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Snap Trapping for Rats and Mice

In order to catch or kill rodents which have trespassed onto a property where they are not wanted, pest control professionals have come up with a variety of different methods over the years--from baiting to trapping. Perhaps one of the oldest method of rat and mice control has been the use of snap traps. Snap traps are most effective when there is a small infestation or when it is not wise to use rodenticides in that setting.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is home to a number of professional quality snap traps that work excellently to kill even the quickest and cleverest of rodents. On this page you will learn about snap trapping, how the snap traps have evolved, and how to properly apply snap traps around your home to treat for rodents. You can also shop the best rat and mouse snap traps we carry in our inventory

What Is A Rat/Mouse Snap Trap?  

A snap trap is a wooden, metal, or plastic trap which comes with a powerful snapping mechanism designed with the intention to kill rodents immediately upon contact. Snap traps are almost always a lethal form of rodent trap and normally is intended to kill a single rodent which separates the product from other forms of traps such as a multiple-catch or live-catch trap which allow for the humane capture and release of a rodent..

Snap trapping typically involves the use of some form of bait to lure the rodent to the trap. The basic spring-loaded snap trap was first invented and patented in 1897 by James Henry Atkinson and called the "Little Nipper”. Since then the snap trap has evolved significantly in different ways.

The basic snap-trap design has been improved over the years to include a plastic or stainless steel platform, an expanded trigger, baitless trigger and stronger spring. These traps are made in sizes for rats or mice. Rat snap traps have a much stronger spring and accidental release of the trap when setting it can cause harm.

Ideal Conditions For Using Rat Snap Traps

Snap traps are best used indoors when there is a single or small number of rodents on the property. Rats and mice visit familiar sites where food is available and are attracted to food odors. By utilizing non-toxic and highly palatable baits, these can serve as an attractant to the rodent who will be lured to where the snap trap station has been set. Once they enter the station the lethal snap trap is triggered and in one swift motion the rodent should be killed or incapacitated by the trap.


Snap traps should be placed in areas where rodent activity is the heaviest. These areas are usually determined through the process of inspecting the premises for the highest concentration of rodent signs (rodent dropping, tracks, runways, damage from rodent gnawing, grease marks, burrows, urine stains, rodent noises and observing the presence of live or dead rodents.) Highly suggested areas of where to place snap traps include darkened corners, along walls, and behind appliances.


Benefits of Snap Trapsbenefits of snap traps

There are a number of advantages which snap traps have over other forms of rodent control. For one, snap traps are usually much more affordable than an expensive rodenticide bait.


If you want your rodent problem dealt with more quickly, snap traps are the way to go. It can take several days for a rodenticide bait to kill a rodent. During this time, the rodent can continue to cause more damage and make your home even more unsanitary with their droppings of feces and urine.


Snap trapping is also safer because it doesn’t involve the use of any toxic materials that could possibly harm pets and children. Snap traps are always effective and will get the job done every time while rodent baits can lose their palatability over time if they are left out too long.


Easy disposal. Snap traps also eliminate the chances of the rodent dying in an area that you cannot reach them such as in your vents or within a wall void. This will prevent potential fly infestations and foul odors.


Drawbacks of snap trapping


Be careful using snap traps if there are pets or children around. The spring on the rodent snap trap is very strong, so strong that it could break a finger. You wouldn’t want your child or pet to be harmed by a trap not meant for them so try to keep traps out of reach.


Another drawback of snap traps is that since they are lethal, the capture of a rodent can be pretty gruesome sometimes. If you are squeamish (especially since you would have to manually remove the dead carcass) or feel that killing a rodent is inhumane, snap trapping is not for you.


Rodent Snap Traps need to be checked regularly and dead rodents removed. If other rats see a dead buddy on the trap they will become averse to it and you will not get long term control.


Popular snap traps we have in stock.


Big Snap E Rat Trap - Big Snap-E Rat Trap is made of sturdy, durable plastic used for the control of rodents indoors and outdoors. Keeping fingers out of harms way, Kness has a developed a powerful yet sensitive rat trap that produces a high trap rate.


Snap-E Mouse Trap - Little Snap-E is a sturdy mouse trap made of a high strength, durable plastic. Combined with sensitive release and powerful spring mechanism, Little Snap-E is a sure fire way to get rid of any mouse.


Trapper T-Rex Snap Traps - Trapper T-Rex Rat Snap Trap is a superior trap that combines special trigger sensitivity with the exact speed for capturing and securing rats. Setting with the hand or foot (like a pedal) makes it much easier and safer than traditional traps.


Victor Professional Wooden Mouse Snap Trap M325 - The original wooden snap trap—the Victor Metal Pedal Mouse Trap—is also the world’s #1 selling mouse trap. Its superior quality and effectiveness are the reason we’ve sold more than 1 billion snap traps around the world. And why professional pest control companies have made them their trap of choice. Trusted to control mice for more than 115 years, this trap delivers clean, instant rodent control.


How to set a snap trapsetting up snap trap

1. Be sure to wear gloves. Rodents can detect human scent and will not approach the traps if you handle traps bare-handed.

2. Bait traps with peanut butter or a different rodent attractant. Smear bait on the trap platform. A glob will be too easy for the rodent to access without springing the trap.

3. Place un-set, baited traps at common rodent pathways and where you’ve seen activity such as along fence lines, under or near shrubs, and along walls indoors making sure the trap swings toward the wall. so the rodent will be trapped when the bar comes down and not flung into the middle of the room.

4. It’s important to place un-set but baited traps to gain the rodent’s confidence. Bait for one to two days and be sure to place the traps in the same spot every day -- the rodents will notice if it’s moved.

5. On the 3rd day, set the traps and before you know it the rodent will be caught and killed

6. Make sure to remove dead rats from the trap immediately. You do not want other rats to see and become averse to the snap trap.


Tips to consider when using snap traps:snap trap set up 2


For best results in using snap traps, use enough traps and place them in strategic locations so that the rodent will not be able to avoid the lure of a trap. For a light infestation of 1 to 2 rats or mice in a residence, 6 traps would suffice. This includes 2 behind the stove, 2 behind the refrigerator, and 2 along the walls.


To increase the chances of rodents passing over traps during their travels, traps should extend from the wall at a right angle with the trigger end almost touching the wall.


For rodents that are trap shy, camouflaging the trap under materials like straw or grain in a shallow pan may help to let the rodent let their guard down.


When snap traps are placed where they can be accessed by non-intended targets. You could place snap traps inside of a bait station to keep pets and children away from getting to the snap traps and possibly injuring themselves.


Shop our selection of rodent snap trapping products on this page and if you ever need help selecting the best product for your particular pest issue, call us at (800) 479-6583 contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com and our helpful representatives will point you in the right direction.

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