August 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm #1715FrankParticipant
With a little care, most traps can be set more lightly than straight off the shelf – you can set a Snap-E rat trap so light that it goes off when you blow on it.
The Snap-E is a great rat trap – it has a very simple set and release system where your fingers don’t need to touch the kill bar or the animal as you unload it – a powerful killer of rats, hogs and mice and has less plastic failures than other plastic/steel combo traps that I have used – stick to KNESS manufactured Snap-E traps as most reliable.
I believe that the 90 degree kill bar rotation on a Snap-E is faster than the 180 degree kill bar rotation of some other traps – if a rat senses the trap has tripped it will have less chance to jump clear on a Snap-E.
I have checked lots of pictures of my trap kills and generally the Snap-E kill bar is around the head area – often before the rat steps on the foot plate – but now traps are wet and dirty – some Snap-E kills are back on the body indicating less sensitivity so will need a clean soon.
To set a Snap-E fine – just set the trap and keep one hand on the load bar while you lower the foot plate slightly with your other hand or a stick – lowering the foot plate by around 5mm will set the trap more light than leaving it horizontal – just play with the angle of the foot plate until the trap will just stay set – blow on it and it will trip – but mind your fingers – black thumb nails take about four months to clear.
I set most Snap-E traps on logs, branches and ramps but keep my Victor Pros in boxes to try to keep them dry – no Kiwi or Weka in our area
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