Several rodent control products are widely available in retail stores, including sticky traps, baits, pesticide formulations, sonic pest repellents, and of course, the classic snap trap. The snap traps that most people are used to seeing are shorter in length than a dollar bill and are designed to exterminate mice, but larger versions that effectively kills rats are also widely available to consumers. The snap trap became commercially available for the first time back in 1895, and it is widely considered the most effective form of rodent control available to consumers. To this day, snap traps remain the most popular rodent control product, and more snap traps are sold annually in the US than all other rodent control products combined.

Sticky traps have also become popular for rodent control, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as animal rights groups, consider sticky traps inhumane, as they prolong the death of mice and rats that become stuck to the adhesive board. Also, the CDC notes that mice and rats can quickly learn to avoid sticky traps, making them largely inadequate for addressing rodent infestations. Sonic pest repellent products have been gaining popularity with consumers for the past 15 years, and they are considered one of the most technologically advanced rodent control devices on the market. However, numerous studies have determined that these devices are largely ineffective at repelling rodent pests.

Sonic pest repellents are electronically powered devices that emit infrasonic and ultrasonic sounds that are purported to cause significant confusion, distress and fear in rodents, causing the pests to vacate homes where the devices are located. Humans are unable to perceive the low and high frequency sounds emitted by sonic pest repellents, but unfortunately, pets can perceive these sounds, making them less than ideal for use in homes that are inhabited by animal companions. While the sounds emitted by these devices have been shown to cause mild discomfort in mice and rats, it has also found that rodents rapidly develop a tolerance to these soundwaves. Furthermore, sonic pest control products fail to repel rodents after they locate an indoor food source. That being said, some evidence suggests that sonic pest repellents may be somewhat effective if they are strategically placed in certain indoor areas, but the most effective placement procedure remains unclear.

Have you ever used a snap trap to exterminate rodent pests within your home?