About Snap Traps
Why Victor® Snap Traps?
- Consistent Quality Every Time
- 120 Years of Proven Results
- An established brand you can trust
1. Location, Location, Location
The most important rule for the effective use of traps is good trap placement location, based on thorough inspections to determine the high-activity areas of rodents.
Spacing traps evenly every 10 feet may mean that it appears visually that your room is thoroughly covered and protected. However, such placements make little sense if the majority of mouse activity is actually located in only a small corner of the room, perhaps obscured behind clutter.
2. Number of Traps
The most common trapping mistake is using of too few traps. For only a couple of mice, a dozen traps are not too many. For severe mouse infestations, traps should be placed close together in double sets in areas of high activity. About 2-3cm of space should separate the two traps. These double sets help capture those rodents that attempt to jump over traps, a very common occurrence.
3. Importance of the First Night
Statistics show that more mice are trapped on the first night than on any other night. After three or four nights of trapping, the catch may drop to zero. For this reason, it is essential to use a large number of traps initially.
4. Offer Multiple Bait Choices
When many rodents are involved, different types of Bait should be used. Individuals in a rodent population forage for different types of food. Therefore, it pays to divide the traps up and Bait some percentage with meat such as bacon, some with smudges of peanut butter, and some with nesting material like dental floss. Bait that matches what the rodents are currently feeding on should also be used (e.g. potato crisps).
5. Secure Baits
If a particular rodent population responds to piece-style Baits, such as meats, crackers and chocolate pieces, tying the Bait securely to the trigger will prevent the rodent from stealing the Bait without setting off the trigger. For Baits that cannot be tied, like peanut butter, it is best to use small amounts.
6. Monitor Activity
Check traps regularly and continue to trap until signs of rodent activity dissipate.
7. Always Wear Gloves
Human odours on traps are not likely to deter rodents as our odours are present on the various objects rodents investigate and consume. Moreover, the odours associated with human touch only last for a few hours. However, for personal hygiene and biohazard awareness, disposable gloves should always be worn when installing or recovering any traps.
- How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
- How many mice are born at once? How do I know that I've trapped them all?
- What is the most common mistake in trapping?
- Are expanded trigger snap traps superior to regular traps?
- Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles?
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
A: Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Cut an 8cm x 8cm opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rodent path.
Q: What is the most common mistake in trapping?
A: The true number of rodents present is often underestimated. As a result, not enough traps are used. Although you have killed a few rodents, the remainder of the population continues to multiply.
Q: Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles also?
A: Unfortunately, no. Typically voles will not enter this type of live catch trap. A better alternative is the Havahart® Cage Trap. It's a cage-type trap designed for small rodents.