Rat Traps and Trapping Rats

Number One Tip: Use Plenty of Traps

t rex rat snap trap The top rule for using any rat trap is to use plenty of traps. You may need more traps than you think is warranted when trapping rats. Usually, the rat population is larger than expected. Make sure that you are catching rats and not mice. A typical mouse trap is not big enough to catch rats. Review these tips for identification for guidelines. Use peanut butter, unsalted seeds or nuts, bananas, apples, cake icing, and raw uncooked meat like bacon or hotdogs or raw chicken.

We carry several professional lures that combine food-grade materials with no peanuts. Rats will show adverse trap behavior since rats are naturally suspicious of new objects and surroundings. Pre-bait the traps without setting the traps to encourage the rats to the traps.


Trap Placement

rats hidingPlace rat traps in high-activity areas of the rat colony. These areas may include darkened corners, along walls, behind appliances and objects, and all areas where droppings are evident. Since rats need to touch surfaces as they move, place them accordingly. Place rat traps spaced from 15-20 feet apart. Remember to place them touching a wall since rats like to run along walls to avoid detection.

t rex trap in ambush station Since rats prefer enclosed, safe locations, use Protecta Bait Stations with the T-Rex Snap Traps. These stations will shelter the rat ; encouraging it to enter and protect non-targeted animals and children from the harm of the snap trap.

The Victor Snap Traps are fine traps, but its height will not fit into bait stations. If this is the case, you can get a cardboard box, cut holes in it and place it over the Victor Snap Trap. The cardboard box method is not tampered resistant like the Protecta Ambush Station.

Rat Trapping Tips

  1. Position rat traps to maximize the chances of rats to cross over the traps during their natural travels along their runways. Set snap traps extended at a right angle from a wall with the trigger end almost touching the wall. If rat traps are set parallel to the wall, set them in pairs with triggers situated to intercept the rats from either direction.
  2. To trap Roof Rats, set traps on tree limbs, under vegetation on a backyard fence or trellis, or on other aboveground locations roof rats are known to frequent. Fasten the traps with wire to overhead pipes, rafters and beams.
  3. Rats are often shy of new objects and the placement of unset traps in a new location for a week or two will increase the opportunities for catching.
  4. Set out unset rat traps can be buried in grain, sawdust, or similar materials within an empty cardboard box or pie pan. Place the rat bait in small pieces near it and above it with the hidden trap below. Once the rats start taking the bait, set the traps. This set up will acclimate the rats to the traps, once adapted, set enough traps to kill a large percentage of the population before the rodents become " trap shy" This method is called mass trapping, catching them at a higher rate than they can repopulate and become shy of the trap.
  5. There may be a need to have as many as 2-3 dozen rat traps set in place in a commercial establishment, in an infested trash room, for example.
  6. By having these rat traps baited with Provoke Rat Attractant , Pro-Pest Professional Lures, or peanut butter in unset traps, a large population would be use to feeding on around the traps. When the rat traps are then simultaneously set after a while of this "feeding", a large kill can be obtained.
  7. Even after setting out the unset rat traps and following the procedure in step #9, you may still have rats that will not go into the snap traps. There are alpha and beta rats in a rat population. The first rats to be caught in snap traps are the beta rats (inferior rats). The superior alpha rats are much more cautious around the snap traps. At this point, use a live trap. Rodenticides may be another choice for you at this point. Rodent baits (the strong single feed baits) are more costly, but will cause much more pressure on the rodent population as they readily take the bait and die.
  8. Do not touch pets, before handling the traps.
  9. Avoid handling dead rodents with bare hands to prevent contact with ectoparasites or diseased animals.

Types Of Rat Traps

Rat Snap Traps

t rex trap

Improvements have been made over the years from the typical wooden snap trap. The T-Rex Trap is easier to set and more versatile.

Advantages of Snap Traps

These traps are relatively inexpensive and will instantly kill a rat.


Disadvantages of Snap Traps

The spring on the  rat snap trap is very strong, ( it could break a finger); keep it out of reach of your pets and small children.

An alternate solution would be using the Trapper T Snap Traps with a protective bait station. The T Rex traps are designed to fit perfectly in the Protecta Bait Stations or Ambush Bait Station.

t rex trap The   Trapper T Rex Trap for rats will fit in the protecta bait stations to help keep nontargeted animals and children away from the traps.

Glue Traps

Advantages of Glue Traps

  1. Rat Glue Traps are safer to use than snap traps unless the snap traps are placed in protective bait stations.
  2. Rats are less likely to become "trap shy". The glue boards have a lower profile so the rat is less suspicious of the new object.
  3. Less costly than snap traps.
  4. Glue Traps can be used inside in a variety of places.

Disadvantages of Glue Traps

  1. One disadvantage of glue traps is that they need to be kept in a dry and dust free area.
  2. In may be inhumane to the rat, the rat may not die immediately.

How To Set Rat Glue Boards

After inspecting the rat infested areas, place the rat glue boards in those areas. Place the glue traps directly in their runways. Rats usually travel along baseboards and walls, since they use the walls for guidance. Place glue traps where there has been rodent activity.

We carry Trapper Rat Glue Traps, Catchmaster Cold Temperature Rodent Traps, Trapper Plastic Tunnel, Trapper Cardboard Tunnels, Maxcatch Giant Glue Boards, Rat Glue Books, and Trapper Glue to make your own boards.

The Rat Glue Books open like a book and with its unique design, offers flexiblility in placement.

The Trapper Tunnels that come in plastic or cardboard will cover and protect the glue from dirt and dust. It will also hide caught rodents from sight.

If glue gets on your pet's paw, coat it with vegetable oil. This oil will dissolve the glue.

Where To Store Glue Boards

Avoid storing glue traps in vehicles during warm weather without placing them in a cooler.

Live Animal Traps

squirrel trap

Live traps are the most humane way of trapping rodents. Simply bait it with peanut butter or Propest Professional Lure and carefully release it outside. Use gloves when handling the traps.

We carry the Safeguard Squirrel-Rat Live Trap #50450-1 and the Havahart #1025. Both these live traps will catch rats or squirrels.

Advantages of Using Rat Traps

  1. Poison rodent baits may be dangerous to children and pets. Trapping can be safer.
  2. For smaller rat infestations, rat traps provide quick results.
  3. Easier to locate the dead rat for easy disposal in order to avoid odors.

Disadvantages of Using Rat Traps

  1. If the rat infestation is large and severe, trapping can be very time consuming and laborious.
  2. Trapping rat programs are not as cost effective as rodent bait programs, particularly for controlling large rat populations.
  3. Some rat traps such as the snap traps can injure people, pets, children or wildlife if they accidentally encounter the trap. It is advised to use a Trapper T Rex Snap Trap inside a secured bait station, like Protecta Bait Stations or Ambush Bait Station as an alternate trapping solution.
  4. Some rat traps such as glue boards are not considered humane.

When To Use Rat Traps

  • Use rat traps when poison baits may pose a potential hazard to children, pets or wildlife.
  • Use rat traps where rodent baits are not allowed due to the possibility of food contamination.
  • Use rat traps when rodents exhibit bait shyness.
  • Use rat traps when dead rodents may create odors.

After Trapping The Rat

  1. Wear gloves when disposing the rat. On a daily basis, check the traps and replace the traps if needed.
  2. If you are concerned with any health threats from the dead rodent, use a household disinfectant.
  3.  See tips on cleaning rodent traps and disposal of rodents