If you have cockroaches at home, it isn’t really hard to get rid of them. There are many ways to eliminate those flying pests and some are so easy, you can do them by yourself. But when it comes to rats, you have options as well and you can also make one for your home. Compared to cockroach catchers, rat traps require a little bit more work. Plus, you need to decide whether you want to kill the rats or just get them out of your home.
Catch the Rat with Glue
This trap is quite inhumane because you will need to leave the rats stuck in the trap for hours until they die from stress and/or dehydration. For this trap, here are the items you will need:
- Board, plastic tray or cardboard
Follow the steps below to make the trap:
1. Apply the glue at the center of the board. Some people spread it all over the board to make sure they catch the rat no matter where it steps on.
2. Add a little bit of flavor on the trap. Good bait includes bacon or peanut butter, which will attract the rats.
3. Now place the trap in an area where the rats often run around. Don’t put the trap outside as dust, rain, or other natural conditions could affect the glue.
Catch Rats Using Buckets
Another trap that you can do make on your own is using a bucket. There are several varieties for this, but here are the items you will need:
Once you have the materials above, here are the steps to make this simple trap:
1. Take the bait using a spoon. You can use any bait you want, but rats are especially drawn to peanut butter. Plus, this spread is so easy to take with a spoon and quite inexpensive as well. If you don’t want to use a spoon, other options are tissue paper roll and paper plates.
2. Put the bait across the bucket.
3. Wait for the mouse or rat to fall into the trap. The pest will usually climb on top of the bucket to take the peanut butter or any bait you use. It will then fall into the bucket along with the spoon. This is effective if you have a very big bucket. You can add water into the bucket if it’s not large enough.
Remember that mice and rats are quite smart. They adapt easily, which is why some of them are able to escape or at least avoid the traps. If you have the budget, electronic traps are your best ways to catch the pests. Alternatively, go for the traps above for simple and cheap methods of capturing the rats.