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Rats and mice pose a serious health hazard to people. ┬áThe american center for disease control and prevention (CDC) currently lists the following diseases as being directly transmitted by rodents…

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses and Tularemia.

Rats and mice also cause damage due to the fact that they gnaw constantly in an attempt to keep their front teeth at the correct length. The front incisor teeth of rodents are always growing meaning that all rodents are compelled to gnaw.

Every year rats, mice and other rodents cause more than a billion dollars in damage in the United States. Chewed wood, insulation and wiring can be costly to replace but can also lead to other problems. Chewed wiring may cause a serious fire and chewed insulation may lead to flooding if the pipes it insulates end up freezing in cold weather.

If you’ve ever had a problem with mice or rats then you probably know that the usual methods of control have a lot of drawbacks. For a long time there has been no real innovation in controlling rodents in and around the home. Let us examine the various solutions that have been devised and discuss their benefits and drawbacks.

Traditional Spring Mouse Traps

The traditional spring traps have several drawbacks, first they are difficult to set and place without triggering them. You need a very steady hand and nerves of steel to set and place them. They also can be hit or miss. I’ve seen mice run right over these traps, grabbing the bait as they go.

Sometimes they go off, other times they don’t. It depends on where the mouse makes contact with the trap and how much pressure it applies. Sometimes the trap may snap shut on a leg (usually breaking it) or tail.

When traditional mouse traps do work they can be messy. And by messy I mean really messy! It’s no fun dealing with a successful kill but it’s even worse when there is blood or worse everywhere. These traps are largely inhumane. Sure they can kill a mouse quickly but they can also kill a mouse slowly. There is no degree of certainty how or when the mouse will die (if at all).

I suppose that’s a lot of drawbacks and there is only one benefit I can think of. That is that these types of trap are cheap! They are basically a few small pieces of wood with a few pieces of metal attached. So it’s the old story of you get what you pay for. I for one would never go back to regular mouse or rap traps.

Sticky Glue Type Traps

Similar to sticky fly traps, these traps work by adhering to the rodent. I’ve never been exactly sure what you were supposed to do with these traps once a mouse has been caught. The don’t kill the mouse, they capture it in such a way that is cruel and distressing. I would consider these traps to be extremely inhumane. Depending on how regularly you check your traps the mouse could be stuck there for ages in a state of extreme panic. Indeed these traps can kill but only because they cause extreme stress and panic.

I have seen mice tear their own legs off in order to escape these types of trap. I have also seen mice drag these types of trap around behind them. Not a very effective solution and not at all humane. And when you do catch a mouse you have the fun job of killing it because release is out of the question. That is unless you want to tear it’s fur off (probably killing it in the process). Once again there is one benefit and that is cost. Glue traps are cheap and easy to manufacture. That’s great for the companies making them but not for you and certainly not for the mouse.


With posions you can be sure of one thing. If the mouse or rat eats enough of it, it will die. Of course the question of exactly where it will die and when is left to chance. It might die in an open area and be visible, or more likely it will die somewhere hidden and start to decompose. Now if the thought of decomposing rodents in your house doesn’t appeal then you can see why poisons aren’t the answer. There is also the issue of how humane it is to poison rats and mice. Some poisons can mean a painful death. Ever had a really bad stomach cramp? Well some poisons produce the same effect but much much worse. They don’t always kill quickly and a slow painful death is always inhumane.

There is also the issue with poisons of pets or children getting hold of them and ingesting them by accident. That’s not something I would want to happen to anybody’s beloved pets or children. Once again poisons may be a cheaper option or they may not. It depends if you call out the pest control guy or not. Many of these so called experts won’t tell you the truth. They just want to get paid right?

Ultrasonic Repellers

Okay, so we finally made it to something that uses technology. We live in a technological age and ultrasonic repeller devices seem to offer the perfect solution to rodent control. That is to deter mice and rats from ever entering our houses. Seems to good to be true right? Well you’d be right to be skeptical.

The whole idea behind ultrasonic repellers is that they emit a high pitch noise that humans can’t hear but that mice and rats find annoying and even painful. Research would seem to suggest that there is reason to believe that these devices to actually work. However, as with most things the reality of the situation tends to be a little different.

Some people swear that repellers do work and have worked for them. Others claim they are ineffective, useless and a complete waste of money. They don’t actually kill anything and only cause the rodent temporary distress so that would put them in the humane category. The problem is that you just don’t know if they will work until you try them. They also are more expensive than more low tech solutions. I’m not sure I would pay someone my hard earned money for something that might work. So far there isn’t a clear winner.

Electric Rodent Traps

Okay, so we arrived at the final and ultimate solution. You can probably tell already that I am biased to electric traps. This isn’t because i’m trying to sell you (although I do want you to buy a Raticator device), it’s because they work plain and simple!

Electric mouse traps work by delivering a high voltage shock to the mouse or rat killing them instantly. There is no mess, no unnecessary suffering and few drawbacks. They work incredibly well and once the mouse or rat enters the trap it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’re dead.

This method of killing rodents is both quick and effective. There is no doubt about where the dead rodent is. It is simple to dispose of (you don’t even have to touch it). You simply tip the dead mouse or rat into the trash can. It’s as humane a trap as you can buy.

Now of course they cost more than all of the above but yet I wouldn’t say they are expensive. They are reusable and only require an occasional change of batteries. Plus the convenience they provide is worth paying a little extra for. You can also know that the rat or mouse didn’t suffer unnecessarily.

That’s why my money is on the Raticator Max and Raticator Plus devices. Even if you don’t decide to buy either of these products you should still buy an electric rodent trap. They really are the best solution in this day and age.

However, these Raticator products really do work and are very much worth buying. The Raticator Plus is the entry level device and kills both rats and mice. It has a battery life of up to 6 months. The Raticator Max features infrared detection of the mouse and rat and has a longer battery life of up to 12 months.