Big sheets work best for big rats. When it traps one, you will hear it squeeking. Kill it… place whole tray in a tub of water, or whack it in the head. Use a disposible glove, slowly peel the rodent off the glue (usually by holding the tail) and dispose of the carcass. This way you can reuse the trap many times, until so much glue has been removed that you need to add more. Just try to place your glue traps in locations with a minimum of loose material around them… straw, leaves, trash, etc…. so stuff doesn’t blow or get kicked onto the glue. Works great in barns, sheds, etc. I’ve caught about thirty rats and some mice already this way.
I bought 9 of these rat traps and only caught 1 rat. the traps are always blinking and guess what NO MOUSE!! food is gone lights blinking like something is in there…fresh batteries every time. waste of money
Quickly and effectively kills brown and black rats Powerful snap design thats easy to use Conveniently set traps with hand or foot Patented trap uses interlocking jaws to make escape virtually impossible Removable bait cup enhances trap servicing even when unset
So if you’re looking for a quick and safe way of killing them, you need a trap which will stop their heart – permanently.   It may sound “heartless” – but isn’t it better than your chickens getting ill?
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.
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Similar to other top products, it relies on advanced sensor technology and high voltage to electrocute the rat and leaves no mess. The unit is powered by 4 D batteries that can eliminate as many as 30 rats. For easy placing and checking, the trap comes with a plugin indicator light.
Out of all the members of the rodent kingdom, rats and mice are among the most adaptable regarding habitat and diet. That, in large part, is why they have managed to be a persistent nuisance from the dawn of humanity. The problem lies in the fact that mice and rats will eat just about anything humans eat and are happy to coexist with us in just about every environment.
I don’t know about them being mean, but the real problem is that they are very smart, which is a problem when trying to get rid of them. Like you, I would be happy if I never saw another one, but I prefer humane means to kill them if possible. Years ago I was out in the barn and heard a tiny, high pitched scream. I went to where I had snap traps set and there was a baby rat that had its back broken by the trap; it was screaming in agony. I had to kill it with a hammer. I never want to repeat that!
Beware of quality issues.  Some plastic rat traps are made from cheap brittle plastic and break easily.  The Trapper T-Rex Rat Snap Trap is made in the USA and is of the highest quality. It’s the plastic snap trap most commonly used by Professional Pest Control companies. It’s my number #2 pick for trapping rats.
How about a LARGE detailed drawing on your website of how the trap should be set. “Engage locking bar on curved portion of bait pedal” doesn’t clarify anything, nor does the 45 degree instructions. A picture or drawing would be so helpful.
We recommend you to use some different bait combos if it seems doesn’t work. For example, cracker with peanut butter, cat treats, peanuts, sunflower seeds or dog biscuits — choose the right one for your rats’ tastes. But don’t use salted product (nuts & seeds), which makes total sense as it has to detect the presence of the rodent and a wet salted path can fool it. The salt also corrodes the metal plates.
Let’s start with the principle of operation. Raticator Max e-trap uses infrared detection so it will activate only when a rodent is inside the trap. No peanut or other bait blocking again! Also, Raticator Max Trap is heavy enough with the batteries installed so the trap will not be moved by rats.
I have used this trap for a couple of years now and it works great. I have caught 6 mice in the last 4 months. The light on the outside blinks when one has been caught so you don’t always have to wonder. It does not make for a messy cleanup. May be a little more expensive than most traps but is well worth it.
Victor Rat Glue Board (24 traps) – provide effective pest control with no baiting or setting. The product is a great low-cost alternative to rat control products. The trap requires no setting – just position and catch.
Because these traps are so economically priced, the trap and the rat can be disposed of. If someone is budget minded, the trap can also be reused. They are meant for a quick and easy disposal and cleanup. Victor makes these units with superior quality and they are safe enough to be placed anywhere in the home. For the most effective setup, place them at 2-3 foot intervals in the most commonly traveled paths. These units are environmentally responsible and budget friendly.
The Rat Zapper Classic RZC001 is safe and non-toxic. It electrocutes rats with no muss and no fuss. Once a rat is inside, empty it out of the trap into any disposable medium. Uses 4 AA batteries which are good for 20 kills. Read Full Review
I gave it 4 stars because occasionally the rat gets away. Sometimes the trap is sprung with no sign of a rat, and sometimes there’s a rat arm inside the trap. It makes me feel a little sad to think of the rats with crutches and prosthetic legs. I assume, in their world, it’s hard to get a job as a chef, lab rat, running in a rat race, or zodiac model with a missing front leg. Although, I hear the rats in this area have a strong union with excellent health care.
In this video it shows you how to make an easy live mouse trap with just a plastic bottle, twine and toothpicks. This is 100% humane trap. After capturing the mouse, it can be released alive outdoors. It’s easy, safe, humane and convenient to use diy mousetrap.
Ammonia-soaked cotton balls or rags will drive rodents out (they hate the smell). Place them in areas where rodents, droppings, or nests have been seen, and be sure to give the animals a few days to leave. Then, to keep unwelcome “visitors” out, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing. If any rodents need to be removed from homes, this can be done with humane cage traps. PETA has carried a “smart” mousetrap in our catalog for years because it’s effective and humane, and it’s one of our top-selling items.
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Considering the toll rats have taken on human populations for centuries, rat traps have long been a necessity, whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. If the battle between man and rat is being fought on your property, it is crucial to learn the most effective trapping tools — as well as the best bait for a rat trap — in order to win this war. With the following 15 tips, you will have all the facts you need to catch a rat in any situation.
