Thought about using a garbage can instead of a bucket. Can catch many at once! Also love the idea of putting sunflower seeds over the water. Also, can possibly lower the wire and roller so the rat has to bend down more and may fall in?
Say you’ve got an infestation on your hands and need something that’ll work overtime while you sleep. Multi-catch options are the way to go, but rather than purchase one of the expensive products on the market today, you can make a brilliant trap at home using items that you already have. This one’s main ingredient? A bucket. You know the bucket. Your dog’s played with it. Your tools have sat in it. It’s been used to catch water leaks and trash. Now it’s time to catch rats with it, and after you try this, we won’t be surprised if you never buy a traditional trap again.
I have tried electronic zappers without success. Some larger critter(s) must reach in and snatch the bait without getting a fatal charge. And I briefly tried rat poison before realizing that birds and animals eating the poisoned rats were likely to be poisoned to some degree.
Suppose you don’t have $5 to spend on a pvc pipe, or you’d rather not make a trip to the store, the plate trap is another self-resetting trap that’s fairly easy to create and shouldn’t cost you a dime as long as you have paper plates at home. Once the weight of the rat touches the plate, it will automatically dip, dropping the rat into the bucket before springing back into place. It closely resembles the first two bucket traps we recently discussed, and is a popular choice for catching rodents on a budget.
Place the tube on the edge of a countertop or second story landing. Place the tube in such a way so that about 40% of it, including the baited end, hangs over the edge of the landing.[2] If necessary, affix the tube with a small piece of tape, but take care not to tape it so firmly that it would not give way and tip over the edge of the landing or countertop when the baited end was subjected to slight force.
We use a tall kitchen garbage can and a piece of news paper with an x cut into it. Tiny piece of tape in center keeps together. Fill with enough water so they can’t touch bottom. Sprinkle with some bait and wait. I live near a crick that is connected to a major river. It brings rats right to my house. Great big river rats. Works great and don’t have to worry about my pets. When rats get tired from swimming they drown. Just fish out with a rake and reset.
The spinning can looks simple enough; run a wire through a beer or soda can and suspend it over a bucket of water. A stick or ruler is placed so he can climb up the bucket and peanut butter is put on the can to entice the mouse. When he gets to the can it spins like a log in water and he falls. Of course the mouse drowns in this scenario but you can leave the bucket empty but you’ll need to release him after he is caught.
Seal off wherever the rodents are entering your home. One of the most important and effective ways of controlling unwanted rodents is blocking off their entrance point. This will prevent more rodents from getting into your home.
Once you catch a rat in a live trap you will need to figure out what you want to do with it.  Some states have laws that require you to kill any trapped nuisance rodents.  If you do decide to release the rat then do so as far away from your home (and those of others) as practical.
I find a splash of Pine Sol to be helpful with dead critter stink. Don’t know if it will deter the buggers from coming to the bait, but it probably won’t, in itself, kill anything else that comes along. Bec is right, ethylene glycol is highly toxic . . . but attracts animals due to its sweet taste. Don’t wan’t to kill the birds and bees and dogs and deer . . . just the rats.
Safety Information No chemicals or poisons, built in safety switch and beveled tunnel design protects children and pets No chemicals or poisons, use with caution around children and pets No chemicals or poisons, use with caution around children and pets No chemicals or poisons, use with caution around children and pets No chemicals or poisons, use with caution around children and pets
The video below shows another bucket trap idea that I found very interesting, however I took the idea from the first picture and mixed it with this idea to come up with one of my own. I am not saying the idea in the video does not work, yet you can hear the person in the audio saying he has yet to actually try the method due to his lack of mice activity.
The Victor Metal Pedal Rat Trap is the original wooden snap trap. It’s also the world’s No. 1 selling rat trap for one simple reason – it works! Its superior quality and effectiveness are the reason Victor has sold more than 1 billion snap traps around the world. Likewise, professional pest control companies have made this trap their trap of choice. Trusted to control rats for more than 115 years, this trap delivers clean, instant rodent control.
These devices have worked for us for about 25 years– not the same ones because every few years I’ve bought new ones. We live in Florida and those awful palmetto bugs occasionally come in from the outside. When we get one, it doesn’t live long. I notice it first behaving strangely and a few days later find it dead. The devices have worked for us and with more safety and less expense than an extermination contract. I put them in my mother’s house which was overrun by mice. Everything the exterminator tried had failed. The devices has her mouse free in two weeks.
Absolutely worked to get 2 very smart rats. They have been running in and out of my house for months. I tried the electric rat zappers from two different models but these two rats would not even trip the trap. 15 minutes after going up the first rat was caught. A little blood was on the trap from either the nose or mouth so i placed the entire thing in the garbage with the rat hanging from it. You can absolutely clean and reuse the trap- it was not damaged. But i purchased a 9 pack so i placed another trap and in a few minutes a heard a snap. The second rat was finally caught !!! This one did not bleed at all so i opened the trap and dropped him in the garbage bag. I used a very small piece of soft yellow cheese which i worked into the hook on the trap. I really got lucky catching the first rat cause i saw her stomach area moving while she laid dead- she was about to start populating my house. I used gloves while handling the traps and set the traps on the S setting. Be careful I snapped the very edge of a finger and it hurt. I would hate to see an good finger snap on these things.
