If you need to set off a DOC150 or DOC200 trap (e.g. to put in new bait, or for maintenance) it’s best to do this by dropping a wad of cardboard, some rolled-up old socks or something else substantial onto the trap plate. If you need to, you can then use a stick to trigger the trap.
Setting off the trap “dry” (without something substantial on the trap plate) will damage the trap mechanism. Please do not kick the trap box to set off the trap mechanism, thanks.
Now that it is spring, the grass is growing quickly. Next time you check your traps it is a good idea to have a weed around the entrance holes so that the wee critters can get in. We recommended at least a hand width space around each end of the trap (the entrance and the “bait display” at the other end).
Good luck and happy catching.
by Sophie Penniket