With our last hopes, we found an article online about a rat spray that was said to make miracles. We thought it was impossible that a $5 spray would do any good, but what the heck, we’ve place our order. In two days, our package arrived, and in the next day the rats were.
There’s a bug spray thats available at kmart. Spray around the outside of house. Wont hurt your pets, dogs , cats ,fish, lizards, Then spray at base boards on inside of house. NO spiders , bugs, When the bugs come out there a pain. those mosquito plants work. And I used Bell &Howell Pest Repellers as far as I could tell they were working with the mice. Bugs come out from April to October. But I used Decon for my mice. Put pest Repellers in every room of house & basement. Use inside & outside spray as needed.
I am a believer. I use a three stage approach: warfarin in baits outside and a combo of glue traps and a single Victor trap. After two days, I got my first one in the kitchen with the Victor. Placement is the key. If you see mouse poops, that is a good place along the wall in a dark corner. Disposal is easy and it never got soiled with the first mouse. But if I get another mouse kill, I will clean it out to be sure it is attractive with the peanut butter on the bait cup.
After about an hour I went and checked the traps. The trap along the fence remained undisturbed. The trap in the garden had been sprung but no rat. I thought maybe the breeze blew the pepper plants and maybe one of the hanging peppers bumped the trap mechanism and set it off. Regardless, nothing. However, I remained undeterred in my pursuit of victory. So, I re-set the trap and again … waited.
I have been using some of the expensive ones of these [electro-magnetic and ultrasonic][advertised on TV] for about 5-6 years with good results. My Dogs don’t seem to be affected. I gave one to My Son as he had mice but His Pet Lizard was VERY affected by it. I have one in a large metal garden shed and it seems to keep most things out of the shed. My two other sheds do get mice or rats occasionally which I kill with baits. I put one of these in another Sons Apartment which had lots of cockroaches, and the tenants next door complained about all the cockroaches they had.. lol. As lizards don’t like these, maybe snakes don’t either?
Apparently these have been modified into an inferior design. I had a few (I guess) older model mouse traps that were working fine. I bought four more to spread around, not thinking the design would be any different. But these new ones are impossible to keep set, if you can latch the bar at all. Had one snap while I was baiting another one, with nothing triggering it. The second one snapped as I was trying to place it by sliding it ever-so-gently across the smooth floor. Both happened after several attempts at latching, including grabbing some pliers so the bar might stay put. They are going into the trash. I can catch air easily enough without a trap, but I guess it was fun while it lasted. I couldn’t care less about a refund. I’ll consider the price a lesson learned, and cherish my remaining old ones until wild mice are extinct. Anyone know where I can find some more old ones?
Not do be out done many homeowners have sought to one up Atkinson and start their own 112 year streak of mouse trap dominance. Here are a few of the ideas and you can decide if they’re up to the challenge. Click on the pictures to enlarge and leave a comment as to which one you like or tell us of one of your own.
There’s no limit as to what you can use to catch rats. Maybe you’ve got mason jars leftover from projects or gifts. Good news! Even these can be converted into live-rat traps. A single catch-and-release method, but hey? It works.
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I live on the 4th floor in single bed flat in london. I own a cat. About 14 days ago I watched a medium sized rat with a foot of tail walk across my living room floor at about 2am. The cat decided to ignore it, I think she sensed it was not worth the bother. It has been living in my kitchen sink unit . . . Last time, I poisoned a rat it was so traumatic for both of us I made a vow never to use it again. I decided to go for the trad larger spring mouse trap design . . It is supposed to break the neck instantly. . . the rat was too quick for it or it just nibbled the bait away.
A: Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Cut a 3″ x 3 opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rodent path.
AWe do not carry the M210 so we could not tell you what the true difference is between the items, if any. From our research it looks like the M210 is a model number used for ones sold in big box stores like Home Depot so this could be their product code for it. You can contact Victor at 1-800-800-1819 to find out what the differences would be between the two.
