Saturday, December 4, 2021


Ingenious DIY rat trap. Why didn’t you think of this?

You have got to love this rat trap! If you’re not into squishing the rodents with a traditional trap, this might be your answer. The basic equipment is a simple cable tie, a bit of string, a sheet of sturdy paper and some sort of weight, in this case an adjustable wrench.

Oh, you’ll need some bait – cheese or another tasty treat. A piece of a Snickers bar works great.

Once you grab the rodent, transport it off to a farmer’s field somewhere. Or do whatever else you want. At least you’ll know where it is, and not have to listen to it running between your walls at night.

How creative! Hey, it may be tough to come up with a better mousetrap (as the saying goes) – but in this case, a better rat trap seems to have been invented.

Some people are just so creative, like the guy who came up with this!


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11 months ago

Cute but I bet the mouse / rat gets away much of the time! The beer can / 5 gal pail trap is much more sure.

Bob P
11 months ago

A regular trap would’ve caught the first time it went into it, game over, and you don’t have to worry about being bitten while you practice catch and release, my way ensures it don’t come back, why turn your problem loose on an unsuspecting farmer.

Kim Christiansen(@imkimc)
11 months ago

This does look a little horrific… I’ve personally used an electronic rat trap for several years now and been super happy with the results. The rat is lured in by the bait and then gets a zap that stops their hearts instantly. No mess, no suffering. Then I pick up the trap and empty the dead rat into a zip-loc and into the old trash bin. Re-bait and set back out again.

Only one time did I have a problem with a baby squirrel that got into the trap. Which was sad because “yard rodents” are cute, but there are always plenty of baby squirrels running around.

If you want to look it up, here’s one of our Amazon links to the unit I use:

I highly recommend these as an alternative to squishy traps or rat poison in bait traps.


RV Staff(@rvstaff)
11 months ago

Oh, my brain. I don’t know why it goes where it goes sometimes. It just popped into my head that your electronic rat trap is a case of bait and twitch. Ugh! 😯 —Diane at

11 months ago

Clever but cruel. Might cost more than a zip tie but there are humane traps.

11 months ago

Another thing you will have to cut that zip tie off of him with a wire cutter with that size tie. that means touching it. I just made every women that reads this toes curl thinking about touching a ballistic rat on a string.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

Hi, Crowman. A couple of nights ago my dog caught/killed and started to eat a huge rat in my front yard before I saw what he was up to. When I brought Buddy in, instead of giving him the usual 1/2 little dog biscuit as a treat for coming in when I told him to, I gave him the whole little biscuit so I wouldn’t have to touch his lips! (Then I went out and cleaned up the mess. Then I had to wait awhile to get my appetite back before I ate my dinner. 😯 ) 😆 —Diane at

11 months ago

Better look up the diseases that rats carry including bubonic plague that the fleas they have may harbor.

Allan Bornestig
11 months ago

Will the farmer be happy to get another rat in his field?

11 months ago

So now you’ve got a pissed off rat. What’s the next step?

Scott R. Ellis
11 months ago
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10 months ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Personally, I would drop the rat into a plastic bin and pop it in the freezer…. Easy peasy….LoL