DIY And Commercial Rat Traps

Robert James
Pest Control Technician

Most rats like living together especially near homes where there is food and security. They can create a lot of damage. That is why you need to tame them. Have you ever thought of the best way to manage rats in your home? ‘Do it yourself’ rattraps could work well when used together with commercial rattraps. This article is mainly concerned with educating you on rat traps. It focuses on three things: DIY Homemade traps, sample commercial traps, the best baits for rat traps and where to buy them. Let us first have a look at how to make DIY homemade rattraps that would do this work successfully.

1.Sticky Traps: How to catch a Rat or a Mouse with glue

Sticky traps for rat

For this kind of a trap, have a cardboard or a plastic tray and apply a special adhesive to it. Apply glue at the center of the trap because it has a flavor pleasant for rats. Do not place it outside due to humid conditions and dust.

Catching rats on sticky tape is the best. Once you have set up the tray and applied glue, put some peanut butter or bacon on the floor inside a circle of sticky tape. This will make them cross the sticky tape as they try to get food. Eventually, they will be trapped! You should also take caution because rats are very cunning. They can easily learn your tricks.  


2. Bucket & spoon rodent trap 

Using a ladle and a spoon, one can easily make a domestic rattrap. It is one of the best homemade traps. All you need is a huge bucket, a spoon and some bait like a peanut butter. One way of making a peanut butter for a rattrap is simply to peel peanuts, roast them and add a tablespoon of vegetable of oil. Next, put it in a blender.

Once this is done, spread the butter on the handle of a spoon and put it across the bucket. Immediately the mouse climbs to get the peanut butter, it will fall into the bucket with spoon. You can as well use paper plate, tissue paper roll. You can also trap the rat with water in the bucket. You can try this in cases where the rats are not so many.

You may try this also How to make a rat cage

3. Mouse trap from milk bottles

In addition, you can make a good homemade trap from a milk bottle. All you need is to take the bottle and pour oil on the wall. This is to make the wall slippery. You can also attach any rail on the bottleneck so that the rat climbs up the bottle. Set the trap all night.

When the mouse finds food, it will climb the rail and fall into the bottle. However, the slippery walls of the bottle will prevent it from climbing out. This method is good because it is humane. It may only be too small for large flattened rats.

Commercial Traps For Trapping Rats

According to

"Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent."  So if  You want to be safe from this diseases you may need those traps.

Apart from the homemade traps, you can always buy some commercial traps for trapping rats. This is when the infestation is greater than expected. In real sense, you can go for electronic commercial traps, as they are better in efficiency. Some of them, which can be found in, are as described below:

1. Rat Zapper Classic RZC001

This is the bestseller electronic trap on Amazon. It is because it is very fast and efficient as compared to other traps in the market. From the customer review, this trap has the following features:

  • It catches more than 100 mice per battery change
  • Not good for outdoor activity without any waterproof accessories
  • Goes for as little as $33.65
  • It is rechargeable using batteries such as Eneloop NiMH batteries

With all the positive customer reviews on Amazon, you can be sure that this will work out well for you.

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2. Hoont Electronic Rodent Trap

This trap is unique because it can work in two modes: 4D batteries or an outlet can power it. This means that you can save as you use it in the house. Being the third best selling trap on Amazon shows, it is a preferable product. However, expensive ($59.95), it can work very fast, depending on how efficiently you set it.

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3. Rodent Terminator - Electric Mouse and Rat Trap

The third electronic rattrap good enough for your home is the rodent terminator. This trap works even in the rain as it is waterproof. You can easily set it up in two minutes and have it ready to kill. The trap gives sound and visuals signs when a rat is trapped. The same happens when it comes to maintaining its cleanliness. All you need to with it is to use good rat bait when using the trap for effective results. Also found in Amazon, the trap goes for $46.75.wide light


4. Victor Electronic Mouse Trap M2524

Lastly is the Victor Electronic Mouse Trap. It is considered the best for capturing and killing little mice and rats. Batteries mostly power it. When using it, you do not need to over-bait for efficiency. It is also available on Amazon and goes for as low as $19.98.wide light


Having known the different traps (both homemade and commercial) that you can use to kill rats in your home, it also wise you consider the kind of baits you use them with in order to realize effective results. Therefore, some of the best baits for rat traps that you can buy from Amazon are (see also 8 Best Baits For Rat Trap Article):

i) Tomcat All Weather Bait Chunx, 4 lb

This bait is easy to use as works against all sorts of rodents. From the review of customers on, it is efficient when it comes to killing rats. It can be used together with Protecta bait stations. A whole block of bait has holes. These holes help you to insert it onto steel rods in a bait station. This also helps in keeping away other animals like dogs. Therefore, never use this bait without a bait station.

As well, the bat is so effective that you can start finding dead rats the nest day. The effectiveness also depends on where you place it. It is economical as a one bait bucket can last you for nearly a year. Sometime the rats can gather all the blocks and take them back to their nest. This should not worry you; they eventually die in their nests.

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ii) JT Eaton 709-PN Bait Block Rodenticide Anticoagulant Bait For Mice and Rats

Secondly is the JT Eaton 709-PN. Most rats love this bait and therefore can be very effective in killing them. You can also use with the Protecta LP Rat Bait Station. This helps yu to get rid of annoying rats and other rodents. When you use it, you will begin to get the results immediately. The bait is said to be first generation anticoagulant bait. Its effectiveness is because it bears an ingredient known as Diphacinone.

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iii) D-Con Ready Mix Rat and Mouse Killer

This bat has been used over years and kills rats very effectively. It has a package that contains eight bait trays. When you want to use it, you only peel back the film covering the tray with bait and place it in the approximate area where can see the rodents approach it. The best way to achieve results with this bait is to constantly lay the baits in your bait station. As well, you can mix it with peanut butter because it has Brodifacoum as the active ingredient.

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iv) Havoc Rat & Mouse Bait

Lastly are the Havoc Rat and Mice Bait. It is very expensive as compared to other baits. T goes for ~$65.99 on Amazon. Even though expensive to some people, rodents like rats like and eat it like mud. It then kills them and dehydrates them such that they do not stink after rotting. This bait is good for all seasons throughout the year. Its effectiveness comes with the lethal ingredient it bears known as brodifacoum - second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide.

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Up to this point, you can now be sure of which types of rattraps you may want to keep your home safe. You can always decide on homemade traps, do it yourself traps, or go for the commercial traps. The electronic ones work best in trapping the rats. As well, you can now be confident that you will get the right baits for your traps. Found at, you should be sure that they will work to keep your home safe from rodents.

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