We had a bad rat problem that sounded like they were doing olympics in the attic every night! My wife bought the Pestacator 2000 from Home Depot. She plugged it in and that night not a sound. We have been rat free for 5 plus years.
Place the trap in an enticing position. Place it in areas like along a wall or a high-traffic area near a mouse hole. When the mouse enters the bottle to eat the cheese, pull back on the string looped around the skewer sticking out of the bottle’s bottom. The bottle will snap closed on the mouse, trapping it within.
If you don’t have a bucket at your convenience, fear not! There are plenty of clever ways to catch rats with everyday items, as you’ll see with this water bottle trap. The rat’s curiosity will eventually get the better of it, and when that happens, it’s as good as caught!
Decide whether glue traps are worth it. Many people consider glue traps inhumane because they cause rodents to die slowly or chew off their own limbs. However, some pest management professionals do use glue traps depending on the situation. You’ll need to decide whether the effectiveness of glue traps is worth using them.[27]
after quite the outdoor rat infestation, we are now living rat-free 🙂 … thanks to these very effective Victor traps! (and, other items & measures taken below) … the following is what we learned, during our lil’ rat war this past 2017 summer;
Apply a small amount of high-protein bait, such as peanut butter, chocolate or hazelnut spread to the metal pedal on the trap as shown. Be sure to use a Q-tip, toothpick or another tool to bait so your scent is not transferred onto the trap.
Position rat traps to maximize the chances of rats to cross over the traps during their natural travels along their runways. Set snap traps extended at a right angle from a wall with the trigger end almost touching the wall. If rat traps are set parallel to the wall, set them in pairs with triggers situated to intercept the rats from either direction.
The Victor Electronic Rat Trap is an innovative solution in rodent control. It works by delivering a humane, high-voltage shock to effectively kill the invading rat, while the 3-plate design prevents escapes. This powerful device is capable of killing up to 50 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 “C”), making it a great value when you’re dealing with a sizable infestation. It’s also easy to use! Get started by simply applying a small amount of high-protein bait, such as peanut butter or hazelnut spread, on the back wall of the trap, place the trap in a location with rodent activity and turn it on.
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We have a couple of cats, only problem is wife feeds them all day long so they will not catch mice/rats. If she isn’t at home for a few days/weeks, I tend to give the cats only a single small meal per day and keep a few outside. Then rats/mice are reduced drastically.
We apologize for this experience. How much bait was used? When baiting the trap it is important to remember a little goes a long way. We recommend baiting with a toothpick amount of peanut butter. Anything more than that, and the mouse may be able to eat the bait without getting caught in the trap.
Like Mark says above, when it was plugged in, my dog reacted to it immediately. I tested this by plugging and unplugging it, and it was obvious that the sound of the repellent (not audible to us) was bothering him.
If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods. The world will make a beaten path to his door.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Overall this seems like a good product and I like its non-toxic properties, but, it was not effective for me at catching rodents. Instead, I have ordered the $60 Raticator with 7000-volts of “old sparky” level rat shocking ability and expect delivery today. I can’t wait to put the “D” cell batteries in that baby and start zapping some rats into oblivion as it has very high reviews.
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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Cage traps are metal or wire boxes containing bait (non-poisonous) to entice the normally cautious rodent. A food ball is placed inside the trap; removing or eating the food triggers a mechanism that snaps the entry gate closed, confining the rodent without injury. Cage traps must be monitored closely—a trapped rat will die of stress and dehydration if not taken outside and released promptly.
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.
Thanks Stephanie. I was thinking of buying one of these sonic devices to keep snakes away (I have a small cat and live with very large pythons outside) If it’s going to disturb the cat and the dog, then I can’t
Most of the sounds a rat makes are inaudible to human ears and without a specially modified bat detector we would be completely unaware of them.  Most of a rats inaudible chatter seems to signify happiness and excitement.  The more vocal sounds are generally aimed at reinforcing something they are communicating with their body.  Rats only rely on audible communication for a very small part of their overall communication.  It can still be useful to understand some of the more common noises.
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The base of this snap trap is made from Forest Stewardship Council-sourced wood harvested from environmentally-monitored forests. The wood has been kiln dried and will not warp. The trap’s metal pedal has four releases for greater success in catching rats. The trap has a copper-steel wire bow. Two springs are oil-tempered for efficiency.
WE BOUGHT FOUR OF THESE UNITS AND AFTER 30 DAYS THERE WAS AN INCREASE NOT REDUCTION IN THE RATS, MY UNCLE HAS OVER 30 BITE MARKS FROM RATS IN HIS LOW-INCOME APART AND APART MANGER REFUSES TO HELP AND HEALTH DEPT CANT DO ANYTHING, WAITING ON PERMISSION FROM POLICE TO ASK SOMEBODY IN NASHVILLE FOR HELP BUT THAT COULD TAKE MONTHS,MY UNCLE IS 68 AND SICK NEED TO GET THIS RAT PROBLEM SOLVED, THANK YOU
Then, position boxes of equal height next to the buckets. Place thin wood planks on the boxes and have them overhang into the middle of the buckets. The planks should fall into the buckets easily when a little bit of pressure is applied to the end of it.
