Rat Zapper Tips
Tips for Tricky Rats and Squirrels:
When dealing with rats (as opposed to mice), always be sure to let them take a few free meals before you ever turn the Rat Zapper on. Rats are exceptionally wary of new objects in their environment. We recommend using about twenty pieces of the dry pet food that we provide with each Rat Zapper.
Place the twenty pieces all the way in the back of the Kill Chamber and then place a few pieces completely out in front. When all twenty pieces disappear (this may take several nights) from the back of the Kill Chamber, you can re-bait and turn the Rat Zapper on.
Tips for Tricky Mice:
With mice, you want to keep them guessing. Keep moving the unit, turn it around, try different foods for bait. With this strategy, you will have consistent zapping over time.
In addition, there is a delay in the trigger mechanism and a small, fast moving mouse may be able to get to the bait area without triggering the Rat Zapper. On his way out, he probably triggered the zapper and got launched to safety. This may occur with smaller mice, but they always come back (mice are fairly dumb) and they will get zapped.
One thing that you can do with mice to stop this from happening is: place several pieces of food directly on the Kill Plate (you can use a screwdriver to place them). Leave only about a 1/2 inch of the front of the Kill Plate available to the mouse. This way it will be forced to slow down and make good contact between the grounding plane and the Kill Plate.
For extremely dry conditions, you may want to try placing a moist cloth in front of the Rat Zapper. This will wet the rodents feet, making the rodents easier to detect. This will also ensure that the maximum energy goes through the rodents body.
If you find the Rat Zapper with a blinking light, no dead rodent, and all of the food gone, one of the following things may be the problem:
Insects like roaches, crickets and beetles can trigger the Rat Zapper. When the Rat Zapper is triggered, the high voltage runs for two minutes and then shuts itself off. After that, rodents can go in and out without getting zapped. So, if you still have rodent activity, the mice or rats will take all of the food out of the Rat Zapper and they will usually take the insect as well. Aside from the bait that you provide, rats and mice eat insects like these to survive.
If you suspect insect activity, you may want to relocate your Rat Zapper or try using a roach motel to lure insects elsewhere. Also, switching to sunflower seeds (with shell on) will discourage some insects.
Moisture can also trigger the Rat Zapper. If you suspect this is the case, you can either relocate the Rat Zapper or use a one gallon plastic food storage bag to cover the Kill Chamber. Just pull it over the Rat Zapper starting at the back end and secure the bag to the Rat Zapper with a rubber band. It's important to make sure that the battery and circuit compartments on top are both covered.
If you can't relocate the Rat Zapper, you can try covering the Rat Zapper with a large box to reduce exposure to moisture. Also, the moisture problem can sometimes be solved by cleaning.
One way to test for insects or moisture is to cover the entrance of the Rat Zapper with duct tape. Turn the Rat Zapper OFF and then ON. Leave the Rat Zapper overnight. In the morning, if the light is blinking, then insects or moisture must be the problem.