How to Make an Electrified Rat Trap

Written by erick kristian
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    Select a metal medium to use for the trap. The trap can either be a slab of sheet metal or a length of wire.

  2. 2

    Place bait, such as peanut butter, in the middle of the sheet metal. If a wire is used, coat the wire with peanut butter.

  3. 3

    Place the trap in an area known to be frequented by rats.

  4. 4

    Connect jump leads to a 12-volt battery.

  5. 5

    Connect the other end of the jump leads to the ends of the sheet metal or wire.

  6. 6

    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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