Raticator Max Infrared Rat Zapper. Infrared detecting system senses the rodent then delivers a series of deadly but humane electric shocks. Battery operated and easy to use. Suitable for catching both rats and mice.
Infrared detecting system
- Senses the rodent then delivers a series of deadly but humane electric shocks
- Battery operated and easy to use
- Kills the rodent inside the unit so it doesn’t have a chance to crawl into the roof or walls to die
- No need to touch the rodent to dispose of it
- Suitable for both rats and mice
- Uses x4 Alkaline D Cell batteries (not included)
- Dimensions: length 29.5cm x width 10cm x height: 12.5cm
How the trap works
The rodent is lured into the electronic trap by the bait and stands on the metal base plate. The infrared sensor detects the presence of the rodent and delivers a series of deadly but humane electric shocks.
Setting the trap
As a first step please read the warning instructions on the top of the battery cover. Please also read the How to use and Indicator light details on the inside of the battery cover.
With the on/off switch in the off position, open the battery cover by pulling back the securing tab and lift the battery compartment door. Insert 4 D cell alkaline batteries. Never insert the batteries while the power switch is in the ON position, if you have done so in error, turn off the switch, remove the batteries and wait for at least 30 seconds before correctly installing the batteries.
We suggest you wear gloves when setting the trap to avoid transferring human odours onto the trap, also give the trap a wipe over with a damp cloth, avoiding strong detergent as this may deter rodents.
Turn the on/off switch to on. After a second or so, the green light should flash once for about 1 to 2 seconds and then turn straight off. If the green light does not turn on at all or if there is a rapid flashing red light, replace the batteries, being sure you have installed quality alkaline batteries.
Turn the trap off and insert the bait at the back of the trap on the last plate (at the opposite end to the opening).
The trap should be positioned where the rodents are known to be active, or where droppings and smells have been found. Rodents tend to run along skirting boards so place the trap close to a wall where you think they travel.
Turn the unit on. The green light should blink and turn off.
You have a catch when the red light starts flashing slowly. Be sure to check the trap at least every morning, more often if you have a heavy problem. It could be that after dusk and before you go to bed you may also have a catch or two. If a dead rodent is left in the trap for more than 12 hours the effort to clean the trap will be considerable and may lead to false trips.
At a minimum use a good quality recognised brand of alkaline batteries such as the Energiser brand. Standard carbon batteries and rechargeable batteries are not suitable they dont have the power to supply the number of kills, or days of standby power.
Take great care to install the batteries so that the + end is at the opposite end to the spring. Batteries that are installed back to front may damage the unit.
The manufacturer recommends dry dog food, however, many other baits work well. We recommend crunchy peanut butter as the most effective bait but you can also mix in some bird seed. Nuts, Chocolate, sunflower seeds, corn on the cob, Dynamic lifter, blood & bone, apple or cake also work, or use what you know it likes. However, it is critical that moist bait is not placed on the floor due to the mess it can make. The answer is to place moist bait in a small plastic bottle cap (not a jar cap). Be sure the unit is turned off before installing the bait.
The raticator is not designed for outdoor use. If you choose to use the trap outdoors it is critical that the trap is covered for protection from the elements such as enclosing the unit in a plastic container with a lid, cutting a hole close to the ground so the rodent can enter. Alternately cut a hole in an upturned bucket or tub and sit the trap on something to lift it up off the ground.
Performance of your Raticator will depend on the
- quality of the batteries
- time the unit is turned on
- number of kills
- cleanliness of the unit floor (refer to the cleaning instructions).
Cleaning the trap
Following are some approaches we would suggest you try if you find the Raticator is not working as you expected or if you are failing to attract or kill rodents.
Bait is gone and the red light is flashing
- Check that the batteries are the correct quality, are working (the voltage could be low)
- Test the unit, see below
- Clean the metal kill plate
- You could have a fast Mouse put bait at the rear of the trap as normal plus 2 pieces in the middle of the trap. Turn the trap at a 90 degree angle to the wall with the opening facing wall so the mouse must slow down and turn to go inside and out.
Bait is gone and NO red light
- Check that the batteries are the correct quality, are working, and inserted correctly, with all contacts touching
- Test the unit - see below.
Red & Green lights are flashing alternately
- Test the unit (see below)
- Re-clean with a good 2 hour soak, clean, rinse and allow to air dry for a least a full day.
Not having success getting the rodent into the trap
Rats and mice will eat almost anything including cardboard, so food in the trap should work perfectly. However, if you have another food source that is more attractive or easier to get to, the rodents may not be attracted to the trap. Identify the food source and take that source away. Then place some of that food in the trap in same location (if possible) so when the rodents next visit the food will there, but now in the trap.
