Catching rodents is a common process, but one that takes patience and time. However, by following applying certain tips and techniques while setting your traps, there are ways to hasten the process. If a rat has made its way into your home, you will want to catch and remove it as soon as possible. While mice are relatively easy to catch, a rat is a more formidable foe. Rats survive by eluding danger on a constant basis. In order to trap one, you will have to outwit it.
Things You'll Need
- Peanut butter
- Rat trap
Look for an area that has lots of rat droppings. Rats tend to reside in areas with lots of clutter where they can easily hide. Since rats are suspicious animals that will approach new food with an air of caution, it is important you do not set the first trap you place. Instead, pre-bait a snapping rat trap by placing a dab for peanut butter on a unset trap in the area with droppings.
Check the trap after one day to see if the peanut butter has been eaten. If it has not been eaten, replace it with fresh peanut butter since rats will only eat fresh food. Leave the trap for another day. Once the rat eats the peanut butter, repeat the process by pre-baiting the trap with more fresh peanut butter without setting it to go off. .
Wait until the rat has eaten the peanut butter from an unset trap at least four or five times. Once you have gained the rat's trust, it is time to set the trap to catch the rat once he takes the food. Place the set trap in the exact same place with the exact same amount of peanut butter and wait a day. When you check back, the trap should have caught the rat.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not wait to gain the rat's trust, a prolonged bout of hide and seek will occur. Overall, a few pre-baits will be more successful in the long run than trying to catch and trick a rat too quickly.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Catch a Mouse in the House
If you have a house mouse, chances are you are keen to get rid of your unwanted guest. You may occasionally spy...
How to Kill Mice Fast
Many people are inordinately afraid of and repelled by the common house mouse (Mus musculus). A wild rodent, the house mouse is...
How to Trap or Kill a Rat in My House
If you have a rat in your house, you know the feeling of being invaded. Rats can be dangerous because they can...
How to Catch a Tricky Rat
Rats are a growing problem in the United States. The population of rats is equivalent to the population of humans, and they...
How to Catch a Rat in "Chrono Trigger"
In the classic time travel role-playing game "Chrono Trigger" for the Super Nintendo, players travel to the year 2300 A.D. While in...