Check the picture. Traps are not very effective.
Seriously, if you want to be done with them, put out poison and keep
it out even after the rats are gone.
Put it in places hard for kids/pets to reach
If you don't plug up the hole they are coming in you won't accomplish
In spite of what I see here, I have had a dead rat in a wall and it is
more than a monor little inconvenience. That was a relatively small
roof rat. A Norway is a lot bigger problem.
Always though, plug the entrances once you are sure that the immediate
problem has been resolved.
Some think that the 10 days of an odor followed with the chance of a
week of flies is more than a minor inconvenience...others may think that
of breaking a thumb or finger while messing with a rat trap...even more
may think paying a carpenter to come in to patch the ceiling where they
put a foot through it while placing out the traps becomes more than a
minor inconvenience. And then there is no assurance that the rodent
won't kill itself by biting into electrical wiring killing itself anyway
or actually starting a fire during the time that setting and checking
traps may take.
The rat we had was more like a 6 month smell that just would not go
I used a live trap and glue pads to trap them out. It really wasn't
that hard. I never got one with a snap trap. They always managed to
trip it without getting caught, then they ate the bait. Glue traps on
the trails and a baited live trap seemed to be most effective.
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