The 7 Best Electronic Rat Traps
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Rodents can wreak havoc on your home, and may even spread disease, but getting rid of them can be tricky and unpleasant. These electronic rat traps can dispatch vermin without creating a bloody mess for you to deal with, while also being safe to use with pets around, as they don't use poisons or toxic chemicals. Now all that's left for you to do is to tell your cat he's fired. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best electronic rat trap on Amazon.
May 06, 2019:
While there's not a lot of variety when it comes to electronic rat traps, there are a few models out there that set themselves apart from the others. The Eliminator 7000 takes the top spot becaues it is large and powerful enough to dispatch squirrels with ease, and while you can easily slide your catches out into the trash without looking or touching, the top does slide off so that you can thoroughly clean it, especially if you're using perishable bait that could smell over time. Plus you have the choice to plug it in or use batteries.
The Victor brand makes several electronic rat traps, and we chose to include the Victor Multi-Kill because it's the only reliable option that allows for multiple kills before you need to empty it. Users who are dealing with a heavy infestation can save themselves a ton of time by not having to empty and reset when they are catching multiple critters per day.
Most options available with any kind of smart connectivity still seem to be working the bugs out, but the Dome Smart has a devoted following amongst Z-Wave hub users who get the convenience of a notification on their phone every time there is a kill.
A Brief History of Pest Control
Pest management really began to hit its stride around the 19th century.
If there's one thing that's remained constant throughout human history, it's that people have traditionally preferred not to starve due to their food stores being decimated.
Rats and mice were huge pests as far back as 3000 B.C.E. in ancient Egypt, and so the Egyptians responded by stationing cats in and around their granaries. That only took care of rodents, however, and they soon found out the hard way that insects can devour an entire crop.
That led people in the region to experiment with pesticides. Around 2500 B.C.E, the Sumerians used sulfur to try to kill off locusts, beetles, and other bugs. Meanwhile, the Chinese were testing the use of mercury and arsenic to exterminate lice.
Some people even tried to pit bugs against each other. During the 3rd century C.E., Chinese farmers unleashed weaver ants in citrus groves, using them to kill caterpillars. Then, about seven hundred years later, Arab date growers would climb mountains to capture species of ants that they would then release near other ants that had been consuming their crops.
When the bubonic plague hit Europe in the 14th century, rodents were eventually suspected to be behind the spread of the disease, and so rat-catchers were employed to cut down on the number of pests in urban areas. Unfortunately, they were paid by the rat, and as a result they spent more time raising the creatures than killing them.
Pest management really began to hit its stride around the 19th century. That's when sciences like entomology were founded, and breakthroughs in chemistry created new and exciting ways of killing things.
One of the most famous of lethal breakthroughs was DDT, a synthetic insecticide that was largely used to kill mosquitoes in an attempt to curb the spread of malaria. DDT was also front and center in the environmental movement, as the book Silent Spring detailed its impact on the environment, and was instrumental in eventually getting the chemical banned for agricultural use.
Today, there are a variety of pest control options available for both domestic and commercial use. In recent years, an emphasis has been placed on humane and environmentally-friendly options, although strong pesticides are still used, especially for agricultural purposes.
Of course, cats are still an excellent way of keeping pests under control, especially if your house is being overrun by a bunch of little red lasers.
Benefits of an Electronic Rat Trap
Rat trap technology has come a long way from the old spring-loaded models you remember from your childhood (and, presumably, cartoons).
Instead of snapping the rodent's neck, electronic models use jolts of electricity to dispatch the pest. This is more likely to kill the rat instantly — and if you've ever seen a rodent that wasn't immediately killed by the hammer of a conventional trap, then you understand how much more humane instant death is.
There's not a grotesque murder scene for you to witness, either, so it's great for squeamish types.
It's not just the vermin that will benefit, either. They don't use toxic chemicals or poisons, so there's no chance of a small child or, worse, your dog accidentally ingesting something dangerous. The creature is completely contained inside the chamber, so you also don't have to worry about coming home to find your curious pooch playing with a dead animal.
Disposing of the rodents is much easier. You don't have to touch the body, as most models can be opened up to allow you to just dump them in the trash. There's not a grotesque murder scene for you to witness, either, so it's great for squeamish types.
Also — and trust us, this is important — you don't have to worry about the bar slamming shut on your fingers while you're setting the trap. We're not saying that's ever happened to us, just that it's something to be aware of.
Now, in a completely unrelated matter, we need you to find a pry bar and the address for the closest emergency room.
Other Ways to Keep Rodents at Bay
You don't want to kill anything if you don't have to, but you can't have vermin crawling through your house, either. That's why it's vastly preferable to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.
Start by making your home unattractive to pests. Make sure that there's no food laying out — and that includes scraps and pet food. If you use a composter, make sure that you keep it securely covered, or buy one that's designed to be pest-proof. If you have fruit trees in your yard, don't let the fruit sit out on the grass.
While you're in your yard, take an afternoon and clear out any brush or junk piles.
Eliminate any water sources that might attract the rats, too. Repair plumbing leaks, cover pools and birdbaths, and bring in dog bowls. If there are any areas in your yard where rain water accumulates, try to correct the issue, if possible (this will also cut down on your mosquito population).
While you're in your yard, take an afternoon and clear out any brush or junk piles. Keep your grass neatly trimmed as well. The idea is to eliminate any hiding spots, and then neighborhood cats and perhaps even owls can help you in your efforts to reduce the vermin population.
Inspect your home thoroughly for any holes, cracks, or other potential entry points for furry little creatures. This is a good time to inspect and upgrade your insulation, as rodents love to make nests there.
These precautions should help keep your home free of pests, but — short of actually seeing one with your own eyes — how will you know if they're working? Signs that you have a rodent problem include seeing droppings, finding food boxes or wiring that's been chewed through, and hearing scurrying in your walls. If you haven't encountered any of those things, and your traps are empty, then you should be fine.
Unless, of course, several members of your family have come down with the Hanta virus. That's usually a bad sign.
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