Easy to set up. Caught small rat first night. Unfortunately we also had two larger rats that fell in, ate the dog food on the bottom of the bucket, and then jumped back out. We are now cutting the bottom of the bucket off and stacking and taping it to another bucket so they are stacked and now are hopefully too deep for the rats to climb back out. For mice and small rats just the one bucket, some peanut butter, spray oil and a little ramp did the trick quickly. In fact, after purchasing this, my mother in law told us a story of how they used to catch mice on the farm….rolling pin on bucket. Guess this is an old trick!
I got what I think was just one mouse in the house. And I actually was greatly relieved when I caught it. I bought the Tomcat attractant gel, and plopped a few of these little suckers around. Within an hour of bedtime, I heard a bunch of ruckus in my bathroom. My two cats (those lazy jerks), were fighting over the mouse that was stuck in the trap! ONE HOUR. I felt slightly squeamish, but I felt it was my duty to see what the damage was. I’m a compassionate individual, and I didn’t want to continue using a device that was inhumane.
Once a rodent triggers the pedal, the rat trap immediately springs closed to eliminate the pest on contact. The rat trap can then be easily disposed of for quick and clean removal. These traps require no chemicals or poisons, so they are safe to use around food, water, children and pets when used as directed. Victor® Easy Set® Rat Traps are perfect for use anywhere in the home. These rat traps should be placed where rodents travel, such as along walls at 2 to 3 foot intervals.
Top Tip : I bought this trap after I’d dealt with quite a bad rat infestation problem in my chicken run. It takes out one rat at a time, so if you have evidence of a large number of rats you need to get them under control first. See here for options and further advice.
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).
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You will physically need to pull back the spring to “load” it, once you have placed the bait on the bait holder, and then carefully set it on rat-runs, or occupied areas where rats are known to travel. They must be checked several times per day, because if one rat sees another rat that has been caught, you’ll never catch another.
Even simpler, Instructables user Tim Anderson just puts some peanut butter on the inside of a glass and props it up on a nickel. When the mouse tries to get the peanut butter, the glass should fall and trap it inside.
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.
What makes the Metal Rat Trap so much better than other versions on the market? It starts with the galvanized metal that won’t rust. That means that once you purchase, these they are an investment. They also have something that traditional snap traps don’t; they have a multitude of teeth along the edge around the pressure plate. These little teeth are sharp and once the rat wonders onto the plate; there’s no way he’s getting off alive. Some of the problems with other style traps are that they allow the rodent to wonder away after receiving just a jolt. However, this one ensures that once they bite the bait, their life is over.
I have a garden and a bunch of fruit trees, plus thick hedges covering the privacy fence and wall in my backyard. Recently, it’s been attracting rats. First I noticed my trees and garden were suspiciously sparse on fruit / vegetables, and then I began noticing rat turds on my hammocks, porch chairs / table, etc.
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.
Rodents prefer foods that are high in protein and fat. Try using peanut butter, hazelnut spread, chocolate and meats such as bacon or beef jerky. Be careful not to use too much. Rodents have a very strong sense of smell, so only a small amount of bait is needed to attract them to the trap.
Of course reviews differ because rats infestations differ too, but this unit have been tested by customers for many years and it has the trust of both of them. So, you may make conclusions yourself about is it worth to purchase this trap for ~$30?
This is a domestic rat trap made from a ladle and a spoon. It is known as one of the best homemade traps. For a good result, you only require a huge bucket, a spoon and some bait such as peanut butter. By the way, you can make a peanut butter for rat bait yourself in less than 15 minutes. Just take peeled peanuts, roast them, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and put this mix in a blender – done!
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.
If you want to rid your home of both rats and mice and don’t want any mess, this Rat Zapper can do the job. What is the Rat Zapper? It’s not one of those expensive ultrasonic devices that claims to work but doesn’t do a thing. This device used ordinary bait or pet food to lure in the prey into the inner chamber. Though the power of electricity, you can deal with the mice or rats that plague your space. This machine uses a powerful jolt of over 8,000 volts of electrical energy to safely euthanize pests. There will be no blood or gore, and certainly no mess for you to clean up. It is an earth friendly way to handle an age-long problem. Better still is that fact that it doesn’t use messy traps and other poisons, which are dangerous to pets and children. Who wants toxins in their home anyway? If you are concerned about the environment, this is one zapper to check out.
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.
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.
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.
Just like the name suggests, this trap will eliminate rats as well as mice. Eliminator Robust Electronic Rat measures 11 x 5 x 5 inches and has enough space for most rats to creep in and meet their fate. It is based on a superior technology that upon sensing the intruder delivers a powerful 7000-volt shock that kills the rodent.
Victor is a leader in the rat trap industry. They have sold more than one billion of their metal pedal rat traps since the inception of the company. It’s the one that most homeowner’s prefer for an effective trap that offers a simple and straightforward design. When it comes to rodent control, this product is made in the USA and also FSC certified. It’s one of the most respected companies in the industry.
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Victor “Professional” Rat Trip has adjustable setting for firm or sensitive trigger. If you have it set to the firm or F setting it may not trigger try setting it all the way to the S setting(be careful trap might accidental trigger!).
Live Catch Rat Trap: This is a trap that captures rats and keeps them trapped until you release them. It is a humane way because you don’t kill animals. You can free them into the wild, preferably from 200 to 300 feet from your home. If you really don’t want to kill rats and prefer to keep them away after the capture as soon as possible, the live rat trap is the right choice for you. Also, it’s a good solution if you have little kids in your house – you can teach them to deal carefully with any animals, even such harmful pests such rats and mice. The price is from ~$10. Essential reading: Havahart live catch rat trap
Up until 1996, more than 4,400 trap patents were issued, more than ninety-five percent of these being awarded to amateur inventors, which truly makes the trap a consumer’s invention in most every shape and type possible, electric or not.
Once the baiting program has begun, do not move bait stations to different locations as rats may react unfavorably to the change and begin avoiding the stations. Bait type and formulation used inside the stations should also remain the same.
Be sure to position the snap trap so that the baited end of each trap is placed perpendicular to the wall. Rodents generally travel with their bodies against a wall for protection. It may be necessary to bait a rat trap without setting the trap and allow the bait to be eaten a couple of times. Then set the trap with more bait. Rats tend to shy away from new objects so this method gets them accustomed to the trap. Mice are more inquisitive than rats, so pre-baiting is less likely to be needed.