Catchmaster Easy Set Rat Snap Trap (621P) is an effective solution to your rat control problem. This snap trap features a raised rim for great holding power, strong gripping teeth, and an easy access bait tray. It is also designed to fit low-profile bait stations such as RBS "EZ-Secured" for increased efficiency. This plastic trap offers heavy-duty construction to ensure durability. Once the Easy Set Rat Snap Trap is set, it measures 3 inches in height.
This trap is a big improvement over the old type. No danger of getting your fingers broken or the vermin getting wounded and running with trap. Cleans up nicely under running water. I miss the sweet sound of the old spring loaded trap zapping a rat in the middle of the night. This trap is quieter
but does the job well. Recommend you fasten it down when setting.
Used peanuts, loaded from the hole in top cover, shell them and wedge them vertically. Tied string through predrilled hole and secured it to handle on barn door. Usually I need to drill holes myself to screw to a board or utilize an anchor line. In the past I have lost traps, other critters drag off their precaught meal. Trap has been immediately effectve, 2 large chipmunks and a mouse in 3 days. Only concern is how the unit will hold up in below zero weather. Other similar looking traps will break the plastic hinge and destroy itself when snapping shut in cold weather because the plastic becomes brittle and looses flexibility. If this trap proves to be made from a better grade plastic that holds up in freezing temps, then I would rate it with 5 stars. Overall this is a real nice disposal method for mid to small size rodents.
One of the traps is positioned about 6 inches from the opening of my barn door. In about 2 weeks it has killed 5 chipmunks, 9 mice, 2 voles and I red squirrel. It is necessary to tether the trap, a few times I found the line stretched out.
The red squirrel was the only one that it did not kill immediately, the front arm was caught. That trap would of most definitely been missing with a more than necessary suffering animal. The red squirrels are so incredibly quick, they are rarely caught in my other Victor Professional traps, (yellow pad). Yet this trap captured it because of the heavy quick acting spring mechanism.
My biggest concern is how the plastic will hold up in below zero temperature, the other traps with similar designs literally disintegrate themselves when triggered and are unusable there after.
Overall these traps are so sensitive that the larger traps will kill small and large rodents. Never have I owned a more effective trap than this one.
Peanuts wedged tightly into the cup through the hole in the top with a bit of "chumming" around the trap works great.
The easy release of the trap is also a great convenience. The crows and hawks love what is left on the feeding table for them.
It will be nice to have a rodent free barn and house this winter. Good Luck.
I purchased the chipmunk mouse trap first. Although it had impressive force, the chipmunks were a little too big, and either escaped or broke the trap. I then moved up to the Rat Snap Trap. Still impressive force, but bigger. Did the job, and the trap didn't break. Peanuts, were recommended as bait with some scattered as "chum". Watch your fingers.
Put them out unset and baited. All four were "hit". Reloaded and set them. Five down. Three were great, the trap did the killing, two were caught by their back leg, that necessitated further action on my part. Cleaned the traps, but too busy to get them out again, it will be soon though... Used peanut butter with a small piece of cooked bacon.
Which has a higher "bite" pressure, T-Rex or Catchmaster Easy Set Rat Snap Trap (621P)?
Both the Catchmaster Easy Set Rat Snap Trap (621P) and the Trapper T-Rex would really be comparable in terms of bite pressure and snapping strength. The bait cup is the biggest difference in these two traps: the T-Rex bait cup is removable from the bottom of the trap, while the Catchmaster trap has a hole on top of the trap to expose the bait cup from above.