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Rat House


Rat House

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Rat House - live capture of rats and bandicoots 

Australian-made, premium quality, long life trap

440 x 200 x 170 mm


Catch rats live and then identify if they are a feral rat that came out with the first fleeters or a native rat that belongs in the Australian bush.

Feral rats clearly have tails longer than the bodies and are more aggressive than the native Antichinus rat

Strong and super-fast spring-loaded trap door is triggered when the rat nibbles on food in the bait cradle

The 500 mm long Rat House is big enough and stong enough to trap king-sized rats for decades

Simple and quick to use

No need for poisons, their expense and their unintended consequences but you will have to deal with a live rat when captured - decide what you are going to do with the rat before trapping starts

Rats like to head inside the trap for raw meat (they are ominvores - eat meat and veg and fruit and mice), chocolate (not so practical in hot weather), cheese - ditto, and athey lso lust after peanut butter on bread, they eat mice

Rub food around the entrance to the trap to give the rat a scent trail to lead it in towards the bait holder

If you see one rat, there are around 60 in the social group nesting and breeding up rapidly nearby - there is never just one rat

Single catch rat trap - catch and reset

For safety reasons, keep one hand on firmly top of the external trap mechanism when putting bait inside the bait cradle to prevent the spring-loaded trap door coming down hard and fast on your other hand when you are setting the trap with food

Mice can disjoint themselves and can get through a hole around the diameter of a pencil - they are likely to get out of this sized mesh but rats and bandicoots will not

The Rat House trap should last you at least 20 years if you look after it and don't lend it out to people who don't return borrowed traps

Good trap size for putting through a man-hole into roof cavities

Hot dipped galvanized and spot welded mesh - excellent Australian, quality-controlled design and manufacturing

Check traps at least twice daily for humane animal management

This is what rats do

Rats (all rodents) long front teeth grow continuously so they have to chew to keep teeth size under control - they love chewing electrical wiring in the roof and walls, wiring in cars, tractors, combine harvesters, aircraft and motorcycles. They also chew hoses inside engine bays and on machinery. Wires can be chewed down to bare copper which can then spark a disasterous fire.

7% of insurance house fire claims are attributed to rats and mice chewing through electrial wiring. Rats are mostly nocturnal but not exclusively.

All of this relentless chewing becomes expensive when you have to call out an electrician to find and then repair the wiring fault somewhere in the house or factory or around the engine of a vehicle. Rats are excellent climbers - literally a rat up a drain pipe.

The more rats you trap in succession, the more you slow down their naturally high breeding rate. With all the good food available for feral animals since the drought broke, the bigger the litter size and the more litters per year.

Autumn is the time they traditionaly want to come inside in big numbers and make your home or shed their home for the coming Winter. However, there are already plenty around in Summer. The sooner you start trapping, the sooner their local population diminishes.

Unllike mice who just head for the food, rats are smart, like foxes. They may (or may not) wait a few days when you put a new trap in place as their survival instinct tells them to be wary of new things. Leave the trap in the one place for a week or more so they get used to seeing it and it becomes part of their normal environment so they will make an approach to it. Try and eliminate other nearby food sources so that they are more interested in meals that you provide.

We tested this trap and caught six feral rats in two days with the Rat House, set it with raw meat from dog food in the afternoon in the hothouse where they were running around at night. Had the first one at tea time, the second one before going to bed and the third one there in the morning. Same the next day then nothing for a month or more. Every trapping situation is different but all the traps are designed to work with the nature of the animal.

Bandicoots are a similar size animal and can be trapped live in the Rat House cage trap.

Birds can also be trapped in the Rat House such as nuisance birds like blackbirds digging up the garden.

The Rat House is a very good trap for research on animals for catch and release studies.

If you are wondering what to do with a deceased feral rat, ask your chooks, local magpies, kookaburras, owls, crows and other birds of prey. Some farmers put the rat on the top of a fence post for these birds as a take-away.

Chooks feathers are 90% protein and their eggs have a high protein content. Meat is protein and a chook instinctively knows a gourmet feed when she sees one. Rats trapped in the Rat House are not poisoned so it is safe to feed them to meat-eating birds if no poisons have been used on the property. They also can be recycled by digging dead rats into a compost pile and contributing to nitrogen fertilizer levels. Best to bury them quickly so the blowflies don't stand a chance. Or just tip them into a used supermarket bag, tie off the top and put them in a rubbish bin.

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