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Traps

Traps

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What baits should I use in my mouse/rat trap?
A: For trapping mice, use peanut butter, chocolate, oats or nesting materials such as cotton or string. For rats, use peanut butter, bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals or meats.

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Q: Where should I place my mouse trap?
A: Place traps perpendicular to the wall near signs of rodent activity (to find out where your area of high activity is please see Diagnose Your Home). For rats, place traps out unset for a few days so they can become familiar with it.

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Q: I caught a mouse! What now?
A: Be sure to check traps daily and replace as needed. Wear gloves when disposing of rodents. You can also disinfect the area with a household cleaner if you are concerned that there is a possible threat to your health.

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Q: How do I set a snap trap?
A: Remove the small staple holding the locking bar to the wooden base. Place bait inside curl found at the end of the bait pedal. Pull back bow and hold down with thumb. With other hand, engage the curved portion locking bar under the small, V-shaped lip on the bait pedal.

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Q: The snap trap's bait was eaten but no rodent was caught.
A: Try to use the least amount of bait possible in any style mouse trap used. The more bait you use, the easier it is for rodents to remove it without disturbing the traps. The goal is to have them apply extra force to the trigger pedal with their nose/tongue to remove the bait. To do this press a small amount of bait into the bait pedal.

Additionally, by using nesting materials like a string, mice will need to tug on the material to free it from the trap.

Be sure to position the snap trap so that the baited end of each trap is placed perpendicular to the wall. Rodents generally travel with their bodies against a wall for protection. It may be necessary to bait a rat trap without setting the trap and allow the bait to be eaten a couple of times. Then set the trap with more bait. Rats tend to shy away from new objects so this method gets them accustomed to the trap. Mice are more inquisitive than rats, so pre-baiting is less likely to be needed.

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Q: I'm having trouble trapping rodents. What can I do?
A: Rodents will travel the same pathways over and over. Those pathways are always along the base of a wall or similar vertical structure. Traps should always be placed in the pathways. Pairs of traps can be employed since mice will often jump over obstructions in their normal path.
Use two traps in the position mentioned above or place them length-wise, end-to-end (red "V's" on traps pointing towards each other) so that the bait pedal end will be encountered first as mice approach from either direction.

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Q: How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
A: Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Cut a 8cm x 8cm opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rodent path.

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Q: How many of mice are born at once? How do I know that I've trapped them all?
A: It's practically impossible to tell when you've trapped them all. You should continue to trap as long as you see mice or notice signs of activity.
The most apparent sign of an infestation is fresh droppings.

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Q: What is the most common mistake in trapping?
A: The true number of rodents present is underestimated. As a result, not enough traps are used. Although you have killed a few rodents, the remainder of the population continues to multiply.

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Q: Are expanded trigger snap traps superior to regular snap traps in controlling rodents?
A: Yes.

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Q: Will your live catch mouse traps work for voles also?
A: Unfortunately, no. Typically voles will not enter this type of live catch trap. A better alternative is the Havahart Cage Trap. It's a cage-type trap designed for small rodents.

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Repellents

Repellents

Find immediate answers to commonly asked questions about ultrasonic rodent repellents, common mistakes, how they work and more. Is it safe for my pets? Find the rodent repellent answers you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does Ultrasound work?
A: Ultrasound is a frequency of sound too high to be heard by humans. Ultrasound is reflected by hard surfaces and absorbed by soft surfaces. The Victor® PestChaser® sweeps a frequency of 32-62 kHz. Rodents find this sound irritating and will avoid it if possible. The non-repetitive frequency levels cause additional discomfort and do not allow the rodent to become habituated to the sound.

For additional effectiveness, the loudest spike in sound replicates the sound of a dominant male rodent. Rodents are very territorial and will constantly fight to establish dominance. The sound of a dominant rodent will discourage others from inhabiting a territory.

It is important to note that ultrasonic frequencies do not travel between walls. So for the most effective rodent control, ultrasonic units need to be placed in multiple rooms.

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Q: How does Ultrasound affect rodents?
A: Ultrasound can repel rodents by subjecting them to intense auditory stress. This method is a classic animal behaviour modification technique.