Consider kill traps. Electronic kill traps are widely considered to be the most effective method of removing mice and rats from your home. They are also safer for non-rodents in your home, and easier to dispose of compared to other kill traps. While they are more expensive, they are the quickest way to rid your home of mice and rats, and are the most humane type of kill trap. (Live traps, however, are the most effective way to get squirrels out of your home.[8])
Place rat traps in high-activity areas of the rat colony. These areas may include darkened corners, along walls, behind appliances and objects, and all areas where droppings are evident. Since rats need to touch surfaces as they move, place them accordingly.
Removable Lid Ensures Easy Cleaning The sleek industrial design boasts a removable lid, providing convenient access to the trigger plates so you can easily clean it in between uses. Once a catch is made, power off the trap and remove the lid. Then simply dispose of the dead rodent in the trash without ever having to touch it!
3. If it weren’t for rats, millions of humans would not have died over our history, so “population control” has certainly been forwarded by their natural ways. Kudos to them or my traffic problems would be even worse than they already are.
A: Individuals in a rodent population search for different types of food. For mice, anything high in protein like peanut butter, chocolate or hazelnut spread is a great option. Also, nesting materials like dental floss, cotton or string are also great options. Try to use whatever bait or nesting material the rodents are currently feeding on or using to build nests.
I have a huge rat problem going on… They are in the crawl space above my kitchen having a grand ol’ time and living quite comfortably. I didnt notice the screen covers on the vents have holes in them and they just climb the stucco to get up there – this was pointed out to me by a pest control inspector. Worst of all there is no way for a person to access this area to get them out, nor poison them and have them die up there, potentially.
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When I was dealing with an infestation, I learned a lot about rats and how to deal with them.  In some ways, they’re fascinating creatures, and knowing how they behave actually helps when it comes to dealing with them.
For your convenience, the trap’s design allows you to easily dispose of the dead rodent without having to see or touch it. The new and improved design of the electronic trap has a removable kill chamber, which provides better plate access so you can easily clean and bait it in between uses. These traps require no poison or chemicals and can be used anywhere inside your home or business to ensure years of effective rat control.
I am the best mouser in our house (and we have three cats!) Like you, I found that rodents can eat peanut butter or cheese right off a trap without springing it. So I took to cooking a piece of turkey bacon until it was just shy of crispy, then I threaded a needle and “sewed” it onto the trap. Then I put the trap between the cabinet and stove so that the mice could only approach it from the striking side (and if the cats stuck their paws in there, the trap would spring away from them).
guys I am relocated in Vietnam where I was facing big rats(about 50 big rats) in our company I bought traps from eBay when I was in London, but i am sorry to say it only worked on mice sometimes and had no effect on big rats, I used following procedure to kill all the rats.
If you place the trigger bar on the right side of the bait pad towards the “S” then the trigger is set to “Sensitive”.  This means that the trap is harder for you to set but easier for the rat to trigger.
Try a homemade trap. An especially cheap trap option involves using a cardboard tube (such as those used to hold paper towel). Try this if you find evidence of mice on your counters. To try it, flatten one side of the tube so you have a half-circle shaped tunnel. To set your homemade trap:
We had rats and mice pretty bad our house smelled like a rat cage. I cleaned my house spotless could not get rid of them they would not go after poison or traps they stayed clear of them. I am pregnant and was getting to sick from being home. After being gone at my moms for two weeks because I couldn’t deal with the smell and the rats my husband wanted me home so he got 5 of the small rodent electronic plug ins for our room and bathroom and one big one for our living room and kitchen. I have two dogs haven’t affected them at all. But after my husband plugged all of these in he called me and said he got them. Not even 24 hrs later i came home. my house didn’t smell nearly as bad and haven’t seen any since except for one. cleaned my house again and haven’t seen any droppings or pee stains anywhere. The one I saw I’m pretty sure ran out. My house is spotless and smells amazing and it’s been 2 weeks so I’m pretty sure these work. We have had a rat problem for almost 6 months and now they’re gone.
A lot of people are suspicious of whether home rat traps will really work or not. Anyway, the reality of the situation is that if you make them correctly. Also put them in the right areas of your home where there is high population of rodents. It is sometimes unclear why originally built rodent traps may not work to rid you of rats while homemade ones will work successfully, but it happens.
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On the farm we had many mice in our chicken cage after the chicken food and the mice were a big problem due to excreting in the chicken food as well as bringing in the various snakes to feast on the abundance of mice. (cobras, puff adders, boomslang).
When you are free, you can create a default mouse trap and catch the mouse. But, also keep in mind that your family is your family and that they won’t get mad if you just tell them the problem. If that is not working, then catch the mouse yourself.
