Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 340
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 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 Scott Does not work
Put new batteries in new unit. Turned it on and let it sit for a week in area under house where we thought we had a rat. Peanut butter bait is gone and have nice rat prints in the unit. Sent email to maker with no reply back.
April 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verminator Shockingly effective!
We had some vermin infiltrate our shop and they decided to stay...we purchased this electronic rat trap because it seems as though the little buggers were too smart for conventional traps and the sticky pads...we did not want to use poison for fear the would crawl into the walls, ceilings and etc to die....
This trap worked very well to get rid of the rats, both big and small. Just bait with peanut butter or some other rat-enticing treat, and turn it on....very effective and reliable. Just make sure you purchase 4 "C" size batteries when you purchase....they are not included.
July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by time1865 Use to control chipmunks and squirrels
It was not designed with squirrels or chipmunks in mind I am sure. I tried trapping them and found out quick the darn things will return even if dropped off a couple of miles away. After having them eat the garden they started on the house and finally the wiring in our new car.
In one day this trap killed 13 chipmunks and 5 squirrels. Not the way I wanted to get rid of them.
August 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JC Two $18 rats!
I bought this device and the first night I placed it in a covered area along the side of the house where no moisture could get to it and turned it on. The next morning I found a small rat dead inside. I tried it again the next night and got another one.
After that, nothing. The peanut butter bait was taken, but no dead rats.
I even changed the batteries and put in four fresh ones, but the same thing happened.
I am not sure if a larger rat can withstand the jolt or if this trap turned into a massage parlor.
The concept is good, but my experience is that the "execution" is bad. There should be a way to safely test the unit to determine if it is still capable of meting out a successful electric chair visit for the vermin.
So for about $36, two dead rats were not worth it. In other parts of the yard I have nailed 15 rats of various sizes with the old-fashioned large snap trap.
August 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kent Works as described. Easy to use.
Simple to use. Scatter a little food out and inside the trap.
August 9, 2016