How to Make a Rat Trap
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It won’t take you long to find details on how to make a rat
trap on the internet, but before you go ahead with whatever
masterplan you think you may have created, we urge you to
reconsider. Using homemade rat traps to try and catch them
is not only probably going to be a total waste of your time,
it’s also going to be dangerous. Rats transmit many
diseases, to human and other animals alike, and the majority
of these are passed on via urine, usually contaminated soil
or food and water sources. Fees are another
disease-spreading culprit, and being in actual contact with
the rat is just as bad. They can bite, scratch and even
spread mites, fleas and ticks.
Bearing all of that in mind, a lot of the homemade rat traps
that you have probably found details for seem a bit …
dangerous, don't they? You could use a bucket and spoon /
spindle / pole, for example, to try and encourage the rat to
go after a dollop of peanut butter. The idea is that the rat
jumps for the spoon with the sandwich filler smeared across
the handle, and when it does, knocks the spoon off, causing
both the rat and the spoon to end up in the bucket. If you
have a big enough bucket with smooth enough sides, it’s
unlikely that the rat will be able to get out. However, you
should bear in mind that rats have been known to jump close
to four feet, both in height and in length. You’d need a
rather large bucket for that. Also: if you have a plastic
bucket, the rat can chew right through it. You’d need a big
metal bucket, over four feet high.
It really would be cheaper just to buy snap traps.
Milk Bottles are another suggestion. This probably won’t
work at all for rats, particularly the fatter ones, but may
have a little success against smaller mice. You are advised
to oil the inside of the bottle to make it nice and
slippery, and place some sort of wire around the outside of
the bottle so that the rat / mouse can climb up it. There
should be a really tasty bait inside the bottle, the idea to
encourage the rodent to climb inside the bottle to get to
the food and then find itself unable to get out. There are
three HUGE reasons why this milk bottle trick won’t work for
rats, and a whole bunch of smaller reasons too, but let’s
get started with the big reasons:
1 - Rats are super cautious.
They probably won’t go anywhere near that milk bottle,
particularly if it is placed in their regular path out of
the blue. Mice are more inquisitive and are more likely to
take a peek, particularly if there is food involved.
2 - You are put in close proximity with the rat.
We’ve discussed the dangers of this, particularly disease,
so therefore should rule this homemade rat trap suggestion
3 - What are you going to do with a rat in a milk
You’d need to drive the milk bottle + rat at least four or
five miles away from your home. In fact, we would advise
closer to ten miles. You’re then going to release a rat into
an unknown territory. This is a very sociable creature who
relies on and enjoys the companionship of other rats. It no
longer has other rats on its team. It also no longer
has a home, or any clue where the closest shelter is. It
doesn’t know where food is, or a source of water. There are
much bigger predators out there too - owls, hawks and eagles
take to the skies. These are creatures that the rat probably
wouldn’t ever have come across in the highly populated areas
of your neighborhood. It’s probably going to die.
In short, homemade rat traps are a silly idea, and we
wouldn’t highly recommend against them. Snap traps are
relatively cheap to buy these days, and you’ll have a lot
more success with them.
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