Squeaking of which: Best humane rat trap ever

PETA, take note!

We’ve always had these cute, tiny mice sneaking into the house now and then, but have managed to get them out without a mousetrap. We did get one expensive PETA-approved one online, which the mice merely scoffed at. So I have perfected the technique of chasing them around the house with a broom and bucket. Once you get them into a tall bucket that they can’t easily jump out of, you just cover it with anything handy and run for the door. Catch and release, simplest form.

Enter two determined field rats. Large, bright eyed and naked-tailed. I think it’s the same two that keep gnawing through the mesh windows and getting in. (Trying to find rat-proof mesh – we have heard much of a certain 304 SS mesh. The things one ends up learning!).) Anyway, these rats have scoped out our place and decided it’s their dream home.

We checked out a lot of rat traps and decided against them. They were the usual sheet metal kind with a really strong spring, and a trap door that clangs shut, putting the rat in grave danger.

Then Rajendra told us about a locally made trap, with a soft closure. It sounded good. None were available at the moment, but friend Kareem from the next village kindly agreed to loan us his. We were thrilled to see how cleverly it was made.

It’s a large cylinder, made of wire.
This is the door, through which you insert the bait. There’s also a hook to hang stuff, but we put a taster on the spring plate (see below), and more in a container lid on the floor.
This is the business end. The rat ventures into the entrance where a healthy snack is temptingly laid out in this case, some peanuts, puffed rice, dates and a rusk The minute the rat steps on the plate, its weight tilts the plate and the rat slides in gently. The trapdoor springs back softly.

Next morning: another hole in the window mesh, and these two beauties in the trap.

Catch and release. Repeat ad nauseum, or until a rat-proof mesh is found.


8 responses to “Squeaking of which: Best humane rat trap ever

    • We had one, Vaidya – the darlingest cat ever 😥. But I wouldn’t call him humane. And we spent a lot of energy (misplaced, I know) rescuing his prey from him.


  1. Wondering if design solutions that people come up with in a region depend on their own social and economic backgrounds. The trap you describe seems like one in which the creature too was given an active thought, and so do users by their preference to use this. Such a contrast from our region (Wardha district) where a super nasty rat poison is the go to option. It is mixed with food and placed in grain storage. Kills the numbers for good and the deterrence effect lasts for a season (Disclosure: Done in our grain storage too). People seldom have a head space wherein they take a few extra minutes or steps before an action. Snake? Kill it. Rat? Kill it. Waste. Pop it just over the fence. Non-usable trees/plants around the farm? Hack them ASAP. Agri waste which doesn’t have fodder value? Burn it on the spot.

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    • All those violent things happen here too, tiwarisac! In addition, there’s a hideous yellow sticker like fly paper that the poor animal is supposed to get stuck to. It was really a delightful surprise to find something as humane as this trap. However, it is only used in the case of rodents in the house. It wouldn’t work in the fields, where I suppose the only way to save your crop may be to poison all pests. We are in the rare and fortunate position of not having to make a living from our farm, so we can afford to be kind. Btw, I have also heard of alternatives like spreading human hair to repel pigs. Quite understandable, it would repel me too!

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