Rats can be a pesky nuisance but can also spread disease, eat crops/plants and attack small pets. Getting rid of rats can be difficult; rats will continue to remain in areas with food sources. An electrified rat trap may seem a bit excessive, but it will definitely kill the rat. The electrified trap can be modified into an electric fence with chicken wire to keep rats from accessing a garden.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 12-volt battery
- Jump leads
- Metal sheet or wire
Select a metal medium to use for the trap. The trap can either be a slab of sheet metal or a length of wire.
Place bait, such as peanut butter, in the middle of the sheet metal. If a wire is used, coat the wire with peanut butter.
Place the trap in an area known to be frequented by rats.
Connect jump leads to a 12-volt battery.
Connect the other end of the jump leads to the ends of the sheet metal or wire.
Wait for a rat. As soon as the rat steps onto the sheet metal it will be electrocuted. When the rat eats the peanut butter off the wire it will be electrocuted.
Tips and warnings
- Keep pets and children away from the electrified rat trap.
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- "Rats And How To Destroy Them;" Mark Hovell; 2005
- "Tiny Game Hunting: Environmentally Healthy Ways to Trap and Kill the Pests in Your House and Garden;" Hilary Dole Klein, Adrian M. Wenner and Courtlandt Johnson; 2001
- "The Critter Control Handbook: Pro Secrets for Stopping Sneaky Squirrels and Other Crafty Critters in Their Tracks;" Dan Hershey; 2002