To keep rodents away from your home, eliminate food sources by keeping counter surfaces, floors, and cabinets clean, and store dry food and “pet” food in chew-proof containers. Seal trash cans (use bungee cords on lids) and never feed companion animals outside.
These little rodents need nothing more than a quarter inch opening (absolutely anywhere) to gain access to a building or home. On top of that, these little creatures can live inside walls. They may use the interior of your home as a base of operations for midnight raids into your kitchen, bedroom, or pantry.
I came out, walked around the house and nearly stained my drawers. Near my feet I found a younger possum (Not full grown adult) with one of the traps stuck on its snout. This catch caused me some very deep emotional thought. Should I end the life of the disease bag that got stuck in trap, or do I give the little bugger a chance and somehow try to remove the trap? I figured since Ralph (that’s what I’m naming him) wasn’t my intended target, I’d pardon him this one time. With gloves, a big garbage can lid, a long shovel, and all the manliness I could muster, I was able to cover him with the lid and release the trap from his snout using the shovel. I then took a rake and lifted the lid and ran like a child as my new friend meandered under my bushes/deck area. I made an agreement that if he leaves by the next day, he won’t be physically evicted. Thankfully, Ralph left and hopefully he told his friends that my deck area isn’t a good place to hang around.
There are many rat traps that are available on the market today: From the old-school snap to contemporary electronic rat traps. Let’s start from primitive and the cheapest – snap trap, and finish with the most effective ones – electronic traps. TOP-6 The Best Electronic Rat Traps you’ll find below.
These traps came recommended for me by a buddy to handle a chipmunk problem I have. Granted the box says they are for rats, he had success with them for his chipmunk issues, so I figured I’d give it a go. I bought two, we put them out by the side of my deck where they run by, and baited them with peanut butter and waited. The next morning I went out to see if I caught any of the little buggers, and to my surprise both traps were missing! My instant reaction was to blame my nosy neighbors, as they are always a bother. I went inside and put my shoes on to further investigate/search for the missing traps.
Baiting rat traps with peanut butter is a good way to catch a rat. One just positions a pea-size glob of peanut butter on the rat trap and waits for the rat to bite. Positioning several rat traps in areas where rats have been spotted or rat droppings have been noticed is a good strategy. It can take several days of baiting and re-baiting traps to catch a rat.
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.)
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, (Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back).
Live traps are generally larger than standard snap traps.  The larger trap size can be more of an issue to the rat and can create “trap shyness”.  Live rat traps also create another problem – the rat is alive when captured.   The rat has to then be relocated far enough away that it can’t find it’s way back.  That usually means a trip in the car or truck to let it go somewhere.
With each kill, the indicator light on top of the trap blinks green for up to 24 hours, and when the batteries run low or need replacing, the light will blink red. In addition to at-a-glance monitoring, the Victor Electronic Rat Trap offers a hygienic, no-touch, no-see disposal—simply tip to safely dump the dead rodent directly into the trash.
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A similar trap I have seen and read about, that said that it was for the big ones was a barrel trap. It was basically the same thing, except a barrel (like a 55 gallon drum) with a tarp or plastic tied tightly over it, with an x cut in the middle. The bait was then put in the middle (they used corn I believe). When the rat walked out over it, it would collapse. The guy I learned this from used it to catch big field rats for bait for his trapline. Don’t know if it would work, but it sounds like it would catch big ones better than that one. I guess it would be akin to trying to trap a coyote in a rabbit trap. Even if the trap works, if the animal is too big, it won’t work.
How it Works – Mice and small rats enter the trap through a side hole.  After entering the trap, they step on a small “trip” plate that releases the entire floor and sweeps them into a holding chamber.  This revolving floor is very gentle to mice and can capture several mice at the same time.  The floor is similar to a “paddle wheel”.  This wheel is spring loaded and will reset itself.  Up to 15 mice can be captured with 1 winding of the spring.  A black spring knob is located on the outside of the trap. This knob is wound by hand several times to engage the spring.
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Live rat trapping is difficult but can be accomplished.  The problem with live trapping is that unlike snap traps, the rat has to enter the trap and walk across the “trip” plate to get to the lure.  Some rats will wander into the trap without any thought and get trapped.  Other rats are smart and will not enter the trap at all. These rats are said to be “trap shy”.
4. The mouse dies trying to break free – Mice have been known to break their necks, tear off their skin or even chew their own legs off trying to make their escape, resulting in a painful death. In the meantime, the trauma that this could cause to the mouse will cause it to urinate and deficate on themselves and the trap. Not only is this cruel in and of itself, but it is extremely unsanitary as it could lead to the spread of the hantavirus.
Load a tube of adhesive in to the caulking gun and squirt a bead along the entire length of the 2-inch by 4-inch board that is 24-inches long. Adhere the carpet to this board with the shag side of the carpet facing up. Lean this board so that one end is on the rim of the bucket and the other is on the ground with the carpet side facing up. This will act as the bridge for the rat to climb up to the edge of the bucket rim.
__The ‘Professional’ style trap rarely works. I have watched rodents OH-SO cautiously not touch the yellow pad and ever so lightly nibble on the bait. Only once did it work. Two mouses/meeses were at the trap and were wrestling for the food where the trigger was accidentally sprung. But, it caught 2 mouse’s in my house’s.
A: If an emergency situation occurs, immediately call the poison control number located on the package (1-877-854-2494) and a specially trained individual will assist in your next steps. This telephone number is also listed on the packaging of TOMCAT baits.
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!
All it takes to eliminate rats, mice and other rodents are plugging in this black trap and waiting for it to do the dirty work. Made from strong plastic and measuring 4.21 x 5.31 x 11.1 inches, this item will allure the rats and then kill them instantly.
Move the arm bar over the kill bar and latch the end under the yellow pedal. Please take note to the Firm and Sensitive setting. The trap will be easier to set on the firm side, but not trip as easily. The trap will be more difficult to set on the sensitive side but will trip very easily.
Place a treat inside the can to lure the rat to go inside the can. The idea behind this trap is that the rat will be lured into the can by the treat and once the door shuts behind him, he cannot get back out.
Q.I have had no luck so far with this trap and peanut butter. I’m thinking that the problem may be that the first time I handled the traps I wasn’t wearing gloves, so I left my scent on the traps and that’s scaring off the rats. How do I clean the traps to remove my scent? I read somewhere that I just need hot water, but is dish soap needed too?
POWERFUL RODENT KILLERS ⚡ With over 30% more force than traditional traps, a hair trigger sensor, and jaws designed to kill without breaking the skin, these rodent killers are the ultimate protection against rats, gophers and other pests.
To increase your odds of catching the critters, place traps inside closets, as well as under any furniture — like sofas, chairs or even cabinets — sitting along the walls. A clever way to lure rats into traps is to cut a hole on each side of a shoebox and place it along a suspected rat path with a baited trap inside. The box piques the rats curiosity on what’s inside — and once they go in, they won’t be coming back out.
Can anything speak louder than a photo of a giant dead rat in this device? I don’t think so. I can’t believe it. I set it up Saturday afternoon… no luck that first night (might has been my bait choice and/or location), then moving to the edge of a wall facing the bush my cat caught one in and putting the bit of peanut butter on the wall of the back, and bam, this morning I look out and see the little feet hanging out the front entrance. Im an animal lover but after what I have been through..seeing that felt like christmas to me.
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! (Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back)