I am overrun with mice this rainy winter. The chickens make a fuss as the varmints run from end to end of their coop and run. It’s rained too much to use the electronic mouse traps, and so I ordered up a bunch of plastic mouse traps from Amazon. I think perhaps they are the best mouse trap I’ve used.

Kness Snap Mouse Trap Is the one you want. Don’t buy the other knockoffs. I got 18 of these I rotate around the coop and one night with several rebait and resets I got 28 mice. Last night I got 8. It’s a beautiful thing hearing the whack of mice traps going off all night long.

best mouse trap in action
best mouse trap in action

These rodent snap traps tend to break their backs. Death comes quickly. I have however had the experience of traps not killing a mouse and that does not make me happy for them to lay in pain and torture. Seems that I get one survivor for every 8 or 10 dead mice. I keep a Crosman 1377,1322 or 2040 airgun on hand to dispatch any survivors.

The procedure is simple. Scoop a little peanut butter into the handy cup on the mouse Trap, set it with the extremely easy to use set bar, and place the Trap up against the wall with the business end closest to the wall and perpendicular.

Mice and rats travel along walls, so you’ll have better luck sticking close to the walls of buildings than the open.

If I don’t get any action on an area over night, I relocate the traps until I strike paydirt.

My son has a sizable cornsnake and he goes through quite a few expensive store bought mice. Now I kill field mice and freeze them for Boney the snake. Of course I only use the freshest kills. The others go over the fence.

bucket of dead mice
bucket of dead mice

dead mice on shovel
dead mice on shovel

We live close to open grasslands, and as a result can have a rather unsettling rodent population. The Owls and Hawks do their part to control mice and rats, but sometimes the birds of prey make themselves scarce. Over the years we’ve had mice, and the occasional rat get into the garage, or in the crawl space under the house or in the attic. I run around and fill holes that they use to access the house, but I think the rodents are more tenacious than I am.

A couple years ago I bought a Victor Electronic Rat trap, and more recently I bought a Rat Zapper. Both have killed their share of rats and mice, and both have missed their share of rats and mice. I’ve yet to come to any conclusion why they sometimes fail. Right now the Victor seems to be killing 2:1 ratio vs the Rat Zapper. Again, I’m not sure.

Typically one of the cats or the yappy dog warns us that there’s a critter in the house, by sitting in the general area, and intensely focusing on a cabinet or space behind the fridge or stove. I take out the traps make sure the batteries are charged, and then bait them.

For bait peanut butter, crackers, a chunk of salami, or smoked fish, or a slice of apple, or some cat or dog food seem to do the trick. Turn the traps on, and place them before going to bed. I always place the traps along a wall or appliance where the rodents will tend to travel. They smell the bait, can’t help themselves, and crawl inside, where, the are ZAPPED by electricity.

Just last week I got a mouse, and few weeks before another mouse.

And now I see the cat sitting in front of the stove, waiting patiently.

More to come…

Rat Zapper Gets Mouse
Rat Zapper Gets Mouse
The electronic rat trap did its job and killed a mouse!

Cat sat in front of the sink for a few hours, patiently watching and waiting. When she does this it’s a good sign of a rodent being present. Every time in the past when she does this, either a mouse or a rat shows up. It’s that time of year again where the critters are looking for shelter from the cold. They show up in the garage, and find their way under the house and eventually make their way to the kitchen. I imagine they are finding a gap at plumbing or electrical or gas pipes.

Of course there will be other tell tail signs that you’ve got a rodent in the house. You can sometimes hear them behind walls, or in the crawl space or even in the attic. And you’ll often find rodent droppings under the sink or beneath a nice warm spot such as a free standing range. Find the sign and put out the electronic traps.

I have two electronic rodent traps I use. The newest and not as proven is the Rat Zapper. It’s a little larger but has similar features as my other trap the Victor Electronic Rat Trap. Both promise easy clean up and no fuss no muss no mess rodent offing. The old spring powered mechanical traps often maim but not kill the rodent, and just as often if not more, make a big mess. It’s disgusting.

So under the sink goes the RatZapper, and the Victor Electronic Rodent trap. I usually put the traps parallel to the wall since rodents seem to travel around a room or cupboard in this way. They hug the perimeter, and this is where you should put your traps.

