Why Aren’t My Rat Traps Working

It’s widely known that rats pose a serious health threat, but so often when Tampa Rat Trapspeople are faced with a rat infestation, they take it upon themselves to try and remove them with store-bought traps and little to no safety equipment. Not only is this practice largely ineffective, but it puts you at risk for contracting dangerous diseases like rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, and Leptospirosis. While traditional rat traps may work if you only have one or two nuisance rats in your home, most of the time a more comprehensive solution is required; here’s why.

Crafty Critters

Despite their small size, rats are crafty and avoid danger remarkably well. Some rats have even been known to steal bait off of traps without setting them off! Without the proper baiting techniques, your traps are likely to be robbed, and you’ll be right back where you started.

Location, Location, Location

The effectiveness of a trap, regardless of if it is professional-grade or store-bought, is largely dependent on where it’s placed. Traps set in areas with high rat traffic will always be more effective, and you can determine where those areas may be by first figuring out exactly where the infestation is concentrated. The experts here at Critter Control® of Tampa have the experience necessary to efficiently determine the entrances and exits that the rats are using to access your home.

Rats Breed Quickly

One thing often overlooked by homeowners looking to remove rats on their own, is how fast they can reproduce. Even if you trap some, chances are there are others hiding in your home, waiting to wreak havoc. Simply trapping rats does not address the cause of the infestation, which often leads to a frustrating cycle of never-ending trapping.

For these reasons, we always recommend enlisting the help of a professional removal service like Critter Control® of Tampa. Our specialists will efficiently remove any infestation and return your home to normal while keeping you and your family safe from harm Contact us today at 813.948.0870 with any questions.