[This post is sponsored by Automatic Trap Company, Inc.; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]
Nothing stops a fur mom’s heart liking seeing fur baby with something really bad in her mouth.
That’s exactly what happened last summer to this fur mom and Farm Dog Misha. While we were out in the barn taking photographs for an article, Mischa discovered the rat poison fur grandpa set out. Per usual, she thought she was being cute when she refused to let us get it out of her mouth. When we finally pried her mouth open and scraped it off her tongue, we had no way of knowing whether she swallowed any of it. A phone call to the emergency vet and some hydrogen peroxide later, I was sitting under a shade tree with Mischa as she threw up for the fourth time.
I never want to experience that again, and we have since ceased using rat poison.
But we still have to control the mice and rat population on the farm. We store thousands of bushels of corn on the farm and that can be a feeding frenzy for these pests. Unfortunately, the mice and rats can cause a lot of damage when they get into the tractors and combines, often destroying any cloth, cushions, and wires. They also build nests with pieces of dried plants, which can be hazardous when the equipment is running because it can start on fire.
We needed a pest solution that was safe for Mischa, but also effective at containing the problem.
Enter the A24 Automatic Trap.
The trap is ideal because we can set it up in the barn and leave it. It will automatically reset after each kill, with each CO2 canister being good for 24 kills. It works on rats and mice (though we made an adjustment with a “step” to accomodate for the small size of mice), and is certfied humane. It also works – it started catching mice right away. For our purposes, we mounted it on some boards so we could put it directly underneath the combine.
For myself, I can feel good about the A24 Automatic Trap because there is no way Mischa is going to be hurt by it. The killing chamber is not something she can access, and the trap uses no poison. That means peace of mind for a fur mom with a very curious and mischieveous fur baby. (It is even safe for farm kids, as long as they don’t stick any fingers into the chamber.)
Although the initial price is an investment, the peace of mind and safety of the A24 Automatic Trap is definitely worth every penny! Plus, it gets the job done and protects our equipment.