Thank you for posting this information. I wish people would see rats and all animals, as living beings and place themselves in the place of the animal, before they consider harming it. I may be biased about rats and there is a “Big” difference between a domesticated rat and a wild one. I have or “had” 3 rats. I have 2 males that live inside, in a 6′ tall cage that I built for them. My two boys have wanted every kind of pet one can think of and as wth most kids, they soon lose their attraction and stop caring for them as they once did. Of course, I make my boys spend time with and care for their pets; however, I am the one who ends up really attatched to them and spending most of the time interacting with them. My rats, actually, have a following on Facebook and Youtube. They are two of the cleanest, loving, funny, intelligent critters I have ever owned. I, also, have 4 dogs: 3 of which I adopted thru my work with rescue organizations. I intened to foster them, until they were adopted, but, they were such cute puppies, my family fell in love and we kept them. My oldest dog is 15 and is blind. The other three, all grown now, watch over him and lead him around, when we go out to the ranch, where they can run free, with no harness or leash attached. The three of them are females and they treat the rats as if they were they offspring. I have to get the rats out, every evening, so the dogs can groom them and make sure they are okay. One of the dogs takes food and leaves it at the door of their cage. It’s a daily ritual that she goes thru. You can count on their being food at the door, each time you check the rats. We feed the rats left-over food and I buy them corn-on-the-cobb, which they love. The funny thing is, they are cleaner than my kids. After they eat their corn, they place the cobb in their litter box, as they do all their trash. People don’t realize that rats figured the sanitation thing out long before humans. I guess that’s why they have been so successful, as a species.
Take care with pets and children. Keep kids and pets away from traps of all types. This is important to for both your loved ones’ safety and for the effectiveness of the traps. Do not touch pets prior to setting trap, as the scent will make rodents avoid the trap.[18]
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additionally, we had placed Peppermint Oil (which we still use to keep them at bay) in all the areas that were absolutely off-limits to rats and that was immediately effective. they stayed clear of areas where we distributed the Oil and began moving only in distant areas of the property, where we had the traps (and bait boxes) …so 2 👍 to Peppermint Oil; Pure Body Naturals Undiluted Essential Peppermint Oil, 4 fl. oz. OR Radha Beauty Peppermint Essential Oil 4 oz – 100% Pure & Natural Mentha Peperita Therapeutic Grade
Every home I lived in I would purchase an electronic repellent. I did because I am terrified of rats. well I never had a rat in my home or around it from my knowledge but I felt like it was because I’ve always had the repellents plugged in. Well in this new home im in lately I’ve been seeing them run across my privacy gate. I have the plugs all around the house and its not working seeing them on the fence and just tonight actually seen one on the ground. Sorry for the long story but no they do not work!!!!! Plus there’s lizards and other type of little bugs that be by my back door even with the 3 plugs plugged in
A few years ago I had two Ultrasonic Cix machines to keep mice and packrats away from the vehicles. I had lost 2 motorcycles and a truck up to that time to rodent infestations. The nearest neighbor 1000 feet away started to complain about HEARING the machines. She called the cops, file a lawsuit and her insurance company A–S—E send a team out here to take measurements. The insurance company doesn’t care who they harm if you are not one of THEIR policyholders. Their “experts” “detected” the sound at varying places. This woman won her lawsuit, a lot of money from my homeowners,t and the judge ordered the ultrasonic machines removed and never replaced. Since that ruling, I’ve lost another truck and have resorted to poisons. As for this neighbor, the manufacturer claims that ultrasonic devices are inaudible to humans and do not cause harm. Yet SHE claims that she can hear them 1000 feet away! She must be a rat! (She is!)
I bought one after my apartment was infested with roaches that came through the wall from another apartment in my complex next to me. My apartment complex came in and found my place 3 times and it failed to work. So I spoke to Super who I happen to be friends with and he told me to get one of those electric ones that you plug into the wall because that would make it stop. So that day I went out and I purchased one just one plugged it in the wall and believe it or not I’ve never seen one again. Not only did it work against roaches it was pet friendly my cats and I are two of them. Did not react to it at all. I seem to think that they work great not only did it work on that but my friend had brought bunch of bags in from her place that she was staying in and I was failed to be given the information that she had had bed bugs a few days later I seem to get bit a few times all over and noticed that it was probably bedbugs it had been a year since the last time I put in a new plug-in in my plug and I bought said it was good for a year. After I put the new plug-in in it was the same brand I’d gotten in the past it got the bed bugs to go away as well. Now that I have moved into a house I’m noticing this is my second year here I’m having problems with ants I’ve yet to have to put one in my house but I am about to go get one tomorrow and put one on I will repost and let you guys know if the kind of worked for ants or not.
Last night I used peanut butter . . It woke me up about 1.30 . . this time I had freaked out rat running around with a rat trap on it’s head . . I was left with no choice but to bash it’s brains out with a hammer. . . .really unpleasant.
Battery operated, these so called “rat zappers” have a chamber in which food bait is placed, enticing the rat to enter. One popular model delivers a high voltage (8,500 volts) electric discharge of two minutes duration to ensure a kill. The electric shock rat traps claim a 100% kill rate and the ability to dispatch 50 rats per set of batteries. The electric trap’s enclosed chamber allows for disposal of rat remains without the need to touch the dead animal, it can be dumped directly into a trash receptacle unseen.
