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Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:50 am
by buttonbuck
I high maxed my lil chick coup. Rats still got in. Whats the best method of trapping them?

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:25 am
by john1984
Maybe try one of those rolling mouse traps idk

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:29 am
by Dewey
A big block of cheese, ghille suit and a .22 rifle. :lol:

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:44 am
by Ghost Hunter
Rat trap with jelly or peanut butter under neath trigger.

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:16 am
by clandestine.misfit
Water bucket with a dowel and a bottle or can with peanut butter

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:51 am
by buttonbuck
clandestine.misfit wrote:Water bucket with a dowel and a bottle or can with peanut butter


Ive seen this before. Does it work well?

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:47 pm
by Ol Split ( ) Toes
buttonbuck wrote:
clandestine.misfit wrote:Water bucket with a dowel and a bottle or can with peanut butter


Ive seen this before. Does it work well?

Works good with mice not sure about rats

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:49 pm
by Ol Split ( ) Toes
Get a pet mink like the guy on YouTube, mink goes in and flushes all the rats out.

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:51 pm
by Ol Split ( ) Toes
I think he calls it minkenry.

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:03 pm
by DeadHeadSpread
Hunk of meat, camouflage clothing, and a sledge hammer.

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:02 pm
by Tsom
Some food for bait, a patient boy and a pellet gun

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:17 am
by Rich M
Aside from putting hardware cloth or chicken wire around the coop, the hav-a-hart traps work best.

We had an infestation of wood rats/pack rats and them things got smart after I used pellet rifle on 1/2 dozen or so, then tried rat traps and got 1 but that was it. Tried glue traps without any success. D-con didn't work as well as it should have.
Broke down and bought a hav-a-hart at Home Depot for about $30. If the rats are around, it produces. Also catches small possums and such.

You can drop it in a bucket of water or use the pellet rifle to extinguish them. I just toss the dead rats in my backyard and they are gone in a couple hours...

I bait the trap with sunflower seeds - Pnut butter doesn't work well around here and attracts the possums.

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:37 am
by greenhorndave
Behold! The Chipper Dipper.

A 5 gallon pail, a ramp, some water and sunflower seeds. Just make sure the water level is low enough where they can't grab the rim.

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Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:17 am
by PK_
If you go the rat trap route, get the catchmaster easy set snap traps. They are more expensive but are key.

First off is the rat can only enter it from the business end, which reduces false triggers and causing them to become trap shy.

Second is you can stuff the bait (mini marshmallows or 1” piece of slim Jim) down into the little cylinder under the trigger as well as sticking it up onto the peg above the trigger. This forces the rat to fully engage the trigger to try to get the bait vs just gently licking off peanut butter which they will do when they wise up...

Re: Best method to trap a rat?

Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:34 pm
by buttonbuck
3 snap traps set, 2 cage traps and a bucket of water with sunflowers set. All buried and brushed in.