Thought about using a garbage can instead of a bucket. Can catch many at once! Also love the idea of putting sunflower seeds over the water. Also, can possibly lower the wire and roller so the rat has to bend down more and may fall in?
Rats have been the bane of human civilization for as long as there have been humans. These enterprising rodents were originally forest dwellers that took their rightful place in the animal kingdom. However, as the human population grew and developed civilizations, rats adapted to a life of living off human food waste. The rats targeted by rat traps have become pests and are known specifically as black rats, taxonomically named rattus rattus.
Be patient because rats are neophobic. They steer clear of new items in their environments. If you are going to use a snap type trap or a rat zapper, put out the bait without the trap for a day or two. Let the rats get used to the presence of the bait. Then use the same reward to bait the trap.
Mice are crafty little creatures. They may try to sneak away with the bait before getting caught. They will communicate with each other, share tips, tricks, and tactics for stealing bait from the mouth of the trap without ever getting caught.
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!!! 😀
A: The Victor® Easy Set® Mouse Trap is pre-baited with a strawberry scent. Additional baiting is not required, but to increase your chances of catching a rodent, feel free to bait the trap. For mice, anything high in protein like peanut butter, chocolate or hazelnut spread is a great option. Also, nesting materials like dental floss, cotton or string are also great options. Try to use whatever bait or nesting material the rodents are currently feeding on or using to build nests.
Plants — People often ask, “Do mice eat plants?” The answer is yes. Rodents feed on the flora of their surroundings. While some of the bigger plants are more likely to be tackled by their larger rodent brethren, rats and mice will consume just about anything they can get their teeth on. In terms of the natural growth that surrounds most houses, rats and mice are known to nibble on everything from grass and weeds to small twigs and bits of bark. Plant seeds are another favorite food among these animals.
Cut the plastic bottle, or similar container, so that the hole is large enough for a rat to get inside. You want to use a tall plastic bottle so that the rat is unable to climb out. Make sure not to make it too big. Try to keep the slopped part at the top to prevent the rat from getting out. If you are still wary about the possibility of the rat getting out, then you can grease the top of the bottle to make it too slippery for the rat to escape.
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Thank you for this – after reading comments on how people have had mice accidentally die some pretty nasty deaths on no kill traps I couldn;t bring myself to buy one so opted for researching making one myself. This is fab thank you. 🙂 x
On the old wooden snap traps I find when cooking meat with fat on it (eg bacon, chops, etc), add some cheese to the fry pan after meat removed. Allow cheese to melt. Then mold it to the metal tag on trap and let cool (ie harden). Impossible for a sneaky critter to remove bait without getting trapped. They love the smell of animal fat.
Thanks everyone, I hate rats. Last year they attacked my giant tomatoes and giant pumpkins. They seem to thrive in my compost heaps and under weed matting. I found plastic owls deter rodents but they don’t stop the birds. A year or so ago my dog ate bait so I’m a bit phobic of it.
We have a mouse running around our house and my husband is having a fit. I have been in medicine for over 25 years and have never seen the black plague or any other mouse, rat disease so I am going for the no kill solution. After all we are the ones that encroached on their space. Thanks for the ideas!!
On the end of the planks that hang over the buckets, smear a bit of peanut butter to attract rats. Attach longer boards on the other end of the boxes for the rats to crawl up. Rodents are nice climbers and can get to a food source in any place.
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.
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.
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Though it is designed without any killing action, the Trapro Humane is quite functional as a pest catcher. Available in two sizes, its door features a clever locking system that’s easy to set and is highly resistant to tampering from within.
Victor® Electronic Rat Trap The Victor® Electronic Rat Trap is the ultimate in rodent control. It works by delivering a humane, high-voltage shock to kill rats that enter the chamber. This powerful device is capable of killing up to 50 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 “C” included for each trap), making it a great value when you’re dealing with a sizable infestation. It’s also easy to use! To get started, simply apply a high protein bait in the provided bait cup, place the trap in a location with high rodent activity and turn it on.
Anytime you have a rat on your property, you will want to get it off as soon as possible. Rats can cause all sorts of damage, such as chewing on wires and furniture or even spread disease. Because of this, the sooner you catch and remove the rats, the better. When it comes time to trap the rats, it is common to wonder which bait is the best option since every animal is interested in different foods. While bait may make a difference, you will find out that other factors are actually even more important.
The chipmunk trap is just like yours, in that you have an access (board or thick stick) and a bucket. In this case it should be half full of water, and you use birdseed-grade sunflower seeds. I would take about a half cup, sprinkle it on top of the water, bait a few on the stick, and go to work. In the evening, check the bucket and usually there was a drowned (or drowning – not for the squeamish spouses) chipmunk in the bucket. My record was 6 in one day. Whether they were jumping in to eat the seeds, or thirsty and going after the water, I don’t care as long as it worked.
The Better Rodent trap uses the same effective The Better Rodent trap uses the same effective technology as the Better Mousetrap only bigger. The largest rat-style trap available the Better Rodent trap is sure to succeed against unwanted intruders in the garden shed or yard. It features a built-in hook to tie or nail the trap down for …  More + Product Details Close
Unlike a mouse problem, rats can chew through concrete to get into your home. These traps and systems can capture even the largest rat with ease. Sewer rats can become quite large, up to 10 inches in length and 2 pounds. Not just any trap or system will catch these large vermin; you need something grand.
Rats tend to be cautious of new objects in their territory. Pre-bait your trap to get your rat used to it before you set it up for a catch. To pre-bait your trap, tie the trap doors open and place bait inside. Position your trap and wait about a week before setting it up for a catch.
