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.
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.
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.
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.
I have changed my opinion on the Victor electronic mouse trap. I have caught about half a dozen rats, and perhaps a dozen mice, or baby rats since I started using this high tech mouse trap. It zaps the mice and rats quite well most of the time. Occasionally a larger rat will survive, and only be stunned, but this appears to be an anomaly. And yes I did get a bit of a shock the first time I used it, but it was a mild shock, and now I know to hold the trap only by the plastic parts, and to not handle the trap while it is energized.
Rat and Mouse Trap Bait
I have experimented quite a bit with various baits to use in the Victor Mouse Trap. Peanut butter is the tried and true bait that mostly works. Sometimes the rodents don’t seem quite so interested in the peanut butter, and so I will use bits of cooked or not cooked meat, including chicken, beef and fresh tuna. I have also used smoked tuna, chicken scratch, bread, cheese, fruit including apples and pears. One particular week I knew we had a rodent, as the dog and the cats all were interested in something under the stove. Nothing seemed to lure the rodent out though. Finally I spied some raisins on the floor that kids had dropped, thought to myself, I’ll bet these work. Tried it and that night I scored with a fresh kill.
I still have a gripe that the victor rodent trap is not easy to clean, and so I reach out to Victor to improve their design so that it is easy to clean the trap. And also to improve on the electronics by having an internal battery indicator to let you know when the batteries are low, and to make it impossible or at the very least difficult for humans to get shocked.
The Victor Trap is not perfect, but it mostly works, and works exceptionally well for smaller mice and rats.
We had a rodent in the kitchen. I finally figured this out after finding nibbled apple’s dragged to the edge of the kitchen at the stove. I was not entirely sure if it was a rat or a mouse, and so was unsure of what rat trap to get.
And so I resolved myself to ridding the house of these vermin. I hate poisons, since we have children, cats and a dog. And the traditional mice and rat traps very often miss and catch only a foot or tail which seems awfully cruel to these rodents. Glue traps are just wicked in concept and usage and seem to be designed for torture of the mouse or rat. So, the question is how to catch a rat with a trap, kill it humanely, and rid my house of rats and mice forever. And finally which is the best rat trap?
So I looked at the electronic traps which are supposed to quickly and humanely kill a rodent. Trouble is they are expensive, and the only electronic mouse and rat traps my local Home Depot and Lowe’s carry are the Victor model 240 Rat and Mouse Traps. Traditional spring traps, glue traps and poison are available in great abundance. There even seem to be a lot of those ultra-sonic traps which are supposed to repel mice, rats and even bugs. Right… and I have some snake bite elixir for sale.
Bit the bullet and bought the Victor Electronic Pest Trap, and that night, I baited it up with the recommended peanut butter. First I had to load it up with two C batteries. The battery compartment required a screwdriver to pry off, and the battery holder required a screwdriver to insert the batteries in the Victor’s battery holder. Not a good start.
After baiting the electronic rat trap, I turned on the Victor, and was immediately shocked, and I almost hurled that &*^%$#! Victor Mouse and Rat killing machine across the room. But I decided to give it one more try.
Placed the Rat Killing Machine next to the dog bowl, and went to bed. In the morning I found an empty electronic rodent trap and no dead mouse or rat. Hmmmm.
Tried re-baiting the Victor again the next night, and this time with a tasty morsel of smoked Tuna and nothing took the bait or got electrocuted by the Victor. No bait taken. No dead mouse or rat, and no flashing light on the Victor Electronic Rat and Mouse Trap that indicates a killing or tripping of the electronic circuit.
Tried re-baiting the Victor Trap again the next night, only I put it in the Garage next to the kitchen door. Next morning I was rewarded with one small dead and electrocuted RAT! Cool.
Going to use the Victor Mouse Trap a while longer and see if there are any more issues. I’ll review the Victor Electronic Trap after extended use, and report back my findings.
UPDATE: Rat number two has been dispatched by the Victor Electronic Rat Trap.
UPDATE: Rat number three has been dispatched by the Victor Rodent Trap.
UPDATE: Rat number three has NOT been killed by the trap. Instead it appears it was shocked non-stop for at least 15 minutes. When I made my way to the trap and dumped the Rat I thought maybe it was still moving. But creeped out, I took it outside and put into the garbage can. Next morning I went out and checked on the Rat number three, and found it alive and well. I ended up killing it with a shovel, and now I have that memory of it squealing as I killed it. Damnit.
I am finding that there are issues with this trap.
Victor Trap Deficiencies
Very difficult to clean out the old peanut butter from the Victor
The Victor 240 trap shocked me once, and I am now gunshy
No indication that the batteries are no longer useful in the Victor
The last rat that got zapped, seemed to linger a while, and this makes me wonder about the humaneness of this trap.
The last rat did not die in the trap. Instead it got shocked for at least a quarter hour, and then I had to kill it myself the next morning.
Given the last experience, the shock I got, and the other poor design features of the trap, I DO NOT Recommend this Victor Electronic Trap. I am going to try and get a complete refund on this poorly designed product that is supposed to kill rodents. My Victor M240 Electronic Mouse Trap Review really tested my patience, and humane sensibilities.
Update: I continue to use the Victor Rodent Trap and have killed two mice in the past couple weeks in the garage. I did however spot a rat who did not venture into the trap. The rats seem to be getting a tiny bit smarter, and can’t be coaxed into the trap for the peanut butter, dog food, or my latest offering of a nice chunk of country ham. I fear that the electronic mouse trap is getting built up with the smell of dead rodent, and is helping the rats figure out that this is not a good place to go. Of course Victor did not make it at all easy to clean this thing. It does not come apart, nor is it convenient to stick your hands inside to clean. There is a lot of room for improvement here. Victor, are you listening?
Another update. The Mouse and Rodent trap has killed four more mice, and another rat. Today there were two very dead mice in the trap. I’ve not gotten shocked again, but I will say that I only turn it on when it is flat on the ground, and then I flip the switch without touching anything else on the Victor Trap. I’ve learned my lesson. The rodents however, have not. Sure am glad I’m zapping them in the garage before they make in the house.
UPDATE: 6/13/2012 Rats in the chicken run and chicken coop
I am not at all happy, and at least one chicken is not at all happy when the lights go out. She squawks her warning squawk to the other chickens, to us and to the neighbors that something is very wrong and dangerous! I go out at 3am to see what in the heck is the matter. Turns out rodents are visiting my chicken run. I saw a mouse and I saw a rat. The girls aren’t cleaning up after themselves I guess.
So I dusted off the Victor Electronic Rat Trap, and baited it with a chunk of peanut butter and jam sandwich, and a few pieces of dry dog food and place the Victor Electronic Mouse Trap along the wall I saw the rat. Rats run around the peripheral walls of a room or a building, and you will usually have best success using any kind of rat and mouse trap by putting it next to the wall. Turned it on, and locked up the chickens and went to bed.
Next morning the blinking light was blinking, indicating I had caught and killed a rat or mouse in the Victor Rat Trap. Well upon inspection I see that I did not get a rat, or a mouse, and the bait was gone. I assume the batteries are too low, or we had a super rat trip the trap. The Victor Rat Zapper did not work.
I’m annoyed once again. Are the batteries shot? Is the mouse trap not working as it should? You’d think that a Rat Zapper such as the Victor Rodent Trap would do a better job, have a battery indicator, and have the power to zap a rat.