How to Set a Tomcat Rat Trap

If you see a rat in your home, then chances are there are more where that one came from. According to allbusiness.com, one female rat can bread at 2 months of age and can produce as many as 22 pups in one litter; and one female rat can have as many as six litters in one year.

Keep your family healthy by eliminating your home's rat problem.

Rats present a number of problems to your home, most notably health issues—rats are known to carry disease. If you suspect a rat problem, consider using Tomcat rat traps. Armed with Tomcat traps, all you need to do is set them up.

Setting a Glue Trap

  1. Find an area in your home where rat droppings or signs of gnawing or nesting are present. This area marks a spot where rodents are traveling and makes a good place to set a glue trap.

  2. Place the glue trap with its sticky side up and position it along the walls or under appliances where you found signs of rodent travel.

  3. Check the trap daily; keep the traps free from moisture and debris. Rats that travel onto the trap will become stuck; dispose of the rat and the trap and set a new trap as needed.

Setting a Wooden Snap Trap

  1. Locate an area in your home with evidence of rodent travel.

  2. Pull the spring-loaded U-shaped metal bar back to the opposite end of the trap and hold it down with one hand.

  3. Use your free hand to place the metal pin over the U-shaped bar. Lift the yellow trigger on the trap and insert the metal pin into the "S" side (for sensitive traps) or the "F" side (for firm). Experiment with different trigger settings; the "S" trigger setting will snap easier than the "F" trigger setting.

  4. Carefully place the trap in the spot you picked. Check the trap daily. Dispose of rats by pulling the metal bar up. Traps can be reset and reused.

Setting Snap Traps

  1. Pick a spot as with the previous traps.

  2. Open the snap trap by pinching the trap open. Tomcatbrand.com likens this action to opening a clothespin.

  3. Place the trap along a wall where the rodents have been traveling. Set the teeth of the trap so they face the wall. Rodents traveling along the wall will run onto the yellow trigger and release the trap.

  4. Check the trap daily. To dispose of dead rats, pinch the trap open and drop the rodent into the trash.


For particularly heinous rodent infestations, consider using a professional exterminator. Look up local exterminators in your area and discuss your problem. They may be able to offer you some helpful tips in catching your pests.