Testing the trap
1. Bait is gone and NO red light?
Batteries: Make sure they are “D” batteries of the correct quality and are working and that all contacts are touching. Test the unit
2. Can I use any type of battery in the trap?
Batteries: Four “AA”' cells are required; PLEASE ONLY USE "Duracell Ultra", Duracell Copper Top or "Energizer MAX" alkaline, or any of the Lithium batteries. If the batteries are not the correct quality or voltage, you will have problems. Never USE: Standard carbon zinc batteries, super market brand batteries. Heavy Duty batteries’, Super heavy duty batteries, Extra heavy duty batteries or rechargeable batteries such as NiCad or NMH batteries they are not suitable for use in a Rat Zapper. IMPORTANT: Take great care to install the batteries so that the + end is at the opposite end to the spring. Batteries that are installed back to front will damage the unit. Never insert the batteries while the power switch is in the ON position, if you have done so in error, turn off the switch, remove the batteries and wait for at least 30 seconds before correctly installing the batteries.
3. How do I get rats and mice into the trap?
Bait: The manufacturer recommends dry dog food, however, many other baits work well including Dynamic lifter, blood & bone. Maybe the best bait is the type of food they have already been eating. Peanut Butter, corn and many other moist foods are very successful; however, it is critical that they NOT be placed on the floor of the trap unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time cleaning up the mess once the electric shock bonds it to the floor. The answer is to place moist bait in a small plastic bottle cap (not a jar cap) Please be sure the unit is turned off before installing the bait. The bait should be placed in the back of the Zapper (the opposite end to the opening) on the last plate. Now turn it on, the red light should come on for a second and turn straight off. You are ready.
4. How do I test that the trap is working?
Bait is gone and NO red light? Batteries: Make sure they are “D” batteries of the correct quality and are working and that all contacts are touching. Test the unit - see below Testing the trap Testing the Rat Zapper “CLASSIC” or’ Raticator PLUS’ to be sure it’s working Conduct a spark test A spark test will let you know if the unit is working correctly Spark Test for Classic This test safely replicates the kill cycle. It’s a great way to see if your unit is working properly or just to observe the zapping in action (minus the rodent). You’ll need about a 180mm long screw driver with a plastic or rubber handle. Set the unit on a counter or table. Check what batteries they are being used. Flat or incorrect batteries will fail a spark test. Turn on the unit and turn it around so that you’re looking through the metal grate in the back of the unit. You’ll see a square hole in the metal grid on the back of the zapper. Put the screwdriver through the hole allowing it to rest on the metal grate (see photo), then place the tip of the screwdriver on the center “island” plate inside the unit. Both of these contacts are necessary. Then, allow the screw driver tip to rest on the center “island” plate, then slowly begin raising the tip of the screwdriveroff the plate. When you do this, you should see a strong blue spark that arcs about 3mm to 6mm high. It will also create a soft buzzing sound which could last for about a minute or so. As with a kill, the red light on top of the unit will blink until the unit is reset.
5. How often do you need to clean the trap?
The trap needs to be cleaned regularly after 5-6 kills. When dust, dirt or other contaminants** accumulate in the zapper you will need to clean the trap. **The main one being body fluids that the rodent released when it was electrocuted. Urine left behind can crystallize and create a short circuit. 1) Remove the batteries before cleaning to insure safety 2) Fill a pan or sink with about 25 to 30mm of warm water along with a small amount of dish washing detergent. Set the Zapper inside the pan and let it soak for at least one hour (to loosen debris) and neutralize any crystallized urine. 3) Using a soft bristle or bottle brush, gently brush the bottom of your Zapper. 4) To rinse, carefully allow a gentle stream of warm fresh water to flow over the cleaned bottom surface of the zapper for at least 60 seconds, Do not spray the unit out or allow moisture to intrude into the electronics that are housed at the top of the unit as this may cause the electronics to short out and impair the units performance. After cleaning and rinsing the bottom of the zapper, stand the Zapper vertical then leave the unit to air dry in the sun (do not us an air compressor) depending on the weather this could take a full day for total evaporation.
6. What if the bait is gone and the red light is flashing?
A) Batteries. Be sure that they are the correct quality and are working (voltage could be down) and inserted correctly. B) Test the unit (see -How to test the trap) C) Clean the metal kill plates (the two at the closed end of the trap) D) You could have a fast Mouse – Put food at rear as normal plus 2 pieces in the middle of the trap Also turn the trap at a 90 degrees to the wall with front facing wall so the mouse must slow down and turn to go inside.
I am very happy with the Raticator I have been catching mice and rats daily since I received itSam F
I set up the machine in the garage, 30 minutes later my first mouse, another 30 minutes my 2nd. I am sending the cat packing this thing is great.Gary M, Vic