My neighbor bought me some cheapo made in China rat traps and they have yet to catch anything. You almost have to step on them to set them off. My grandparents had these traps and they were always the traps that caught rats. The trigger is very sensitive (best design I’ve seen) and the trap is made with quality parts and a solid piece of wood. If you are thinking about buy some traps these are the ones to buy. Even if you’re not looking for a dozen traps, it’s worth the extra money because you’ll get the rat(s) you’re looking for in no time.
I stand there in shock as he hides on top of the shelf mocking me with his shrieks. It’s on! No more cute little YouTube contraptions. You know, there are times when a better mouse trap has already been built. Use it!
When baiting the trap, it is important to use only a small, pea size amount of bait. We have found that peanut butter, or something high in protein (such as a hazelnut spread or chocolate) works well. Placement of the trap is also very important. We recommend placing the trap along the wall where rodents primarily travel. The end of the trap where the metal pedal is baited should be placed flush against the wall.
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.
5. Place the trap wherever you’ve seen signs of rodent activity or along the wall where rodents like to travel. The baited end of the trap should be placed flush against the wall. For best results, place multiple traps at 2 to 3 foot intervals.
Target Unwanted Rodents Victor® Metal Pedal Mouse Traps are a time-tested solution for capturing the mice that have invaded your home or business. Mice are able to sneak inside buildings through the tiniest of spaces where they can spread disease and destroy your property.
Our friend has told us about his trying to catch rats with the help of an ordinary snap trap. Once he saw how two rats were stealing the bait from the trap. One rat raised the trap’s cross-bar with the help of its teeth and returned it back after its rat-friend pulled out the bait. Rats are so cunning and adaptable that it is very hard to get rid of them. By their ability to survive, they can be compared only with cockroaches. That is why electronic traps, which kill rats by electric shock immediately, have become the best solution for many people. 
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Quick and Effective Once a rodent triggers the pedal, the Easy Set® Mouse Trap immediately springs closed to eliminate the pest on contact. After a catch, simply lift the kill bar to dispose of the mouse and reuse the trap or, dispose of the entire trap for quick, clean removal. It’s your decision!
If you have a skittish mouse, you may need to modify the closing mechanism so that rather than pulling the looped string up from the skewer in the bottle’s end by hand, you pull from a distance away with another length of string. Doing so could increase the trap’s effectiveness, but will require more patience on your part.
Remove the ruler or makeshift ramp from the can and take the can to a location about five to ten miles from human habitation.[8] Place the can on the ground and turn it sideways, allowing the mouse to exit.
I haven’t used them yet but I bought 5 of them for 2 dollars n some change each off eBay ….so I spent 11 dollars n change all together for 5 of them…..I got a new apartment. .the neighbor has a infestation of roaches..so there where roaches..and spiders..omg.. I used insect fogger in each room …a boric acid ..and roach gel in the corners and crevasses…I haven’t moved in yet ..even though I’ve only seen 1 roach everytime I visit…so I just hope these ultrasonic things work..and keep everything out ..I have a 1 year old..we can’t live in there until every insect is out
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I am terrified of mice, i bought one for each room and my hallway coming into my apt.,,never had mice,,my upstair neighbor was rampet with mice i told her about the U LTRASONIC PEST REPELLENT ,she got a package and put one in each room and hall way,,, in a few days ,,no more mice,, i have used them for years and yes they do work i change to new ones about every three years…everyone in my building has them in their apartments ,, so we’re all protected…
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!
Last night I used peanut butter . . It woke me up about 1.30 . . this time I had freaked out rat running around with a rat trap on it’s head . . I was left with no choice but to bash it’s brains out with a hammer. . . .really unpleasant.
Bait the trap with a high-protein substance, such as peanut butter, chocolate or hazelnut spread. Place the bait on the metal bait pedal using a Q-Tip, toothpick or another tool to mask your human scent.
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.
