If the noose fits…
The old saying goes; invent a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Professional Pest Manager has not heard any recent reports of doors being broken down in New Zealand, but we suspect Kiwi, David Wells, may have reinforced the hinges and locks on his front door.
According to Tracey Robertson, media relations manager with Contech Enterprises, “New Zealander, David Wells knew what he was up against when he set out to invent a better mouse trap in 1999”.
“To date more than 4,000 mouse trap patents have been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, making mouse traps, according to Wikipedia, the most frequently invented devices in US history,” Tracey said.
“But the Nooski (patented in the USA in 2011), according to Wells, is no ordinary trap,” she said.
According to Tracey Robertson, “unlike traditional, spring-loaded traps that are designed to kill by snapping down on the mouse (often injuring and maiming but not killing the rodent), the Nooski uses an expandable latex ring that when released onto the rodent’s neck, kills it quickly and humanely within a few feet of the trap”.
“Because of its unique design, the trap cannot misfire, uses no poison or harmful chemicals, and kills each and every time it is activated,” she said.
Ms Robertson said the Nooski was born out of Mr Wells’ desire to create a better, safer mouse trap.
Quoting David Wells, she said “traditional snap traps are risky and don’t always work, glue boards are inhumane, and poisons are downright dangerous.”
“Furthermore poisoned mice are often consumed or handled by other animals, increasing the likelihood of accidental poisoning to pets.”
In addition to being effective, Ms Robertson said, “the Nooski is built to last and can be used over and over again”.
“The traps are made with industrial grade plastic and each one comes with 10 rings (for 10 uses). Refill rings can be purchased separately,” she said.
Ms Robertson said “Contech manufactures and sells a wide range of environmentally friendly garden, pest control and animal wellness products”.
“The company recently purchased the North American license for Nooski Rodent Traps. The Nooski Rat Trap, which uses the same technology and is equally effective, will be available in the spring of 2012,” she said.