Vermin Extermination: To Build A Better Mouse Trap

Vermin Extermin2Humans have desired to exterminate vermin throughout the course of human history, whether the vermin be rats or fleas, cockroaches, mosquitos, lice or mice we have wanted to rid our homes and larders of freeloading creatures. Many variations of traps and snares have been invented. In this article we will have a look at the history of the better mouse trap!

‘Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.’ Is a quote often misapplied to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his quote he does not even mention a mouse trap, as is evidenced here: “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. But one thing he does illustrate in this quote is that if you make a thing better than anyone else people will try to find you no matter how remote you may be.

The first spring-loaded mousetrap was in fact invented after Mr Emerson’s demise. Since William C Hooker first patented the spring-loaded mousetrap, there have been many more patent applications for Mouse Traps over the years. Whilst reports vary, the figures I have uncovered claim that any where between 4,400 and 6,000 patents for mousetraps have been lodged with the U.S. Patents office in total. Of these there have only been about twenty financially viable mousetraps that have made their patentees any money.

The most successful Mouse trap patent application was by James Henry Atkinson in 1897. He invented the fastest spring loaded trap in the world, so quick that you could set off half a dozen of them one after the other before you had a chance to blink! James Atkinson ended up selling the patent for his better mousetrap to Proctor, known now as Proctor and Gamble, for 1,000 pounds in 1913. He had called the Mousetrap the little nipper and it became a world wide hit. Proctor captured 60% of the market with ‘The little nipper’ and made a fortune from their 1,000 pound investment. James Atkinson went to work in Proctor’s labs searching for an even better mouse trap, but nothing since has come close to the simplicity of the original model.

vermin exterminThis telling fact has not stopped a legion of inventers seeking to exterminate pests in more and more creative ways. Modern traps may be made from plastic, or require no bait for them to function, or electrocute the invading vermin to death. Possibly the least humane of these traps would be the glue trap which lures the targeted vermin onto a sticky sheet which snares their paws and causes the rodents to die from dehydration and suffer for days. Now no one wants mice in their rice, but there are far more humane ways to prevent infestation than the glue trap.

If you find yourself facing infestation from furry invaders there are many options available. Perhaps the best option would be to contact Pest Control Gold Coast or Pest Control Brisbane  or arrange a Termite Inspections Gold Coast at your home.

Thankyou for reading this article on pest management.

Jamie Grant

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