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darsunt 11-21-2008 10:51 PM

Can we reuse used rat traps?
 
I'm hesitant about reusing some traps that have successfully done in a couple of rats. There is some debri and bodily fluids on them. Would the smell spook other rats, or would just cleaning them be sufficient?

I've heard that rats can learn to avoid the snap traps. Would reusing them help them learn they are dangerous?

Bugzilla 11-22-2008 09:47 AM

I would clean off any excess debris with water (no soap), then use them again. When I had my company we frequently re-used traps. Rats are used to their own kind, it's the odd odors that (like fragrances in cleaning products, or cat or dog urine) that spook them.

One thing I forgot -- make sure you're wearing rubber or neoprene gloves when you handle rodent traps. You don't want your scent all over the device either.

darsunt 11-23-2008 11:15 AM

What about blood (ugh!)

DUDE! 11-23-2008 12:27 PM

dar, I think you are going to be more comfortable with just throwing them away and picking up some more, we all are hoping that you don't need very many of them. Yes, you can put on gloves and pick them up but you don't appear to feel comfortable with that option, not a biggie. I'm not excited about emptying my mice traps out, to reset, sometimes I throw trap, catchings and all into the trash.

ocoee 11-25-2008 06:58 PM

some of my traps are more than a year old

I can't afford to be replacing them on every job

I just open the kill bar enough for the rats to fall out, put back

On a whim once I decided to just put a trap back in place without rebaiting

I have that trap marked and have never rebaited it
It is one of my most successful traps

The purpose of baiting is to pique the rats curiosity enough to make them come smell what it is
Perhaps the smell of another dead rat is what draws them in

And I also do not clean that trap


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