Both electronic killing machines got almonds and buttered toast as bait. I find a variety of baits work. Peanut butter, peanut butter studded with cat food, cheese, slices of apple, nuts, crackers, bread etc all do their work at one time or another. Sometimes a bait doesn’t work. Just swap it out for something else. I had one rat in the garage that was impossible to catch until I used a slice of salami to finally shock that sucker into permanent sleep.

The Rat Zapper was the trap that got its victim, a fat mouse.

Rat Zapper Gets Mouse

See our other report on the Rat Zapper Review, and on the Victor Electronic Rat Trap and an update to my original Victor Electronic Rat Trap Review

Rat Zapper Review

Rat Zapper
Decided to get another electronic rat and mouse trap since fall is here and winter rains are on their way. With the cold and wet, the mice and rats will try to get in to the garage, and eventually make their way under the floors, to the warm cozy kitchen where they can find food. One rat trap is not enough.

Since the Victor Rat Trap was less than perfect, thought I’d give a Rat Zapper a go, and while I”m at it review it.
rat zapper and victor rat trap
The Rat Zapper is heavier than the Victor Electronic Mouse – Rat trap, and larger. Neither trap is particularly grippy, meaning those with smaller hands, and dry skin will have trouble keeping hold of the traps, especially with the Rat Zapper.

Packaging of the Rat Zapper

The Packaging is minimal, a simple cardboard box, easy to open, and if need to store the Rat Zapper. The box indicates that 4 D-sized batteries are required, and that they can give you up to one year for stand by use. The Rat and Mouse Zapper packaging does give a consumer quite of bit of information on the outside of the package, including a quick start guide to using your new Rat and Mouse Zapper. Unlike the Victor Electronic Rat Trap I bought the Rat Zapper Electronic rodent trap provides printed instructions inside of the box, as well as a trouble shooting guide, and instructions on getting technical support and repairs as need be.

The instructions also tell you how to safely clean the rat zapper machine, and how to bait it, and where to place it for optimal results. Again, the Victor Mouse and Rat Trap does not come with these simple instructions. It makes me wonder if somehow the packaging of my Victor Mouse Trap was somehow lacking in supplied literature, warranty and instructions.

Over the years I’ve determined that some rodents are pickier than others when it comes to bait. I have used peanut butter, salami, raisins, bread, crackers, cheese, dog food, cat food, smoked tuna, fresh apples and pears, etc all with varying success. Peanut Butter tends to be a consistent performer for rat and mouse bait. But on those days when I know there are varmints in the house or garage.

Victor Electronic Rat Trap – Suitability for Squirrels

Something or some critter has been chewing on the painted cedar paneling on my house, up under the eaves for quite a while now. The paint is gone, and the wood and surrounding area is stained, with a dirty grease. The wood is slowly being eaten away. Are they trying to get in, or are the critters using the hard surface to work their teeth and to prevent them growing too long?

I figured it must have been rodents, and most likely rats. And so I baited up the Victor Electronic Rat Trap with crackers smeared with peanut butter. Placed the Victor trap in one of the areas most heavily gnawed on, and went to bed.

Woke up to a lot of chaos this morning. The dog was barking her brains out as usual, the chickens were squawking, and I’d completely forgotten about setting the Victor the night before.

Well, my wife did not let me forget as she came in and woke me up the rest of the way, and wanted to know if I’d heard the commotion on the roof. In my groggy state, I had no idea what she was talking about. Then she said there was a squirrel writhing about in the driveway, and I immediately understood.

My rodent chewing on the walls was in fact a squirrel. And this particular squirrel took the bait and electrocuted itself. Only it did not die, but lay there in a twitching heap, probably in a state of having a heart attack, over and over again. I feel terrible. I have no desire to make any creature suffer. My wife is not letting me forget this, and in addition, the kids are not letting me forget this.

Without the family present, I quickly gathered the twitching and suffering squirrel with a shovel, and took him to a remote part of the yard, and quickly dispatched him, and buried him. I am sad that this creature suffered.

Do Not Use the Victor Electronic Rodent Trap for killing Squirrels. It will not work and only causes needless pain and suffering to a critter. Large rats have suffered the same way. I don’t think this Victor Trap is up to the task of humanely dispatching rodents larger than a mouse. And this Victor had a fresh set of batteries.

I am not pleased with myself today. On one hand I have confirmed squirrels as being the animal causing damage to my house, and I have removed one of the fuzzy tailed rodents from a group of critters bent on getting in my house, but I have caused needless suffering. And now my conscious will be guilt ridden for a while.