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.
Rats have been the bane of human civilization for as long as there have been humans. These enterprising rodents were originally forest dwellers that took their rightful place in the animal kingdom. However, as the human population grew and developed civilizations, rats adapted to a life of living off human food waste. The rats targeted by rat traps have become pests and are known specifically as black rats, taxonomically named rattus rattus.
Atkinson’s device was made with a weight-activated treadle as the tripping mechanism for a rodent’s successful capture. It was capable of slamming shut in 1/38,000th of a second, a record that has never been beaten by any other snap trap. Atkinson sold his mousetrap patent in 1913 for one thousand pounds to Procter, a company that has been manufacturing the the device ever since.
Considering the toll rats have taken on human populations for centuries, rat traps have long been a necessity, whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. If the battle between man and rat is being fought on your property, it is crucial to learn the most effective trapping tools — as well as the best bait for a rat trap — in order to win this war. With the following 15 tips, you will have all the facts you need to catch a rat in any situation.
Note: With any surface, select a cleaning method that will not discolor or damage the surface. If in doubt, test on a non-exposed area, or consult a professional cleaning service. For additional information on using glue traps, see Using Traps.
When this trap catches a rodent, you’ll see the green indicator light that flashes for up to 24 hours to signal that a rodent is in the trap. Victor Rat Trap M240 is highly economical: the manufacturer promises that it can kill about 50 animals per one set of batteries (by the way, batteries are not included). It kills rats, mice, squirrels and other rodents. As to the customers’ experience first killed rat may appear during the first day or just within an hour of placing the trap in the infested area.
There are also non-spring loaded multiple catch mouse traps such as the Tin Cat Mouse Trap.  The Tin Cat Mouse Trap is only good at catching mice, it is too small for capturing rats.  Basically, mice will enter the trap through an opening, and fall into the trap by means of a 1 way door.
Equipped with the aggressive, Secure Catch® design, the Tomcat® Secure-Kill® Rat Trap traps and kills rats quickly and effectively. It is easy to use and sets with a single touch. Escape is virtually impossible with the Secure Catch® design, and the trap is non-toxic. The convenient grab-tab feature makes for easier disposal. Kills rats-guaranteed!*
If you plan on using plastic snap traps indoors, it is best to use them in a box with holes cut out on the sides or inside a rodent bait station.  This is purely for safety reasons.  Plastic rat traps are one of the safest and effective traps on the market.  Safe enough in my opinion to use around older children and pets.
High-Voltage Shock Humanely Kills Rodents This powerful device works by delivering a humane, high-voltage shock to effectively eliminate rat invaders, and is capable of eliminating up to 50 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 “C” included for each trap). Plus, with this trap, there’s no need for poisons or chemicals, allowing it to be used anywhere inside your home or business.
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).
I find the cheaper baits from supermarkets do not work, I mean the blasted vermin do not touch them. I use the grain baits from Nights and sons (local farm suplier). We buy 2kg tins @ $40. The price has not changed for a number of years. I will verify it as we need to buy another one.
Patterns of movement become so engrained in rats that when they get used to moving around an obstacle, if the obstacle is removed they will continue to move around it. Thus the correct siting of trap means they do not have to be baited but it is imperative they are placed directly on the run.
But if it didn’t help you, you can contact with professionals and ask them to provide services to get rid of rats in your house. You must explain your problem and ask them to professionals quote a price for the service you need to decide if you want to use any poisons to kill the rats, or just want to get rid of them manually. You can take suggestions from 2-3 experts and depend on their quotes you can decide who to entrust such a thing.
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.
Snap E Mouse Trap is a brilliant product to eliminate your mouse or rodent problem. It has a quick response time meaning that once the rodent has been trapped and caught it cannot escape. The preformed bait cup lets easy baiting be used and because it is made from durable polystyrene and steel, it is reliable and sturdy and will last for years f use. The fact that it is reusable means you get your money’s worth too. Coming in handy packs of 6 you can position these traps around your home and catch the pests wherever they may be. The vertical strike bar goes half the distance of the old fashioned wooden mouse traps so it has a much quicker snapping time in order to catch the mouse before it catches the bait. The Snap – E does not allow for stains or odors which is another downfall that the old fashioned wooden traps. The trap has been designed to be simple to use and safe and sanitary for the user and the captured animal so your fingers never touch the rodent, as it is easy to release.
We carry Trapper Rat Glue Traps, Catchmaster Cold Temperature Rodent Traps, Trapper Plastic Tunnel, Trapper Cardboard Tunnels, Maxcatch Giant Glue Boards, Rat Glue Books, and Trapper Glue to make your own boards.
