Have those nasty rodents been creating ruckus and devastation in your house? Now, you would want to learn how to catch a rat. This article will provide you with a few tips and techniques for that purpose.
“Damn! There are rats in our house. Those nasty pests, I will kill them!” We all are used to these exclamations. But, killing rats can lead to a lot of mess and foul odor. To save yourself from this, why not consider catching them instead? But how to do so, you might ask. Don’t worry! The following methods will make your job quite easy.
Different Methods to Try
Some people think rat poison is the best solution, but invariably, the rats will die in unknown corners or hidden crevices, emitting an obnoxious smell. So it’s better to catch them than to kill them. Some mouse traps will also be very useful in your venture.
Get a Cat: Cats are efficient and also cute. Rats will prove to be a great meal for them, and the problem of bad odor will also be solved. If you are not fond of animals, you can simply resort to the other methods mentioned ahead.
Glue Traps: For this method, all you need is good quality glue or adhesive and plastic or cardboard surfaces. Cover these surfaces with synthetic or natural adhesive. Place a bait onto the surface, which will attract the rat to the trap. Once it comes on to the trap, it will get stuck. You can then release it at a faraway area.
Bucket Method: For this method, place a tall bucket under a table. On the edge of the table, you must place a hollow cylindrical tube. A toilet paper roll will do just fine for this purpose. Try to balance the tube in such a way that the bait is on the outer edge. When the rat comes to the bait, the entire tube will topple and fall into the container below.
On the Run but Fun: You must have heard of the rat race. This method will allow you to do that in the literal sense. It requires a lot of agility and speed. Place the bait on the floor, preferably in a rather open area, to lure the rodent out of its hiding place. Patiently wait for your prey to show up. When it finally arrives and starts feeding on the tasty peanut butter, you must take quick strides, place the towel, and wrap it around the rodent. Take it outside and release it at a faraway place.
Spring Bar Mouse Trap: This type of trap has a bar that is loaded with a spring. A spring device has a trip. The touch of the rat will release the spring, and the handle will come down rapidly onto the wooden surface, killing it immediately. Even though this results in the rat dying, you know where the trap is placed, and hence, you can dispose it off as soon as it is killed. All you need to do is place a bait on the trip to attract the rodent. Peanut butter is known to be a best bet for this.
The Bucket Trap: Use a deep bucket or bowl for this method. It should be such that when the rodent falls in it, it shouldn’t be able to get out of the bucket. Place some bait inside the bucket. Now, make the rim of the bucket accessible, so that the rat will get inside easily. Also, tape the bucket to the ground so that it doesn’t topple over and provide an escape for your prey. When you release it outside, remember that it is illegal to free pests in local parks or farms.
Of course, other than these ideas, there are many conventional methods like pest control and rat poisoning. However, they have their disadvantages too. So, try out the above effective methods for safe, easy, and better results.