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Rat Zapper Classic

Have you encountered an issue with your Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap, or just want to learn more about it? Our convenient FAQs will walk you through the most common customer questions to ensure successful trapping.

Where do I place my trap?

The Rat Zapper® Classic is 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, this 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.

What do the lights mean?

  • A green light will flash once when the trap is turned on, indicating the trap is working.
  • A blinking green light indicates a rodent has been caught and it’s time to empty your trap.
  • A blinking red light alerts you when the battery power is low and it’s time to insert new ones.

Note: If you have the old version of the Rat Zapper® Classic (with the plug), the light will flash red for all alerts instead of green.

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.

How much bait should I use?

Rodents have a very strong sense of smell, so only a small amount of bait is needed to attract them to the trap. Place the bait along the back wall of the trap, being careful to avoid getting bait on the metal plates. Use a cotton swab, toothpick, tweezers or similar tool to place bait so that your scent is not transferred to the trap.

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 to let you know it’s working. (An old version of the trap blinked red once when turned on)

What is the output voltage of the trap

This trap has a voltage output of approximately 9,000 volts.

Is this trap safe for children or pets?

The Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap has an open tunnel design. We recommend placing it out of reach of children or pets.

What might cause this trap not to work?

  1. Using old batteries may cause the trap not to work. Use a new set of fully charged batteries.
  2. The batteries may not be inserted properly. Check that the positive and negative ends of the batteries are facing the correct way.
  3. Placing bait directly on the metal plates may cause the trap to not work. Power the trap OFF, remove the batteries, and clean the inside of the trap. Please check out our detailed cleaning instructions and proper baiting instructions.
  4. 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 detailed cleaning instructions.
  5. 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 “AA” batteries will last approximately 3 years on standby if no rodents are caught. Otherwise, the trap can kill up to 20 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.

Will this trap also kill mice?

While this trap may kill some mice, it is designed to accommodate the size of rats. Mice may be too small to effectively set off the trap and will not be as effective in controlling them.

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