Product Education   |   June 6, 2022

Proper Snap Trap Placement

pre baited snap trap

Where to put a mouse trap: Proper snap trap placement is critical in order for your rodent control efforts to be successful. PMPs should use the knowledge that they gained from their inspection to place traps where the most rodent activity is occurring. Being smart about the placement of snap traps at accounts will lead to the best results.

Where to put a mouse trap

Snap traps are most successful when placed along active runways, in dark areas along walls, and behind objects. Ideal placements are along both sides of interior and exterior doorways. To prevent non-target exposure, snap traps can be placed inside tamper resistant bait stations. For fast and easy servicing, alternate between placing glue boards and snap traps along rodent runway walls.

The most common mistakes to avoid when placing snap traps at accounts are leaving space between the snap trap and wall, placing a single snap trap parallel to the wall, and placing snap traps in corners. All of these mistakes are allowing for the rodent to run around the trap without being caught. In order to catch rodents on their run lines, use the following tactics for proper snap trap placement. Always place the snap trap perpendicular to the wall, with the teeth side open and facing towards the wall. The only time it makes sense to place snap traps parallel to the wall is when two traps are back-to-back. Remember to push snap traps all the way up against the wall so there is no space left in-between. Snap traps can be placed horizontally or vertically. Holes were strategically made in the bottom of Trapper T-Rex rat snap traps allowing for zip ties to secure them to pipes or racking.

Another tip for successful trapping is to pre-bait your snap traps. Pre-baiting is when you place your snap trap backwards against the wall, without setting, for 3-7 days. Detex with Lumitrack, Provoke monitoring gel, cotton balls or other nesting materials are all good options to pre-bait with. This allows for the rodents to get accustomed to the snap traps. After the initial 3-7 days, switch to an active bait and flip the snap traps around, so that they are set with the teeth open towards the wall.

The Trapper T-Rex iQ, powered by Bell Sensing Technologies, is a rat snap trap with built-in Bluetooth sensing technology. It has the same interlocking teeth that the original T-Rex traps are known for, making rat escapes virtually impossible. Each T-Rex iQ rat trap comes with a fully integrated battery, sensor, and antenna, which is water and weather-proof. These new features communicate directly with the Bell Sensing App, which stores all the data for easy access. This smart trap is great to place in hard-to-reach locations and will notify you via Bluetooth technology if the trap has been set off by rodent activity. Walk into your account and know instantly which traps have caught rodents with the Trapper T-Rex iQ. Make the most of your time and effort, and never check an empty trap again.