The Rat Zapper
The Rat Zapper IS the best way to kill rats and mice. We’ve been using ours now for over a year, I couldn’t tell you how many rats and mice it has taken care of. We live in a rural area and our roof has rats in it and somehow the mice keep getting inside the main house. We heard about the Rat Zapper from a friend and didn’t really think it would work so we borrowed theirs to test out in the roof. Using only dog biscuits in the first week it took care of over 15 rats, BIG rats too, so long their butts stuck out of the end!
So we bought one for the roof and one for inside the house. If you have a problem with rats and mice then this is the product for you. Seriously, it is worth every cent. The battery life is really good too, we have the old style one which takes AA batteries and the newer one which takes four D size.
It has rid my house of three little mice in the past two days. Last night it got another one, which had been in the pantry. I spent a fortune on plastic containers for everything so they can’t get to anything. Just now (which is what prompted me to write this review) I was in the kids room and one scuttled past and hid under a cot. I got the zapper from the kitchen and put it in the room, within just a few minutes it was taken care of.
So what is so great about The Rat Zapper to me?
1) It doesn’t chew through batteries, they do last a long time, especially if just using as a deterrent they can last well over six months.
2) I don’t have to touch them or look at them!! I just empty it outside over the fence or in a bag and put in the outside bin.
3) It’s pretty cheap, just over $100 and I highly recommend getting the Rats Tail adaptor which will light up when it has been activated. It doesn’t always flash when it gets something, more so I find that with the little mice, so its good to just check it every other day.
4) I don’t have to use poison as we have dogs
5) Its a quick death for the rodents. With the manual traps they can get stuck in there and have a really painful death, I know they are vermin but still I’d rather them be done with quickly.
My tips having used them now for a long while:
We use one in the roof for rats; rats tend to be crafty so it may not work immediately on rats that have been living there a long while. It took a few days for our rats to get used to it being there before they ventured in. We keep ours right near the man hole with the Rats Tail attachment hanging down so we can tell if its been activated. Good practice to check it every week in case it hasn’t set it off. Use dog biscuits as they are strong smelling but won’t make a mess of the Zapper inside like peanut butter will. Cheese can go smelly if you don’t catch one immediately but a dog biscuit will always smell good to them even after a few months.
For mice, just put in a really obvious spot (away from children or animals though so you might want to use it only overnight if you have young kids/pets and your kitchen is accessible to them). When you see one running, just leave it in the place you last saw it and check it after about half an hour.
If the mice you get inside are quite small, it pays to put your zapper diagonally so there is only a small gap on either side against the actual corner of two walls. The reason for this is often they can avoid shock by jumping very quickly! Positioning in the corner of a wall (hope you get what I am trying to describe!) will help this problem.
- Keep food away in containers.
- Clean up the kitchen each night, wipe away crumbs from the toaster etc.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes with left over food around.
- Don’t leave stuff lying around on the floor; they love to hide in amongst your junk in the house.
- Cut back thick bushy trees nearby the house, keep sheds as far away from the house as possible.
- If you have shrubs and ground covers near the house that is what they like to find cover in, clean up around the house and remove unnecessary water sources.
If you have a problem with rats and mice, you need to go and buy one or two of these. You’ll never regret it!