Because of the difference in size of the two rodents, rat traps are at least twice the size of mouse traps. The large yellow pedal on the Victor® Easy Set® Rat Trap is specifically designed with the proper measurements to take down rats in a single snap. The smaller pedal and kill-bar on the Victor® Metal Pedal Mouse Trap, meanwhile, is perfect for catching mice, but it is insufficient if the problem at hand involves rats.
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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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).
Once you know your rat, whether you are trapping a brown rat (Norway rat) or a black rat, then you can choose the right bait. Black rats are vegetarians. Brown rats eat both plant foods and meat. If you have more than one kind of rat to catch, it is best to use a plant food such as peanut butter as bait.
There are several different types of rat traps available on the market, the most effective being the electronic variety. An electronic trap detects a rat’s presence using its metal floor plates and delivers a high-voltage electric shock to the animal with the help of batteries. When a rat enters the trap (to find a non-lethal bait attractant) and steps on the plates, the rat completes the trap’s electric circuit, triggering an electric shock to the pest. The shock typically lasts anywhere from one to two minutes to prevent the animal’s heart from restarting. Some electronic traps offer remote operation designed to alert you when a kill has been made using a red or green light. When the rat has been eliminated, disposal is accomplished without having to touch or see the animal by sliding it into the trash.
There are two clever reason why rats travel alongside walls: First, they use their whiskers to sense objects in front of them in the dark. By keeping one set of whiskers touching a wall, they can tell if they are still on the right path. Secondly, traveling along a wall provides protection – they only have to watch for trouble on the open-air side of their path.
Big momma rat has no chance with the victor electric rat trap. Just a little peanut butter, turn it on, ZAPPP, and dump it out! This one was so big it would hardly come out of the chamber when finished.
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.
I prefer it to snap traps because of the lack of blood and gore – the body is very easily disposed of without leaving a mess behind which is a potential hazard to chickens, pets, wildlife or children.
I have never used one of these , but all i can say is the best way to stop cockroaches once and for all is to use these plastic hectegon shaped plastic trays of about 5 cm in diameter. hen i moved into a new house a couple years ago, i was panic-stricken to see literally hundreds of roaches all around. A friend of mine recommended these small trays and believe me the last roach i ever saw was 3 days after i scattered these (6-7 of them) on the floors of each room. No one roach at al ever since! It says on the package there is a kind of food inside the tray that repels the poor things so terribly that they never want to come anywhere within a mile of it!! One thing though, its not available everywhere. Just check out for it on Amazon or others. The brand name is COMBAT. It is perfect solution, and very cheap, like 10 bucks, and lasts for a good year.
If you unintentionally trap a small animal that you didn’t intend to trap such as a lizard or snake, it can usually be released from the trap in the same manner. The nature of glue traps is that the more an animal struggles, the more stuck it becomes, so try to keep the animal calm, and keep it from sticking its nose in the glue.
Some people prefer to choose rat exterminator companies when they have to deal with rat infestation. However, not everyone can afford this option. Buying special traps is often the way out. You can choose snap traps with effective trigger system or purchase live and electronic traps for safe and humane rat control. It’s up to you what choose.
This is another powerful and humanely killing electronic rat trap which produces a deadly shock which kills the rodent instantly. It’s a device which completes the task very quickly and doesn’t produce any bloodshed. This is one of the most popular traps on the market.
How it works –  When the rat or mouse walks into the specially designed tunnel or chamber, it places a foot on both a positive “+” and a negative “-” plate attached to the base.  When both feet are in position, a complete circuit is obtained and an electric charge is released.  After the charge is released, a red light on the top of the chamber will pulse.
To find out your rats bait preference, he advises to put 3 or 4 different nontoxic baits (peanut butter, seeds, cheese, walnut pieces, kitten kibble, bacon bits, etc.) in places you have seen rodents. That way in few days you’ll find out which food rats prefer. As rats are suspicious of new objects and novel foods – be patient – the adaption may take three or four days.
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The Aspectek Reusable is made from washable materials and includes a built-in bait cup, making it a sanitary option for effective pest elimination time and time again. It opens easily for quick disposal of its victims into the trash.
Decided to try some traps, guess what !? Spent another $60 for 2 traps in vain. No rats were caught in almost a month, nevertheless rats became less and less shy, sometimes appearing in broad daylight.
Raticator Electronic Rat Trap.  If there ever was a “better mouse trap” then this is it.   The Raticator Rat Trap kills by using an electric current to stop the heart.  This electric current is powered by either AA or C batteries – depending on the trap.  The electric current is very weak but strong enough to cause death to the rodent.  These traps are suitable for indoor use around children and pets, but care should be taken to not let them play with it.
By having these rat traps baited with Provoke Rat Attractant , Pro-Pest Professional Lures, or peanut butter in unset traps, a large population would be use to feeding on around the traps. When the rat traps are then simultaneously set after a while of this “feeding”, a large kill can be obtained.
Given how rats are likely to nest in basements and crawl spaces and travel through vents and wall cavities, traps should be placed along the walls of office rooms and hallways during off hours, as well as placing them in the lower, dark spaces at all times. If there’s a large infestation in a trash room or around a dumpster area, a mass–trapping could be in order.
It’s important to re-state, though, that I used it only after I’d spent time getting rid of a large infestation of rodents in my chicken run.  Until you have the population under control this trap won’t be of much use because it can only kill one at a time.
Try using a glass bowl as your main catcher. All this trap requires is a few household items and a delicate touch, and you’ll have a super simple, but effective trap on your hands! If you’ve got a really curious rat lurking around, this might be the perfect way to catch him without all the fancy crafting.