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DC circuit for rat killer

Discussion in 'Electronic Projects Design/Ideas/Reviews' started by BackYarder, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Andy1845c

    Andy1845c Active Member

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    I remember seeing somthing simalar to your bucket trap in a farming magazine years ago. I don't remember the specifics, but it used an electric fence charger to cause the rat or mouse to fall off a narrow, baited bridge over the water. I suppose you could attatch the ground side of the charger to the bridge and the wire side to a copper washer or somthing with bait on it. I never built it, but thought about it. I hate mice and rats!:mad:

    If you built somthing with mains or a microwave transformer, I would put it inside a length of PVC pipe or somthing to lessen the chance a child or pet would get hurt.
     
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  2. Torben

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    :) Well, I've never found anything that works better than a Victor trap. And I don't understand the "single-use" comment above; I've never had a problem with reusing them.

    But after the two-for-one deal I got with that trap, the next time I set it, it caught the rat by the tail. I've got no problem with killing something if I intend to eat it, but if it's just a crime of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I'd prefer to kill the little buggers by proxy (i.e. trap). I had to break out the heavy gloves and axe...not my idea of a real good time. Oh well.

    And yeah, I'm aware that it's irrational to be OK with killing something in a trap but less OK with it when it's staring right at me. I can live with that irrationality. :)


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  3. Andy1845c

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    I know what you mean there.:( I had one get its hind leg snapped in a spring trap a while ago. I couldn't stand to see it suffer so I got a glove and held it under water until it drown. Funny how I can feel a little sorry for them one second and be cursing them the next when I find a nest in the heater of a truck thats been parked for a while, or open an air cleaner and find it stuffed full of acorns:mad:
     
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  5. Mikebits

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    Sorry, I did not mean to dis on your city. I have only been through it once, and it was a very bad experience. I am sure your city, like all cities have good areas and bad. It is unfortunate that my visit was to the bad area, and that was the impression I was left with.

    Peace :)

    P.S. Have you tried leading out the rats with a flute?
     
  6. HarveyH42

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    This was my first experience with rodents as a homeowner. Both the snap-traps I bought, only caught one each. Been tripped a few times since, usually the bait is still intact. I made no attempt at cleaning them, just re-baited and set them. This was just my experience using them, compared to the electronic ones.
     
  7. Torben

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    Maybe Floridian rats are smarter. :) I never clean my Victors, but I also really mold the cheese quite firmly onto and around the bait platform and use hardish cheese, so it's unlikely that the rat will get much cheese off it without disturbing the trigger.

    That said, the same trap usually takes around 3 days between kills. Rats learn quickly but I'm not sure how good their memory retention is.


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    I when my cat badly injured a mouse, it was wriggling around on the ground so I whacked it over the head with a lump hammer and its brains were sprayed everywhere - not very nice.
     
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    Do not read this thread while eating.
     
  10. Torben

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    . . .unless you are a cat.


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  11. BackYarder

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    Harvey,
    thank you kindly for your reply. I visited your earlier thread, and will return. I know just exatcly what your going through. Early on in this home, next door old guy was the culprit. we put in 2 dumptruck loads of topsoil to level our yard out. So, when new grass was growing, I see divots everywher and was pulling my hair out trying to figure it out. One day before fishing trip, I'm outside loading van. I look over to see old Elmer, with a galvanized trashcan lid with a huge pyramid of stuff on it. Put in in the middle of yard, I can see it close up. it was a huge mound of CAT FOOD, PENUTS IN SHELLS, PRETZLES & POPCORN. nearly had a stroke. So something was probably full & said "look over there! fresh, soft topsoil we can bury in! He also had another anoying habit probably with my father. But when he did that.... to me... well that's another quick story....hehehe.
     
  12. HarveyH42

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    I guess the key is to be aggressive and consistent. Pretty sure my infestation has ended, but going to keep the traps going, and keep an eye on things for the next few months. If your neighbor keeps putting out food, you will likely continue to have a rat problem. Could always get yourself a large breed dog or two, and let them out at your neighbor's feeding time... They aren't too picky about free food, shouldn't be much left for the wildlife.

    Let me know if you try the bucket trap. Seems like it would work, and catch multiple rats at a time. Most everything else I've seen is one rat per trap. The bummer is they are well fed, so baits might not lure them. I think the high fat content in the dog treats was the thing that worked for me. Mostly my neighbor was providing proteins and carbohydrates.

    Rats do some nasty damage to the home. It's not worth letting them get that far. I only had a few minor repairs, but they were close to getting inside.
     
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    No, mikebits, you got it wrong! I was saying I love the map you showed me.
    And "Murdermore, Maryland" is MY
    city. that's why I just wanted to share another favorite map!
    [I sure am sorry about what experience you had, also, I'm real glad you're here to talk about it!]

    Only if flutes have big hooks on the end for their burrows. I did try the power washer drain cleaner line in there, but the lifegaurd rats never ran out dragging out friends....:D

    Thanks Mikebits. I love it! That's my city! I prefer the City Paper map "Murder Ink". our area NE, only has a few murders. Ha!
     
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    Dear Sir Please send me rat killer diagram
    Thanks and regards
    Pitamber sati
     
  15. audioguru

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    I have never seen a rat.
    We have some Possums running around now and their bald tail is something like a rat's tail.
     
  16. Nikolai Petrenko

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    Many people dead because they touch high voltage barriers to kill rats or mouse, I really suggest you AVOID this idea.
     
  17. Nikolai Petrenko

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    use sticky trap or other trap such as cage trap are more effective and very safe
     
  18. RODALCO

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    Just saw this old thread with some new replies on it. I build a wasp zapper with DC at 5600 Volts. I use a ballasted microwave transformer with a 70 Watt streetlight ballast in series and use a voltage doubler with two microwave capacitors.
    It works very well. For the rats I am sure it would work but it has the potential to kill a cat as well so an adequate guard is a must.
    I see if I can attach the YouTube video links I made.
    I put this on top of the underground nest entrance and must have popped at least 3000 wasps or Yellow Jackets.



     
  19. Nikolai Petrenko

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    Try to put some pieces of cakes in the trap and see funny pop flies
     

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