Not do be out done many homeowners have sought to one up Atkinson and start their own 112 year streak of mouse trap dominance. Here are a few of the ideas and you can decide if they’re up to the challenge. Click on the pictures to enlarge and leave a comment as to which one you like or tell us of one of your own.
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This trap is especially dangerous to small children and small animals.  It’s basically a “snare” type snap trap that is totally unforgiving.  Unless you need a lot of rat traps and can place them in areas away from unsuspecting children or pets, they are not recommended.
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.
use about a half gallon of old (smelly) cooking oil in a large open glass container ( a vase or cookie jar ). The oil should be about two – three inches from the top. Secure a timber ramp from the ground to the top of the glass container. The rats will fall in but will not get out due to the slippery oil and glass sides. GUARANTEED to work and to go on working…..
The black rat, also known as, confusingly, a house rat, or as a roof rat or ship rat, originated in tropical Asia. It now ranges along the Gulf Coast of the United States, up to about 300 miles (500 km) inland. It is found all over the North Island of New Zealand, and in coastal Australia. Black rats are also common in India. Black rats are smaller than Norway rats, just up to 12 inches (30 cm) tip of the nose to tip of the tail in length, their tails longer than their bodies. They have black fur. Their ears are large and their noses are pointy. Their droppings are about ½ inch (12 mm) long and have pointed ends. In the wild, black rats live in trees, favoring dead palm fronds and dead vegetation. They get into attics and roofs in houses, or they might come down a chimney or a rooftop sewer vent. They are picky eaters, and don’t handle cold weather very well.
The best bait for your trap may depend on the species of your rats. In North America, two species are most prevalent: the Norway rat and the roof rat. The Norway rat is usually found at or below ground level in burrows, basements, sewers and dumpsters. The roof rat is usually found higher up – in trees, cliffs, attics and higher levels of a home or warehouse.
With this black trap, there will be no escape for any rat or mouse. Once inside the 1.75 x 3.25 x 6.25-inch compartment, the only escape for the creature is dead. The trap uses superior smart circuit technology to sense the intruder and then activates a high-voltage electric shock.
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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;
We apologize for this experience and appreciate the time taken to share this feedback. When baiting the trap, we recommend using a toothpick amount of peanut butter on the back wall of the trap or one or two pieces of dried dog food at the back of the trap. If bait is scattered inside the trap, this may cause a false trigger.
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.
Boosting of Smart circuit technology, this black trap will easily kill rats and mice. It delivers a powerful shock that instantly disables the rat without causing it too much pain. Each setting will kill up to 10 rats, and the included 4C batteries offer up to 150 cycles.
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.
I cut a gob from the original can (using a heated butter knife) and placed it in a metal coffee can, then gently heated it over a low flame.( I did this in my shop, because you certainly don’t want this stuff on your kitchen stove!) Be very careful to not get it too hot, as it will burn. Next time I will use a makeshift double boiler arrangement and heat it with hot water.
1) Are you okay with having to dispose of the bloodied carcasses of dead mice? Snap mouse traps are highly effective, but they often leave a bloody mess. You need to physically unlock the dead mice and dispose of them. Then, you need to wash the equipment before reusing it again. It an effective way to deal with these little pests but it is not something that people with weak stomachs are able to deal with on a regular basis. There is a huge reason why it is a popular mouse trap, it gets the job done, it does it a little brutally but it definitely serves its purpose.
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.
Another injustice solution is alkaseltzer (?sp) with an ultra fine coating of peanut butter on it. If you balance your platform just right, with a little resistance to tipping, the mouse can take a couple of good nibbles. Once they hit the water and take some big gulps, their bellies will expand to the point of fatality. This solution is the cheapest of all.
Update: reduced my rating from ***** (5) to ** (2) as the trap broke after the first use (kill). The plastic latch mechanism cracked, presumably when it caught the first rodent, and will no longer set. It was literally set 1x and used 1x (correctly per instructions) and broke.
Attempt to locate “favorite feeding locations” (indicated by a high concentration of rodent signs-droppings, tracks, odors, shredded paper, etc.) and replace existing food sources with bait stations in these locations.
In addition to being cruel, indiscriminate, and unsanitary, glue traps and other lethal methods never work to keep rodents away in the long run, and their use will actually backfire. This is because when animals are killed or otherwise removed, the resultant spike in the food supply causes accelerated breeding among survivors and newcomers—and this means increased populations!
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.
Wet dog food works well as rat bait because it has many of the same properties as peanut butter. It is highly aromatic, which attracts rats. And it’s sticky, meaning that rats will have to work to get it off the trap, giving the trap ample time to catch the rat. Again, just a small amount of wet dog food, perhaps a teaspoon, should attract your rat.