Many of us have dogs and cats that roam the yard — a rat trap won’t kill them, but it will hurt them pretty badly. What I do is put down a rat trap – baited with bacon (unlike previous poster, I’m not much for sewing, so I use a twist-tie) – and put it under a plastic milk crate with a couple cinder blocks sitting on top. The pets can’t get to the trap, but the rats can . . . pop goes the rodent! P.S. since I’m lazy, I put the trap set next to the trash can, so I don’t have to walk too far with a dead, stinkin’, flea infested rat.
Saw poo in my attic. Took action: cut the trees away from the eaves, and put this up there with a schmear of store-brand peanut butter. A few days later, went up in my attic and took away the dead rat. Re-populated it and no new poo or rats have appeared. But Victor will be waiting, with delicious peanut butter, if they do.
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.
The JT Eaton 475N Skunk Trap is a The JT Eaton 475N Skunk Trap is a reliable humane trap designed to capture skunks and other pest animals with no harm done to the trapped animal. The trap includes spring loaded trap door with an easy-to-set latch and an easy-to-open release door that allows for quick access to baiting. …  More + Product Details Close
Nooski Revolutionary Ring Rat Trap –  If there was ever a rat trap that created instant disgust, it would be the Nooski Ring Rat Trap.  The Nooski Ring Rat Trap is actually an ingenious product developed in New Zealand that is very effective.  All that has to happen is for the rat (out of curiosity) to stick its head inside the Nooski trap, and it is almost instantly killed.  I said “almost instantly.”
You will need a 2-liter soda bottle, barbwire, glue, toothpick and bait (peanut butter, bacon, sunflower seeds). Before making the rat trap diy, put on latex or vynil gloves to avoid leaving human scent. Take a 2-liter soda bottle and cut 2 inches off the top. The opening will be the entrance.
When you are dealing with a lot of rats like you will get with a typical attic infestation then it is better to set out about a dozen traps at once.  If you only set out one or two traps then the remaining rats will figure out that something is going on and become very cautious.
Works great, follow the label!! Must be heated for spreading. I finally cut chunks with scissors and laid them on cheap serving trays from the thrift store (metal to take the heat) and baked them at 250 degrees till they flowed out. I caught 17 rats in 1 week with 6 tray traps 🙂
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Many customers noted that there are some extra useful devices for of Raticator Max Zapper in hard-to-reach places such as attic, area under the house, in the RV, pool house, shed, etc. One is  “Rat Tale monitor”. It is available in a plastic mouse form with two blinking red lights instead of eyes that notify you when to empty your Raticator trap. It’s easy-to-use for customers who don’t want to check the trap every few hours.
According to customers’ reviews, Raticator know how to kill gophers too. But what about rats’ capture? Some customers are happy:  “GOT THIS IN TONIGHT and 2 hours later… BAM! Dumped him out, refilled with dry dog food, and 30 minutes later… BAM! Repeated the process and in less than an hour… BAM! A huge rat. Repeated the process. It’s now 12:30 AM and I’m waiting for another kill!”. Make your conclusions about its efficiency yourself.
In our opinion, we rank the Good Nature New Zealand as the best trap for them all. Firstly, its innovative-design allures the rats and kills them faster than the others. Secondly, it’s very simple and easy to use even without following the included instructions. Thirdly, the five-star rating and positive reviews are quite high. Finally, it has a high success rate compared to the rest. With the Good Nature rat trap, the rat menace will be over sooner-rather-than-later.
A live trap catches the animal without actually killing it. Live traps usually take the form of metal cages that are also designed to leverage bait attractants. When the animal takes the bait, the bait mechanism triggers the cage’s entry point to close, trapping the rat for safe transport away from the property. Glue traps are a bit safer to use than snap traps and they make use of non-poisonous, sticky glue spread over panels of cardboard to keep the animal from escaping. It is important to check glue traps often when humane disposal is a priority. This prevents the rat from starving to death on the trap and the animal can be taken to another location for safe release without having to kill it.
After inspecting the rat infested areas, place the rat glue boards in those areas. Place the glue traps directly in their runways. Rats usually travel along baseboards and walls, since they use the walls for guidance. Place glue traps where there has been rodent activity.
The problem I’m having is that in my garden where there is lots of good food, why would the rats want to go inside the Rat Zapper? That’s why I’m here. Everywhere outside the garden area I catch rats and mice every night. It looks like tonight I’ll put some peanut butter in the traps and see if I can start getting them in the garden. (BTW – I have 8 of the Rat Zappers.)
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