How to Make a Catch and Release Rat Trap

What You'll Need
A plastic pop bottle
Duct tape
A piece of cardboard
Work gloves

It can be quite a surprise to find that you have a rat infestation in your home and that you are in need of a rat trap.  The signs of rodents include ripped food bags and rodent droppings.For many people, the first instinct is to purchase a product that will kill the unwanted pest. However, having to dispose of the dead animal or locating one that has begun to decompose is not necessarily the best solution to the problem. You can take care of your rodent issue on your own, by building your own rat trap at home.

This article explains how to make a trap that catches the rat without harming it, then allowing it to be safely released. You will need some household items to build it.

Step 1—Preparing the Bottle

Use your scissors to cut off the top of the plastic bottle. Be sure you using a 2L bottle. Cut the bottle at the top indentation. Working with the piece you cut, use your scissors to cut a hole near the opening to the bottle. Be sure the new hole is large enough for a rat. Turn the piece over and position it up side down on the bottle. Secure the cut edges with your duct tape.

Step 2—Securing the Bottle to the Cardboard

Use your duct tape to secure the bottom of the bottle to the cardboard. The board will provide support for the bottle and prevent it from falling over. Position some larger rocks on the cardboard to hold it in place.

Step 3—Setting the Trap

Break some of your cheese into smaller pieces. Put the pieces of cheese into the hole in the bottle. This will lure the rat into the bottle. Look for the areas in your home where the most evidence of your rodent problems is found. Place your catch and release trap in a spot nearby. Make sure it is positioned properly and securely with no possibility of it falling over and allowing the rat to escape. If necessary, build more than one trap and set all of them throughout your home. Be sure to keep the traps in a place that is out of the reach of any children or pets.

Step 4—Releasing the Rat

Be sure to check your trap on a regular basis. Once you have caught your rat, you will need to dispose of it properly. Place the rat, inside the bottle, into a small cage container. Use work gloves to do this, to protect yourself from any possible injury. Take the rat to an open area, a good distance away from your home or any other homes. Open the cage and allow the rat to get away freely.