In the past because of my hearing acuity I have been invited to, and taken part in studies to test why some people are able to hear these frequencies that many cannot. Even now, as I get older and the noises are not so acute, I still hear the high pitched squeal from many electronics, which I can assure you is most unpleasant.
I’ve never had to deal with rats before but recently I heard the telltale sign of scratching and gnawing in the middle of the night. After going up to the attic access hole I noticed fresh rat poop. After some research I ordered these traps for their cost effectiveness, and more importantly, for their tried and true killing power.
Pro Tip: “The Victor Rat Trap M326 is the same trap your Dad used, but it has an extended trigger. On hard services it will pay you to use the Hercules Putty to help hold this Victor Rat Trap in one place. You can also mix some Provoke Rat Attractant with the putty and put it on the trip plate. This helps prevent the rodent from removing the lure without setting off snap of this trap.”
A few years ago I had two Ultrasonic Cix machines to keep mice and packrats away from the vehicles. I had lost 2 motorcycles and a truck up to that time to rodent infestations. The nearest neighbor 1000 feet away started to complain about HEARING the machines. She called the cops, file a lawsuit and her insurance company A–S—E send a team out here to take measurements. The insurance company doesn’t care who they harm if you are not one of THEIR policyholders. Their “experts” “detected” the sound at varying places. This woman won her lawsuit, a lot of money from my homeowners,t and the judge ordered the ultrasonic machines removed and never replaced. Since that ruling, I’ve lost another truck and have resorted to poisons. As for this neighbor, the manufacturer claims that ultrasonic devices are inaudible to humans and do not cause harm. Yet SHE claims that she can hear them 1000 feet away! She must be a rat! (She is!)
Maybe if you just put a thin line of pb around the can, they would have to reach further and spin off the can. That was one big rat. The ones that got into my house were about 10 inches, nose to tail.
​Generally a rat is more likely to scream if it is cornered, otherwise choosing to run away.  In some cases the youngster screams with little or no provocation, just as soon as it feels trapped.  In these cases it seems to be linked to testosterone level, so neutering has helped rats in the past, this brings them to a lower energy level and encourages submission which quickly resolves the situation.  In some cases though a scream is a legitimate fear reaction to extreme bullying. It can also occur if a rat is trapped or badly injured, again fear and being unable to escape, but also pain.  Overall if a rat is screaming it needs to be investigated quickly and the rats separated.  The only exception to this is potentially if a new rat is screaming with no provocation or aggressive behaviour from its new cage mates, then they may benefit from being confined in a small space with their new cage mates well observed until they realise they are not going to be hurt,
Also known as “glue boards” or “glue trays,” sticky glue traps are made of pieces of plastic, cardboard, or fiberboard coated with a strong adhesive designed to trap any animal who wanders across or lands on their surface. Glue traps are among the most inhumane devices on the market today.
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Victor® Electronic Rat Trap The Victor® Electronic Rat Trap is the ultimate in rodent control. It works by delivering a humane, high-voltage shock to kill rats that enter the chamber. This powerful device is capable of killing up to 50 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 “C” included for each trap), making it a great value when you’re dealing with a sizable infestation. It’s also easy to use! To get started, simply apply a high protein bait in the provided bait cup, place the trap in a location with high rodent activity and turn it on.
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I purchased the electronic pest repeller and plugged it in. Later in the day I saw a roach, grabbed the electronic pest repeller out of the wall socket and smashed the roach with it. The roach was deffinately dead. The device was 100% effective, and the easy storage in electrical outlets makes it handy. I’m going to purchase one for every outlet in this roach hell hotel.
Drive a stick through the opposite ends of the water bottle (Or whatever object you chose to use. It should be cylindrical and easy to roll.) Drill holes in two sides of the bucket near the top where you can slide the hanger through. Fill the bucket with water. (optional) Set up your ramps, and then bait the rolling mechanism. You’ll have rats climbing up to get to the delicious bait only to be dropped to the bottom of the bucket!
After reading several reviews and deciding against the collateral damage that glue traps and poison could cause, as well as watching several videos on how to make various bucket traps, I decided the classic Victor M326 Professional Rat Trap would best suit my needs. What can one say … it’s an oldie but a goodie. I placed the order from Amazon and waited for Prime delivery. In the interim I watched and plotted. I watched that bold lil’ rat scurry from the outskirts of the yard across the center of the lawn, again. It cruised under my car, paused and checked to see the coast was clear, and then it gleefully jumped into the garden. No, I’m not crazy, the movement with which the rat entered the garden was gleeful, almost like it was prancing. It was out for a night on the town at our expense. I could do nothing but wait for the traps; however, el raton made one critical mistake – now I confirmed its entry point to the garden and knew it’s approximate feeding time, it was the second evening in a row it entered the garden at the same spot and same time out cruising for grub. I couldn’t wait to get that rat bastard.