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Trapping Norway Rats

Due to their incessant digging, Norway rats can cause tremendous damage to the integrity of foundations and other structures, such as:

  • Patios
  • Sidewalks
  • Decks

In addition to leaving burrows throughout the yard, the pests also gnaw on:

  • Stored goods
  • Walls
  • Wires

To evade home destruction and disease, residents may turn to Norway rat traps as a means of elimination.

Exclusion and Removal Methods

Types of Traps
Though sanitation is very important in eliminating rodent infestations, more direct control measures are typically most effective. Safer and with easier clean-up than poison baits, traps are many people’s first choice.

There are numerous Norway rat traps available to the public, but each requires a different set up and placement strategy. Below are a few of the most common forms.

Snap Traps

Use of Snap Traps
These are the most common type of trap used in Norway rat removal. Fairly simple and inexpensive, these traps consist of a:

  • Wood board
  • Treadle for bait
  • Spring-loaded bar

Problems With Snap Traps
The problem with snap traps is that they must be placed at a right angle against walls or rodent runways, which can be difficult.

If accidentally triggered, the powerful bar may also break fingers and toes.

Electronic Traps

Use of Electronic Traps
The newest and most high-tech option, an electronic Norway rat trap delivers an electric shock to rats when they take the bait inside.

Because it is closed off rather than open, this type of trap is safest around children and pets.

Problems With Electronic Traps
However, electronic traps must be constantly recharged and emptied in order to work, so they require significant maintenance.

Removing Norway Rats

Although there are many trapping options, it is evident that each has its own flaws and concerns.

Contact the Experts
Without the proper training and experience, some Norway rat traps can be almost as dangerous to humans as they are to rodents.

When rats take up residency in a home, it is best to contact the professionals at Western Pest to assist in safe and effective removal.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

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