Snap traps are small wooden or plastic boxes that are a cheap and effective way of capturing and killing rats and mice. The traps often come in sets so that you can lay several traps at a time Once the trap has captured a rodent the trap can be reused. If you don’t want to deal with a dead rodent then simply discard the trap with the rodent inside and purchase another for a few dollars.
Live traps, as the name suggest, will trap a live rodent. The rat or mouse is attracted to investigate the hole but once they are in the trap they find they cannot get out. Because these traps will capture a live animal for humane reasons, it is essential to inspect the traps daily. The problem with live traps is you will then have to deal with a living animal.
You have two choices: you can kill the animal humanely or you can release it in an area where it is not going to re-enter your home or harm others.
You have two choices: you can kill the animal humanely or you can release it in an area where it is not going to re-enter your home or harm others. Note that in some U.S. states, the Centre for Disease Control prevents the release of animals as they pose a health risk. Another issue with live traps is that coming in to contact with rodents can cause a health risk.
If you are dealing with live or dead rodents, make sure you take preventative measures. You should not touch the animals so make sure you have protective gloves. A mask will prevent you breathing in any dust from feces that could lead to a disease being spread to a human.