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A: Place traps perpendicular to the wall near signs of rodent activity (to find out where your area of high activity is please see Diagnose Your Home). For Rats, place traps out unset for a few days so they can become familiar with it.
A: Be sure to check traps daily and replace as needed. Wear gloves when disposing of rodents. You can also disinfect the area with a household cleaner if you are concerned that there is a possible threat to your health.
A: Remove the small staple holding the locking bar to the wood base. Place bait inside curl found at the end of the bait pedal. Pull back bow and hold down with thumb. With other hand, engage the curved portion locking bar under the small, V-shaped lip on the bait pedal.
Q: The snap trap's bait was eaten but no rodent was caught.
A: Try to use the least amount of bait possible in any style mouse trap used. The more bait you use, the easier it is for rodents to remove it without disturbing the traps. The goal is to have them apply extra force to the trigger pedal with their nose/tongue to remove the bait. To do this press a small amount of bait into the bait pedal.
Additionally, by using nesting materials like a string, mice will need to tug on the material to free it from the trap.
Be sure to position the snap trap so that the baited end of each trap is placed perpendicular to the wall. Rodents generally travel with their bodies against a wall for protection. It may be necessary to bait a rat trap without setting the trap and allow the bait to be eaten a couple of times. Then set the trap with more bait. Rats tend to shy away from new objects so this method gets them accustomed to the trap. Mice are more inquisitive than rats, so pre-baiting is less likely to be needed.
Q: I'm having trouble trapping rodents. What can I do?
A: Rodents will travel the same pathways over and over. Those pathways are always along the base of a wall or similar vertical structure. Traps should always be placed in the pathways. Pairs of traps can be employed since mice will often jump over obstructions in their normal path.
Use two traps in the position mentioned above or place them length-wise, end-to-end (red "V's" on traps pointing towards each other) so that the bait pedal end will be encountered first as mice approach from either direction.
Q: How do I keep my pets away from the mouse/rat traps?
A: Place the trap inside a small cardboard box that has enough height to allow the trap to snap. Cut a 3" x 3 opening on two opposite sides of the box. Place the box with a baited trap in a known rodent path.
Q: How do I free a mouse or pet’s paw from a glue trap?p
A: The glue from all our traps can be removed easily. Liberally coat the glue on the paw with vegetable oil. The oil will dissolve the glue within a short period of time. The oily residue can then be removed by washing with mild soap and warm water.