In eliminating rodents, we all know that we need better commercial rat traps but what does that really mean? Does it mean that there is something wrong with the mousetraps that are available today, or does it mean something else?
The truth is, the most common type of mousetrap that is used today has been around for over 100 years. The spring-loaded bar mousetrap was the brilliant invention of William C. Hooker of Abingdon Illinois in 1894.
Very few changes have been made to this design over the years. There are other types of mouse traps available, but this is still the most common.
A rat trap is a general name for any device that is used to rid your house of an unwanted rat. There a wide variety of these traps available, including lethal and non-lethal models. Many of the resemble mouse traps, only on a larger scale.
For example, a spring-loaded rat trap can be up to four times as large as a mousetrap. The trap is designed to break the back and spine of a rat, which means, it is also capable of breaking a human finger. If you choose this option, remember that to exercise caution when handling and setting it.
Electronic traps are also available if you are looking for a lethal option. Metal plates are used to deliver a lethal dose of electricity once the rodent is detected. These products have evolved to the point that the device will send you an alert when it has been triggered via e-mail.
The spring-loaded bar mouse trap is a very simple and ingenious design. Typically, this trap is a small rectangle of wood with a metal hinge of sorts affixed to it.
One end of the hinge acts as a trigger. If the trigger is tripped, the other side of the hinge will snap shut violently, trapping the mouse in its clutches.
So why would a mouse approach such a contraption? Typically, if you are going to use this type of trap, you would affix some type of food that is known to attract mice to the trigger.
In cartoons, this is usually a hunk of cheese, but in practice, crunchy peanut butter is usually a more popular choice. When the mouse goes to eat the food, he will set off the trap.
There are other types of mouse traps that are on the market today as well. Some people prefer glue sheets and other forms of live catching traps over the traditional traps which are generally lethal.
A glue sheet is similar to flypaper, in that it is a sheet of thick paper or plastic that is coated with extremely sticky glue. Food is placed onto the sheet, which draws out the mouse. When the mouse runs onto the sheet to eat the food, their feet become stuck and you are able to safely remove them from your home.