Snap Mouse Traps: In use for over a 100 years, these are simple spring-loaded devices that have a baiting-platter and “kill device”, which is either a spring-released kill bar or a serrated “kill jaw” which powerfully snaps back on the rodent that catches and kills it. It’s an incredibly powerful product, and it’s quite efficient in catching these little pests. 
One way to safely catch rats in an area that is accessible to pets and children is with a Havahart live trap.  There are many models of this basic live trap available but this one specifically made for small rodents.
Garbage, one time use, piece of junk. Victor used to make great products, but this plastic lever is junk. Don’t waste your money on this one time use trap. Victor should go back to the metal lever instead of scamming people.
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.
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.
The modified snap trap approach is a little more difficult to make but can provide good results; A rat snap trap, coffee can, small gauge wire and some hardware cloth with some screws is what you’ll need. First attach the trap to the can by screwing the wood just under the tongue (trigger) to the front of the can. Next cut the cloth about a 1/2 inch bigger than the size of the can. Place the cloth on the back side of the can and mold the edges slightly down around the edges. The concave or protruding side up, use your wire to attach it to the spring loaded snap wire of the trap. The long trigger release arm goes through the cloth and sets the trigger. Test the trap out to make sure the release arm does not block the cloth from covering the entire mouth of the can when it shuts. Bait the back of the can with nuts or peanut butter and set the trap. (you can also attach a board for stability to the back of the can) Catch the mouse alive and release him away from the home.
The best bait for a rat trap could all depend on the species of rat you’re trying to catch. Different species eat different types of food. For instance, black rats are herbivorous creatures, but brown rats are omnivorous by nature.
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.
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.
I re-baited the trap, turned it on, and checked it the next morning. I could see a rat tail poking out of the trap. I don’t know how they call this thing “no see” when it the tail was impossible to miss. Anyway, I disposed of the rat and reset the trap without applying more bait. Another rat down in just a few hours! Fast forward a couple of weeks and the trap has claimed (I think) 11 rats so far and I’m still on the first set of batteries. Super effective!
If you think you’ve got a rat to deal with, pour about 6 to 8 inches of water in the bucket.Big rats can jump. The water prevents the vermin from leaping to freedom. For mice, use less water. At least that’s the theory…
Electric rat zappers are a handy way to safely kill rodents and there are several different models on the market.  In principle all of these traps work using the same mechanism so the difference between them lies in the details.  Here is a breakdown of the differences between the products along with what I think is the best electric rat zapper.
The simplest and the least expensive of these traps are the snap traps. You can get dozens for the cost of a good electronic rat trap, and if you have a major rat infestation, snap traps would be the cheapest way to go. Because they are all so simple and easy to use, they are also deadly reliable, and as long as the rats do not become trap wary, they will keep catching rats every time.
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.
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The Tomcat® Rat Trap (Wooden) is the economical way to control rats. The pesticide-free trap can be used with Tomcat® Attractant Gel. Reliable and easy to use, this trap kills rats quickly and efficiently.
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Why is the Rat Zapper a good investment? The small unit is only 12 x 4.3 x 4.5 inches and weighs about 4 lbs. With the installation of just 4-AA batteries, it can kill up to 20 rodents. This machine has the ability to kill the biggest rat with the more than two minutes worth of electrical jolts it gives out. Customers use these little zappers in the attic, garage, basement and even the shed. If you’ve tried many things before and you don’t want to waste any more money; reviews show that this is the pet control item you’ve been looking for. Customers rate this unit 4.5 stars out of 5 because it works so well.
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.
One of the best ways to deal with a rat infestation is to trap them out. Unfortunately, rats are very intelligent and they learn quickly. If one rat sees another get trapped, it will never venture near that trap again, so you may have to employ each and every type on this list to fully take care of the problem. Unless you are dealing with one or two rats that have just entered your living space, the chances are that only one type of trap is not going to solve the problem. That said, the rat traps on this list were selected because they are the easiest to set and place, easy to empty and are highly effective.
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Remove the paper label. Use you’re ice pick or drill to bore a hole in the center of the can lid. If you plan to reuse the liquid, turn the can over and bore another hole in the bottom of the can over a container. This will vent the can and empty in a few minutes.
The Tomcat Rat Snap Trap sets easily in one motion with your hand or foot. Proven effective, the trap has patented interlocking teeth making it virtually impossible for rats to escape. The trap also comes with a removable bait cup. Ideal for capturing the occasional rodent intruder or as part of a more extensive control program, Tomcat Rat Snap Trap is an essential piece in controlling your rat infestation.
Its design is slightly different, and therefore they are much safer than the conventional snap traps. You can use them along the walls, in the corners, or wherever you see their activity. These traps can also be used by professionals for controlling the rat infestation.