There are several different types of rodent snap traps. Snap traps are mechanical traps, usually made of wood with metal snap that reacts to rodent press that triggers mechanism and snaps. Rodent snap traps have been in use for many decades which means that they are very effective and give good results. In about 99% of cases, rodent will go for the bait (because food is the bait and rodents are always after food so they usually neglect obstacles and possible dangers on the way to food) and get captured by the trap.
Basically, there are 3 types of classic snap traps on market, based on their principle of work:
- Wooden Snap Traps
- Plastic Snap Traps
- "clam-style" Snap Traps
Electronic snap traps are new idea that is made for mouse and rat catching. These are traps that electrocute trapped animal. Electrical shock will kill animal quickly (which is actually humane solution), which makes this new invention an economical, easy to use and efficient solution.
In order to use electronic trap, you just have to place a bait as with all other snap traps and turn the trap on. When to rodent tries to take the bail, the system will quickly electrocute it. These traps come with the indicator light that will tell you when the trap is active as well as when the batteries are low.
Multiple catch traps
These are very economical traps that can capture several rodents, one by one, keeping previously captured and getting new ones. Depending on the size of the model, these traps can capture dozen or more rodents. These traps are just capture traps-they don't have any kill mode and you will need a different solution for the execution element. These traps employ trap door style to catch the rodent and it is very effective in it.
Glue traps are usually used to capture and hold small rodents. They are easy to use and very economic solutions when it comes to small rodent control. You just place bait on the glued area and rodent will come and stay attached (smaller one, bigger rodents will manage to break free of glue). It is important to store these traps appropriately, as dust can dry glue and make it ineffective. There are glue traps and glue boards (which are actually home-made solutions anyone can make, using simple cardboard, glue and a bait).
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- updated for year 2020.