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Best Way to Kill a Rat or Mouse - Rat Zapper Classic & Ultra
Never Touch a Dead Rat or Mouse Again - Quick and Humane Way to Kill Mice & Rats

rat zapper labelLet's start by eliminating the worst way to kill rats & mice. Rat poison may seem like the easiest way, toss out some poison and wait. It is actually the worst way. The rat or mouse will die a slow painful death and it may die in your wall. You will then die from the smell for a week or so.

Worse yet is that the mouse or rat will become very sluggish while it is dying. This makes it easy for cats, dogs, or birds to catch and eat. You don't want a cat or dog to die or get sick from eating a poisoned rodent.

I tried traps and the rodents kept springing them without getting caught which is probably just as well since I really didn't want to have to pick up the bloody mess. I bought some glue traps and then read on the box how you are supposed to drown them after they get stuck in it. No thank you, I don't want to pick up a live rodent stuck in glue!

Finally I found the best solution, the Rat Zapper. I caught this big rat the second night I put the Rat Zapper out and it zapped him dead. We set up some rat zappers in the warehouse where I work and caught a rat the second and third night. The rat zapper makes a gross job easier for the squemish.

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I wondered before I bought the Rat Zapper if my dog or the neighbors cat could stick their nose or paw in there and get zapped. So let me show you how it works. You can click on the small images to see a larger image with more detail.

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Rat Zapper Entrance
Rat Zapper Back Plate
Rat Zapper Interior

Click on the image of the Rat Zapper interior and you will see a small square plate towards the back of the unit. This is the kill plate. The metal plate you see on the bottom at the front entrance runs all the way back to the back plate. You will not receive a shock if you touch these plates. You have to touch one of these plates and the smaller square plate to complete the circuit and get zapped.

I used Science Diet dog food for bait because that is what I had available, I have heard that Meow Mix is the rats favorite though. Place some food all the way by the back plate and place some closer to the front to lure the rat or mouse inside. Place the unit where you want it and turn it on. The red light on top will flash once to let you know you have power. When Mr. Rat heads to the back of the unit and steps on the hot plate, it will zap him dead with 30,000 volts. It works like a stun gun, high voltage and low amps. It is designed not to kill anything that can't fit in the chamber. Once you have killed your rat or mouse a light will flash on the top to let you know he is in there, you don't have to pick it up and look if the light is not flashing. Once you have caught Mr. Rat all you need to do is dump him in the trash or bury him. If it's not garbage day I suggest you bury him before he starts to stink. Pouring bleach on him to kill the germs is also a good idea. Now reset your Rat Zapper and see if you can catch his brother.

Rat zapper boxIf you are going to use your Rat Zapper outside you need to protect the electronics from moisture. The manufacturer suggests putting it in a 1 gallon zip lock back and securing with a rubberband. Leave the entrance open. Another good suggestion is to get a piece of 6" PVC pipe from the hardware store. I was lucky and happened to have a small wooden shipping box that I customized to hold my Rat Zapper.

Seems like the Rat Zapper people liked my box idea and came up with a box of their own which you can buy called the Rats Nest.

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Rat DogThis is Munchie, she caught 2 mice in the house last year and thinks she is the great hunting dog. She has been chasing the outside rat for several weeks but it is a roof rat and spends most of its time up in the tree. I know if she smelled a rat in my zapper she would go crazy and try to get it, so besides the moisture concern I wanted something to keep the dog out. The wood box is perfect. It has a hole on each end for the rat to enter and a hole on top that I covered with clear plastic that allows me to see if the light is flashing. Hinges and a hasp keep the dog from getting into the box.

Mr. Roof Rat is dead and if you really want to see him I took his pic before I buried him. Click here to see him. He would be cute if it wasn't for that tail, something about that tail totally grosses me out. Looks like he has blue eyes, but surely not. I tried not to look at him too close except through the camera. ewwwww

Rat Zapper UltraThe Rat Zapper sold so well they decided to come out with a new larger more powerful model called the Rat Zapper Ultra. This one runs on 4 D size batteries and will kill mice, rats, chipmunks and squirrels. Chipmunks and squirrels are cute though, you shouldn't be killing them.

The Rat Zapper manufacturer stands behind their product, they offer a 30 day money back guarantee with proof of purchase.

The Rat Zapper takes 4 AA batteries which are not included. The electronics is designed so that it puts out a high voltage and low amps. 30,000 volts according to an article I read. One of the guys at work could not resist sticking his hand in there and checking it out. Hahaha.. his hand didn't stay in there long, we all heard the zap! You should get 10 to 20 kills from one set of batteries, depending on the type of battery you buy. With no kills the batteries should last 30 to 60 days so don't worry if it takes awhile to find the right spot to set up in. I put mine out in my shed, after removing the gas can. Remember that sparks and flammable fumes don't mix. I have read that roof rats spend most of their time above ground and it is better to place the zapper high up. So far we have killed 10 rats with the zapper on the ground.

Roof rats are the most common rats found in the southern states. They have larger ears and a longer tail than the Norway rat. They can cause house fires when they chew through wiring. Though not native to Arizona, the roof rat has become a major problem there. It seems the roof rat is very fond of fruit and likes to nest in oleanders. They also like nuts and bird seed. Rats can enter your home through a hole as small as a quarter and mice through a hole as small as a dime. Often people don't know they have roof rats until they find hollowed out fruit on the ground. Roof rats can have 4 or 5 litters of 5 to 8 rats per year. In other words one rat can have up to 40 babies a year. Then the 40 babies can have 40 babies each, now you have 1600 babies. Palm trees, yucca plants, pampas grass, honeysuckle, and Italian cypress trees are some of the favorite nesting places for roof rats.

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