Rat traps are one of those household accessories people would rather not need. Unfortunately, as long as there are rats in this world, you will at some point of time need rat traps. The favorite habitats of rats are sewers, vacant buildings, farms and of course houses, especially homes that do not get rid of their waste properly. This kind of house is seen as a place to get free meals for most rats. The good news is that if you have rat problem there are rat traps available to help get rid of them. The following are some examples of most commonly used traps.
The good old fashion wire cage spring door rat trap has been around for a long time. The main reason why it has been around for so long is because it is effective. The concept is simple. A small cage, roughly 4X4X 10 inches, will have a door activated by a spring. Inside the trap there will be a metal hook to place the bait. This hook in turn will be attached to the door via a metal rood. The door will be pulled open with this rod and attached to the hook. The bait is placed on the hook and when the rat eats the bait it will activate the spring loaded door which will shut.
However, if you would like something more modern then there are several companies that make effective rat traps. Some are simple contraptions made out of plastic. Others are a bit more complicated and use electricity to do the job. Electronic rat traps have been proven to be quite effective. It has built in sensors which detect the rat and will kill it instantaneously. The price of these modern contraptions will vary around 50 dollars. The cheapest one is still the basic metal bait petal rat trap. It does not have any fancy equipment or housing to keep the rat. The metal bait petal is “cocked” using a spring, and when the rat bites the bait, it will slam down on the rat, killing it instantly.
Rat traps can be categorized into two groups. Ones that catch the rat but do not kill and the other type will kill it. Choosing on one will depend entirely on the person’s capability of disposing rats. Most rat traps will not require the user to touch the rat. After the rat has been caught it can be disposed of easily.