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The Victor Metal Pedal Rat Trap makes rodent control easy. Once a rodent triggers the pedal, the trap immediately springs closed to eliminate the pest on contact. After a catch, simply throw away the entire trap for quick and clean removal or dispose of the rat and reuse the trap.
One way to safely catch rats in an area that is accessible to pets and children is with a Havahart live trap.  There are many models of this basic live trap available but this one specifically made for small rodents.
WE BOUGHT FOUR OF THESE UNITS AND AFTER 30 DAYS THERE WAS AN INCREASE NOT REDUCTION IN THE RATS, MY UNCLE HAS OVER 30 BITE MARKS FROM RATS IN HIS LOW-INCOME APART AND APART MANGER REFUSES TO HELP AND HEALTH DEPT CANT DO ANYTHING, WAITING ON PERMISSION FROM POLICE TO ASK SOMEBODY IN NASHVILLE FOR HELP BUT THAT COULD TAKE MONTHS,MY UNCLE IS 68 AND SICK NEED TO GET THIS RAT PROBLEM SOLVED, THANK YOU
Victor Metal Pedal Rat Traps are a time-tested solution for capturing the mice that have invaded your home or business. Rats are able to sneak inside buildings through tiny spaces where they can spread disease and destroy your property.
TRAPPER’s sturdy, low-profile plastic tray reduces the chance of rodents stopping at the edge of the tray. Once rodents step onto the glue board, TRAPPER’s tenacious glue holds a rat securely, while just the slightest contact with the glue will hold a mouse. TRAPPER Glue Boards come in rat and mouse sizes. For best results, place TRAPPER Glue Boards directly in the rodent’s runway between its nest and food supply — every 8 to 12 feet for mice and 15 to 30 feet for rats.
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I know this is an old post, but you actually want the stairway to heaven in line with the wire. The vermin will attempt to high wire in an effort to get to the bait. If it doesn’t make it to the can, it loses its balance and will try to gain foot on the can. Then it’s bye bye Ratzilla!
A simple internet search for no-kill rat traps will also bring up many ““homemade” devices. One uses a liter soda bottle cut apart and fashioned into a funnel with plastic “spikes” cut into the opening. This operates on the same principle as the wire cage funnel trap, with the funnel positioned so that the rat is trapped in the body of the bottle unharmed and ready for release.
To date all total there are 4400 patented mouse traps while only about 20 make any money. The first trap was invented back in 1897 by James Henry Atkinson a British inventor and his prototype of the wooden snap trap with springs and wires has not changed much at all since then. In the 1980’s glue boards were invented and widespread use was like a wild fire until people realized that the mouse died a slow and agonizing death, usually squealing and dying from exhaustion. Emerson wrote the famous line;
Obtain a one liter plastic water bottle. A similar bottle would work as well, but one liter water bottles are ideal because they are long and narrow, and often have flat sides which allow them to sit undisturbed. You could substitute a two liter bottle as well. Whatever type of bottle you choose, ensure it is transparent and composed of thin, pliable plastic.
Second, cover the entire floor of the mesh cage by a piece of metal plate placed on the bottom of the cage. Then, place some solid food for baiting on the metal plate near the back of the trap. It can be a bit of peanut butter, meat, fruit.
There’s no limit as to what you can use to catch rats. Maybe you’ve got mason jars leftover from projects or gifts. Good news! Even these can be converted into live-rat traps. A single catch-and-release method, but hey? It works.
For rodent control, anecdotal data may indicate that these devices can provide some level of control for a short period of time. But rodents seem to learn to avoid the mechanisms used. Mice quickly become accustomed to regularly repeated sounds. Ultrasonic sounds have limited use in rodent control because they are directional and do not penetrate behind objects. Testing of sound devices shows that about half the sound energy is gone within 15 feet of the device.
This one when I first found it I gave it no mind. I then saw it again on another forum and decided to investigate it a little further.  At first, it looks as if there is just a glass upside down held up by a nickel. Looking closely you can see there is peanut butter smeared on the bottom of the glass. Apparently a penny isn’t big enough so the nickel is the correct size to use here.
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Be sure to thoroughly clean the snap traps between uses. Rats will smell “death” on a trap that’s recently killed another rat. I have the black plastic snap traps. After removing the dead rat (triple wrapped in plastic and put in the deep freeze until garbage day), I drop the trap into a bucket with about a litre of very hot water and some bleach; soak for a few hours, scrub with a brush and then, if you want, rewash it (I actually put mine in the dishwasher, after a thorough bleaching and scrubbing). It should just smell like clean plastic when it comes out of the dishwasher. Re-bait it, put it where the rats are active, let it do its thing, and repeat! 🙂 I am sorry that I have to kill these buggers, but if they’re in my house, they need to be killed. My house is 108 years old and has all kinds of secret places for rodents to come and go, but this year (2016), here on Vancouver Island, there is a huge rat problem so I’ve become very cutthroat about killing them.
