For the final review: If you are killing rats these may work as Ralph was about the size of a large rat. You may want to anchor them to the ground though, and for that I’ll take off one star. If going for larger game, you may want to put a GPS tracking device on these if you wish to get the traps back. As for killing chipmunks, I’d give these traps 1 star as I had a horrible experience and have decided to make a peace treaty with my chipmunk friends instead.
Most house calls will likely set you back a couple of hundred bucks for an initial assessment. And then, once they have set up bait stations, they will charge you another fee (probably a hundred bucks or more) every time they visit your home to empty the trap and reset it. This is not something that you’d want to keep doing if you have an infestation in your property consistently. Your bill will be stacking up really big, really fast. This is just unnecessary expense on your part that you could be spending else where. So, that is why knowing which mousetraps to buy and how to set it up is so important these days. It’s such a money-saver!
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 got what I think was just one mouse in the house. And I actually was greatly relieved when I caught it. I bought the Tomcat attractant gel, and plopped a few of these little suckers around. Within an hour of bedtime, I heard a bunch of ruckus in my bathroom. My two cats (those lazy jerks), were fighting over the mouse that was stuck in the trap! ONE HOUR. I felt slightly squeamish, but I felt it was my duty to see what the damage was. I’m a compassionate individual, and I didn’t want to continue using a device that was inhumane.
Set outdoor traps on narrow paths and under foliage. Rats can be a little harder to trap outdoors because it’s harder to predict their movements. Try placing traps along narrow locations where you’ve observed rats before, like tree branches, the top edges of fences, gutters, and so on. You may also want to place a few traps under dense foliage, as rats love the safety and cover that thick bushes and shrubs can provide.
Glue traps also pose disease risks to humans. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada specifically warn against their use because of the threat of hantaviruses posed when terrified, ensnared animals lose control of their bodily functions.
Mixing poison with edible bait can cause numerous problems. For example, if a rat gets away with the bait and drags it across the floor, that poison could potentially spread through your flooring. This can be hazardous to any bare feet that cross over the area, especially if you have pets or children in the house.
The Advantek Multi-Animal Catch & Release Rodent Trap has no moving parts. Just bait and place the trap in an area with known rat activity. A hinged door on the bottom allows humane release. Read Full Review
Cons: Won’t always kill rats quickly. Occasionally won’t kill rats at all, requiring you to put the rat out of its misery. Considered inhumane by many animal rights groups, including PETA.[4] Aren’t effective forever — glue will eventually start to dry.
For instance, one of the most common ways for black rats to access roofs is by climbing trees and crawling across overhanging branches. If you have this problem, trim your branches back and don’t allow any tree or bush extensions to be within three feet of your walls or roof. Employ baited snap traps along the fences, trellises and tree branches of your property to further prevent these rodents from getting into your property. Use wire to secure traps to branches, rafters and roof pipes, if need be.
Use snap traps. The “classic” spring-loaded wooden snap trap is a proven, effective way to start trapping rats. These traps work by snapping a metal wire over the rat’s neck when it tries to grab the bait. Snap traps usually come in several sizes, so be sure to pick one that’s big enough to kill to the rats at your residence — using traps that are too small may maim the rat without killing it or lead to a protracted death from strangulation.
Release live rats outdoors. If you’ve caught a rat in a live trap, simply take it outdoors, set the trap on the ground, and carefully open the trap door to let it go. If you’re interested in the rat’s survival, try to release it within about 100 yards (91.4 m) of where you found it. Releasing rats in unfamiliar territory makes them much more vulnerable to predators and starvation.[9]
PETA often fields calls from people who have discovered small “nontarget” animals hopelessly trapped on these sticky boards. One distraught woman found a glue trap with a bird, two frogs, and a salamander stuck to its surface. All the animals were still alive when she found them but died later, despite her efforts to free them.
Top Tip :  I bought this trap after I’d dealt with quite a bad rat infestation problem in my chicken run.  It takes out one rat at a time, so if you have evidence of a large number of rats you need to get them under control first.  See here for options and further advice.
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.
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.
Obtain a long cardboard tube with one end closed. The tube might be from a paper towel roll or poster. It should be at least 12 inches long, 2-5 inches in diameter at its mouth, and have one end stopped with tape or with a cap. Place something soft in the closed end such as cotton balls or a wad of soft fabric.
