How to Make a Bucket Rat Trap

I really do not like rats, in fact, I hate them and they will eat just about anything they can get their grubby little selves near. To be fair, they are only doing what they need to survive, eating, I just don’t want them eating MY food.

Rats are actually pretty crafty little animals and can be fairly tough to catch. The rat bucket trap that we will be looking at today is an effective and cheap trap that you can easily make and rely on at home. Whether or not you decide to use the trap to catch the rats without killing them or not will be a choice that only you can make.

Gather Your Supplies

Before we start, go ahead and gather the following supplies for your bucket rat trap:

  1. 5 gallon bucket
  2. Drill
  3. Metal rod or wire
  4. Tin can
  5. Water (not needed if you don’t plan on killing the rat)
  6. Peanut butter (bait)
  7. Small plank of wood to act as a ramp

Prepare Your Bucket

Start off by drilling two small holes into opposite sides of the bucket, about two inches below the rim. The holes should be big enough for the metal rod or wire to fit through and freely turn.

Prepare Your Tin Can

Next up you need to use your drill again to make a hole through the centre of the top and the bottom of the tin can. Stick the metal rod or wire through the can and make sure that it can turn freely without sticking.

To Fill or Not to Fill

If you don’t plan on killing the rats then you can skip this step otherwise you will need to fill the bucket with water deep enough that the rat will drown. If using a 5 gallon bucket as suggested then a couple of gallons of water should be enough.

Build the Bucket Rat Trap

Insert the metal rod or wire through one side of the bucket, through the tin can and then through the opposite side of the bucket. The tin can should be suspended halfway across the opening of the bucket.

Bait it Up

There isn’t much that a rat doesn’t like but one thing they definitely can’t seem to resist is peanut butter. Smear the outside of the tin can with a thin layer of peanut butter. The smell will lure the rats into stepping onto the tin can.

Help Them Out

The rats need some way of getting up off the floor to the bucket opening so we are going to use a small plank of wood to create a small ramp. File a notch in the bottom of a plank of wood. Rest the notch onto the lip of the bucket. The notch will stop the ramp from sliding off. Place a little more of the peanut butter on the ramp to attract the attention of the rats.

All that is left is to place the bucket rat trap where you need it and check for any rats in the morning.


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