The best in humane live trapping for rats ends with the Havahart X-Small One Door Trap. It is easy to bait, easy to set and once the rat goes inside and nibbles on the bait, the gravity door falls behind the rodent and it can't get out. The solid steel top, where the handle resides, is a positive shield that keeps your hands and fingers away from sharp teeth. When it's time to release the rat, simply pull up on the top of the door, while standing behind the trap, and the rodent will scurry away. It's that easy. The single door design allows you to place the trap in a corner or against the wall, giving the rat a false sense of security for maximum effectiveness. Although not inexpensive, it works and it may be the only trap you'll need.
If you have a serious rat problem and you want to catch several at once, the Pied Piper Multi Catch Rat Trap 8x8x24 may be what you need. There are two doors on this trap, and once the rat walks through, they close behind. Since only one rat can get through a door at a time, those trapped inside will stay inside. Just bait, place them down where there is known rat activity, and check once per day. A hinged locked door opens at the back to allow release.
If you want the easiest trap there is, the Advantek Multi-Animal Catch & Release Rodent Trap is the one. No moving parts, except for the hinged release door on the bottom, which means you just bait it and forget it. The entryway prongs that lead into the trap from the top, must be adjusted by pushing them close together. The rat must squeeze through them before going into the trap or it will be able to jump out the way it came. Once adjusted, this is a very effective and easy to use trap.
Tomahawk Trap XLKR - 13 x 3 x 3.5 - Perforated .025 Aluminum Body with Galvanized Treadles & Doors
If price is no object and you want quality that is second to none, the Tomahawk Trap XLKR - 13 x 3 x 3.5 aluminum body trap will get the job done. Rats like to hide in enclosed spaces, and this long and lean trap gives them just that. Baiting and setting are not as easy as some, but performance is top notch. And because the sides are solid and can't be seen through. once trapped, the rat will be less stressed for positive humane release.
For a classic trap that has proven itself, Havahart X-Small 2-Door Trap design has been the go-to for trappers above any other. Two doors make a welcome entrance that the rat can see through, making it appear as if there is a way out. The bait tray is easily accessed in the middle, and the trap door mechanism is easy to set. The solid metal top means your hands or fingers can not be bitten or scratched, and a pull-up door bar allows quick and effortless release.
For Hi-Tech rat eradication, the Raticator Max Infrared Sensing electronic rat killer is the one for you. Although not inexpensive, the design is totally modern and 100 percent effective. A rat goes into the trap, an infrared sensor triggers a switch, and the rat is humanely electrocuted. Simply tip the trap downwards and the extinguished rat will fall into any disposal medium. No poisons, no gore, no mess of any kind. The Raticator uses 4-D batteries and will work for 1 year or 50 kills, whichever comes first. Placement is the key here. A properly placed trap where there is known rat activity will be the most effective. A trapped rat will cause a light on top to flash, so you'll know when it is time to empty.
Has anyone ever built a better rat trap than this? Basic and to the point, the Victor Metal Pedal Rat Trap does exactly what it is meant to do. Extremely simple to use, just pull the arm back and slip the wire spring arm beneath the catch on the bait holder. That's it. Bait the holder, set on known rat runs and let the trap do the rest. Best of all, these traps are so inexpensive that you can dispose of it, and the rat, in the trash, and set a brand new one in its place. That's what allows a snap-trap like this on the list. Ease of use and convenience, and that's the bottom line.
In situations where rats become trap wary, you may have to use an adhesive style trap, and none are better than the Catchmaster 402 Baited Rat Glue Traps Professional Strength. Just lay these down in areas of rat activity, and when the rat goes for the bait, it will become stuck on the professional strength glue board. How you dispose of the trap is up to you, but these adhesive traps are highly effective, they are non-toxic and safe to use around pets and kids. They are inexpensive so the rat in the trap can be disposed of and a new one can be set in its place.
For a modern iteration of an old tried and true idea, try the Snap E Rat Trap 6 Pack. The bowl shaped bait cup allows you to fill it once and use the same bait time and again, saving bait each instance that the trap is reset. They are relatively inexpensive, so if you choose to not use it again, just trap the rat and throw it all away, then bait a new one to put in its place. Easy to set, just pull back the arm set and you're done. There are six to a pack for an economical and terminal solution to your rat problems.
If you like an electronic rat zapper, at an inexpensive price, than the Rat Zapper Classic RZC001 will fit your bill. It uses 4 AA batteries, which are good for 20 kills, and it has a red light on top that goes on when a rat is inside. Its a non-toxic pet and kid safe way to eliminate your rat problem. Once a rat has been terminated, just empty it into a disposable medium of your choice. Thats it!