These noises are often accompanied by a vibration in the chest cavity, in fact if you rest your fingers lightly on there back you can often feel the vibrations before you can hear the noise.  These are noises associated with damage to the respiratory tract and often the first sign of a respiratory issue.  In some cases a rat can have scarring or a genetic defect causing it to make these noises even when not ill, however its important to rule out respiratory issues with a course of antibiotics before assuming this.
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;
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They never saw it coming… they came wave upon wave into the mouth of the beast. Eager to reach their last meal they crawl inside, but they find only death. The bodies pile higher and higher. The beast shows no mercy and spares no rodent. Its appetite is unending… consuming rodents and batteries without remorse.
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Q.I am having great difficulty setting the “easy set” traps. There is little difference between firm & sensitive settings. Bring back the metal latches, I could set those. These new traps are totally useless to me.
Some rat traps such as the snap traps can injure people, pets, children or wildlife if they accidentally encounter the trap. It is advised to use a Trapper T Rex Snap Trap inside a secured bait station, like Protecta Bait Stations or Ambush Bait Station as an alternate trapping solution.
A rat made a nest inside one of our reader’s cars, which is parked in their driveway. It chewed through a number of wires and caused a lot of damage. We have written about what we would do to get rid of this problem or prevent it from happening again.
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.
Mouse traps can be a little bit expensive, especially if you have a serious mouse problem. Fortunately, it’s easy to make cheap, effective mousetraps with everyday items. The crafty homeowner can turn cardboard rolls, plastic bottles, and coffee cans into homemade mousetraps.
Location, Location, Location Set the baited trap in areas where you have noticed high levels of rodent activity. Rodents tend to travel along walls, so placement in this location often works best. For maximum effectiveness, use multiple traps, placed at 2 to 3 foot intervals to increase results. Place the trap with the baited end flush against the wall.
Swing the arm bar over the kill bar and latch the bent end of the arm bar into the notch on the metal pedal as shown. Slowly release pressure from the kill bar until the arm bar has fully engaged and holds the kill bar securely.
I am glad that I found this product. My siblings and I were terrified of them; therefore, I am so glad we caught four in total. Haven’t heard or seen them since (knock on wood!). But if I do, I will definitely order some more!
A more recent invention is the electronic rat trap. Rats have the unusual ability to restart their hearts after minor electric shocks (natural selection from decades of chewing through household and car wiring!) electronic devices must provide a longer term exposure to voltage to ensure a kill.
Seriously….most insects cannot hear. Not at all….Crickets, katydids, cicadas and mosquitoes can hear sound. A few moths and flying mantids can also hear the high-pitched sounds bats make and avoid the bat, which is pretty cool! Beyond that, however, most insects are deaf, such as roaches, beetles, ants, dragonflies, etc. How does anyone actually believe these claims?
Size the barbwire so that it is exactly the shape and dimensions of the bottle’s opening and cut off the piece. Glue this piece of barbwire over the top opening of the bottle. In practice, the barbwire should replicate a swinging door.
Use lots and lots of traps. This is extremely important. Set more traps than you think you need. The number of rodents is almost certainly higher than you think.[11] This is true for both rats and mice. Rodents breed so quickly that professionals recommend that you set a dozen traps for each rodent you see.[12] Continue to trap as long as you see any evidence of rodent activity.[13]
Use the right amount of bait. Regardless of the type of trap you choose, effective baiting is vital. Depending on the type of trap you’re using and the type of rodent you’re after, different amounts of bait will be ideal.
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!!
Place the arm bar over the kill bar and secure it under the plastic pedal. Take note of the Firm and Sensitive setting. The trap will be easier to set on the firm side, but not trip as easy. The trap will be more difficult to set on the sensitive side, but trip very easily.
A. Use a glue board rather than a glue tray. Or if you use a glue board, place it where it is lower than the rest of the floor. A glue trap has an edge that the rodent will stop to inspect. A glue board does not.