Rat Mat: Frequently Asked Questions
In a country with ample countryside like Cyprus, rodents make an appearance in our lives sooner or later.
Mice are highly likely to make an appearance in autumn as they seek shelter for the winter as temperatures plummet. Rats, however, move around throughout the year. They chew everything, causing material damage and possible fire hazards when they bite the electrical wiring.
Rats cause expensive, extensive damage to many properties every year, despite the use of rodent repellents such as poison.
What the RatMat Can Do
A RatMat can protect any food warehouse, car, car park, warehouse, garage and outdoor area from rodents for an extensive period of time – preventing damage that can cost thousands of euros.
The RatMat acts as an electric barrier on the ground that repels rodents. Acting much like an electric fence would, the RatMat can be used to prevent costly damage to any food depot, factory, greenhouse, vehicle or motorcycle.
The team behind the RatMat envisioned a product that could repel rodents in an effective and humane way. During the six years of research and development, the team concluded that an electromagnetic pulse would be the most effective and sustainable solution.
During the product’s trials, food was placed atop the mat as part of a test. No rodent picked up the food left on the mat, even food in nearby areas was collected. Rats can sense the electric field and choose to stay away from it.
Similarly, in another instance, a bowl of food was placed in the middle of a RatMat close to a rat’s nest. The rat did not approach the mat for 3 days. When the rat finally did attempt to eat the food, it was struck by an electric pulse, which prevented it from attempting to reach the food again. The food remained untouched until it was finally removed 25 days later.
A Long-Term Solution
Our team at OnTarget Pest Control can offer you this long-term, cost-efficient rodent control solution. Ensure your garage, warehouse, or factory is never overrun by rodents ever again with the RatMat. Rodents are repelled before they can reach your car, machinery or storage units.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many RatMat tiles do I have to place to keep an area rodent-free?
The larger the area the RatMat covers, the better. No matter the number of RatMat tiles used around a car, the RatMat always prevents rodents from reaching any vehicle. The RatMat is the ultimate rodent control as it is 100% effective in preventing rodent damage to assets such as warehouse products, factories and even cars.
2. Is it safe?
The RatMat is safe for humans. Its electric shock repels but does not kill animals. The RatMat has safely been used for decades. You can walk over it with your shoes, making it an obstacle for rodents and not for humans. The system can also be used safely in the rain.
3. Does the RatMat kill rodents?
The RatMat does not kill or harm rodents – it is a humane method of pest control. Rodents do not have to be killed to ensure their removal from an area. The RatMat’s tiles act as an electric fence on the floor that carry a safe, non-lethal electrical pulse, acting as a barrier around your car or above an entrance which prevents rodents from entering an area.
4. How strong is the RatMat’s electric shock?
The RatMat’s electric shock power is at 1Hz per second (1Hz), the most allowed by law.
5. Will the RatMat work if I drive over it?
A forklift was driven over the RatMat in a active warehouse had passed over 150,000 times and the RatMat is still stable. We also had a fully loaded fire truck: watch the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os0c1nlSZus, so cars definitely have no problem. The tiles are made of durable stainless steel and PVC, materials used in flooring and high quality, long-lasting tiles.
6. Will the RatMat work when turned off?
Rodents are neophobic, meaning they fear by unused objects, circumstances and smells. Rodents may be careful not to approach the tiles when they see them, but if they are hungry or thirsty, it is usually impossible to stop them for too long from approaching the grid. So it is recommended that the operation of the grid be active and continuous.
7. Can rodents walk or jump over the RatMat grid?
Rats and mice cannot jump over the edge. Our customers are constantly discovering that it is exciting to keep rats and mice out and away from their cars. We find that mice usually do not press it at all when it is on, which indicates that they can feel the electric field around it. If for some reason they step on it, they will receive a small electric shock that repels them and they will not approach it again. When a rat is in the same area as the RatMat, it can sense the electric field knowing that it is a threat and does not approach it, but if it touches the surface, it receives a low pulse repulsion from the captive electronic power supply, which repels it. prevents him from returning. Sturdy tiles can be used in a backyard or any storage space entrance, even under the car itself and are ideal for garage floors. The more the floor is covered with RatMat, the higher the level of protection.
