Skill development course required asapAn unwanted visitor has entered our home a few days ago. We've bought a trap to catch Jerry but this has proved unsuccessful. I found another thread about using a touchpad with glue but I find that "Ugh!"
I looked it up online and it seems peanut butter is what attracts rats the most. One has to place it on a spoon over the edge of something with a bucket below, so that when the rat ventures to the spoon's end where the food is placed, it tips over and falls into the bucket. So I did embed a peanut in a pat of butter on the edge of a long wooden spoon, placing it on the edge of a cupboard in the balcony where Jerry is hiding (we've closed the room doors so that it does not merrily wander around). Below it was placed a bucket of water. Today morning we discovered that Jerry had a nice meal. Looks like I had erroneously put a weight on the spoon so obviously, it did not tip over. Silly me! We've also put pieces of Ratol poison purchased at a local bania shop. It is a green rectangular brick that we broke up, and placed the bits here and there as per the advice given by a neighbor, who said the rat will eat it and then die.
I am going to try the peanut-butter bait again but since personally would prefer to give Jerry a non-violent end, would be glad if any of you, who has been successful in catching a rat, could provide training to me in the skillful art of trapping the unwanted visitor in the rat-trap. I want to know which fruit to put on the hook in the rat-trap box (it is a mesh wire one) to catch it and then release it outside the building. I tried with a pear piece, but it remained intact. We have presently apples, pears, and plums.
Drat, that rat!