What size rodent trap do you need

The most commonly known type of rodents and which are a headache to many homeowners are the rats and mice. However, there are others found outside the house for example squirrels and wild pigs. Getting rid of them when they hide in your farm could be a great challenge, but if you know how to go about it as well as using the right type and size of a trap, then you will be successful.

Therefore the first step to rodent eradication is identifying the type you are dealing with in the first place. The answer to the question of what size of rodent trap do you need is determined by the size, the feeding habits and where its path lies on the farm or in the house.


The most common of all rodents that are most likely to bother you in the house are the rats and mice even though there are numerous others found outside the home. You can tell the type of rodent in the house by observing their feces while you identify those on the farm with their habitats and feeding habits. For example, Mice have a lot of droppings which look like small beads while droppings of a rat are bigger and fewer. Mice are smaller than rats; therefore you will need a smaller trap for them. They are also more explorative hence are likely to get into traps more. Additionally, mice climb higher to hide in the attic or the uppermost part of the roof. On the other hand, rats are bigger; they are more cautious while moving about and they prefer living in the lower areas of the house for example by creating a hole in the sofa. Therefore rat traps are more likely to be bigger than those intended to catch mice. Also, if you want to trap mice, place the traps strategically in the attic while those designed to catch rats should be set on the floor near dark corners and under the furniture. Rodents found outside the house for example squirrels have different types of traps as well which determine the size of the traps.


If and when you decide to use baits, ensure that you do not interfere with their habitats for either those in the house or outside. If you do, you increase chances of the rodents running off to another area hence reducing chances of you trapping them. Rodents have different feeding habits. For example, mice eat less but at close intervals. They are more likely to nibble on their food and leave only for them to come back later. On the other hand, rats eat more and are less likely to leave food crumbs behind. Therefore when using bait traps, use more of them for rats and just a few pieces for the mice. Bait traps are also species-specific, so be keen on this while making your purchase.


Whether you are trapping rats or mice, you cannot be mean with the traps. Use as many traps as possible to increase the chances of reducing the population of the rodents. Set them close to each other so that if the rodent misses one trap, it will get into the other. The same case applies to rodents that live outside the house and on the farm. The more the traps, the higher the chances of trapping the rodents.

A successful rodent elimination requires combined use of traps and bait to increase the success rate. In cases of high rodent infestation, start with high-quality bait which knocks them down fast to reduce the population. Additionally, remove all preferred hiding places to discourage harborage.