We believe the manufacturer explains setting the trap and removing the remains best. Please take a few minutes to read over the illustrated instructions: Talpirid Mole Trap Instructions. We have provided the link here for your convenience, but the instructions link is always available on the Talpirid Mole Trap page.
We are sorry that you are having trouble understanding the Talpirid Mole Trap. Anytime you are trapping, you just want to be sure first that you are placing the traps in active runways. Once you have determined where you need to place the traps, then you are making space for the jaws of the trap to go into the run itself, and then the divots on the side are to secure the trap in place in the ground. So the shovel is used along the sides of the runway to secure the trap in the ground. This is a very strong trap which does require quite a bit of force to set, even with your foot, so you may want to consider using Talpirid Mole Bait as an alternative or additional treatment. Let us know if you have other questions or concerns anytime.
There is no restrictions that we are aware of for using the Talpirid Mole TRAP in any state.
We would recommend trying the traps if you were unsuccessful with the bait. Please take a few moments to review our treatment article for additional information.
For inquiries about parts needed for the Talpirid Mole TRAP, you may contact Bell Labs at 800-323-6628.