Rat Zapper

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BLaBauve, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    We have rats everywhere. In the attic, crawlspace, under the shed, etc. Every night they go to the chicken coop in search of food. I put the food up at night but they still go into the coop. I am thinking of getting a rat zapper. Has anyone used them? Are they waterproof?

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    What is a rat zapper??? [​IMG]
  3. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    I seem it on youtube. but no matter how many you kill, there will be more. you best choice is to feed your chicken when its lunch time for them and take away the food when your done feeding them. This way the rats can get any food and they will have to relocated somewhere else.
  4. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    It's exactly what it sounds like. It's nice because you don't have to use poison. Just wondering if anyone has used it.

  5. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Yeah - I take up the food from 5pm until 10 am. But the rats have made a comfy home under my house and in my attic. We had rats before the chickens - they've just multiplied since we got chickens!
  6. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    I've used rat zappers for years. I love them. I don't use them for rats though - just mice in my house. There are directions on baiting rats with the zapper(they're a little smarter than mice).

    No, you can't put them out in the weather. I used mine outside already but covered it with something so it wouldn't get wet.

    I think they are the easiest, most humane way to dispose of rats/mice.

    I do have to add that if I get rats under my coop I use poison. Poison can take care of many rats while the zapper can too but only one at a time.
  7. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Thanks for the reply. I would love to use poison, but I have dogs that would eat it or the rat.
  8. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    It's too bad they don't come out with a waterproof version but I did see on their site that you can buy a "rat's nest" to go with the zapper - basically a cover for it for outdoor use.

    I rarely have any mice problems anymore. I leave the trap set all year round. Works much better than my two indoor cats(pretty much worthless in the mouse-catching department).
  9. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    I bought one several weeks ago. It has worked great on mice. I've killed about 15 so far in the basement and garage. I haven't put it out where the rats are yet. We have a bunch in the walls and above the ceiling of our layer barn.

    They aren't weatherproof and the expensive "rat's nest" they sell is just a tupperware container of the correct size. I've heard other people recommend to slide it inside a 6" piece of PVC pipe that is capped on one end to use the ratzapper outdoors.
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    I have dealt with a bad rat infestation before and I also own three domestic rats. Rats are extremely intelligent. They are one of the only animals recently found in the animal kingdom along with humans, dolphins, and great apes that are capable of meta-thought...or thinking about thinking. They understand the concept of "I Don't Know." This is why they are used for lab experiments for humans. We share nearly 99% of our DNA with them! Rats actually are more closely related to humans than they are to mice!

    So traps or poisons of any sort are only effective on a very few out of the horde. Rats are extremely wary of trying new foods, because they are incapable of vomiting. They will "taste test" something to see if it makes them ill first. If it does, then they will not go back for more and they will warn their comrades not to go near it (with a special scent in their urine). This is what happens with the majority of rats and poisons. It's usually only the starving or young and inexperienced rats that eat enough to get themselves killed. They do pretty much the same thing with traps.

    I haven't heard of the rat zapper, but if you are having as bad an infestation as it sounds, the ONLY way to get rid of rats effectively is to make where they are dwelling is inhospitable. Trust me on this, when we cleared out my mother's house (she was a hoarder) after her death, and it was so infested with rats they were flying out of boxes and climbing UP our bodies to get away. Repeatedly. We set traps and our exterminator went to work repairing the entrance holes.

    We only killed 3 out of the hundreds. They avoided the traps and the poison.

    However, we got that house completely cleaned up and cleaned out, and the rats disappeared entirely. The house sold and it's been six months and the new owners have said they have not seen hide nor hair nor poop of any rat since.

    So my advice:

    - Keep ALL food cleaned up and locked up tight in chew-proof containers.

    - Make sure all debris they could hide or nest in is gone. Wood piles, trash piles, stacks of boxes, attic junk, and so on. Get rid of ALL clutter.

    - Cut back brush and trees. Rats are quite arboreal, and they will climb trees and drop onto your roof with them and use any cover to get to your house/coop.

    - Scrub thoroughly. Rats are nearly blind, so they use urine scent trails to get around and get messages to the colony. Erase those and you will disorient them and their activity will curb for a few nights.

    - Make sure all entry/exit holes are patched up. This is a royal pain, but it's one of THE most effective things you can possibly do. Call around and try to find an exterminator that knows how to find and fix their entry/exit holes. Rats can squeeze through entries the size of a quarter and their paths are easy to miss.

    It's a LOT of work, but it works. I wish you best of luck fighting the wee beasties.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009
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