Have questions about rodent trapping?
Read our library of Frequently Asked Questions to find immediate answers about rodent traps, bait types, trap placements, repellents and much more. Solve your rodent problems. If you have a question not answered below, please feel free to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Catch a Rat
A: Electronic rat traps are the quickest and easiest way to catch rats. They are easy to use, with no setting or glue required. Their no-touch technology, plus 100% kill rate makes them an ideal way to control your rat problem. If you would like more information on how to catch a rat, view our complete guide below.
What is the best bait for a rat trap?
A: For rat traps, use peanut butter, bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals or meats as a bait.
How to catch a mouse
A: Electronic mouse traps are the quickest and easiest way to catch mice. They are easy to use, with no setting or glue required. Their no-touch technology, plus 100% kill rate makes them an ideal way to control your mouse problem. If you would like more information on how to catch a mouse, view our complete guide below.
What baits should I use in my mouse trap?
A: For trapping mice, use peanut butter, chocolate, oats or nesting materials such as cotton or string as a bait.
I caught a mouse! What now?
Be sure to check traps daily and replace as needed. Wear gloves when disposing of rodents. You can also disinfect the area with a household cleaner if you are concerned that there is a possible threat to your health.
How many of mice are born at once? How do I know that I've trapped them all?
A: It's practically impossible to tell when you've trapped them all. You should continue to trap as long as you see mice or notice signs of activity.
The most apparent sign of an infestation is fresh droppings.
General Trapping FAQs
What is the most common mistake in trapping?
A: The true number of rodents present is underestimated. As a result, not enough traps are used. Although you have killed a few rodents, the remainder of the population continues to multiply.
Where should I place my trap?
A: Snap traps should be placed perpendicular to the wall near signs of rodent activity (to find out where your area of high activity is please see Diagnose Your Home). By placing the snap trap perpendicular, you ensure the rodents interact with the trip pedal as they travel along the wall, no matter which direction they come from. For Rats, place traps out unset for a few days so they can become familiar with it.
Electronic traps, live tunnel traps, and tented glue traps should be placed parallel to the wall so rodents are able to walk directly into the tunnel entrance as they travel along the wall.
Are expanded trigger snap traps superior to regular traps?
I'm having trouble trapping rodents. What can I do?
A: Rodents will travel the same pathways over and over. Those pathways are always along the base of a wall or similar vertical structure. Traps should always be placed in the pathways. Pairs of traps can be employed since mice will often jump over obstructions in their normal path.
Use two traps in the position mentioned above or place them length-wise, end-to-end (red "V's" on traps pointing towards each other) so that the bait pedal end will be encountered first as mice approach from either direction. For trickier spots like walls, air ducts, and crawl spaces, check out our article here.
How do I set a snap trap?
A: Remove the small staple holding the locking bar to the wood base. Place bait inside curl found at the end of the bait pedal. Pull back bow and hold down with thumb. With other hand, engage the curved portion locking bar under the small, V-shaped lip on the bait pedal.
Watch How to Set a Mouse Trap
The snap trap's bait was eaten but no rodent was caught.
A: Try to use the least amount of bait possible in any style mouse trap used. The more bait you use, the easier it is for rodents to remove it without disturbing the traps. The goal is to have them apply extra force to the trigger pedal with their nose/tongue to remove the bait. To do this press a small amount of bait into the bait pedal.
Additionally, by using nesting materials like a string, mice will need to tug on the material to free it from the trap.
Be sure to position the snap trap so that the baited end of each trap is placed perpendicular to the wall. Rodents generally travel with their bodies against a wall for protection. It may be necessary to bait a rat trap without setting the trap and allow the bait to be eaten a couple of times. Then set the trap with more bait. Rats tend to shy away from new objects so this method gets them accustomed to the trap. Mice are more inquisitive than rats, so pre-baiting is less likely to be needed.
Does a glue trap need to be baited?
A: No. Mousetraps of any kind simply need to be placed in known mice pathways. The mice will then encounter and rapidly explore the traps.
Are glue traps efficacy affected by temperature?
A: Yes. If it is too warm, the glue will be too liquid and may begin to run. If it is too cold, the trap becomes less sticky.
My glue board is covered in debris - what happened?
A: Some adult mice have been known to cover traps with debris that will render them ineffective. Typically, they will do this if the trap is in their familiar runway.
Why did I find several young mice on 1 glue trap in 1 night?
A: Young mice from the same litter tend to run around together.
As a result, they will all rush onto the same glue trap.
Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles also?
A: Unfortunately, no. Typically voles will not enter this type of live catch trap. A better alternative is the Havahart Cage Trap. It's a cage-type trap designed for small rodents.
Pets & Traps
How do I free a mouse or pet's paw from a glue trap?
A: The glue from all our traps can be removed easily. Liberally coat the glue on the paw with vegetable oil. The oil will dissolve the glue within a short period of time. The oily residue can then be removed by washing with mild soap and warm water.
How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
A: Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Cut a 3" x 3 opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rodent path.