Bell Labs kindly sent me a case of Hidden Kill mouse traps a couple of years ago. Hidden Kill traps, as their name suggests, capture the mouse in a secure area that is out of visual view. It seems that many people have emotional challenges following looking at a mouse. Hidden Kill allows the mouse to be captured but remain out of view while it is being tossed into a trashcan.
I am not a big fan of disposable traps. I guess it is the trapper in me that hates throwing away a good piece of equipment. But then again, I don’t have a problem looking at a trapped mouse.
I wanted to give the traps a test to see what they were made of. I am speaking figuratively here as they are made of plastic. I wanted to find out how well the traps would hold up in Montana weather. I set 6 of the traps around my house on November 1, 2016. Several were placed on the south side of the house which receives some very strong sun exposure. I wanted to determine how well the traps would hold up against UV rays (the elevation, ~3800 ft, means there is less atmosphere to filter the UV radiation). In addition, I wanted to see how the traps fared against the cold (Feb 2019, was the second coldest month in Montana since records started being kept.)
It turns out the traps held up. Sure they were getting a bit faded and I would say a little more brittle. But given the extremes, not bad. My biggest issue was they were very light and thus would get moved by the wind. The following photo shows the relative condition of two of the traps, one selected from the north and south side respectively. Top images are closed and bottom images show the traps open.
Did they catch mice? Unfortunately, I never caught any mice. But I only baited them once or twice. Plus, I have been using bait stations on my property so I can’t say the rodent population was ever high enough to give them a good test. My test focused on durability. And for a trap style that was likely designed for indoor use, I have to say I was impressed.
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