Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap - 1 Trap

Model #: RZC001-4

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  • High voltage shock kills rats
  • Ideal for mice to average-size rats
  • Kills 1 rat per setting
  • Kills 20 rats per set of batteries
  • No-touch, no-see experience
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Rat Zapper® Classic

Let's face it: killing rats probably isn't one of your favorite things to do. This is why the Rat Zapper® Classic was made to be as humane, safe, and easy to use as possible. If you want a top-quality solution that will deliver years of dependable service, buy the electronic Rat Zapper® Classic for quick control of your rodent problem.


Rat Zapper® offers Two Sizes to Fit Your Needs: Classic or Ultra

If you have average-sized rats and a need for less than 20 kills per set of batteries, get the Rat Zapper® Classic electronic rat trap, equipped with a large chamber size. However, if you are dealing with larger rats, consider buying the Rat Zapper® Ultra (sold separately), equipped with the largest chamber size available and suited to kill more than 20 rats per set of batteries.

"Yuck"-Free Cleanup

The hands-free, "no touch, no view" disposal reduces the "yuck" factor of a common mouse and rat trap. Cleanup is easy and it can be reused indefinitely--your friends and family will want to borrow it for safe, humane rat elimination.

Safe and Sanitary

The Rat Zapper® Classic is perfect for use anywhere in the home. Built with high-quality electronics, recycled plastics, and recycled packaging, the Rat Zapper® Classic is both effective and environmentally friendly. It is ideal for attics, garages, basements and sheds. While it's always wise to use caution around children and pets, there is no blood, mess, chemicals, or poisons with the Rat Zapper® Classic.


You can "zap" 20 rats with one set of 4 “AA” batteries, which makes it a truly effective rat trap.


How It Works

The Rat Zapper® Classic is equipped with smart-circuit technology that senses when the rodent enters the trap. Once the rodent is inside, the rat steps onto the metal plates, completing the circuit and the trap delivers a quick, humane 8,000 volt shock. Since rats have the ability to restart their hearts, the shock is applied for 2 minutes ensuring a high kill rate. Each time the trap catches a rat, the light on top of the trap flashes red to indicate a kill.


Easy to Use

How easy are they to use? Very--and that's just one reason why they're so popular. Just insert batteries, bait, place, turn it on and relax.

1. Insert 4 “AA” batteries into the battery compartment.

2. Using the entrance, bait the trap along the back wall using a small amount of peanut butter, dry pet food or nuts.

3. Place the trap where you have seen signs of rodent activity or along the wall where rodents primarily travel.

4. Turn on the Rat Zapper® Classic. A red light will blink once indicating the trap is working properly.

Simple Setup

Which Trap is Right for You?

Kill per Setting
Kills per Set of Batteries
Batteries Required
Kill Method
Remote Notification System
1 Mouse or Rat
50 Mice or Rats
4 "C" batteries
Humane, high-voltage shock
1 Mouse or Rat
60 Mice or Rats
4 "D" batteries
Humane, high-voltage shock
1 Mouse or Rat
20 Mice or Rats
4 "AA" batteries
Humane, high-voltage shock

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Victor® – Innovative Rodent Control Solutions from the Company You’ve Trusted for Over 115 Years.


Rat Zapper® Classic Trap

  • Works as a mice zapper trap as well as for average-size rats
  • Easy to use – insert batteries, bait, turn it on, place, and relax
  • Hands-free “no touch, no view” disposal reduces “yuck” factor of a common mouse and rat trap
  • Cleanup is easy and it can be reused indefinitely – your friends and family will want to borrow (and keep!) it
  • One set of 4 AA batteries = 20 kills
  • Battery replacement notification
  • Safe and sanitary – while always wise to use caution around kids and pets, there is no blood, mess, chemicals, or poisons
  • High 8,000-volt two-plate design delivers shock lasting two full minutes
  • Red indicator light flashes repeatedly upon kill
  • One-year warranty and lifetime customer support

Disclaimer: Victorpest.com does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.

Most Recent Customer Reviews

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December 5, 2017
it has errors By jim

my zapper works great, but when i catch a rat and reset it the red flashing light stays on, and on the other one it has a sound coming from it

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November 20, 2017
Not sure they are even working By Rob

My neighbors and I bought 9 of these traps. In two weeks 9 Rat Zappers caught ZERO rats,a single classic spring trap caught FIVE. Same bait, same position. Wondering if they are even working.

Response From Victor®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative

We apologize for this experience. Rodents will typically go to the most easily accessible bait first. If snap traps are used in conjunction with electronic traps, the majority of the catches will be in the snap traps. To see the full potential of the electronic traps, we recommend removing any other traps from the area.

Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867) with any questions or for additional assistance.

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October 26, 2017
Great...for a limited time. By Karly

I love these things....when they work. They worked great for the first 6-8 months and then they won't turn on anymore. I had the same problem with all 3. They replaced the first two and right when I got those, the third stopped working too!

Response From Victor®
Patty : Consumer Relations Representative

Hello Karly,

We regret to hear about this unusual experience. Please give our Consumer Relations Team a call at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867) so we can provide assistance for the third unit.

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Review posted on www.victorpest.com
October 9, 2017
Stack rhodents up like cordwood- need better way to clean By Danny

I have 4 Rat Zappers and have recommended them to friends. I don't have rats but use them to control my chipmunk population from living in the crawl spaces in my cottage. One of my friends wrote me that he was stacking chipmunks up",Like Cordwood" and saving his cottage from destruction. I suggest baiting with a couple of pecans or walnuts. The bait works and stays dry. I use my Zappers outside and under some cover and bring them in in rain. Strongly suggest however that you make them more weatherproof and add a door or a way to clean them after use. Ant colonies and rodent residue can easily make them unusable and I have yet to find a way to clean the tray completely. Toothbrushes have too short and angled handles and just don't clean enough.

