To increase your odds of catching the critters, place traps inside closets, as well as under any furniture — like sofas, chairs or even cabinets — sitting along the walls. A clever way to lure rats into traps is to cut a hole on each side of a shoebox and place it along a suspected rat path with a baited trap inside. The box piques the rats curiosity on what’s inside — and once they go in, they won’t be coming back out.
Not sure if the continuation of the tutorial is even necessary at this point. I didn’t have a mouse problem, I had rats! This is why I continue to stress the importance of trading theory for ACTION before you actually need critical gear and equipment.
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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…..
Raticator Electronic Rat Trap.  If there ever was a “better mouse trap” then this is it.   The Raticator Rat Trap kills by using an electric current to stop the heart.  This electric current is powered by either AA or C batteries – depending on the trap.  The electric current is very weak but strong enough to cause death to the rodent.  These traps are suitable for indoor use around children and pets, but care should be taken to not let them play with it.
Rat Bait – What is the Best Bait to Catch Rats? Remember, the only thing that matters is that you seal the house shut. After that, trapping is easy! And when you do start trapping, location of the snap trap is far more important than the type of food you put on the rat trap. If you’re using a cage trap bait it with peanut butter and seeds, or bread or whatever you want. And if you’re using the term “rat bait” in search of rat poison, be aware that poison is just plain ineffective, and has a chance of leaving stinky rats in your attic or walls.
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.
I purchased a few of the Victor Professional rat trraps and the rats are getting in these traps and walking away. These traps do a good job on mice and smaller rats but the large ones are escaping. I wish Victor would put stronger springs on their traps. It would be a great improvement on these otherwise excellent traps.
Trapper Glue Board For Rats –  Glue boards for rat and mice control are one of the most criticized yet effective methods of capturing rats ever devised.  PETA – “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” has petitioned the EPA, most States, and the National Pest Management Association to remove glue board traps as a means of rodent control.  PETA considers glue boards cruel and inhumane to rats and mice.
We had mouse problems in our house, and it came down to finding all of the entry points and sealing them up once we (humanely) caught the mice. The best way to work out where they are entering is to watch where they run when they see you enter a room =) As for your car, well, it shouldn’t be as tricky as a house to find the gaps for them to enter.
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A: When you turn on the trap, the red light will appear one time and fade away. This confirms the trap is on and working properly and the light turns off to save battery. The red light will also blink to indicate a successful kill; however, in order to conserve battery, it only flashes about every 7 seconds.
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.
Thanks for the great idea. I have a glass with a coin and peanut butter set up right now. I got 2baby rats as pets that are still quite afraid and was cleaning their cage and put them in a huge box. Didn’t realize such a tiny baby could jump so high. Needless to say I have a baby rat loose in my suite. Hope the glass trap works. Will let you all know.
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. 
Live Catch Rat Trap Indoor Use: No, not unless used in attics or crawl spaces.  If used in these areas, be sure to check trap daily to make sure that any trapped animal has food and water.  Never leave trapped animals in a hot attic in the summer.
All it takes to eliminate rats, mice and other rodents are plugging in this black trap and waiting for it to do the dirty work. Made from strong plastic and measuring 4.21 x 5.31 x 11.1 inches, this item will allure the rats and then kill them instantly.
Its green light indicator blinks when it kills an animal. According to the company, with one set of batteries, this device can kill up to 50 rats. You can check this article about Victor Electronic Rat Traps, you’ll get some useful information.
Back to the trap review. The best bait I found is two half peanuts dropped into the cup. I did have to mount the trap to a decent size piece of 2×6 wood. This kept the trap from being pushed over by the rats. Once I had this set up figured it out, I never missed a rat. Humane? Really? These things do a lot of expensive damage to things such as automobile wires. They do not deserve humane treatment. They deserve this very effective rat trap. If it is in good functioning order and set up as I stated, it NEVER misses. Put it out in the early evening and throw the dead rat out somewhere in the desert the next morning.
After a horrible experience with a rat trap I have an aversion to mouse/rat traps so I used live traps – but when a family of rats showed up I had no choice – they had to go, permanently. Thank goodness I discovered the Rat Zapper Traps. I set them out and within 2 days the rats where gone. No fuss – no mess. I will be ordering the larger size in case any other fuzzy friends show up.
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.
We apologize if our Easy Set® design was not to your liking and want to assure you that Victor® continues to manufacture rat traps that use the original metal pedal design. We strive to present a variety of traps in order to accommodate the varied preferences of our consumers.
Those who don’t want to kill mice prefer to use electronic repellers. It’s a human and cut-rate way. For example, the set of 4 Ultrasonic Pest Repellers by Pest Venator costs only ~$28.89 Check the current price.
Even simpler, Instructables user Tim Anderson just puts some peanut butter on the inside of a glass and props it up on a nickel. When the mouse tries to get the peanut butter, the glass should fall and trap it inside.
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Place the trap along a wall where the rodents have been traveling. Set the teeth of the trap so they face the wall. Rodents traveling along the wall will run onto the yellow trigger and release the trap.
Glue traps are dangerous to human health—in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada caution against their use! Animals who are trapped on these devices often void their bowels, potentially exposing anyone who handles the traps to hantavirus. 
With your other hand, gently massage the heated oil at the animal’s points of contact with the board. It will take several minutes for the oil to start to soften the glue. Continue massaging until the animal becomes free from the glue board. This may take some time and a great deal of patience.
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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.
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.
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.