Most of the scientists believe that, there are only two effective ways to get rid of them from your house; rat traps & poison baits. But, a lot of people say that, mouse repellents really work. You can read this article about ultrasonic rat repellers.
Besides using peanut butter, there are a few other tried and true ways to effectively trap rats and quickly spare your home of any further damage. For example, you can place cardboard tunnels over the rat traps to create an enclosed space that will attract rats to the peanut butter trap even more so than they already are (if that’s even possible). It is also important to note that rats are very shy creatures that take a while to warm up to new surroundings, so don’t be worried if it’s been a week or so and nothing has happened. Rats will have to first grow accustomed to the traps before they will approach them. So wait patiently, because soon the rats will give in to the temptation of the peanut butter.
Within seconds, the rate will lie lifeless inside the trap. It features a tunnel design and a built-in safety switch for added protection to pets and children and runs on 4AA batteries that will eliminate as many as 100 rats or mice before new ones are required.
Glue-trap manufacturers generally direct consumers to throw away animals along with the trap, leaving the animals to suffer for days until they finally die of stress, starvation, or dehydration—all cruel and painful deaths.
Check the trap frequently. When you see the tube sticking upright out of the trash can, it means the trap has been sprung. Look down the tube to ensure the mouse is within. Remove the tube and, keeping it upright with the open end up, take it at least five to ten miles from your house, preferably in an area free of housing.[3] Dump the mouse out of the tube gently in a field or meadow.
As for how many uses you can get, I got over a dozen kills with the first one. I stopped counting after that. But eventually, the mechanism will stop working properly. It seems to set but actually it takes more pressure than a bait thieving rat will apply to trip it. At the price of a replacement, I have no complaints though.
Designed for indoor use or anywhere it’s not exposed to outdoor elements, the reusable Victor Electronic Rat Trap provides years of effective rat control—perfect for attics, garages, basements, and sheds. The trap does not use any poisons or chemicals, but as with any electronic device, it should be used with caution around children and pets.
After freeing the mouse, I checked the other glue traps for any struggling family members and found that a number of other individuals—including a ladybug and a big, beautiful moth—had been trapped. These glue traps often ensnare other small animals, too, including birds, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, gerbils, and kittens.
Place the tube on the edge of a countertop or second story landing. Place the tube in such a way so that about 40% of it, including the baited end, hangs over the edge of the landing.[2] If necessary, affix the tube with a small piece of tape, but take care not to tape it so firmly that it would not give way and tip over the edge of the landing or countertop when the baited end was subjected to slight force.
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.
Even after setting out the unset rat traps and following the procedure in step #9, you may still have rats that will not go into the snap traps. There are alpha and beta rats in a rat population. The first rats to be caught in snap traps are the beta rats (inferior rats). The superior alpha rats are much more cautious around the snap traps. At this point, use a live trap. Rodenticides may be another choice for you at this point. Rodent baits (the strong single feed baits) are more costly, but will cause much more pressure on the rodent population as they readily take the bait and die.
If your property manager or condominium association has contracted for rodent control, ask what methods the contractor will use. Raise the debate within your community to replace inhumane methods with more humane ones.
If you see one, there is usually more. And they don’t leave on their own accord. I reset the trap after 11 o’clock that night – way past my bed time. Checked the next morning and one of his girlfriends couldn’t resist the cheese. Disposed of her and reset. You guessed it, caught another one! Three dead rats.
Rats infest homes and cause destruction to the areas of the house they live in. Ridding your home of rats requires patience and a plan. The plan usually involves an expensive mousetrap that you may not be able to afford, or involves a messy mousetrap that causes a horrifying scene at cleanup. Homemade mousetraps can cut down on costs, while leaving the gory scenes to a minimum.
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Rats are often a problem not only in rural communities where people store or grow their food but also in urban areas. While rat poison is dangerous to use, using rat traps is an effective way to exterminate a rat problem. Even if you are not a professional in trapping destructive rats, there are many easy-to-operate rat traps that will help you to resolve your rat problem.
Cut around the bottle’s circumference one inch from the place where it starts to taper toward the cap. If the bottle were standing up, you’d be cutting in a long horizontal line around its circumference. Do not cut the top completely off; rather, cut approximately 90% of the way around the bottle with a scalpel or extendable blade.
Live traps, on the other hand, always mean you’ll have to deal with a living rat. Many locales have passed laws that ban releasing a living rat, and if that’sthe case, you’ll have to kill it first before disposal. If that’s an uncomfortable proposition, skip this option
If you ever see that glue traps are being used to capture and kill animals, contact those responsible, ask them to stop using the traps, and then contact PETA. Also, wherever you see glue traps sold, be sure to send a polite letter to the store manager asking that the store stop selling them, and have your friends do the same.