A. The glue most commonly used in traps has a freezing point of -7.5°C (18.5°F). If you live in a cold-winter climate, and you are putting out traps in an unheated room, the glue becomes completely non-sticky at this temperature. However, it’s “stickiest” at 10°C about 50°F) to 30°C (86°F).
Once the wire is through both ends, make sure the wire extends a few inches past the bucket on both edges. With the threaded can centered over the bucket, crimp the wire at both ends of the can. This will keep the can sliding to the edge of the bucket which would defeat the trap.
Thank you for posting this information. I wish people would see rats and all animals, as living beings and place themselves in the place of the animal, before they consider harming it. I may be biased about rats and there is a “Big” difference between a domesticated rat and a wild one. I have or “had” 3 rats. I have 2 males that live inside, in a 6′ tall cage that I built for them. My two boys have wanted every kind of pet one can think of and as wth most kids, they soon lose their attraction and stop caring for them as they once did. Of course, I make my boys spend time with and care for their pets; however, I am the one who ends up really attatched to them and spending most of the time interacting with them. My rats, actually, have a following on Facebook and Youtube. They are two of the cleanest, loving, funny, intelligent critters I have ever owned. I, also, have 4 dogs: 3 of which I adopted thru my work with rescue organizations. I intened to foster them, until they were adopted, but, they were such cute puppies, my family fell in love and we kept them. My oldest dog is 15 and is blind. The other three, all grown now, watch over him and lead him around, when we go out to the ranch, where they can run free, with no harness or leash attached. The three of them are females and they treat the rats as if they were they offspring. I have to get the rats out, every evening, so the dogs can groom them and make sure they are okay. One of the dogs takes food and leaves it at the door of their cage. It’s a daily ritual that she goes thru. You can count on their being food at the door, each time you check the rats. We feed the rats left-over food and I buy them corn-on-the-cobb, which they love. The funny thing is, they are cleaner than my kids. After they eat their corn, they place the cobb in their litter box, as they do all their trash. People don’t realize that rats figured the sanitation thing out long before humans. I guess that’s why they have been so successful, as a species.
Rats are horrible, dirty rodents that can be found in and outside the house. For survival, rats require shelter, water, and enough food. And if your home provides these three things, it is a tough task to get rid of them. Rats as well as their smaller relatives, mice, are attracted to garbage, pet food, compost bins or food droppings. In addition, they carry more than 20 diseases, and can be really dangerous. Though you keep your home clean, these furry interlopers always find a way to enter. Everyone worries about how to get rid of rats when they find them in their kitchen, yard, shed or house. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our home remedies for rats will keep them away from the house and out of sight.
DRG suggested using a different bait, one he wouldn’t easily remove. I modified the trigger to make the V-shaped metal tab stick up at a 45º angle. I then formed a ball of cheese around the trigger and reset the trap.
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Rats are often shy of new objects and placing unset traps in a new location for a week or two will increase the opportunities of catching. This will acclimate the rats to the traps, once acclimated, set enough traps to kill the a large percentage of the population before the rodents become “trap shy.” This is called mass trapping, trapping them at a higher rate than they can repopulate and become shy of the trap.
The ability to remove the battery/electronics off of this unit to clean has made maintaining these traps SO much easier. That was the only drawback of this units predecessor. Both units give reliable results, but the ability to clean easier is a definite plus. The square shape is also nice for stacking the traps when not in use or when carrying multiple units. This is not just a rat trap. It works GREAT with mice as well.
We’ve had a mice problem for years, tried traps which work but I hate emptying them. Also had a problem in the garage, mice put grass seed in the car’s air filter. I bought two of the small plug in ultasonic and put them in the garage, no clue if they work yet. Then one in the bedroom where I could hear them scratching about at night and early morning up in the attic (where I cannot get to). The first night heard the mice for a few minutes, then nothing. The second night heard them for a few seconds then nothing since and it’s been 3 weeks. I’ve since plugged 4 into the basement to cover all walls and no mice have been caught in the traps and can’t see any evidence they’ve been there. As far as I’m concerned they work, tho for how long, don’t know.
I have lot of cockroaches in my home. I have tried all the ways but they come back after some days. I havent used electronic repellents. Tell me how much effective r they and is their any other way to get rid of them.
If you reach a level of desperation like I did, I can tell you that this is worth the money and having faith. I thought it was buggy and was planning to return, esp. with mixed reviews and no luck the first night… then, well, look at the photo!!! 😀
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!