Indoor Trapping Tips

Animals may invade homes, buildings, poultry houses, warehouses, sheds and more in search of food and/or shelter, and live trapping is a great way to get rid of these unwanted visitors*. Depending on your structure, you can take some extra measures to ensure a more effective catch.

Houses or Small Buildings

Generally, live traps are used inside houses to catch rodents like rats and squirrels. When catching one of these rodents in a building, place your trap along the wall, by the side of a feed box or in the area where you suspect the animals enter the building. Rats like to keep out of sight, so if you are catching a rat, lean a board or other large object against the wall over the trap to form a covered passageway.

Be sure to cover or close any holes where animals either enter or travel from one place to another, to limit mobility. Then, place several baited traps near these passageways. This will make rats or squirrels more likely to enter one of your traps.

Poultry Houses

Despite your best measures to keep your poultry house safe against rats, weasels, foxes, cats, dogs, etc., hungry animals may still find a way to enter. Even if you don’t see signs of predators one day, you may have an invasion the next. The best way to prevent such an issue is to keep a trap set inside at all times.

For best results, set your trap with a cup of fresh water balanced on the trip plate, and reset it each day.


In large buildings, sheds, and warehouses where there may be many entrances, traps should be placed in relatively secluded places along walls, under stairs and along passageways. In this scenario, it’s best to use a two-door trap, with both ends set open. Keep these traps baited at all times.

Areas with Dense Predator Populations

To protect against dogs, foxes, coyotes or wolves, place a one-door trap at one entrance, and be sure to securely close every other potential entrance. This way, an animal that wants to enter has no choice but to use the entrance covered by the trap.

*Before setting a live trap, please become familiar with your local laws regarding trapping, relocating and releasing wild animals.

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