10 Genius Homemade Rat Traps that Make Us the Next MacGyver

10 Genius Homemade Rat Traps that Make Us the Next MacGyver

What’s worse than having diseased rodents in your home? The expense needed to get rid of them. Traps. Poison. You know rats are cautious creatures so it’s possible they could avoid your traps for days, and while you wait for your investment to work, these clever creatures could be turning your home into a breeding ground as you sleep.

But what if you already had plenty of inexpensive and fantastic traps already at your disposal? You wouldn’t settle for store-bought if you knew you had a better recipe at home. Look at traps the same way you would with your mother’s brisket, and know that sometimes the best trap is a matter of wits. If your opponent is smart, then you be smarter. We’re about to show you 10 unique homemade rat traps that require little to no funding at all, and will make you feel like the next MacGyver.

1.  Buckets and Bottles

Say you’ve got an infestation on your hands and need something that’ll work overtime while you sleep. Multi-catch options are the way to go, but rather than purchase one of the expensive products on the market today, you can make a brilliant trap at home using items that you already have. This one’s main ingredient? A bucket. You know the bucket. Your dog’s played with it. Your tools have sat in it. It’s been used to catch water leaks and trash. Now it’s time to catch rats with it, and after you try this, we won’t be surprised if you never buy a traditional trap again.

  • 5-gallon bucket or larger
  • Water bottle, soda can, or pvc pipe
  • Wire hanger
  • Sticks to use as a ramp
  • Water (or no water for catch-and release)
  • Bait

Directions:

  • Drive a stick through the opposite ends of the water bottle (Or whatever object you chose to use. It should be cylindrical and easy to roll.) Drill holes in two sides of the bucket near the top where you can slide the hanger through. Fill the bucket with water. (optional) Set up your ramps, and then bait the rolling mechanism. You’ll have rats climbing up to get to the delicious bait only to be dropped to the bottom of the bucket!

2.  The Rolling Log

You’ll quickly notice how handy buckets are for homemade rat traps. The rolling log trap is similar to the bottle trap in that the “log” spins, dropping rats and mice down into the bucket. This is a cheap multi-catch option that won’t break or wear out easily and can be used again and again.

 

Materials:

  • 5-gallon bucket or larger
  • PVC pipe
  • Wire hanger
  • Wood to be used for ramps
  • Water (optional)
  • Bait

3.  The Bucket with a Plate

Suppose you don’t have $5 to spend on a pvc pipe, or you’d rather not make a trip to the store, the plate trap is another self-resetting trap that’s fairly easy to create and shouldn’t cost you a dime as long as you have paper plates at home. Once the weight of the rat touches the plate, it will automatically dip, dropping the rat into the bucket before springing back into place. It closely resembles the first two bucket traps we recently discussed, and is a popular choice for catching rodents on a budget.

Materials:

  • 5-gallon bucket or larger
  • Paper plate
  • Wire Hanger
  • Material for ramps
  • Water (optional)
  • Bait

4. Water Bottle Trap

If you don’t have a bucket at your convenience, fear not! There are plenty of clever ways to catch rats with everyday items, as you’ll see with this water bottle trap. The rat’s curiosity will eventually get the better of it, and when that happens, it’s as good as caught!

Check out this neat demonstration below:

Materials:

  • Thread
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper clip
  • Bait (peanuts work)
  • Chopsticks (you might have saved from the last time you ordered takeout)
  • Plastic water bottle

5. The One-Way Door

This is an innovative take on an old idea. Inspired by an antique mousetrap that operated as a one-way door, the mice are baited to travel through a hole, but are unable to return through the same entrance due to wires protruding from the hole. Sounds gnarly, but actually the wires leave the mouse completely unharmed through it’s decent through the hole. It’s only when the mouse lands, does it realize that the wires prevent it from returning. This is a simple mousetrap that can easily be converted into a trap for larger rodents and can be used multiple times.

Here’s how it works:

Materials:

  • Containers
  • Mesh
  • Tools for cutting
  • Galvanized wire (or paperclips)
  • Glue

6. The Mason Jar

There’s no limit as to what you can use to catch rats. Maybe you’ve got mason jars leftover from projects or gifts. Good news! Even these can be converted into live-rat traps. A single catch-and-release method, but hey? It works.

Here’s how to make it:

Materials:

  • Mason jar
  • Scrap metal
  • Gorilla Glue or Rivets
  • Tin snips
  • Pliers
  • Paper clips

7. The Cable Tie

Okay, okay, so maybe you want to make something that doesn’t require any tools or drilling or snipping. You’ve still got a whole bunch of options! Like for example, this neat cable-tie trap. We know it requires a tool, but it’s not what you think! In this case the tool is being used as a weight, which is what pulls the cable tie together, essentially trapping the rat.

See for yourself:

Materials:

  • Cable tie
  • Monkey spanner
  • Thread
  • Tape
  • Cable staple

8. Simple Bowl Trap

Try using a glass bowl as your main catcher. All this trap requires is a few household items and a delicate touch, and you’ll have a super simple, but effective trap on your hands! If you’ve got a really curious rat lurking around, this might be the perfect way to catch him without all the fancy crafting.

Here’s how:

Materials:

  • Glass Bowl
  • Thick Board
  • Chopsticks
  • Bait
  • Tape

9. The Fan Trap

Bet you never imagined using a fan guard to catch rodents, but why not? It’s the perfect cage just waiting to be discovered. This is one of the easiest traps yet! Since the fan covers a larger area than the bowl trap, it’s more likely to get a catch in a shorter amount of time, and who knows? You might even end up with more than one rat.

Check it out:

Materials:

  • Fan guard
  • Nails
  • Zip tie
  • Thread
  • Fishing wire
  • Bait

10. The Paper Trap

This is probably the easiest of them all to make! All it takes is paper. Well, alright, some tape too, and definitely a bucket or trash can for the rodents to land in, but that’s about it! Just fold the paper, bait the end, and hang it halfway over a ledge. By the time the rat realizes that the bottom won’t hold its weight, it’ll be too late. Keep in mind that rats and mice are amazing jumpers and could free themselves depending on how large the container is, or if there’s water in it.

See it in action:

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Bait

Here’s all the proof you need to know that you CAN handle a rat problem on a low budget. Multi-catch to single-catch—from rats, to mice, or even other rodents, you can create the perfect trap using items that you probably already have on hand.

Of course, if you’d rather not deal with the catching process at all, it’s always a fine idea to call in your local pest control. The team at Green Rat Control are experts on catching rats and will gladly take care of the critters for you.


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