Alright so you have a Raticator, Great! It’s the best rodent control system out there. So what is the best method of getting rid of those pests that have been harassing you?

The good news is that Raticator is very effective and simple to use, you basically insert a new set of batteries (high quality alkaline is recommended), bait it, turn it on and check back when the red LED flashes to signal a humane kill.

Pretty easy right? What we’ll focus on in this post are the details and tips that we have discovered to help maximize the potential of your Raticator.

Eliminate Free Food

Before you set out the trap, eliminating the rodent’s current food source is key in the war against rodents; if they are able to keep feeding freely they will be less likely to enter the trap. Seal up pet food bags and/or livestock feed, inspect pantry areas for open food containers or holes in bags, ensure garbage cans are sealed and clean up any dropped or spilled food. This will significantly increase your chances of trapping rodents.

Baiting the Raticator

Baiting the Raticator

What To Use For Bait

Bait strategy is important in attracting and dispatching rodents. We recommend using what the rodent is currently eating as the first bait that you use and experimenting with other baits to see what they like. Examples of bait rodents love include pet food, scrambled eggs, peanut butter and, believe it or not, orange peel. Of course any wet bait should be put in a plastic bottle cap or something similar.

Where To Place Raticator

Rodents typically have a path that they travel frequently and more times than not it is next to a wall. Rats especially have a highly developed sense of touch, hearing and smell, but poor vision. They prefer running along walls where they can keep their whiskers and guard hairs in contact. Therefore we recommend placing the unit along a wall in the rodent’s path –identifying a path can be as simple as looking for dirty smudges around holes in walls or passages, gnawed items, partially eaten food, droppings and, of course, sightings of rats and mice.

Placing the Raticator

Placing the Raticator

Rodent Behavior

It is important to recognize subtle behavioral differences between rats and mice. Generally speaking, rats are extremely wary, whereas mice tend to be more curious. These traits have a significant impact as to how rodents approach the Raticator.

If you have rats it can take a few days before they decide to explore what’s inside the Raticator. Be patient, if they’re attracted to what is inside, the red indicator LED will eventually blink.

Tip For Larger Rodents

The primary issue with trapping bigger rodents is that they have large claws that do not conduct electricity. Large rats for example can enter the unit and not get zapped because only their claws contact the kill plates. One trick that helps is adding moisture by placing a wet rag or folded wet paper towel just outside the entrance of the Raticator. This is an effective way to help create better contact with the plates. We call it a wet welcome mat.

These suggestions paired with the original electric rodent trap will equip you to win the war on rodents! Check out our FAQ page if you have further questions, or call us at 800.PEST.ZAP.