Home made Rat traps

Started by: dave b (1296) 

Ever since some houses were flooded in Aspull when underground culvert collapsed ,think it was boxing day 2015 weve been troubled with rats from time to time,but never before.
The council as been out a few times to put poison down ,and sorted the problem.
So i decided to make some traps , I caught about 8 and they were big uns, one just fit in the trap in length and the trap is 16 inches.
The traps are plywood covered in aviary mesh ,three different designs ,and all work.
1st one is normal spring one pull the rod down to hook under bait hook if the bait hook moves by the rat hes caught .
2nd one the rat stands on the rocker plate to get the bait at the rear of trap ,it tips up releasing the 1/4 inch steel plate door which it cant lift up.
3rd one the rat goes up the ramp to get bait which is attached to the little shelf on rear door ,the ramp pulls the cord which pulls the pin out of steel door,so as to keep my hands away from the traps, a rope is threaded through and cup hook at the front to carry them, because their not very happy when caught.
The rats are disposed of after being caught humanly .

Started: 28th Jun 2017 at 12:59
Last edited by dave b: 26th Apr 2018 at 10:21:53

Posted by: nanajacqui (3326) 

I'm impressed Dave you're very talented

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 13:01

Posted by: admin (779)

Get some more made and sell them on Ebay along with the Owl Boxes

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 13:24

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

The lady rat catcher from the the council said the same thing ,she was very impressed admin

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 13:37

Posted by: priscus (8273)

Which of your designs turned out to be the most effective?

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 13:51

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

Id say trap 1 and 2 priscus ,in trap 3 case if its a young rat may not have enough weight to set it off ,but it does work the pin in the door as to be in only 0.5mm very fine.
Heres trap 2 he was in all night he did eat the kitkat though they love chocalate

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:02
Last edited by dave b: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:05:18

Posted by: alan lad (443)

IT's a gift you have Dave ,

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:15

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

I think its an on going problem in must peoples gardens ,people feed the birds me included ,people have fish ponds ,decking, garden sheds ,compost heaps ,having BQ,ideal places for rats, rats need food and water.At the moment not seen any signs of any for while ,touch wood.

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:21

Posted by: momac (10986) 

So true Dave,we had to take the bird station down since I saw a massive
rat scaling the metal pole to get at bird food.

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:39

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

I know momac my neighbour stopped putting bird food out,
i still do but only a small amount ,its gone in 10 mins

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 14:47

Posted by: billy (26053) 

never did believe in treating rats "humanely.tell me what you do when ya catch em "humanely?????let em go again?

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 15:21

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

he drops them over your garden wall billy.

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 16:29

Posted by: MarieM (5563)

I used to love seeing the birds in the back garden on the bird table but we became overrun with mice in the house too so I had to stop.

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 16:34

Posted by: blackrodweaver (610) 

Dave they are having same problems at top end of Blackrod village were the new houses are being built, all the excavation work, the rats have gone into the neighbouring gardens.

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 20:13

Posted by: Jumpin Jack Flash (154)

That's great Dave, we had the same problem with rats on the bird table, got loads of poison from B&Q and shot the rest with an air rifle since i got rid of them me birds have returned and are feeding well again i know there rats but i feel really bad about dispatching them a real crisis of me morals

Replied: 28th Jun 2017 at 20:57

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

You get that problem when they start building work ,blackrod W ,keeps the pest control busy i guess ,but i think private owners have to pay, they wont be happy about that.

Replied: 29th Jun 2017 at 09:50

Posted by: billy (26053) 

he"s crazy then.....rats aint dumb ya know.....they"lbe back over his side in a flash, they know who the"se Humane friends are, and stay close to em.

Replied: 29th Jun 2017 at 14:48

Posted by: madamehmurray (6156) 

My gram when she was alive used a trap like that to catch the squirels

Replied: 30th Jun 2017 at 23:49

Posted by: billy (26053) 


Replied: 1st Jul 2017 at 15:02

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

We had a rat climbing up a tree a few week ago, to get onto the garden shed ,to get the bread my neighbour had put out for birds.
I said to my neighbour i will set my trap, so I put it at the bottom of my garden , they seem to run along there, following morning...... bingo.
Not seen any more since ,must have been the one, hes stopped feeding the birds LOL.

and this my latest trap ive just made to replace the one in photo one at the start of this thread. , I gave someone ,its not been tested yet , but I'm confident its very sensitive ,the rat as to get past the metal bar suspended from the trigger to get to the food placed right at the back of box. if he touches it , bang the door springs shut.

Thanks for looking. David.

Replied: 21st Oct 2020 at 18:21
Last edited by dave b: 21st Oct 2020 at 18:25:01

Posted by: tonker (22309) 

The fitters used to make traps just like that, for rats at the pit, and there were loads, some as big as cats!
And they used to make them out of that mesh, until they discovered the rats could chew through it!
So they made them out of 1/4 inch roof basket instead!!

PS: that's a little rat, looks like a big mouse!

Replied: 21st Oct 2020 at 21:05
Last edited by tonker: 21st Oct 2020 at 21:08:44

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

Hi tonker from nose to the end of its tail 12ins, so not to big , had that new trap set but no joy ,not seen any since the i caught that one , all the gardens nearby are clean and tidy .
Some residents are feeding the birds including myself ,but i only put a small amount out, you will always get a few knocking about.

Replied: 21st Oct 2020 at 23:12

Posted by: tonker (22309) 

Did you watch that rat extermination video that I posted?

Replied: 21st Oct 2020 at 23:23

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

No dont think I did tonker ,is there a link to it ?

Replied: 23rd Oct 2020 at 20:09

Posted by: tonker (22309) 

The Link - to tonker's rat extermination video!

Replied: 23rd Oct 2020 at 21:27

Posted by: dave b (1296) 

I'll gave him that ,hes an excellent shot, no danger

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 10:23

Posted by: nanajacqui (3326) 


Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 10:34

Posted by: TerryW (5526)

All rats should be shot, verminous disease ridden sods.

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 16:22

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Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 19:41
Last edited by firefox: 24th Oct 2020 at 19:42:22

Posted by: phred (345) 

Snakes are much more effective!

Replied: 25th Oct 2020 at 07:07


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