Snap-traps are an acceptable, efficient and humane method for rat control. Wood snap-traps are inexpensive and eliminate the liability of using poison bait. To attract rats to a trap, suggested bait options are: grape tomatoes, peanut butter, beef jerky, dried fruit or nuts. When trapping outdoors or in an unsecured area, cover the trap with a plastic laundry basket or similar cover with small openings to keep out larger non-target animals.
When first using a snap-trap, it is advisable to "pre-bait" the trap. This means placing bait on the trap without setting the trap. Rats are very cautious of any item in their path, allowing them to get used to an unset trap for a day or two eliminates their fear. After this period, re-bait the trap and set it. This step will greatly increase the trapping success.
1. Securely attach bait onto the trigger as shown; most traps have a trigger point where bait can be attached (hard bait can be tied to the trigger with sewing thread.
2. Move the latch bar out of the way, pull back the bail and securely hold down the bail with thumb as shown.
3. Position the latch bar under the trigger notch as shown. Next, hold the latch bar in place while gently raising the bail until you feel the latch bar hold in place.
4. Very important! Release your hold of the latch bar while maintaining pressure on the bail with your thumb. Hold on to the rear of the trap before releasing thumb.
5. Trap is set. If it should accidently go off, it would harmlessly snap without striking you.
6. Slowly and carefully, place trap in desired area. When trapping outdoors or in an unsecured area, cover the trap with a plastic laundry basket or similar cover with small openings to keep larger non-target animals out.