If you have ever had the task of getting rid of a mouse in the house you have certainly been faced with the many choices of traps, poisons, sticky pads etc.. to get rid of the little guy. There are only a handful of traps that are Eco-friendly and allow you to move the mouse to a new location rather than kill it. Sticky traps leave the animal to resort to measures like chewing its own leg off to free itself. Traditional snap traps can be harmful to small children and pets, and leave the mouse injured or with a painful death. Poisons are toxic to pets, and just bad news all around for the environment. In a world where Everything is advancing and becoming better, and more efficient, why should pest removal be any different? The One Down Rat Trap has just the amount of smarts, design, and all around engineering brilliance to be the mouse trap of the 21st century.
the design itself is simple. Akash Dewan’s OneDown Rat Trap is designed to look modern and chic and smart in design. Dewan himself is a student of the international School of design in India. Although the concept is simple, the design is remarkable. The OneDown Rat Trap looks like a bowling pin with the head cut off. You lay the trap on its side and wait. This hollow tube allows the mouse or rat to travel up and into the hollow bowl portion of the trap that you bait with food. Once the weight of the mouse tips over the trap the trap is left standing upright and the mouse can not escape (because of the long neck) until you let it out, preferably in a nice wooded area where the mouse can live happily ever after. The mouse is unharmed, there are now gross clean ups, no poisons, and no half eaten extremities. What is also nice about this trap is that its design makes it look more like a porcelain vase than a mouse trap.
This trap is easy to check because you simply have to see if it is standing upright. The mouse can not escape up the smooth neck of the trap. It is reusable and although not mass marketed yet has a very promising future for hitting store shelves. There are a few things to remember though when using a mouse trap like this. The only way this is a truly human trap is if you check it often, and let the trapped mouse out as soon as you see it. Mice are resilient creatures able to live in a wide array of habitats, however, the inside of a trap, with no food or water will lead to a slow horrible death for any living creature. If you will be away from home for any length of time, this is not the trap to use. There are other traps like the Havahart, and Mouse House, that If left with more food than the OneDown Rat Trap would be a more human option.
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