Rodenator Questions Answered
How efficient is the propane/oxygen process?
When used with the Rodenator™, a precise mixture of 3% propane and 97% oxygen is injected into the tunnel for a predetermined amount of time. When this gas mixture is detonated by the Rodenator R1™, the gasses rapidly expand inside the tunnel, creating a underground shockwave that eliminates the animal within the tunnel and collapses the tunnel system of some burrowing species.
Does the Rodenator use poisons in the process?
No. Propane and oxygen are not considered a poison. In a few states, the Rodenator is considered a pesticide application device and may require licensing of the operator if used as a pest control for hire. End users such as farmers, ranchers, estate owners, and such generally are not required to be licensed to own or use the Rodenator. For more specific information in your area, check with your local State Department of Agriculture or County Agriculture Advisor.
Is the Rodenator safe to use?
If the operator is wearing the required safety equipment and operates the device within the specifications set forth in the operator's manual, the Rodenator is safe. Just like operating any other piece of equipment, common sense and a complete understanding of the use and safety precautions prior to operating this equipment is important.
How fast is the process?
In most cases, the average amount of time it takes to treat a tunnel system, from discovery of the hole to detonation is about 1.5 minutes.
Do you ever see the animal after treatment? How do you know you eliminated the critter?
The nice thing about using the Rodenator is that you never have to handle or see the dead animal after the process is completed. In the case of pocket gophers, you will see a noticable reduction in tunneling activity after you have treated an area. As with other burrowing animals such as ground squirrels or woodchucks, after treatment, you bury the hole and level out the mounds. This prevents another animal from reinvading the system and assures that the original occupant has expired.
Can I use this device in residential applications?
Residential applications are limited due to the type of target you are treating and the close proximity of homes. The Rodenator process can result in a loud report, similar to a gun shot. This is never a good idea with neighbors. If you have an application question, feel free to call our office for assistance.