Why is My Rat Trap Not Working?

If you’re trying to catch rats that recently invaded your home, you may be having some difficulties. Here are some of the potential reasons why your rat trap isn’t working.

  1. BaitBaiting your traps with the wrong types of food could reduce their effectiveness. Using cheese or peanut butter will typically work better, but is not guaranteed.
  2. LocationThis is one of the most crucial parts of setting rodent traps. To effectively catch rats, traps should be strategically placed around your home. Good spots include:
  • Corners
  • Garages
  • Crawl spaces
  • Along walls
  • Near holes in the walls or ceiling

It’s also important to sufficiently spread your rat traps out. Traps should be placed at least 15 feet apart from each other.

  1. Trap TypeUsing the wrong kind of trap can also cause problems. Snap traps and electric traps are relatively useful, while glue traps are used for smaller rodents. If your traps aren’t working, consider switching to a different type of trap.
  2. Other ReasonsWhile changing the location, bait, and type of your trap may help you catch more rodents, it won’t solve the root of the problem: rodent traps aren’t the best method. If you have a rodent infestation, you should call a professional to take care of it.

How We Can Help

When your rat traps aren’t working, the rodent removal experts at Critter Control® of Gainesville can safely and humanely remove these pests from your home. We will not only safely remove them from your home but will also prevent them from returning by sealing up any holes they used to get in. Call us today at 352-372-3922 to learn more or schedule a free consultation.