How to Make an Electrified Rat Trap

Written by erick kristian | 13/05/2017
How to Make an Electrified Rat Trap
Some rats can jump over a meter in the air. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

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.


Keep pets and children away from the electrified rat trap.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep pets and children away from the electrified rat trap.

Things you need

  • 12-volt battery
  • Jump leads
  • Metal sheet or wire

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