It takes years to become a great pest control technician. The lessons learned early in your career are just as much what NOT to do as they are what TO do.
To do my part to help the industry, I’ve decided to post some of the most common mistakes made by new technicians.
With that being said, new pest control technicians often put far too much bait on the snap traps they set. To understand why this is a mistake, you must realize a tripped snap trap is useless until it is reset. If a trap catches a mouse (or even goes off prematurely) other mice can/will feed on the excess bait.
If mice “get their fill” from a tripped trap, they will less likely seek another food source (read active trap).
This is one of the biggest reasons I’m not a fan of the “easy set” snap traps often seen in hardware stores. I find the over-sized yellow pedal to be a design flaw, as it provides a visual cue that practically begs the user to pile on an abundance of peanut butter or Nutella.
How Much is Enough?
Let me put it this way, you should bait your traps with a toothpick or Q-Tip. To help give a better understanding of how much bait should be used, I’ve included a picture.
So to new pest control operators and consumers alike, remember that less is more.