Simple Rodent Control Device Has Remained The Most Reliable And Recommended Product Of Its Kind For Well Over A Century
The modern retail market is rich in rodent control products, such as rodent baits, ultrasonic repellent devices, glue traps, and a variety of traps that are designed to kill rodents immediately, and others that are meant to trap rodents alive. It could be said that ultrasonic repellent devices are the most cutting-edge rodent control products available today, and they are becoming progressively more popular as the technology improves. Unfortunately, several studies have shown that ultrasonic rodent repellent devices are largely ineffective, and do not work as intended.
Rodenticides and indoor bait stations have been criticized for putting young children and pets at risk of poisoning when used by non-licensed individuals. For example, curious children may make contact with, or put poison bait into their mouth. Ironically, the cheapest and most primitive rodent control device, the snap trap, outperforms more advanced products of its kind. The classic snap trap is the only rodent control device that the CDC recommends for use by those who are not licensed pest control applicators.
Snap traps are generally considered appropriate only for exterminating mice, but larger versions are available for rat extermination as well. Millions of snap traps are produced each year in the US alone, and annual snap trap sales more than double the number of all other rodent control devices combined. Surprisingly, numerous scholars have devoted much research into the history of snap traps, but much disagreement exists concerning the device’s origin. Many sources credit James Henry Atkinson as the inventor of the first mass produced snap trap product, which he named “Little Nipper.” Atkinson patented his snap trap device in England back in 1897, but two years later, John Mast patented a virtually identical snap trap in the US before selling his design to the Victor company. Today’s snap traps still bear the “Victor” name, but it is now understood that William Chauncy Hooker developed the first commercial snap trap in Illinois in 1894. Hooker named his device the “Out O’ Sight” trap, and they came in small and large sizes to suit both mice and rats.
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