THE RAT HOUSE

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THE RAT HOUSE

Trap the destructive, disease-carrying and parasite-ridden imported feral rats that are not native to Australia. Rats meet their match with this strong, large, Australian designed and Australian made very durable rat trap.

The trap is long enough to hold the body and long tail of the feral rat inside the wire cage before the spring-loaded trap door comes down hard and fast. Rats are here to stay across Australia, from the day they ran down the mooring ropes of the first offshore sailing ships and spread themselves across the country.

If you have accidentally caught the protected native rat in this trap, the Antichinus, it can be relocated and released alive elsewhere in its bush habitat. They look similar to feral rats who have hairless tails that are longer than the body.  Antichinus have a tail shorter than their body and it is a furry tail. The Antechinus is a native carnivorous marsupial in the same family as the Tasmanian Devil, quolls and the rat-sized brush-tailed phascogale. Unlike feral rats, Antichinus are meant to be in Australia but they are also a prey animal devoured by predator cats, another feral import gone badly wrong.

Unlike snap traps, rodents are not mangled in this wire cage trap.

TRAP DIMENSIONS
  • Size is 440 x 200 x 170 mm
  • Weight is 2 kg
  • Galvanized wire thickness is 1.6 mm

FEATURES
This trap has a large strong spring for lightning-fast closure of the trap door so that the nimble rat has no time to spin around and get back out before the door slams down shut. Little animals react faster than big animals.
The galvanized metal Jamieson can be used indoors or out in the weather. No batteries are required. No poisons are required. Poisoned rodent carcasses cause secondary kills of meat-eating native birds and mammals as you have no control over where poisoned rodents go to die.
Set this trap beside a compost bin, in the garage, in the shearing shed, in the orchard, around grain silos, in the ceiling cavity, in a yard where there are no pets or kids. Keep using the Jamieson rat trap for many years. Bequeath it in your will.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

  • Rinse the trap with hot water when you first take it home and wear gloves if possible when handling the trap to minimize human scent.
  • Smear only the inside floor of the trap leading up to the bait holder with meat, animal fat or peanut butter to give the rat a food scent trail to follow into the far end of the trap. Avoid placing the food scent trail anywhere else on the trap, especially on the outside.
  • Hold the trap door open and firmly push enough bait inside the circular wire bait holder using meat scraps or a piece of bread with peanut butter on it. Kentucky Fried Chicken bits have a useful scent that wafts around to draw rats in.
  • Place the set trap on flat ground or bench tops for stability. Where there are fresh rat droppings is one good location to place the set trap.
  • If you do not know the rats location, thinly sprinkle a few square meters of white flour around an area where they may be and place some dried dog or cat pellets in the middle of the flour patch. Come back later to look for rat footprints in the flour and if the food is gone. If so, set your trap there. Or place it up through a man hole in the ceiling as long as there is enough head room for the trap mechanism to fire off.
  • Rodents instinctively run around the edges of a room or shed instead of open space where they are picked off by birds of prey. They urinate at the same time so that the other rats can follow this scent trail in the night. Placing the set trap parallel with a wall edge could be a good spot. A black light UV torch in the dark will show up the urine runs location, or you can smell it inside an infested room or cellar.
  • Rats are meat eaters but not exclusively. Meat has a stronger food scent attractant than other things they eat, such as fruit, vegetables and grains.
  • Push the spring-loaded long vertical handle back down on to the top surface of the trap. Thread the tip of the rod attached to the handle though the top loop of the wire bait mechanism so that the rod only just holds the trap door open, on a hair trigger. The end of the rod can be greased with candle wax to reduce friction of metal on metal. Avoid having other food sources laying around where to the trap is set.
  • The scavenging rat comes into the trap for a free feed, has a go at the bait in the bait basket and whiz zing, a trapped rat. Once a trap is broken in and has the scent of the first rat, this makes it attractive for more rats to follow their scent trail into the trap.
  • Rinse the used trap in water from time to time, never man-made chemicals as rats will then not go near it.

CAUTION
Never set this trap with your face over the top of the trap. Keep your head and eyes back out of the way of the mechanism. Test and observe the trap when first using it to see just how fast it slams shuts. Use a long stick to activate and test the trap mechanism. If the spring releases accidentally, you will not have time to move out of the way of the path of the fast-moving trap mechanism rod on the top of the cage if you are in range.
This trap is not a toy and is only to be used by responsible adults.

GOOD TRAPPING PRACTICE
  • Decide what you are going to do with a live animal before you start any trapping. If you cannot quickly and humanely dispose of the animal, have someone organized who can. 
  • For all live capture traps of small animals, check set traps at least twice daily. You never leave an animal in a trap for a long slow death.
  • Don't leave uneaten dog food, bones or food scraps laying around the property as the scent will draw rodents in.
  • Eggs in chook yard nests can attract rats who can cart the eggs off. We have seen plastic fake eggs carted off with rat teeth marks in them around five meters away from the nests. They must have been very disappointed rats. Collect real eggs often.

RAT FACTS

  • Rats are prolific breeders, at it 20 times a day. It's their purpose in life, along with finding food day and night. If you see one rat, there are likely to be around 150 to 250 hiding nearby and breeding up in the social group. They do not live alone. There is never just one rat.
  • If you hear rats running in your walls and ceilings, they are likely to be nesting and breeding, especially in the colder months. They have to come out to find food and bring it back to the nest.
  • Rat droppings are larger and rounder than mouse droppings. Where you see droppings or rat damage and activity, this is a good place to set the trap until you get no more catches from that area. Then move it to a new location.
  • Rats two big front teeth grow continuously like fingernails. To keep them short, rats chew on stuff, especially the plastic coating on electrical wiring inside walls and out of sight. This chewing exposes the bare copper on live wiring. It sparks and up she goes. Seven percent of insurance house fire claims are caused by rodents chewing on electrical wiring.
  • Rats will chew almost anything, including wiring under the parked car bonnet especially with the warmth of the motor, big expensive farm equipment that sits idle for much of the year, aircraft, inside pianos, through compost bins, computer gear, biting babies in cots and bed-ridden pensioners while they sleep - we have heard many tales of woe. One rat-damaged car was a Maserati and the chewing rats caused a $25,000 repair bill. Trapping is cheaper and non-toxic.
  • This strong wire trap mesh size will hold rats but not hold mice who disjoint themselves and can squeeze through a hole around the diameter of a pencil.
  • Never let a feral animal go alive. Let native animals go alive. Bury unpoisoned rodents in the compost bin for fertilizer or place their carcasses on a garden path or on top of a fence post for native birds to collect.
  • Each rat you trap is one less to breed up.

BULK PRICING
Please phone 0411 555 644.

SHIPPING IS ADDITIONAL
Four Rat House traps ordered in a single shipment will fit in the Australia Post system.
For more than four traps, the larger-sized delivery is by courier to your door. Traps are shipped from Victoria.
Shipping price is dependent on the size of your order, the weight and your delivery postcode.
Shipping is Australia-wide.