Whether controlling rats and mice on a nursery, within a garden centre or a range of amenity settings understanding how to set and site traps correctly is crucial to delivering effective control.
This trap should be placed about 2 m (6 ft) apart, or closer if circumstances require, and in areas where the mice are known to be moving. Mice tend to move along the base of walls, so the trap should be positioned with the baited or treadle end of the trap against a wall, across the routes that the mice will be using. In a nursery situation check to see where mice are currently doing most damage within your crop and place traps in the most sheltered and protected positions to achieve the best control. They should be placed in protective tamper resistant boxes (e.g. AF Snappa if there is a risk of non target species such as birds coming into contact with the trap).
Place the trap in a position where it cannot be accidentally set off by children or pets but allow sufficient space around the trap to enable it to function without catching on any obstructions.
Baits do not have to be used on the trap in every case but are sometimes beneficial. Cheese is not necessarily an ideal bait! Consider using foodstuffs on which the mice are already feeding. Examples of suitable baits include biscuit, porridge oats, other cereals and chocolate.
Grower experience suggests that mice are attracted to peanut butter while rats prefer chocolate.
Check traps daily until no more mice are caught and activity ceases. In the unlikely event that a mouse is found alive in a trap, kill it quickly with a blow to the head. Dead mice should be disposed of safely.
If you prefer a more traditional trap we supply the Victor Easy Set, a wooden mouse trap with increased trap sensitivity.
The larger Snap-E trap may be used to control rats. More than one trap should be employed where suitable locations can be identified for placement. Bait the traps using fruit, vegetables, chocolate or other suitable foodstuff obtained from the site and place safely on the trap. Ensure that the trap is set with the kill platform at right angles to the wall. This will allow rats to approach the trap from either side. If used outdoors or in other situations where there might be a threat to non target species the traps must be protected e.g in an AF Atom box.
Inspect traps at least daily until all signs of activity have ceased. In the event that a trap has captured, but not killed the rat, it should be humanely dispatched. Animals and pets should be excluded from the area when traps are set. When handling rodent carcasses always wear waterproof gloves to protect yourself from disease.
We also sell a range of rodenticides both blocks and pellets that can be used within the bait stations and boxes. We currently offer Tomcat 2 blox and pellets (bromadiolone), Neosorexa Gold (difenacoum) and Jaguar blox (brodifacoum) – professional use only.
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