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For the best results, we recommend placing the trap along the wall where rodents primarily travel. The bait and trigger end of the mouse trap should be flush against the wall so that mice will be tempted to explore them. We recommend baiting the trap with a toothpick amount of peanut butter. Anything more than that, and the mice may be able to access the bait without setting off the trap.
We were plagued with rats, the cats were afraid of them. I went to the feed and seed to find something to use and talked to an old farmer about it. What he told me was brilliant. Get a five gallon bucket fill it about half way with water, then dump a small bag of cheap dog food in it. The dog food floats. Put it where the rats have access to it. The little suckers will drown thinking its a free meal. I tried it and it worked! Must have trashed 2 dozen rats over the course of a week.
The best rat trap to catch rats depends entirely on where the trap is to be placed.  Indoor rat trapping is much different than outdoor trapping.  In order to determine which rat trap is best, knowing all of the different styles and methods helps.  Never place an old wooden snap style rat trap where children or pets can get to it.  By comparison, glue board style rat traps can’t be used outdoors.  Outdoor trapping can be difficult, indoor trapping dangerous for children and pets.  What do the pros do?  Which rat trap is best?
A: Rodents will travel the same pathways over and over. Those pathways are always along the base of a wall or similar vertical structure. Traps should always be placed in the pathways. Pairs of traps can be employed since mice will often jump over obstructions in their normal path.
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.
TIP: How many traps should you use? That depends on the number of rats. If you suspect you have more than one or two, place several traps where you’ve seen signs of them. You can set as many as a dozen if you suspect you have a significant problem. Traps should be set 5 to 10 feet away from each other.
Multiple Catch Rat Trap Tips:  Use a lure inside the holding chamber such  JF Oakes Professional Rat and Mouse Lure.  Rats and mice will smell the lure and out of curiosity  enter the trap.  Don’t wash out the trap.  A dirty smelly mouse trap always works better.
A live trap catches the animal without actually killing it. Live traps usually take the form of metal cages that are also designed to leverage bait attractants. When the animal takes the bait, the bait mechanism triggers the cage’s entry point to close, trapping the rat for safe transport away from the property. Glue traps are a bit safer to use than snap traps and they make use of non-poisonous, sticky glue spread over panels of cardboard to keep the animal from escaping. It is important to check glue traps often when humane disposal is a priority. This prevents the rat from starving to death on the trap and the animal can be taken to another location for safe release without having to kill it.
According to customers’ reviews, Raticator know how to kill gophers too. But what about rats’ capture? Some customers are happy:  “GOT THIS IN TONIGHT and 2 hours later… BAM! Dumped him out, refilled with dry dog food, and 30 minutes later… BAM! Repeated the process and in less than an hour… BAM! A huge rat. Repeated the process. It’s now 12:30 AM and I’m waiting for another kill!”. Make your conclusions about its efficiency yourself.
At the same time, if mice have invaded a small flat, buying an expensive electronic trap, which undoubtedly has many advantages (described below), but is aimed at long-term use with multiple recharges, is pointless and is unprofitable if you only need to catch two or three rodents.
The Aspectek Reusable is made from washable materials and includes a built-in bait cup, making it a sanitary option for effective pest elimination time and time again. It opens easily for quick disposal of its victims into the trash.
If you encounter an animal who is stuck to a glue trap, place a few drops of cooking oil or baby oil in between the glue and the animal, and gently work the animal free. Be sure to keep oil use to a minimum, otherwise oiled animals can perish from exposure later on. While removing the animal from the glue, slide tissue or paper underneath freed body parts to prevent them from getting re-stuck. Once free, active and alert rodents can be released outdoors during good weather within a one-block radius of where they were discovered. Lethargic or imperiled animals, or animals caught during extreme weather, should be rushed to a local veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator or call PETA for guidance.
The Snap E Rat Trap comes in packs of 6 allowing you to distribute the traps around the house to catch the problem rodents quickly. The quick response time that these traps use means there is no escape for the rodent once it’s been caught. There is a vertical bar that like the traditional wooden traps have except these traps have half the distance to travel so the response is quicker therefore leaving the mouse with next to no time to retrieve the bait. There is also an extra-large paddle and strike bar that catches the rodents from the front the sides and the back, leaving the rodent no way to escape. The Big Snap E does not allow any stains or odors like the old fashioned wooden traps; they can be reused for years so you get maximum usage for your money. The simple and sanitary traps are safe for both the user and the animal trapped inside.
When the electronic PestNoMore Zapper makes a kill, both its notification light and alarm will alert you to the catch, making this a decent alternative to more traditional snapping, poison, and glue-based options. However, it’s definitely on the expensive side.
Note: If you encounter an animal who’s stuck to a glue trap, pour a small amount of cooking oil or baby oil onto the stuck areas (avoiding the animal’s nose and mouth) and gently work the animal free. If you can’t free the animal, quickly rush him or her to a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. Sometimes euthanasia performed by a veterinarian is the most humane way to end the trapped animal’s suffering.
Although silent and effective, these traps need to be emptied regularly or other rats will become “trap wary” and either avoid the area completely, urinate on them as a marker, or tip them over to render the trap ineffective.
Convenient Bait Door for Effortless Bait Application With the built-in bait cup, you always know your trap is properly baited. Access the cup by opening the bait door located at the back of the trap. To get started, use a toothpick or cotton swab to apply a high protein bait such as peanut butter or hazelnut spread in the cup. Then place your trap in an area with high rodent activity and turn it on.