Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap Eliminate your rodent problem quickly and effectively with the Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap. From set-up and use through cleaning and maintenance, each zap will be a snap thanks to the easy-to-use design. This humane trap kills rodents using a high-voltage shock and since rats are able to restart their hearts, the shock is applied for 2 minutes to ensure higher kill rates. To get started, simply apply a high-protein bait in the provided bait cup, place the trap in an indoor location with high rodent activity and turn it on.Best used for:AtticsGaragesBasementsKitchensHigh-Voltage Shock Humanely Kills Rodents The Rat Zapper® Classic is equipped with smart circuit technology that senses when a rodent enters the trap. Once the rodent is inside, it steps on the metal plates, completing the circuit and the trap delivers a continuous high-voltage shock for 2 minutes to effectively eliminate rat invader. This trap is capable of eliminating up to 20 rats per set of fully charged batteries (4 “AA”).LED Light Alerts With the Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap, simplifying your pest control routine is a breeze. Each time the trap catches a rat, the light on top of the trap flashes green to indicate a kill. You’ll know when it’s time to empty your trap without having to check manually. When it's time to change the batteries, the light will flash red.
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.No-Touch Cleanup With the Rat Zapper® Classic, cleanup is effortless! Unlike standard rat traps, you don’t have to touch or look at dead rodents. The rat is contained within the kill chamber, which hides it from sight, while the indicator light lets you know when it’s time to empty. After a kill, just tip the trap to discard the dead rodent into the trash without having to touch it.How to Set the Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap For your convenience, the Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap is very easy to use. Get your trap setup by following these four simple steps:
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- Add Bait - Apply a small amount of high-protein bait, such as peanut butter, to the back wall of the trap away from the metal plates using a Q-tip or other tool to avoid transferring your scent.
- Insert Batteries - Remove the battery cover. Insert 4 “AA” batteries into the battery compartment before replacing the cover.
- Place the Trap - 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 entrance nearest to the wall.
- Turn On - Activate by flipping the switch to the “ON” position. A green light will blink once to indicate the trap is functioning properly.
Victor® Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap Model # RZC001 Kills per Setting 1 Kills per Set of Batteries 20 Batteries Required 4 “AA” batteries Kill Method Humane, high-voltage shock Alert Method LED light Indoors/Outdoors Indoors only Materials Plastic, metalLearn More About Rodent Control At times, rodent problems can seem like a never-ending battle. But, believe it or not, you can get the upper hand. Understanding your enemy – their habits and preferences – is the first step of successful elimination. Check out some of our great resources to find out more about controlling your rodent problems.About Victor® Victor® has been a trusted name in rodent control since 1898. Since the invention of the spring-based trap over 115 years ago, we have been continuously striving to manufacture innovative, quality products that keep your family safe from the dangers of rodents. With a variety of electronic traps, snap traps and repellents available, Victor® has a broad selection of products to meet the needs of consumers. More About Victor® »WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead and lead compounds, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap Model # RZC001 Kills per Setting 1 Kills per Set of Batteries 20 Batteries Required 4 "AA" batteries Kill Method Humane, high-voltage shock Alert Method LED light Materials Plastic, metal Usage Notes
- Apply a small amount of high-protein bait, such as peanut butter, to the back wall of the trap away from the metal plates using a Q-tip or other tool to avoid transferring your scent.
- Remove the battery cover. Insert 4 “AA” batteries into the battery compartment before replacing the cover
- Position 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 entrance nearest to the wall.
- Activate by flipping the switch to the “ON” position. A green light will blink once to indicate the trap is functioning properly
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateThis IS the better Rat Trap!Over the past two years I have terminated 39 rats using two Victor traps. I did have one trap die on me, and it was replaced very quickly and professionally by Victor. All I can say is they work. They are easy. A couple of pellets of dog or cat food at the very back, one in front. They are meant for indoors I know, but when the weather is good, which is most of the time where I live, I put them outside or under the house or deck. Many of the rats were huge, practically filling up the trap, while others were small. The Rat Zapper got them all. Nothing else compares, and I've tried lots of other methods until I got the Rat Zapper, and while some worked, they were very messy or inhumane. I've recommended it to many people.
Review RateZap's a Great TrapThis is a great product. It's too bad that you don't allow local stores to sell this product. I could get my purchases faster.
Review RateClassic Rat Zapper is the BEST for killing rats!
From 2015: I cannot begin to express how incredible this product is. I purchased a few more of these Original Rat Zappers because they absolutely kill rats! Our area in Ahwatukee (Phoenix) is infested with roof rats due to the numerous citrus trees in yards. Some folks just won't pick their fruit so the rats run freely day and night throughout the neighborhoods. This all began about 4 years ago, and it's getting worse each year. My beloved Rat Zappers killed 3 rats on Thursday, 2 yesterday, and another one this morning. All of the rats were zapped while on my back patio so it's a huge relief to me to have this product doing its job! Much better than bait stations which actually lure the rats to your property and poison them slowly to die wherever.... I can't praise this product enough. Thank you Victor Pest for purchasing the company that invented the Rat Zapper. I will continue to use and review this product. It's been well worth the money I spend on these units! I wish they'd wise up and realize my yard means death to them and they head elsewhere. UPDATE: I continue to use these Rat Zappers with GREAT SUCCESS! I hate to say that. I wish our community would be more proactive in regards to eradicating the roof rats that continue to plague this area. The rat population has grown especially when folks refuse to pick the citrus from their trees. Please note: Victor Pest has discontinued the wonderful accessory, the Rat Tales which allowed you to place the Zappers in hidden areas and see blinking eyes on the Rat Tale warning you of a kill without having to directly check the Zappers hidden behind objects. I am really disappointed to see the end of the Rat Tales. I did not discover a dead rat in a Zapper for three days and it smelled awful once discovered and was covered in maggots. Victor Pest you made a bad decision by discontinuing a remarkably great accessory!!! PLEASE BRING BACK THE RAT TALES!!! I am guessing you did this, Victor Pest so that you can sell more Rat Packs which I truly do not think is necessary on the Classic Zapper. The four AA batteries really work for a long time here in AZ and the Rat Tales are a better and more useful accessory.