8. How much voltage does RatMat use?
The RatMat’s voltage is 0.45 watts, overall less than one light bulb that is not lit. Usually <0.1% of the RatMat voltage is 0.45 joules in comparison. It emits a pulse of 0.003 seconds (3 milliseconds).
9. Do the tiles have to be screwed to the floor or can they function as a moving structure?
We recommend that the tiles be screwed to the floor in any area where there is a visitor activity. Each tile has two screw centres. On the other hand, if the floor mats are used in an area where it is impossible to screw them in use, they can be used without screwing in order to be able to stand up to be placed around the object or property you are interested in. The tiles are flexible and can be moved and repositioned.
10. Can the RatMat be cleaned?
Yes, the RatMat’s tiles can be vacuumed and dusted. We recommend turning the power off when washing the RatMat with water.
Caution: Avoid bare hand contact and the use of a metal brush whilst using the RatMat.
11. Does the RatMat work outdoors?
Yes, it remains useful and safe while used outdoors. The tiles are perforated so water does not stagnate on the surface. RatMat is made of PVC and stainless steel, which we expect to last for decades in unforgivable climatic conditions. Buying an RatMat can protect food warehouses, information centers, cars, car parks, warehouses, garages and outdoor areas from mice and rats for a long time – avoiding damage that can cost thousands and is often unprotected. Many people have suffered some damage, but repelling rodents with RatMat is a great way to prevent further damage.
12. Will the RatMat work in rain or snow?
We recommend that the tiles be kept away from dirt and snow so they work at their highest efficiency. In case there are concerns about the accumulation of snow or ice on the surface, underfloor heating tiles can be placed under the frame. In any case, it can be really functional even when there are adverse conditions. We found that rats and mice do not walk near him regularly and will avoid it altogether. This led us to the conclusion that they are able to perceive the electric field around the frame. This can actually drive them away even if the tiles are covered in snow.
13. Can rodents get used to the electricity and not be bothered anymore?
RatMat works like an electric fence. There is no evidence that rodents can be immune, which is why these fences have remained successful in farmers’ areas for decades. We have not had any incidents with rodents not being repelled from the grid.
14. Does dust or dirt affect the RatMat system?
Dust or dirt on the RatMat will not pose any problem. If a lot of soil is present on the RatMat grid, it can act as a bridge for rodents, although they will likely still be repelled by the electric field. The RatMat can be cleaned.
Caution: Avoid bare hand contact and the use of a metal brush whilst cleaning the RatMat!
15. Can the power be unplugged?
Yes, we have an option for a battery power supply.
16. Can you create a custom RatMat that kills mice?
No, as more power is required to kill a rodent as opposed to a human. In addition, it requires supported electric shock with more than one power supply, so if it was not safe for rats it would be surprisingly dangerous to humans. The framework would not be legal and as has already been clarified, live rats are repelled while dead rats should be eliminated or they may present a biological hazard. The RatMat effectively expells rodents without killing them.
17. Is a RatMat only suitable for a garage?
RatMat is a set of long-lasting, low-maintenance tiles – a RatMat can be used effectively to ensure your property is kept completely pest free. There are many ways that tiles can be used to suit the needs of your space, whether you work in a distribution center, or in agriculture or with machinery. In addition to the absence of rats, RatMat creates an extremely durable floor surface for car parks, industrial facilities and distribution centers. PVC is widely considered to be the best for making floor tiles, because it is hard and resistant to weather conditions and wear. Our tiles incorporate compounds that are fireproof and resistant to the corruption of time and weather conditions. Metal and plastic parts can be physically insulated for reuse if required.
18. What do I do if I have more questions?
You can always contact us! As official representatives of Hammer Technologies, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.