But you’d better know that sticky rodent traps are inhumane, because trapped animals usually suffer and cry for many hours before death from dehydration or stress. So we suggest you check your glue traps very often or use other traps. 
I bought one after my apartment was infested with roaches that came through the wall from another apartment in my complex next to me. My apartment complex came in and found my place 3 times and it failed to work. So I spoke to Super who I happen to be friends with and he told me to get one of those electric ones that you plug into the wall because that would make it stop. So that day I went out and I purchased one just one plugged it in the wall and believe it or not I’ve never seen one again. Not only did it work against roaches it was pet friendly my cats and I are two of them. Did not react to it at all. I seem to think that they work great not only did it work on that but my friend had brought bunch of bags in from her place that she was staying in and I was failed to be given the information that she had had bed bugs a few days later I seem to get bit a few times all over and noticed that it was probably bedbugs it had been a year since the last time I put in a new plug-in in my plug and I bought said it was good for a year. After I put the new plug-in in it was the same brand I’d gotten in the past it got the bed bugs to go away as well. Now that I have moved into a house I’m noticing this is my second year here I’m having problems with ants I’ve yet to have to put one in my house but I am about to go get one tomorrow and put one on I will repost and let you guys know if the kind of worked for ants or not.
About 1 year ago I also had problem with rats. And I looked for answers “How to get rid of house rats”. I really hate this animals. But I still think, that self made trap – isn’t good idea. Firstly, it’s not effective. Secondly, it’s too cruel. Rat can dying for a few days. I prefer electronic trap.
For the best results, we recommend placing the trap along the wall where rodents primarily travel. The bait and trigger end of the mouse trap should be flush against the wall so that mice will be tempted to explore them. We recommend baiting the trap with a toothpick amount of peanut butter. Anything more than that, and the mice may be able to access the bait without setting off the trap.
So, IMHO use a live or instant-death trap, and then dispose of it “humanely”, because humane means what? “having or showing compassion or benevolence”. Referring to humans, of course, look at the word humane itself!!
We recommend using either glue boards or snap traps( indoors to get rid of rodents. It is important to use the appropriate size trap as a mouse trap is not strong enough to trap a rat and a rat trap is not sensitive enough to trap a mouse. Using baits indoors can lead to a dead rat/mouse in an inaccessible area that causes odor and secondary insect infestations. Read the following articles for great tips on indoor rodent control:
Bell and Howell pestrepellers 10 pack on HSN DO NOT WORK .They do not remove bugs already in the home. I called the company itself who suggested I open a window so moths, flys , and other flying insects can fly out!!!!!! What about what flies in at that time?? I was very disapointed in the B & H reply. They promised to call back and I never heard from them again. I had to use poisonous sprays to take care of the problem myself.as the moth problem was spreading all over the house and to adjoining apartments. Save your investment . They don’t work at all.
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.
Instructions for how to set this trap can be found at the following link: http://victorpest.scene7.com/is/content/woodstream/victorpest/us/resources/instructions/vp-us-instructions-BM032.pdf. Also, our Metal Pedal Mouse Traps can be purchased on our website at the following link: http://www.victorpest.com/victor-metal-pedal-mouse-trap-bm154-24. For further assistance, please contact us at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867).
Get rid of rats fast with this Victor Electronic Rat Trap. A more humane alternative to traditional snap traps, the Victor Electronic Rat Trap kills rats using a high-voltage shock. The bait placed along the back wall of the trap, lures the rat inside and onto the metal plates. Its advanced smart circuit technology senses the rodent and instantly delivers 7,000 volts of electricity for two minutes, ensuring a permanent kill. The Victor Electronic Rat Trap kills up to 50 rats per set of 4 ‘C’ batteries (not included).
This DIY mouse trap gets an A+ for simplicity and although I haven’t used it yet, it’s obvious it would work and therefore gets the scratchy smelling sticker for operability. The concept is the mouse scurries under the glass to get the peanut butter while knocking the nickel loose causing the glass to fall onto the mouse.
use about a half gallon of old (smelly) cooking oil in a large open glass container ( a vase or cookie jar ). The oil should be about two – three inches from the top. Secure a timber ramp from the ground to the top of the glass container. The rats will fall in but will not get out due to the slippery oil and glass sides. GUARANTEED to work and to go on working…..
