I know rats, and I know traps. I've tried everything from electronic "juicers" to the humane catch-and-release traps. Without question, the best, most reliable trap on the market is the Victor trap with the metal--not plastic--bait holder.To make this thing 100% effective, however, you'll need to make 2 modifications--hence my four stars. The first is not for the squeamish. To make sure that the rat doesn't escape (and the big ones will, even from the Victor) and is dispatched more quickly, you'll need "spike" the trap. Here's how it's done. Remove trap from plastic packaging. Notice that the copper "bail" (the thing that traps the rat) is in the "trapped" position. You'll to drill 6 to 8 small pilot holes in the wood around the inside perimeter of the bail--about 1/4 inch in, forming a u-shaped necklace around the bait. Now turn the trap over, screw in 6-8 pointed wood screws or drive in 6-8 nails in the pilot holes (the pilot holes keep the wood from splitting. When all the way in, the nails or screws should protrude up through the bait-side of the trap about 1/2 an inch. That way, when the bail snaps, the rat will be both pinned and skewered, and will die much more quickly. As I said, it's not for the squeamish. But it beats choking the rat over a period of hours, or just wounding it and having it die inside your walls.The second modification is simpler. Drill one hole in the corner of the other end of the trap (where the bait isn't), and tie on some twine. When placing the trap, be sure you've secured the twine to something that won't move.With these modifications, the Victor trap is unbeatable. Without them, it's only good for the smaller rats.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]