Build rat trap with bait yourself - how it works!

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Rats are pathogens and simply disgusting for many people. No one wants to have them in the garden, let alone in the house. With many remedies for rats that do not work, or only once, it's not easy to get rid of them. Even a rat trap is not a 100% sure thing. The animals are very capable of learning and have been caught a rat, the others avoid the trap, no matter how many times they are surrounded. If you are dealing with a single animal, the trap can be quite helpful, it will be difficult for a whole family.
One distinguishes impact and box traps. Drop traps kill the rats, usually very fast, without tormenting. Box traps are more humane, at least as long as they are checked regularly, so that the animals do not starve to death and die of thirst. It is important to place the traps on the paths of the rats. These are recognizable by signs of smudges on the walls. Rats prefer to move along walls.
Although rat traps are commercially available at relatively low prices, these are usually those that kill rats. Life traps cost a lot more, which is why many hobbyists prefer to make them themselves. These traps have the advantage that the rats are allowed to live on. They are exposed in the wilderness, as far away as possible from human habitation.
Build rat trap
You can build very simple traps with little resources, but also with slightly more materials a little more complicated. Since one needs in a rat family anyway different traps, it makes sense to try once all.
Simple models
The simplest thing is to take a tall container like a metal bucket and set it up with the opening. Important are the smooth walls. The rat is not allowed to climb up on them. A bait has to be put in the bucket. Cheese does not eat rats so reliably, fruit is better, but something sweet like chocolate like the animals very much. They prefer Nutella, because they can hardly resist. To get in, access must be created. A small wooden board or thick folded cardboard are helpful. You can also build a staircase out of boxes. It is best to put some small baits on these, so to speak. Thus, the rat gets to the edge of the vessel, jumps down and is stuck.
  • Larger high vessel with smooth walls so the rat can not climb out
  • Conveniently, a large bucket, if possible made of metal
  • Bait, preferably Nutella, alternatively fruit or chocolate
  • A staircase made of cardboard boxes, a wooden board or thick cardboard
Alternatively, you can try something else with the bucket. For this purpose, an empty plastic bottle is placed on a rod. Of course you have to make a hole in the floor and in the lock. The rod must be long enough to be placed over the bucket. It is easy to fix with string on both sides, but in such a way that it can turn. Alternatively, you can drill two holes for the rod in the bucket, or you use the for the handle. Distribute on the bottle centered and sticky treats all around, which do not immediately fall off when they are touched by the rat. Nutella is again well suited. The bottle has to turn loose. When the rat tries to get the treats and steps on the bottle, it turns and the animal falls into the bucket.

Rat in rat trap

It is important that the rat gets on well with the bait, so you have to build a "ramp" again. The bottle on top can be placed in two ways, in the direction of travel, when the animal comes up the ramp, then it can just go on. It is better, however, if the rat has to jump on the bottle, so this is opposite to the direction or simply mounted transversely. As soon as the rat lands, the bottle turns and the rat falls.
  • Plastic bottle with bait "stuck"
  • Rod for threading
  • Bucket, if possible with removable handle (two openings for the rod)
Some skill is needed for the next trap. Again, a larger vessel is needed, as well as a small wooden stick. On the rod, the bait is skewered, preferably a piece of bacon or bread. Then this is leaned on a "Rattenweg" on the wall, with the bait down. The vessel is placed with the opening facing down so that the edge comes to rest on the wooden stick. To get the bait, the rat has to pull it away. The rod falls over and the vessel hits the ground. Of course it has to be heavy enough that it can not be lifted out and should not get caught on the rubbing strip. The problem is how to get the rat out of there. You have to push a thin wooden plate under the vessel and then turn it over together, but so that the rat can not jump out of it.Alternatively, a thick cardboard or even a wooden plate can be placed before setting up the trap.
  • Larger vessel, for example a pot
  • Wooden stick, for example a chopstick or a pencil
  • Bait, something to skewer
These two solutions are really easy to implement.
More complicated traps
Somewhat more elaborate is to build the rat trap out of a box. This should be a bit longer, at least twice as long as a rat. At both ends an entrance is created. In the middle of the box is divided and a grid installed. This ensures that the rat can penetrate from both sides and is then trapped. A mechanism that closes both doors would be quite complicated. In the lid of both "departments" a small hole should be drilled that allows a look inside. The bottom of the box is sawed out. It serves as a rocker to trigger the lock, which closes the exit. Store the rocker to the middle of the box.
The inputs on both sides should have a diameter of about 60 mm. They can be closed from the inside by means of a tin lid. When empty, a mechanism keeps it open. When a rat enters the interior and the installed rocker, it moves the mechanism with its weight and the tin lid falls in front of the entrance.
The mechanics are simple. The movable floor is connected at the bottom with a wave of iron wire. On one side, the shaft must look like a lever. The bottom is fitted in the box, so that the shaft is movable, otherwise the rocker can not tilt. Of course, the metal lids must tightly close the opening, so be big enough. It is beneficial that they are quite heavy, so that the rat can not press them. It is better to build a small latch as a backup, which prevents the pressing. It is important that the opening is accessible from the outside, so that the caught animal can be released at the right place.
  • Crate, at least twice as long as a rat
  • Grid for separation
  • 2 sheet metal covers
  • Wave of iron wire
  • lever
  • Small latch
Live traps are much more humane, even when it comes to rats. They are absolutely intelligent animals that are good for more than experimental animals. They can be tamed and trained, not many animals can do that. When building a trap you do not have to have much manual skills. There are very simple options. It depends on the intelligence of the rodents, how well they can catch. It is clear that the animals are capable of learning. If you catch a rat from a family, no member of the family will fall into the same trap. You have to come up with something new. Necessity is the mother of invention. Important is the right site, on a Rattenweg.

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