The rat, enticed into the box by a yummy treat at the entrance and smeared on the back wall , steps on a metal plate.  This triggers an electric shock which – as long as the batteries are full or nearly full – kills within a couple of seconds.
​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,
Every home I lived in I would purchase an electronic repellent. I did because I am terrified of rats. well I never had a rat in my home or around it from my knowledge but I felt like it was because I’ve always had the repellents plugged in. Well in this new home im in lately I’ve been seeing them run across my privacy gate. I have the plugs all around the house and its not working seeing them on the fence and just tonight actually seen one on the ground. Sorry for the long story but no they do not work!!!!! Plus there’s lizards and other type of little bugs that be by my back door even with the 3 plugs plugged in
The Victor Electronic Rat Trap is easy-to-use. Start by inserting four ‘C’ batteries into the battery compartment and replacing the cover. Then, using a Q-tip or toothpick (to avoid leaving your scent), add an enticing rat snack like peanut butter or dry pet food through the hole in the back wall of the trap. Place the rat trap where there are signs of rodent activity. Since rats typically travel along the edge of a room, the trap can also be placed lengthwise along the wall with the bait side closest to the wall. Flip the switch to ‘on’, and it’s good to go—a green light will blink once and a short buzzing sound will be heard to verify it’s working.
These traps are cheap, functional, and easy to use. With the bottle cap modification mentioned in the other comments, the traps are even better. That said, for the large attic rats that live in Seattle, these still aren’t enough to get the job done. Since setting three in my attic, I’ve had two separate traps trip twice. Each time, not only has the trap not killed the rat, the rat has also been able to struggle free. Each time the rat did however lose quite a bit of fur struggling free.
Found mouse Droppings in a couple Kitchen drawers (gross), under kitchen Sink, and inside the bottom of a couple kitchen cabinets. Foam-filled & caulked the hell out of Rental unit Kitchen. Rat poison & Victor mouse traps all over the place now. Mice ate all the Poison set in attic. One of these Victor mouse traps walked away (disappeared) from where I’d put it in the attic, so I set 2 more identical traps. Next day – one dead Deer Mouse. Whole house filled with poison & these mouse traps. Yes, they’re sensitive, they have to be to catch a tiny mouse. Other brand Glue strips & more Expensive (plastic) no-touch mouse traps haven’t caught anything.
Living on a lake in Norcal lotsa spiders flies etc. Cats brought in some fleas so put in 5 of these electronic devices with high amaxzon rating from actual purchasers. Flypaper and sticky traps show drastic reduction in corpus and fly’s went away pronto. I put 2 pest strips ( toxic ) in attic spray bedding with Vets Best and cut up generic Seresto flea collars in 1 inch strips under cover and pet towel ( silver threads antimicrobial ). A battle with insects requires a combined assault.
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A: The glue from all our traps can be removed easily. Liberally coat the glue on the paw with vegetable oil. The oil will dissolve the glue within a short period of time. The oily residue can then be removed by washing with mild soap and warm water.
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.
These work great, paired this with the snap traps and have gotten 4 rats in 24 hours out of my barn. They’ve been flipped a few times without a catch, but have made some impressive toe-hold catches too. These worked great for an initial onslaught but aren’t really reusable and thus pretty expensive on a per rat basis. I’m given 5 stars on the product itself, but 1 star pricing for continued use.
Keep Trapping: The best results for both rodents and insects come from using ultrasonic pest repellents along with trapping. Simply put, the sound waves cause the pests to scurry around, which drives them right into your traps.
I Suspected a rat in my garage, put one of these out with peanut butter on it. Within 30 minutes it Caught a rat. The trap has a strong snap! It flung peanut butter on the garage door that was 4 feet from where I placed the trap!
Obtain a long cardboard tube with one end closed. The tube might be from a paper towel roll or poster. It should be at least 12 inches long, 2-5 inches in diameter at its mouth, and have one end stopped with tape or with a cap. Place something soft in the closed end such as cotton balls or a wad of soft fabric.
Put mousetraps (or live traps, if you don’t want to harm them) anywhere you see any rats or signs of rats, including gnaw marks and droppings. Rats can enter your home through openings much smaller than themselves, so find and plug any holes you see that may lead to the outside. If you have a crawlspace, go under the house and look for holes there as well.
Glue traps never work to keep rodents away in the long run, and their use will actually backfire. This is because when animals are killed or otherwise removed, the resultant spike in the food supply causes accelerated breeding among survivors and newcomers—and this means increased populations. The only surefire way to keep mice and other animals out of your house is to make it less inviting to them.