I know this is an old post, but you actually want the stairway to heaven in line with the wire. The vermin will attempt to high wire in an effort to get to the bait. If it doesn’t make it to the can, it loses its balance and will try to gain foot on the can. Then it’s bye bye Ratzilla!

I live in Baltimore city. We have rats the size of small cats. I tried the black cat super (green) glue strips. Those DID catch the rats but – as soon as we came around they were strong enough to rip their little bodies off, albeit missing some fur. One even ran away with the strip still attached. I tried the wooden rat traps – nothing. I tried the black cat rat sized black tunnel with poison at the end. Nothing. With both the wooden trap and the tunnel the rats ate the food without springing the traps (although that wooden one got me!)
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I put a bit of peanut butter on the center plastic bit and put this under my drawer. Finally caught the mouse that’s been running around my house for weeks! We haven’t found out where it comes in from, but at least we know that we can catch them! Thank you for these awesome traps! My brother and I took it to the next town over and released it in front of the forest. The little fellow couldn’t wriggle off. We used dishwasher soap and some water to set it free. No more rat poo around the house! Mom finally relieved. No more skittering noises in the night! Adios, El Magnifico!
For all you skeptics, don’t worry this works! Last week found a rat in my back porch, tried to chase it out of the building but hid behind the stairs. I tried to trap it and even leave the back door open, hoping it would leave. Then one day it was back upstairs in my back porch, chased it down the the stairs and even made barricades hoping it would leave the building, to no resolution. Then I decided to order this product and research the reviews, what’s the worst that can happen, lose $10? One week later I got the product, read the instructions, put some peanut butter on the bait cup, set the trap overnight and went to bed. The next day after coming from work, I opened the basement door to find the rat CAPTURED and DEAD!. This product is the real deal. See for yourself! Not sure if I would reuse the trap as some would after this picture.
The Eliminator ticks off all of the important boxes and gets pretty solid reviews from Amazon customers.  The Eliminator has everything you needs without any useless bells and whistles to drive up the price tag.
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The Rat Zapper® Classic is equipped with smart-circuit technology that senses when the rodent enters the trap. Once the rodent is inside, the rat steps onto the metal plates, completing the circuit and the trap delivers a quick, humane 8,000 volt shock. Since rats have the ability to restart their hearts, the shock is applied for 2 minutes ensuring a high kill rate. Each time the trap catches a rat, the light on top of the trap flashes red to indicate a kill.
When the trap is battery powered the shocking power gradually gets weaker after every use.  At some point (after 10-15 kills) there will still be some charge in the batteries but the trap won’t kill the rats.   The number of “zaps” you will get is going to depend on the quality of your batteries.   It is not easy to tell when the batteries need to be replaced.
These work as good as they look. They are strong and hold up even in water after i drown the rodents in a bucket of water. Only complain is that they pricey for only two sticky boards, would give it 5 stars if they weren’t so expensive but they work really well. Have caught 2 mice at a time on each board when i placed them in my garage.
Professional services can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. These methods are all very cost friendly. From the budget busters to the more high-tech electric models, all of them are affordable.
If you unintentionally trap a small animal that you didn’t intend to trap such as a lizard or snake, it can usually be released from the trap in the same manner. The nature of glue traps is that the more an animal struggles, the more stuck it becomes, so try to keep the animal calm, and keep it from sticking its nose in the glue.
Sometimes a rat will enter an electric trap and not get zapped.  Sometimes this happens because the rat is only standing on ONE of the metal plates and isn’t completing the electrical circuit. Sometimes this happens because the environment is so dry that electricity has a hard time flowing through the rat.  You can help the trap work by placing a damp paper towel in front of the trap.  The towel will make sure the rat has damp feet when contact is made with the metal plates and electrocution becomes MUCH easier.
When rats invade a house, it’s likely because of a swelling rat population somewhere nearby. If they’ve invaded your house but not your neighbor’s, it’s only because your house is less secure. However, sealing the gaps and plugging the holes in your walls, roof, windows and vents is just part of the battle. You also need to deny them useful paths to move around your property.
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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.
I had a mouse problem and the door on my Have-A-Heart type trap did not close, although the mouse was able to enjoy the Peanut Butter. I tried a Dead On Arrival (DOA) Mouse Glue trap that I got at the 99 Cent Only store that is selling on eBay for $4. It did not work. I also got 2 Dead End Brand Glue boards and 2 Rat Spring activated traps and they also did not work. On the Glue Boards I used Cashews as the mice and Rats love them as well. On the Spring Traps I used Peanut Butter. The mouse ingested all the peanut butter and the cashews without getting stuck on the Glue Boards or activating the Spring Traps. After trying everything I got on line and saw that people had luck and raved about the TomCat Brand Glue boards. I went to Homey Depot and the person In the Garden Center I talked to also recommended the TomCat Glue Traps. I got a pack of 2 and got 2 mice in 2 days. I then dump the trap in a 5 Gallon bucket of water and drowned the Rodents. The TomCat Rat Traps really work well for mice and I highly recommend them. I also recommend using Tape on the bottom of the trap to make it more stable. Another good trap is the Rat Zapper. The only trouble I have with the Rat Zapper is they are expensive to use as they go through batteries quickly. I only get about 4 Kills with a set of 4 D batteries. I still use the Have-A -Heart type trap for Rats as it still works well. Another trick is to let the Peanut Butter harden for a couple of days on the Trap before putting the trap into action. Another trick I am using on the Have-A-Heart type trap is to apply the Peanut Butter on the back of the activator as the Rat has to apply full pressure to the trigger to get it’s treat.