Troubleshooting: Electronic Rat Trap (M241)
Have you encountered an issue with your Victor® Electronic Rat Trap, or just want to learn more about it? Our convenient troubleshooting section will walk you through the most common customer questions to ensure successful trapping.
Where do I place my trap?
Electronic traps are for indoor use only. Place the trap on a flat surface against a wall where you have seen signs of rodent activity. The trap should be placed lengthwise with the rodent entrance nearest to the wall. Be sure that the area is free of dust and debris.
Can I use my trap outdoors?
No, an electronic trap cannot be used outdoors. It uses batteries and electronic components that cannot be exposed to the elements. Placing the trap outdoors will interfere with the functionality of the trap, causing it not to work.[Back to Top]
What kind of bait should I use?
Rodents prefer foods that are high in protein and fat. Try using peanut butter, hazelnut spread, chocolate and meats such as bacon or beef jerky. Be careful not to use too much. Rodents have a very strong sense of smell, so only a small amount of bait is needed to attract them to the trap. Do not overfill the bait cup.
How much to use?
Rodents have a very strong sense of smell, so only a small amount of bait is needed to attract them to the trap. Do not overfill the bait cup. Open the bait door, which can be found on the back side of the trap. Use a cotton swab, toothpick, tweezers or similar tool to place bait so that your scent is not transferred to the trap.[Back to Top]
How do I know if my trap is working?
You can check to see if your trap is working by turning the trap OFF, then ON again. A green light will appear once and the unit will buzz to let you know the trap is armed and ready for use. A continuous indicator light is not used so that battery life can be preserved.[Back to Top]
What is the output voltage of the trap?
The Victor® Electronic Rat Trap puts out 6,000 volts of electricity per shock.[Back to Top]
Is it safe for children or pets?
The Victor® Electronic Rat Trap has an open tunnel design. It should not be used around children or pets.[Back to Top]
What might cause the trap to NOT work?
- Using old batteries may cause the trap not to work. Use a new set of fully charged batteries.
- The batteries may not be inserted properly. Check that the positive and negative ends of the batteries are facing the correct way.
- Placing bait directly on the metal plates may cause the the trap to not work. Power the trap OFF, remove the batteries, and clean the inside of the trap. Please check out our cleaning instructions and proper baiting instructions.
- Extended use of the trap may cause buildup of debris and residue. Corrosion of the metal plates is also possible over time. It is recommended to turn the trap OFF, remove the batteries and clean the trap after each use for the most effective results. Please check out our cleaning instructions.
- Water damage may interfere with the functionality of the trap. Be sure the trap is used indoors only on a dry, flat surface. If it is used outdoors or in damp/wet areas indoors, it may not work. Power the trap OFF, remove the batteries and let the unit dry completely before trying to reuse.
How long will the batteries last?
A brand new set of 4 “C” batteries will last approximately 3 years on standby if no rodents are caught. Otherwise, the trap can kill up to 50 rats on one set of fully charged batteries. This is subject to change based on the quality of batteries used and how long a caught rodent remains in the trap. The indicator light on the top of the trap will blink until the trap is reset, which contributes to battery drain. If a rodent is caught but remains in the trap unchecked, the batteries may only last 2-4 weeks due to the indicator light blinking constantly.[Back to Top]