I'm very disappointed that you've changed the integral parts of the rat zapper. You've replaced the metal plate and lights with a cheaper design similar to the the electronic mouse traps. What was once a flashing red light with a better metal plate in the trap is now the green light (with a terribly slow flashing interval if something is caught) and the metal plate has the initiating startup 'buzz' of the mouse traps which failed 1 month after purchase.Response From Victor®Jules : Consumer Relations Representative
Review RateGreat Product
Excellent zapper. We had a problem catching mice in the house. They were going everywhere but the traps. I finally moved the zapper to where it would have to turn the corner and zap... We have caught 20+ in a month! Now we are pest free. Best bait is peanut butter cookie. I am the squeamish type, so not having to touch it is great. We have two working, but the third one is defective. Anyways, I have recommended to friends and I know they have purchased and caught some as well.Response From Victor®Jules : Consumer Relations Representative
Hi there- Thank you for letting us know about your experience! We are glad to hear about your success with this product! We would like to know more about how your third trap is not working properly. We would also like to provide more information about our one year replacement policy. Feel free to reach out to us at 1-855-584-2867. We look forward to hearing from you!
Review RateStops working
2 zaps... 2 rats killed. Easy. But now it won't work. I've cleaned it as instructed with no luck. So that's roughly $25 per rat. I live near woods and wetlands so rats are always trying to move in. Not an affordable solution.Response From Victor®Kathryn : Consumer Relations Representative
We're sorry to hear about this! These traps are covered by our 1-year replacement policy. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867) for assistance.
Review RateDid not work
Did not work, returned for refund. Set trap indoors as directed with peanuts as bait. Trap repeatedly indicated as triggered, nothing in trap, perhaps rodent wore gloves? Purchased classic snap trap, problem solved. Perhaps defective unit?Response From Victor®Jules : Consumer Relations Representative
Hi Steve! We are sorry to hear about this, but are glad that your were able to take advantage of our 30-Day Guarantee. We have already made our Product Managers aware of your experience, and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about it. For any additional assistance, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867).
Review RateWorth every penny
Anything but is an absolute pain to use.setting snap traps that snap before you even put them down,emptying,resetting,etc. I am not squeamish but aside from some occasional cleaning this thing works great,is sanitary,humane,easy to bait,empty,& reset...a no brainer.I have 2 on 2 properties& want more...the cat can only catch so much& he is good!
Review RateTried all sorts of traps, this one works!!!
I have been trying to get rid of a rat in my garage for a few months. Tried all sorts of baits and traps of different sizes, but this smart little bugger (actually not so little) would take the bait sometimes tripping the traps and go off on his merry little way to cause more damage. I purchased 2 of the Rat Zappers at my local Ace Hardware, brought them home, and baited them with dog food which seemed to be his food of choice. Caught him on the first night!!! After all the damage this rodent has caused, the Rat Zapper is well worth the price. I easily emptied the trap and reset it to get any of his friends that my be hanging out with him. I highly recommend the product to anyone trying to get rid of problematic rodents when conventional traps and baits aren't working.
Review RateNot durable
This trap does work well, but it has a bad flaw. The smallest amount of moisture will be channeled to the electronics board because of the shape and design of the top cover. The board does not appear to have a coating to protect it either, and soon the trap will be non functional due to corrosion.Response From Victor®Kathryn : Consumer Relations Representative
Thank you for your feedback! This trap is not weatherproof and is recommended for indoor use only. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-VICTOR (1-855-584-2867) for assistance with our 30-day guarantee and 1-year replacement policy, we're happy to help!
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: How do I clean the trap?
A: Through repeat use and baiting, dust and debris can settle on the metal plates inside the trap, so we recommend that you clean your trap between each use. To clean the trap:
- Turn the unit to the off position and remove the batteries
- Use a hydrogen peroxide topical solution (available at most drug stores) and an old toothbrush to clean the inside of the chamber. Use a wire brush as needed to remove any corrosion, being careful not to be too vigorous. This could accidentally remove all of the protective zinc plating
- Allow the Rat Zapper® Classic Rat Trap to air dry completely
- Replace the batteries and turn the unit back on
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/green?
A: New version of the trap (no plug): The light will flash red when battery power is low. When you turn on the trap, a green light will blink once to let you know it's working. A blinking green light will indicate a successful kill.
Old version of the trap (with plug): 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. A rapidly blinking red light indicates low battery.