Rat Zapper: A Better Mousetrap that Works

| 12/5/2008 10:40:00 AM

Tags: pest control, rodents, mousetraps,

Mice love 100 year old farm houses.

Last night, as Kate and I were hanging out in the kitchen, contemplating the lovely blue cheese and pinot noir she had put together for pre-supper snacks, she looked up at her new fluorescent light fixture and let out a small shriek. “What is that,” Kate asked, pointing up.

It was our first mouse of the season … not bad considering it’s December 6th. This particular mouse had found its way inside the cloud-like thermo-plastic light fixture … all we could really see was a shadow with four little feet and a tail. Since the light fixture is tight against the kitchen ceiling, we figured it came in through the stone foundation and made its way to the fixture through one of the balloon-framed walls to the second story’s floor joists. 

Last year, we had mouse encounters of all kinds through most of the fall and winter. Our snap traps, glue boards and construction foam did little to stem the tide. The 101-year-old house hadn’t been occupied for a couple of years before we bought the farm; the mice felt like they owned the place. One evening about a year ago, I watched incredulously as small crumbs of construction foam fell from beneath the kitchen counter. When I stuck my head in the cabinet to see what was going on, I was face to face with a mouse … we just looked at one another for a few seconds and she went back to gnawing open the passage into the cabinet where her nest had been the day before. The nerve, I thought.

Cats make great mousetraps.

When spring came, we decided to make it really uncomfortable for the mice. We brought two cats into the house, and I went looking for a better kind of mousetrap. Today, we have a single indoor cat and two very effective traps built by AgriZapper called the Rat Zapper Classic and Rat Zapper Ultra.Rat Zapper Ultra 

Jennifer Nemec
12/15/2008 3:35:23 PM

Borrowed one of these, and it worked awesome. No touching of the mouse was a real plus!

Hank Will_2
12/11/2008 7:33:11 PM

Out kitties are complete tea-totalers ...

Erin C. Midtlyng
12/9/2008 8:48:29 AM

Alaina, I completely snorted as I read your comment. And I agree, he does look drunk. Have the kitties been sneaking Oscaritas?

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