Summary: You may think you know how to set rat traps, but there is an art to doing it properly. Rodents are very smart and learn quickly to avoid objects and areas that present possible danger.
So, you think you've been around the block once or twice and know everything there is about properly setting rat snap traps? Well, there's a lot more to it than pulling back the snap bar and putting it on the ground. Read on and learn the right way.
Rats are very smart and they are not about to jump on a trap just because you've put a dab of peanut butter on it. Rats are very suspicious of anything new in their territory and they will carefully examine it and test it to see if it is friend or foe. To often people set their traps only to find that they have been set off and nothing has been captured. They re-set the traps and discover they cannot get a rodent to come near it. Once the trap has failed to do its job the target rat has learned his lesson and will not come near anything that resembles the trap or the smell of the trap.
Pre-baiting a rat trap is of utmost importance, but you need to know what to put on the trap as bait. It's important to know what the rat has been eating because rats will test a food to see how it affects them. If it digests well they will return to gorge themselves on that single food source. If, for example, you found the rat had been eating chocolate cupcakes you should take small pieces of those cupcakes and place it on the trap trigger. Do not set the spring bar the first or second day. Allow the rat to become accustomed to eating from the unset trap. If the rat is eating the cupcake from the trap consistently you can set the trap spring bar to go off on day three.
The placement of the trap is also very important. Rats have poor eye sight and use walls to guide them along. Set the trap perpendicular to the wall with the trigger nearest the wall. Setting the trap perpendicular will allow the rat to come in contact with the trigger from either direction. If the trap is set parallel to the wall the rat can only come in contact with the trigger from one direction. The edge of the trap must touch the wall, otherwise the rat may squeeze by the trap without coming in contact with the trap trigger.
After you've caught a rat there are two schools of thought as to whether you should clean the trap or not. Some people believe the trap has been œseasoned once a rat has been caught. Others believe the scent of a trapped rat will discourage other rats from approaching. I say whatever works best for you is the rule to follow.
And you thought you knew all there was about setting rat traps.