Rodent baits vs snap traps
Rodent bait stations and snap traps are two of the most popular choices that home and business owners make when trying to get rid of rats on their property. While they both have the possibility of solving your rodent infestation, they also each have drawbacks that are important to take into consideration. When choosing the type of rodent trap you will use, you should consider the following:
- Location of rodents on the property
- Risk of exposure to toxicity
- Access to professional help
What's the difference between rodent bait and snap traps?
Snap traps are the traditional mouse traps that we all know. It is a simple mechanism—the device holds some form of bait attached to a pressure-sensitive plate or rod that releases a bar on contact, delivering a fatal, trapping blow. Bait stations work by luring rodents in with a fake piece of bait. They smell and taste like enjoyable food to the rodent, but they are laced with toxic chemicals that will kill the rodent within a day or two.
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Should I Choose Bait Stations or snap traps?
Deciding to go with snapping rodent traps or toxic rodent baits depends on a few different factors. If you know exactly where the rodents are in your home, setting traps will help you tell right away when they have been caught. On the flip side, placing them ineffectively could be ineffective. Rodent bait stations can work better for less accessible areas, but you won’t be able to tell exactly when they have been dealt with because it takes a day or two for the rat or mouse to process the poison. It comes down to a matter of personal preference—are you willing to handle the toxic materials with care or would you rather deal with the dead rat when you hear the snap?
Safest Option for rodent baiting in Florida
For those of us that don’t want to deal with either option on their own, it is wise to call your local rodent control experts to assess your home. At Florida Pest Control, our technicians’ decisions and strategies are informed by 75 years of experience handling rodent infestations in Florida. We will assist with rodent traps or baits and ensure that all active rodents are dealt with.