Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 394
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WVRK Works well and cleans up easily
Wasn't sure if this was worth the money as the snap traps are only $2 but thought i'd give it a try (along with the low cost option as well). Out of the 6 rats I've killed so far - 2 were with this. Much easier to lift and dump the dead with this than it is with a snap trap! Good option for areas where you might have a dog, etc and you wouldn't want them getting their nose or paw in a snap trap!
September 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by David Works Like a Dream, a nightmare for rats but a dream for me.
I don't understand the negative reviews I've seen here. We baited them, turned them on and within minutes had a rat. We have caught two a night (we bought two of them and live in the country) the last two nights not including the first rat we caught within minutes of turning it on. It could be that the person(s) who didn't catch anything put the bait in there and the peanut butter slid down and made contact with the other metal plate, electrocuting the peanut butter. But this thing works awesomely (if that's a word).
The only issue is that when we went to purchase some from our local store, someone had stolen the battery pack out of the box. When we went to the next closest store, someone had apparently used one of the three that was there and returned it dirty. We bought the remaining two and they work fine.
August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mort60 Electronic rat trap.
Rats took poison blocks 4 days in a row. Fed up I looked for a better solution. I found this trap at Home Depot for $37. When I got home I read the instructions and put the bait and batteries in it. I used the poison for bait since they seemed to like it. Walked by it ten minutes later and there was a dead rat in the trap. Unbelievable. I had a couple of snap type traps with peanut butter. Rats never touched the peanut butter. Tried peanut butter with boric acid. They never touched it. You put what they like to eat and this trap takes care of business. Wish I would have purchased this before I wasted money on the other options. We'll worth it to me.
October 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GamerTrav Works like a charm with the right bait!
So about 20 years or so ago, I had a rat in my attic. I set up the old snap traps and waited. One day I noticed a horrible smell in my garage. Of course it was the Texas summer, so I crawled up into my attic and sure enough the rat was squished in the trap. It looked horrible, it smelled horrible, it was hotter than heck, and an experience I never want to have again.
Now after all this time I noticed rat droppings in my patio room (maybe you'd call it a sun room?) After seeing the reviews on here I thought I'd give this trap a go, at least it seemed like it would be a lot less messy. I tried the cheerio with peanut butter as suggested by another reviewer, that just attracted ants. I tried a walnut, that didn't do anything either. I went to the Victor website and they said they have very good luck with dog and cat food. I tried that tonight and within hours I got one! The light on top was flashing and there was a tell-tale...well tail... sticking out of it (pun intended).
I've been using a wireless IP camera to monitor so I knew where they were running around, but I only set that up tonight after I replaced the bait with the dog food. But because of that I know I have one more to get, and he's a cheeky little bugger who actually crawled into the trap WITH THE DEAD RAT to get the food out.
Setup is quite simple, put the batteries in (but carefully, they put too much plastic on the retaining flaps, makes it a bit of a hassle), close the cover, bait it, put it in place, and flip the switch. The light should flash, then after maybe 20 seconds give or take you'll hear it buzz for a second. I assume that's the capacitor charging or reaching charge.
Emptying it is just as easy! Switch it off, pick it up, and dump the rat out either into a plastic bag you can seal well and trash, or go bury it. Done and done!
In summary, here are my TOP TIPS:
1. Use latex or nitrile gloves so you don't get your scent on the trap.
2. Use dog or cat food as bait. I used some dry dog food meant for small dogs so the pieces weren't massive. I put a small palm-full in (15 pieces maybe?)
3. If you have the means, set up some sort of camera or something so you can see exactly where they go and you can put the trap in their traffic path.
4. Remember, rats have poor eyesight and will usually run along the wall, although ironically mine seem to have no issue coming out in the open (but that seems to be short lived before they run back to a corner.)
July 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by pad1 Not happy
.Easy to set up and use, no problems . Rats do not seem to be interested in checking out the peanut butter in the rear if the trap. Did catch one but that was only because, together with my dog we trapped one in a closet and the rat could not get out. My rats seem to have a higher learning curve than most rats.
I was so looking forward to killing all the little rodents that want to live here rent free, but they love it here and those traps only work when one is trapped fi!rst. These traps were costly for having no result. My rats are highly intelligent. Need a plan B but not sure what plan B will be yet! Thinking a machine gun might do the deed !
September 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Herakain I'll Never Use Anything Else!
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about this product, because the batteries didn't seem to fit in very easily and I was wondering if I'd just wasted my money. After nearly a week fighting with this critter, I was at my wits end! Regular bait traps didn't work, the sticky pads were just dragged across the room - I was preparing to go to war with him when I happened upon the Electronic Rat Trap. I immediately liked the idea of it being more humane - even though it was a rat. I used some dry dog food (based on previous reviews) to bait this trap, sat it down and turned it on. I awoke the next morning to a flashing green light!! In just the first evening, success!! Turned off the machine and dumped the contents into a trash bag. Definitely worth the money!!
October 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Roger Defective
Tried using 3 times with new batteries. Took bait each time with no effect. Returned to Home Depot for full refund.
October 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by losingbattle SORRY I didnt listen to bad reviews
I've seen a rat in my garage. I live in a condo. I had high hopes for this piece of cr@p. First I struggled getting the batteries installed. I put peanut butter in a bottle cap. I was wearing gloves the whole time. I expected that sucker to be caught in a few hours. I thought for sure I'd be able to relax the next day but still nothing. Peanut butter appears to be untouched. I've checked and it is ON. I've added dried mango to the menu. Still waiting. I don't have a dog so dog or cat food isn't an option just yet.
October 8, 2016