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Rat and Mouse Traps vs. Baits. Which Are Better?
Here's what you need to know before you decide.
When you need to get rid of mice or rats fast, it's nice to have options.
When you have mice or rats in the house, you just want them gone. Pronto. So the next question is, what's the right way to do the job—with a rat or mouse trap or a bait station? The answer may surprise you. The best method to control your mouse or rat problem really depends on your preference. Can you stand seeing a mouse once it's caught? Would you rather just treat an area and forget about it? Do you need to keep the control device away from small children or pets? Think about your personal needs when it comes to getting rid of mice and rats, then read on to discover the best solution for you.
When using traps, you'll need to dispose of the rodent once the trap does its work. There are different trap options available to meet your particular needs, including traditional wooden traps, newer easy-set spring traps, and glue traps.
Bait stations are a very effective form of mice and rat control.The rodent enters a bait station and nibbles on the bait block, which contains a type of poison, then leaves and dies in 1 to 2 days (so you won't find dead mice or rats in the bait station). Mice are curious nibblers. If they encounter a potential new food source, they'll try a little and go away, then come back and try some more. Rats are more cautious and may take longer to try the bait.
Bait stations should be placed anywhere you’ve seen signs of rodent activity. For an easy-to-use, no-mess solution to eliminate rodents, try pre-filled, disposable bait stations, like the Tomcat® Rat & Mouse Killer Child & Dog Resistant, Disposable Station or the Tomcat® Mouse Killer Child & Dog Resistant, Disposable Station. Each 4-oz. bait block will kill up to 10 rats*, and every 1-oz. bait block will kill up to 12 mice*. For rodent infestations, Tomcat also offers refillable bait stations for rats and mice.
Which Works Best?
Mouse and rat traps and baits are both effective, so it really comes down to preference. Once you decide on which rodent control product (or combination of products) best fits your needs, be sure to follow the directions on the label, and take steps to make your house less attractive to pests. That means sealing up holes and cracks and storing food properly. To find out more about keeping your house free of mice or rats, see our article on How to Keep Mice and Rats Out of Your House.
*Based on no-choice laboratory testing