Unlike traps and poisons, ultrasound does not kill rodents. The PestChaser® has the ability to provide long-term reductions in rodent populations by creating a "rodent-unfriendly" environment that discourages rodent infestations.

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Q: What are the most common mistakes people made with repellents?
A: Ultrasound Alone to Control Infestation: The most common repellent mistake is using ultrasound units alone to control an established infestation. Simply plugging in a PestChaser® will not send rodents running for the door and out into cold winter temperatures if there is still sufficient food & shelter in your home or shed. It is important to also incorporate sanitation and exclusion techniques. Additionally, traps and baits should be used in conjunction with Ultrasonic devices.

Not Enough Units are Used: Ultrasound does not travel through walls so it is important to place 1 device in each room.

Poor Placement: Ultrasound is reflected by hard surfaces and absorbed by soft surfaces. Placement behind a couch will not allow waves to bounce around freely, causing a hostile sound environment.

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Q: Is Ultrasound safe for pets?
A: The PestChaser® sweeps a frequency of 32-62 kHz, well above the range of hearing for humans and non-rodent pets like cats, dogs, birds, and fish. If you have rodent pets such as a hamster or guinea pig, move it to a room without a PestChaser® unit.

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Q: How much area does a unit cover?
A: The sound generated by each repellent unit can cover an average size room up to 37 sq. metres. While these high frequencies are called sound, ultrasonic waves act more like light than like sound. Imagining the speaker is a floodlight; you can visualize how ultrasound travels. It will radiate outward in a cone shape, throwing “shadows” behind solid objects such as furniture, and casting little “illumination” into other rooms. Coverage of multiple rooms requires the use of multiple units.

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Q: Where should I place the unit?
A: First, identify a room that has signs of rodent activity. Rodents are nocturnal creatures, which mean they rarely surface during the daytime. Look for the signs of an infestation: chewing or gnaw marks, droppings, tracks and nests. Next, plug the unit into an outlet which is open to the rest of the room, not behind furniture where the sound waves may be blocked.

Ultrasound is reflected by hard surfaces and absorbed by soft surfaces. In a room with mostly hard surfaces, like a kitchen, ultrasound will “bounce” around giving more effective coverage.

The ideal placement would be one that allows the sound waves to cross in front of an entrance way.

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Q: What sets the Victor® PestChaser® apart?
A: Constant pulsing at 68 to 80 times per second in a non-repetitive wave pattern, with three design spike points, provides a highly complex sound pattern that prevents rodents from acclimating to their environment.

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Q: How do I know the unit is on?
A: When powered up, a red LED light will be visible indicating that the unit is broadcasting the high frequency ranges needed to repel pests. NEVER put your ear up to the speaker once it has been plugged in. The powerful sound waves may cause damage to your ear drums.

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Q: How long until I see results?
A: Allow 2 weeks for ultrasonic sound waves to affect pests with an established food source. For established infestations, it is necessary for you to also use baits and traps to reduce the population.

The unit lasts for 3-5 years.

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Q: How much does it cost to operate a PestChaser®?
A: PestChaser®’s are very economical – it costs less than a penny a day in electricity.

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Q: Does the Victor® PestChaser® interfere with other equipment?
A: No, it will not interfere with pacemakers, garage door openers, or any other electronic equipment.

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Q: Does ultrasound affect insects?
A: Some insect species can produce or perceive sound in ultrasonic frequencies and are affected by high-frequency sound. That is not to say that it can effectively repel them or control them.

There has been little true scientific research to determine if ultrasonic sound generators could produce effective insect control results. You may find that some insects seem to respond to ultrasound while others are oblivious to it. The PestChaser® should not be used for insect pest control.

We believe that it is improper for any company to make specific insect claims unless backed by validated scientific studies.

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Q: What about "electromagnetic" pest repellers that claim to repel pests behind walls?
A: These devices claim to somehow alter the electromagnetic output of common house wiring to turn your whole house into a giant pest repeller and drive all species of pests out of the walls of your home.

In fact, there is scant credible scientific research to suggest that electromagnetic fields have any repellent affect whatsoever on any living creature, much less specific pest species (mice, insects, etc).

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