Thats about it… I mean I can’t believe it worked nearly instantly. Im hoping the family living above my kitchen slowly makes its way out and eventually I can staple gun metal sheeting over the hole they are accessing. I also hope the rats don’t get wise to this device…they are so intelligent and highly skeptical.
Use lots and lots of traps. This is extremely important. Set more traps than you think you need. The number of rodents is almost certainly higher than you think.[11] This is true for both rats and mice. Rodents breed so quickly that professionals recommend that you set a dozen traps for each rodent you see.[12] Continue to trap as long as you see any evidence of rodent activity.[13]
If you encounter an animal who is stuck to a glue trap, pour a small amount of cooking oil or baby oil onto the stuck areas (avoiding the animal’s nose and mouth) and gently work the animal free. If you cannot free the animal, quickly rush him or her to a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. Sometimes euthanasia performed by a veterinarian is the most humane way to end the trapped animal’s suffering. 
In general, rat traps can be broken into two broad categories: traps intended to kill the rodent and live capture cages. Both lure the rat in with food and have the ultimate goal of removing the animal considered vermin by most people from a home or work environment.
Place the can on the floor in an area where the mouse resides. Lay a long ruler or paint stirring stick from the floor to the mouth of the coffee can. If necessary, affix the ruler or stick to the can with tape.[6]
Instructions for how to set this trap can be found at the following link: http://victorpest.scene7.com/is/content/woodstream/victorpest/us/resources/instructions/vp-us-instructions-BM032.pdf. Also, our Metal Pedal Mouse Traps can be purchased on our website at the following link: http://www.victorpest.com/victor-metal-pedal-mouse-trap-bm154-24. For further assistance, please contact us at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867).
Well I used to be one that said they were junk. I have three homes in the country in Illinois. It seems the key is this: Don’t buy the cheapest and there is definately a critical mass issue (you need enough of them). It’s been 3 years now since I “relaunched” them and I can say they can really work if you apply them correctly. You need one per room (two if it is a big room) They must not be blocked by something. Higher works better than lower. Lastly what you will find is that you will see more activity from mice the first week or two because it makes them kind of crazy but by 2-3 weeks they get sick of it and leave. get the ones that send out both an audio signal and one on your electric wires and also get the ones that change the frequency now and then so that nothing can get used to it.
There is a pest control guy who comes into our apartment and spray our apartment unit every Monday. After inhaling the fumes from the spray I developed severe allergy. Then I bought one of those electronic pest control and plugged it in one of my wall sucket, and I’m happy to say I got rid of the roaches in my apartment unit.
These work great, paired this with the snap traps and have gotten 4 rats in 24 hours out of my barn. They’ve been flipped a few times without a catch, but have made some impressive toe-hold catches too. These worked great for an initial onslaught but aren’t really reusable and thus pretty expensive on a per rat basis. I’m given 5 stars on the product itself, but 1 star pricing for continued use.
After inspecting the rat infested areas, place the rat glue boards in those areas. Place the glue traps directly in their runways. Rats usually travel along baseboards and walls, since they use the walls for guidance. Place glue traps where there has been rodent activity.
• bait type matters!: we first tried peanut butter with no results on the rats, but it resulted in some very unfortunate collateral damage to other rodents… so, we switched to raw bacon, and, while the other rodents were disinterested, the rats can not resist… and, snap!
When you are free, you can create a default mouse trap and catch the mouse. But, also keep in mind that your family is your family and that they won’t get mad if you just tell them the problem. If that is not working, then catch the mouse yourself.
What’s worse than having diseased rodents in your home? The expense needed to get rid of them. Traps. Poison. You know rats are cautious creatures so it’s possible they could avoid your traps for days, and while you wait for your investment to work, these clever creatures could be turning your home into a breeding ground as you sleep.
Another live capture cage trap uses a wire funnel that allows only one way movement into the device. Rats can squeeze themselves forward through openings as small as a quarter but cannot exit due exposed wires at the end of the funnel. The sharp ends poke the rodents in the face and body if they make the attempt.
Put mousetraps (or live traps, if you don’t want to harm them) anywhere you see any rats or signs of rats, including gnaw marks and droppings. Rats can enter your home through openings much smaller than themselves, so find and plug any holes you see that may lead to the outside. If you have a crawlspace, go under the house and look for holes there as well.
ANSWER: There is limited data on how well electronic or high-frequency sound devices work for household pest control. These devices may be called ultrasonic, electronic, microvibration or electromagnetic pest repellers. The manufacturers state that they use high-frequency sound waves or electromagnetic output to repel insects (cockroaches, fleas, house flies, mosquitoes, rodents, moles, and other pests).  There is truly no data, aside from anecdotal information on various internet sites, as to the effectiveness of these devices.
