The Snap Trap Crap Shoot Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Ridding the World of Rodents
Even the most fastidious housekeepers; those overachieving clean freaks whose household hygiene rivals that of a nuclear weapons facility, can find themselves squaring off against rodents that have managed to insert themselves into an otherwise pristine paradise.
It’s a slap in the face to everything that is clean and holy when mice and other rodents decide that it is worth their effort to enter your home or office and disturb its’ sanitary serenity. When the first beady-eyed intruder is spotted, most peoples’ go-to choice is the classic snap trap. These simple, yet lethal devices were first sold in the late 1800’s and have been a staple of home and farm rodent control ever since. In previous posts, I mentioned the pros and cons of snap traps. But, because they are so common and so often improperly used, I’ve decided to dig in a little deeper.
When are snap traps a good option for rodent control? Some experts would say “never,” pointing out that such traps can have unintended consequences such as disabling a mouse instead of killing it. Traps can also injure tender pet paws and little fingers (even big fingers if you aren’t careful!). In spite of these limitations, however, snap traps remain a popular solution for minor infestations. It is important to emphasize minor infestations because once rodents begin to multiply; traps become a less viable means of abatement. When deciding to use snap traps, you should consider:
- The extent of the infestation. This may not be as straightforward as it seems. After all, most mice look the same. You may think you’re only dealing with a single mouse in the pantry when in reality there are a dozen lookalikes hiding in other places. If you do determine that you are dealing with more than 2-3 mice, then snap traps might not be the most ideal form of control. Mice reproduce fast, often having six to seven babies in a litter. They can have new litters nearly every 21 days! While you’re busy setting, the mice are begetting.
- The aesthetics: You’ve worked hard to make your home worthy of the cover of Good Housekeeping. Do you really want your guests to see those ugly traps you’ve set in the closet, bedroom, or bathroom? What if a trap goes off right in the middle of your bridge game or while you and your neighbor are chatting over a cup of Sumatran java? Horrors!
- The mere thought… Just the thought of having to remove a rodent in rigor mortis, its’ toothy maw stuffed with peanut butter, from a snap trap, is enough to give most people the creeps. Add to that some justifiable concerns about the hygiene of the traps themselves and you can see why snaps traps can be a downright distasteful option.
If you do decide to use snap traps, be sure you are using them correctly for maximum effectiveness and safety. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your snap traps.
- Wear gloves when baiting traps and removing dead rodents. Any time you pick up your trap, whether to bait it, move it, or take out a dead mouse, be sure to use gloves. This will not only keep you from getting rodent droppings or blood or your hands, but will also keep you from contaminating your bait. Additionally, wearing gloves will give you an extra layer of protection should the trap snap while you are placing it.
- Place the traps out in the open, along rodent pathways. You don’t want anyone to know you have a mouse problem and you certainly don’t want Fluffy or Rover to get snapped on the nose, so you tuck your traps into the dark recesses of a drawer or cabinet. This is, in fact, a great thing to do. But you should also put traps along your walls. Most rodents are terrified of open spaces which is why they tend to hug the baseboards when they travel. They are also very curious. Putting a trap along these pathways, with the bait and trigger end facing the wall can cause curious mice to stop in their tracks to investigate. A good strategy is to place one mouse trap every 2 to 3 feet along every wall where you’ve seen signs of activity. In the high traffic areas you can set mouse traps in pairs as close as an inch apart.
- Don’t wuss out – get that 72 trap packet. When using snap traps, five or six at a time probably won’t cut it, even for minor infestations. If you want to get rid of as many mice as fast as possible, then you’ll need to set more traps. More traps make it more likely that you will kill all your home invaders before they have time to multiply…again and again.
So, what do I do if “Snap, trap, and pop” seems downright repugnant?
I’m glad you asked. If snapping mouse spines just isn’t your thing, or you don’t want unsightly weapons of mice destruction all over your chic abode, then you should consider using natural, non-toxic rodenticides like the ones from EcoClear Products. Passionately produced in the USA by people who love the environment (but hate the thought of rat droppings in their homes), EcoClear solutions are naturally-derived and non-toxic, designed to bring death to rodents but not to other mammals.
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Or, contact us about your own unique infestation situation and we’ll be glad to put in our two cents worth of helpful advice.
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