Rodent’s can be an absolute nightmare to deal with in your home. They’re most unwelcome as well. They spread diseases, leave their droppings everywhere, scratch away at the inside of your walls and make you feel generally ‘icky’ and on edge.
If you find that you have a rodent problem, then the best course of action is to get in contact with your local pest control company. However, if you’d rather try it on your own first, then you’ll need some rodent bait boxes.
Of course, setting down a trap or two isn’t a sure way of getting rid of your rodents. You’ll have to take certain measures first before you can see the back of them.
First of all, you need to try and identify how many rodents you might have. Putting out one or two traps if you have a nest of 5 or 6 isn’t going to cut it.
Again, this is where hiring the professionals comes in really handy, however we’ve put together a list of tips for those who wish to go it alone.
Our Tips for Having the Greatest Success with Your Rodent Bait Boxes
Let’s dive right in.
1 – Let the rodents try the bait before setting the traps
The most common rodent is the rat, so we’re going to write this guide from the point of view of dealing with them.
First of all, you need to get your rats familiar with the bate that you’re going to be using (we’ll list some effective baits later in the piece).
In a nut shell, rats need to feel comfortable before trying a new food, so it always helps if they can smell it on another rat’s breath.
Once a rat has tried the bait, the rest will compete to find it. That’s when you can start setting the traps.
2 – The smellier the bait the better
Rats are disgusting creatures who absolutely love smelly food! The best way to attract them to your traps is to use the smelliest bait imaginable.
That’s not so ideal in the short-term leaving smelly food around your house, but it’s a means to an end.
3 – Opt for longer and thinner foods
Rats like to take hold of their food and eat from the middle. So, if you opt for longer and thinner food you will experience greater success when trying to tempt them.
4 – Don’t go too big
When baiting your traps, ensure that the food isn’t so big that it goes over the edge of the traps. You don’t want to risk the rats easily de-baiting the trap and dragging it away.
What you want is for them to have to enter the ‘danger-zone’ in order to obtain their final supper.
5 – Snap trap tips
Notice the way that rats move throughout the house. They will always stick to the edges, running along your skirting and so on.
Place your traps accordingly if you want to experience greater success. It is also advisable that you put several together when you set them.
Also, be certain to play the bait food around and underneath the trap itself, as well as arming it. This will tempt them in far more successfully than if there’s just one scrap on the trap itself.
Effective Food & Materials for Bait Traps:
- Blue cheese (the smellier the better)
- Sliced hot dog
- Dried fruits
- Peanut butter (nomnomnom)
- Insects & slugs
- Handy nesting materials such as straw or dental floss