Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 355
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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Windthatwalks Kills chipmunks and adult squirrels
I purchased the trap when I noticed some rat droppings in my barn. It caught them in a few nights and I never had another problem so I put it away. Recently the cute chipmunk population exploded and they began chewing on everything including the garden, house and the our new SUV. So I threw some batteries in it and put in in the tomatoes.
13 chipmunks and an adult squirrel later I think I have run out of critters. I did try the catch and release act and they came back even when dropped off a couple of miles down the road. I spent 2 weeks catching them over and over. How did I know they were the sames ones? I sprayed them with the kids colored hair dye.
August 14, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rockitsgang Second Option Worked
Because the rat I saw was so much larger than a mouse, I first decided to use a humane live trap. However, after having the trap set up in one location for a couple of weeks with no results, I started to notice visible damage in another area of the house and decided I had to buy a kill trap. I decided on this unit as 1) the rodent would be enclosed, 2) disposal is convenient, and 3) the unit was reusable. Although I did catch a rat the first night, I am only giving 4 stars because it appears that the device will have to be cleaned after each use. Otherwise, success!
August 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tomsdiner Highly Recommend Worked first night, No touching disposal
My wife found rat dropping in her lunch bag from a cabinet, bought 2 of these and put in 2 different cabinets. Caught a rat the first night. Second night (last night) caught nothing, hopefully that is all there was.
May 21, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Don't waste your money.
Bought this product and moved it to multiple locations where we knew we had rodent activity. Didn't catch anything. Then I went into our garage and saw a rat right in front of me. It went behind our washer so I moved the trap close to the washer. I went back to the garage 15 minutes later and the rat was fully in the trap. The tail moved but I thought it had still been killed. I picked up the trap and tha rat ran away. It managed to eat all the peanut butter, but wasn't shocked at all. Complete waste of money. I've caught more rodents with other dollar traps. Huge disappointment.
August 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Heidi so grateful!
I am a woman on her own now, living in the desert, who has a phobia of rats. To make a long story short, this product did the job for me! the only thing is that the green light didn't go off when the rat was killed. Maybe it didn't go that far into the trap. I did put some bacon bits in front of the trap on the second day. And peanut butter in the back as directed. Couldn't be more pleased. Thank you to the makers of this product.
August 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shay nice
doing construction already got two small mice one large rat in one day
September 4, 2016