Want to know about our product Rid-a-Rat? The Rid a Rat unit was developed in the desert southwest where pack rats are a major problem. It was designed by a retired aerospace engineer.
The unit is designed to make nesting uncomfortable for packrats thereby discouraging their nesting in protected areas such as your car engine.
It works on the principle that the light causes repeated contraction of the iris and therefore causes eye fatigue. This interferes with the ordinary behavior and causes rats and other small animals to seek other shelters for nesting, which is the primary reason vehicles are targeted as a safe shelter for rat pups/young.
We have run a series of tests to determine the effectiveness of this device and have found that the area of effectiveness is up to 6 feet, just about right to protect the engine compartment of most vehicles.
The RC-2 is powered by the 12-volt battery of the vehicle and has a very low current draw. Theoretically, the vehicle battery will last over 20 years. This theoretical life exceeds the shelf life or storage life of the battery. The current draw is considerably less than even the "phantom" or self-discharge rate of the battery Therefore, there are no worries about running the car battery down, even if parked for extended periods.
The RC-2B is a magnetic mount unit, the same as the RC-2 except it is powered by a separate battery pack. This is designed to be used in vehicles where the 12-volt battery cannot be easily reached.
The RC-4 is a completely self-contained unit with two magnets for attachment on any magnetic surface. This unit runs on two AA-sized batteries that last at least 6 months. It is meant for automotive use, BBQ grills, ATVs, or any other small enclosed areas.
The RC-2 model is intended to operate in an automotive environment. The components are rated at -40 F to +185 F. (-40 to +85C) The RC-4 is powered by quality alkaline batteries.
The effective range is 3 to 6 feet, and mounting location should be selected so as not to cast a shadow in the area that you are trying to protect.
Specifications for the basic unit:
Mounting method. NdFeB Neodymium Rare Earth Magnet for all units.
A: All the components are solid-state, and are operated at well below their maximum ratings. Life should easily exceed 10 years.
A: No. The current draw of the Rid-A-Rat is less than 1.0 mA, far less than the phantom drain or the keep alive drain of all the other accessories in the vehicle. The life of the battery is computed to be greater than 10 years with a standard car battery. This is beyond the shelf life of the battery.
A: Yes. The module has been tested for operation up to +200 degrees F. The components are rated to operate from -40F to +185F.
A: Only in a limited area. The RC-4 will protect small areas up to a 3' radius.
A: In some vehicles the battery is located under a protective cover, hidden from view. Refer to the owner's manual for its location. Also, in some luxury vehicles and in hybrids, the battery is located in the trunk. In this case, use the RC-2B or RC-4.
A: We haven't experimented with roof rats yet, but their physiology would be similar. Their habitat, however, is generally much larger. They prefer citrus trees, yucca trees, and other types of desert plants in addition to invading attics. This is beyond the effective range of the Rid-a-Rat.
A: There are eight species of packrats in the United States, they are most abundant in the desert southwest area but packrats and other types of rodents and pests can be found throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central America. Please refer to Map