It’s important to re-state, though, that I used it only after I’d spent time getting rid of a large infestation of rodents in my chicken run.  Until you have the population under control this trap won’t be of much use because it can only kill one at a time.
I’M AMAZED! I have pet chickens and this year I made the coop so cozy the mice moved in…I was horrified at all the activity I was seeing. I bought this because I hate to kill anything and this appeared to be the most humane. For 2 days i didnt use batteries, I only put my chicken feed in it so that the mice would get used to eating from it. Then I activated it with 4 C Duracell batteries, and took a toothpick of almond butter and smeared a little on the bait door. I turned on the Victor M241 and placed it facing where I’ve seen them coming and going and then walked over to my other coop to get some fencing to put around it so the chickens wouldn’t see the dead mouse and try to get to it (yes, chickens are carnivores)…when I came back 10 min later the buzzer was sounding off..i waited for it to stop and the green light started blinking every 5 or 10 seconds indicating a kill. I picked ut up and dumped in the trash. During this time I saw 2 little mice crawling around my big crates that I no longer use but they were eating crumbs and shavings so I put the device in there, closed the crate door and turned the device on again…and watched a little mouse walk right into it. That was #2. I emptied it, put it back in the crate again, turned it back on and closed the coop up for the night. This morning I had 2 more in there. I will add more almond butter bait tonight but until I dont have a kill overnight I’m not cleaning it. I wont use detergent as Ive read it repels them. This has a super fast kill time..just get good batteries like Duracell to ensure that.
Device Location: The sound waves from ultrasonic pest control devices are short range and very weak, so they’re easily blocked by furniture, walls, and corners. To test out the location of your device, place a lamp next to the device, turn off all the other lights, and note the beams and shadows from the lamp. The repellent sound waves will pretty much only be active where the light reaches.
The Victor Electronic Rat Trap is the ultimate in rodent control. It works by delivering a humane, high-voltage shock to effectively kill the invading rat. This powerful device is capable of killing up to 50 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 C), making it a great value when you’re dealing with a sizable infestation. It’s also easy to use! Get started by simply applying a high protein bait in the provided bait cup, place the trap in a location with high rodent activity and turn it on. The trap is equipped with advanced smart circuit technology, which senses when a rat enters the tunnel, triggering the system to deliver a humane, high-voltage shock once the rat steps on the electrified plate. Since rats have the ability to restart their hearts after an electrical shock, this trap applies shock for 2 minutes to ensure higher kill rates. After making a catch, a green LED light blinks to indicate a kill. For your convenience, the trap’s design allows you to easily dispose of the dead rodent without having to see or touch it. The new and improved design of the electronic trap has a removable kill chamber, which provides better plate access so you can easily clean and bait it in between uses. These traps require no poison or chemicals and can be used anywhere inside your home or business to ensure years of effective rat control.
​This is a very short sharp noise generally uttered by rats being groomed or manhandled by another rat or stroked / scratched by a human.  Generally it is a sign of very mild protest, the longer the sound the more they are protesting. Sometimes rats will just make this noise for no discernible reason, they may appear very submissive, happy or just going about their daily business and still be piping away. Some rats seem to just squeak in passing, they happily wander around squeaking when touched or handled but not objecting, in fact often enjoying it.  This is normally a learned behaviour and starts when the rat is young as they link piping with good sensations rather than bad. The overall body language and amount of tension in the body of the rat should indicate if this is protest pip’ing or just general ‘chatty’ behaviour.
Snap traps are the most practical option due to their low cost which lets you affordably place and set many traps at once.  However, snap traps are a little hard to use and some folks prefer electric rat zappers.
Seal off wherever the rodents are entering your home. One of the most important and effective ways of controlling unwanted rodents is blocking off their entrance point. This will prevent more rodents from getting into your home.
Leaving the phone plugged in and the app running all night. It has different frequencies to choose from, so I will change the frequency each night. That way the rodents won’t get used to any one frequency.
We’ve had a mice problem for years, tried traps which work but I hate emptying them. Also had a problem in the garage, mice put grass seed in the car’s air filter. I bought two of the small plug in ultasonic and put them in the garage, no clue if they work yet. Then one in the bedroom where I could hear them scratching about at night and early morning up in the attic (where I cannot get to). The first night heard the mice for a few minutes, then nothing. The second night heard them for a few seconds then nothing since and it’s been 3 weeks. I’ve since plugged 4 into the basement to cover all walls and no mice have been caught in the traps and can’t see any evidence they’ve been there. As far as I’m concerned they work, tho for how long, don’t know.