- G Day All, I had a survival job working for Terminix as a licensed pest inspector. The only trick to catching rats in a trap is to prevent them from beingMessage 1 of 4 , Feb 13, 2013View SourceG'Day All,
I had a survival job working for Terminix as a licensed pest inspector. The only trick to catching rats in a trap is to prevent them from being able to bump the trap, which allows them to trigger the trap without being caught and then they eat the bait.
Snap traps are the most effective and humane way of killing these disease spreading creatures. I strongly suggest wearing gloves. Once a rat is caught, just pickup the trap and rat and put it in the garbage. It is not worth risking disease to try and save the trap.
Rat traps are bigger than mouse traps, but tend to work the same.
If you find an injured rat that is not dead, the zoologist said that the most most humane way of killing them is to drop the rat and trap into a bucket of water. They drown rather quickly.
Some people just hit the injured rat with a solid object, but this tends to spread blood around, which I find both disgusting and less safe.
I used to screw the trap to a larger board to prevent the smart rats from triggering the trap and stealing the bait. Peanut butter was the most effective bait.
If these were not creatures that spread disease, I would just leave them alone.