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October 4, 2017
BUY THESE!!! By timberhollow

We live out in the woods on a stream. My wife and I heard some chewing in a wall. We knew it wasn't a mouse, too loud! I put out the live catch traps for 3 days, nothing! I hate to kill anything, but the noise and the thought of disease won out. I went ahead and purchased 4 of these units, baited them with peanut butter on a small piece of bread and placed them in the crawl space, one in each corner along the wall. The next morning I was curious and just had to see if I had any success with these Zappers....ALL FOUR WERE BLINKING!!! Four kills! I felt bad, but I also felt glad that I got these dirty suckers. Over the next week the Zappers eliminated four more and unfortunately a curious chipmunk. Two weeks went by without a hit so I removed them, cleaned them and put them away. Low and behold a month later I heard scratching in the wall. I put the Zappers out the next night. In the morning one of the Zappers was flashing with another elimination. I left the traps out for another 10 days and have not had another elimination nor have I heard any activity. Feels great not to have had to use poison as this exposes the hunting type birds to the poison when the rat slows down and begins to die out in the wild and they become prey for the birds. Another advantage of these Zappers is that they use four AA batteries as opposed to most of the other units that require four D batteries. These Zappers have been FANTASTIC! BUY THEM!!!

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September 30, 2017
The traps work very well. By Skip

I have had excellent results with the Victor Rat trap. Four rats and six mice in the last week. The Battery pack is cumbersome to attach. I had to glue the Velcro on. Maybe two sets of Velcro on each unit more securely attached than with the two sided tape.

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September 17, 2017
Great Traps! By Kristi

I love these traps. Great for Rats and mice. I even caught a mouse and rat in that same trap. I guess the rat went in to get the mouse. I have found that baiting them with old peanut butter works the best. I like I don't have to touch the dead critters.

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August 29, 2017
Not sure if they work By DoggieMom

We received 3 rat zappers with optional D cell battery packs. No idea that they would come this way. The battery packs are supposed to go on top and attach with velcro. The instructions state to put the auxillary packs on top of the unit with the batteries down. This results in the batteries falling and no longer making contact. We ended up putting the batteries face up and sitting the unit underneath an overhang. Have not caught anything other than a slug, despite new rat droppings in the area. This unit is baited with dry dog and cat food. Put second unit in RV with just the A batteries, have not caught a thing.

Response From Victor®
Patty : Consumer Relations Representative

We appreciate the time taken to provide this feedback and apologize for the experience.  Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867) so we can learn more and provide assistance.

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Review posted on www.victorpest.com
August 23, 2017
Pretty Effective way to kill the rats. By drewh

I first three nights I had these traps out, nothing happened. Rats still were about but avoided the traps. on the fourth night one of traps was triggered and there was residue left in the trap but no dead rat. I thought, "waste of money". Then the next night one trap got a rat and the other a mouse. two nights later we got another rat. So they do seem to work. I clean them out with a light vinegar solution to make sure the rats aren't repelled. Now I want to see how long they last.

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August 6, 2017
Work great By Karkrazy

Work great as usual have had them before very pleased thank you

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Q.Can this item be used outside???

This product is designed for indoor use only. We do not recommend its use outdoors.

Q.What is an average size rat? When does it become to big?

Our traps are capable of dispatching any average sized rat. For reference, the brown rat (most common) average females weight 250g and males weight 350g. The bodies of these rats (not including tail) are generally 6-8 inches in length.

Q.Is this for outside? Will it kill chipmunks?

No, this is designed for indoor use only.

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Rat Zapper® Classic Trap - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do I place the trap?

A: Place the trap along the wall where rodents primarily travel or where you have seen signs of rodent activity. Rats are wary critters and they’ll initially avoid anything new in their environment. Good news is we’re smarter than they are! It may take a few days or nights for the first rat to enter your trap, but be patient!

Q: How do I bait the trap?/What should I use to bait the trap?

A: To bait the Rat Zapper®, first make sure the trap is turned off. Place the bait along or on the back wall of the trap. Be sure to use gloves or a tool to bait so your scent is not transferred onto the trap. We’ve carefully researched dry pet food and found it an excellent lure. Other dried baits (nuts, dehydrated fruit, etc.) can also work well. Goopy Bait Note: Please don’t place moist or goopy bait in your Rat Zapper® unless you place it in a plastic container, like a medium plastic bottle cap, and then slide it to the back of your Rat Zapper®. (Otherwise you may goop the electronics and/or falsely trip the system.)

Q: What may affect the effectiveness of an electronic trap?

A: To ensure that your trap works when it is supposed to, keep the metal plates clean so the trap won’t trigger at the wrong time.

  • Don’t over-bait, as excess food could drop onto the plates and activate the trap, after which any rodent may safely enter to remove the food.
  • Make sure that the plates are clear of any debris, especially urine or hair from a recent kill that may interfere with the unit’s proper function. Remember, both plates need to be clean so that the electric circuit is made complete by the rodent stepping on both.

Q:What does it mean when the light blinks red?

A: When you turn on the trap, the red light will appear one time and fade away. This confirms the trap is on and working properly and the light turns off to save battery. The red light will also blink to indicate a successful kill; however, in order to conserve battery, it only flashes about every 7 seconds.

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