Yesterday, we offered an intro to the Rodenator, a propane-powered pest killer that has drawn favorable reviews from users and sharp criticism from some of these users’ neighbors.
And today, the president of the company that makes the Rodenator has weighed in on the recent coverage. In a comment posted to Propane.pro, Ed Meyer writes that complaints the Rodenator is inhumane to its targets are unfounded. “The Rodenator kills the animals instantly; it does not burn them or suffocate them,” Meyer says, adding that this method of elimination is preferable to a steel trap or poison. And he says that if rodents are set on fire as a result, it is the result of misuse.
“The user of the device controls the mixture of propane to oxygen going down the tunnel system, so if the pests are coming out of the hole on fire, it is being used in the wrong way,” he writes. His full statement is pasted at the end of the post.
The Rodenator functions by sending a mixture of propane and air into the burrow of its target, then ignites the gas in an explosion that kills the pest.
Meyer’s remarks come in response to a story out of Colorado this week. Around the city of Boulder, some residents have complained about the Rodenator’s use on a nearby ranch, saying the device is cruel and noisy. And in one instance, children reportedly saw prairie dogs in flames, according to this Associated Press story.
It’s not ideal PR, but Meyer notes that the coverage has goosed business. “The free press we are receiving from Boulder is making our phones ring off the hook and sending Rodenators out the door to a place near you.”
The full comment:
If you take a close look at the Rodenator you will see that it a very humane device for eliminating burrowing pest animals. The user of the device controls the mixture of propane to oxygen going down the tunnel system, so if the pests are coming out of the hole on fire, it is being used in the wrong way. The Rodenator kills the animals instantly; it does not burn them or suffocate them. This article is not telling the story accurately. Before you judge the Rodenator, educate yourself by visiting the website at rodenator.com. It is humane, and safe for the environment with no harmful poisons or chemicals being used. Death is instant according independent laboratory studies, would you rather the animal die a painful death by a steel trap, or a long painful death due to poisons? But if you must be ignorant about it, we thank you. The free press we are receiving from Boulder is making our phones ring off the hook and sending Rodenators out the door to a place near you. Thank you City of Boulder, your ignorance is good for business.