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.
If you see a rat in your home, then chances are there are more where that one came from. According to allbusiness.com, one female rat can bread at 2 months of age and can produce as many as 22 pups in one litter; and one female rat can have as many as six litters in one year. Rats present a number of problems to your home, most notably health issues—rats are known to carry disease. If you suspect a rat problem, consider using Tomcat rat traps. Armed with Tomcat traps, all you need to do is set them up.
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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.
I find a splash of Pine Sol to be helpful with dead critter stink. Don’t know if it will deter the buggers from coming to the bait, but it probably won’t, in itself, kill anything else that comes along. Bec is right, ethylene glycol is highly toxic . . . but attracts animals due to its sweet taste. Don’t wan’t to kill the birds and bees and dogs and deer . . . just the rats.
The model preferred by professionals and infestation-survivors alike is the classic Victor Easy Set. It’s cheap, effective, and does the job in a way often considered to be more humane than some of the ostensibly friendlier options, as it almost always kills on contact.
A: Individuals in a rodent population search for different types of food. For rats, anything like peanut butter, dry dog food, nuts, fruit or bacon is a great option. Try to use whatever bait the rodents are currently feeding on, but feel free to provide alternative choices as well.
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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.
The Bigfoot Rat Size Spring Action Wooden Snap The Bigfoot Rat Size Spring Action Wooden Snap Trap is a popular method for pest removal and features a high tension professional spring to eliminate rats. Each trap is made of laminate wood for superior strength with a double spring to kill larger rats. This wooden trap is smaller than …  More + Product Details Close
​Proper trapping of the pests. These products need to be setup simultaneously to take advantage of the first night. Most of these pests will be drastically more cautious on the second night compared to the first night. This behavior needs to be taken advantage of.
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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.
It’s just as important to check live traps as it is to check lethal traps. Leaving a rat in a live trap for a long period of time can be potentially deadly, especially in very hot or cold climates where the rat is vulnerable to exposure.
I put a little peanut butter in the removable tray that unscrews from bottom, put it in the backyard where the dog can’t reach it, and it catches a rat. It’s caught many rats and seems to be going strong. The trap is set by pushing down on the lever on the back of the trap, it locks open automatically, and is very easy and safe to maneuver even when the trap is set. You can remove the rat very similarly. Pick it up on the end away from the rat, lock it open and jiggle over the trash until the rat falls out. You never have to reach into the jaws to add bait since the bait tray unscrews from the bottom.
The original wood-based wire snap trap, the Victor® Easy Set® Rat Trap, 12 Pack, provides instant rodent control. For effective rat control, each rat trap comes pre-baited with a large, scented plastic ‘swiss cheese’ trip pedal. The large pedal of this rat trap is easily activated – both by rodent interest in food and through accidental contact as rats scamper across the floor – to ensure maximum trapping.
Get rid of rats fast with this Victor Electronic Rat Trap. A more humane alternative to traditional snap traps, the Victor Electronic Rat Trap kills rats using a high-voltage shock. The bait placed along the back wall of the trap, lures the rat inside and onto the metal plates. Its advanced smart circuit technology senses the rodent and instantly delivers 7,000 volts of electricity for two minutes, ensuring a permanent kill. The Victor Electronic Rat Trap kills up to 50 rats per set of 4 ‘C’ batteries (not included).
This type of trap is made using a special adhesive applied to the board, cardboard or plastic tray. Glue is applied to the center of the trap: it often has a flavor pleasant to the rats. It’s not recommended to put traps outside because of natural conditions (humidity, dust), which quickly bring glue into disrepair. Catching rats on such sticky tape is very convenient.
Euthanize any rats that are injured but not dead. Unfortunately, lethal traps do not always work perfectly — occasionally, you may find a trapped rat that is maimed and unable to escape, but still living. In this case, the most humane thing to do is often to put the animal out of its misery by quickly and cleanly killing it. Releasing an injured rat into the wild is likely to cause it to die a relatively more painful death from starvation or being eaten.
Place the can on the floor in an area where the mouse resides. Lay a long ruler or paint stirring stick from the floor to the mouth of the coffee can. If necessary, affix the ruler or stick to the can with tape.[6]
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.