in an area that has high animal activity. This will increase your chances of catching an animal.

Step 3: Release the Animal

Once the animal is captured, you can then proceed with transfer and release. It is important to release a wild animal in an appropriate habitat, one that provides sufficient resources for it to survive. Before handling the live trap, you need to contact your local animal control and find out if there are any laws about releasing an animal. Generally, you will want to release the animal at least 20 miles away from your property so they do not return.

Always use extreme caution when releasing, transferring, or moving a trapped animal. Wear heavy leather or padded gloves, a shirt or jacket with long sleeves, and long pants to avoid being scratched or bitten. You can also place a towel over the cage so you do not frighten the animal when relocating it. Trapped animals – wild or domestic – can be unpredictable, so be prepared for any response. Some animals will quickly bolt out of the trap, while others may be slow to leave. 

Key Takeaways

  • Live traps are a safe and effective control method when it comes to capturing and releasing wild animals that have invaded your home or property.
  • Traps will product maximum results when they are baited correctly and placed in areas with high activity from pest animals.
  • The Solutions Humane Live Animal Trap and the Multi-Catch Humane Mouse Trap are among the best live traps for capturing intruding rodents and animals and have a convenient release method.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is home to a number of professional quality live humane traps which can capture and subdue wild animals. On this page you will learn about live trapping, the pros and cons of using humane traps and how to properly apply live traps around your property to treat for rodents and animals. You can also shop the best humane live traps we carry in stock.

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