Create Your Own Homemade Rat Trap


Nothing can be worse than rats breeding in your place amongst books and important documents or inside your kitchen cupboards. This is highly unhygienic and can spread a number of rat-borne diseases! Not only that, your possessions will be in a horrible mess and you will not be able to recover things that are torn by these rats. Also, rat poops here and there will spoil the interior of your home. So how do we solve this problem?

Simple – a homemade rat trap! It has been used since years to catch rats by using baits such as a small piece of bread or cheese. There is a wide variety available in the market from which you can select. But why spend money on these creatures? Instead you can make your own. Making one is not that difficult. You just need to get hold of a few spare things and follow a few simple steps. It is cost-effective and time-saving at the same time!

If you are doubtful about whether homemade methods will effectively work, let us assure you that the working of the trap is mainly dependent on whether you are able to make it perfectly and place it rightly.

In case you are wondering how to create, you can find below a few  that can be easily implemented with some simple ingredients:

The Glue Trap

Here some amount of adhesive is applied to a board. The portion containing the glue is usually at the center. You just need to place bait such as cheese or cocoon on the other side of the glue so that the mice have to cross it in order to get access to the food. Now when they try to do the same, they get stuck to the glue and eventually die out of dehydration or stress.

Bucket Rat Trap

You can also make a setup using a bucket and spoon these days. For this you require a bucket, spoon and a bait such as cheese or butter. Just spread the cheese or butter along the handle of the spoon and wait for them to jump on the spoon getting attracted to the bait. Once it jumps on to the spoon, it will be compelled to fall inside the bucket which can be filled with water in case you want them to get drowned into the water. Otherwise, if you do not have any intention of killing and simply want to collect them within the bucket, you can skip the part.

Bucket with Dog Foodrepel-rodents-homemade-rat-trap

For this you need to put some dog food into the bucket having lid and cut a hole in there. The idea is that the rodent will be able to enter the bucket easily but will find it difficult to come out from there through the hole in the lid.

Using Milk Bottles

For making this type you need to get hold of a spare milk bottle and oil up its sides. The bait has to be placed inside the bottle. Now the bottle has to be skewered and placed inside the bucket at such an angle so that whenever the rat tries to run and reach the bait, the bottle will spin and it will get stuck between the bottle and the bucket.

DIY Electric Rat Killer

This can be done using Arduino. It involves a zapper and the mechanism is same as that of an instrument used for killing larger animals that human beings feed on. This trap makes use of an IR sensor which senses the rat as it reaches the bait. The arduino in turn senses the IR and activates the zapper. You will have to create a door using standard mini servo present under the floor.

There are a number of ways to make DIY electrical  on your own.

Using Plastic Bottles

For this you need to cut the upper portion of a large 1.25 litre plastic bottle (give a cut using scissors along the neck of the bottle) and make the other two inches below the previous cut.

So you are actually getting two large pieces along with a funnel-shaped piece. Now take the smaller top section and cut some slices of one-inch dimension from it. This means you are actually making diagonal cuts in the form of spikes.

After this, insert the funnel-like section on top of the larger section that was cut and seal it with tapes so that it remains firm in its position.

The rat will be able to enter through the mouth of the inverted funnel but will not be able to find its way out of it!

DIY for Chicken Houses

It is mainly used to prevent rodents from eating the chicken pellets. If you are a farm owner then you can try this out for your chicken houses. For this you need a square bucket and a plank. Let the planks rest over the bucket and leave a few food pellets on the planks. Now, as the rats come and try to feed on those pellets, the planks will be tilted and the rats will fall down inside the bucket.

Considering all the options that are stated above, we come to the conclusion that the electric  is the best DIY trap since it kills the  rodents within seconds and is thus more humane as compared to the others. In the other cases, rodents have to undergo some amount of torture and it is not a pleasant experience to watch them die out of pain. So, considering all its positives, the electric one is undoubtedly the best homemade trap. This is essentially like a DIY electric .

Make your own and put an end to rats at the early stage!


Frequently Asked Questions:

Many people have been asking about rodent traps and how to create the most effective setup. Here are a few common questions that we receive:

How to make homemade?

You must first acquire the right materials. Bottles, buckets, or cans are a good start. Please view the above article on specific examples.

Do homemade traps really work?

They do work if properly created. In order to do that, it is highly suggested that you buy the right materials. However, if you are looking for something that can easily be installed, please view our product reviews


1.Pitfalls and Snap Traps for Sampling Small Mammals and Herpetofauna

2. Responses of Small Mammals to the Clearcutting of Northern Appalachian Forests

3.  patent


5. Google Scholar

Leave A Reply