Economic Biology-Bulletin Volume 1

Economic Biology-Bulletin Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...When a trap is covered with bran or chaff the material should be strewn over a considerably larger space than the trap covers. Two or three traps may be set near together, but they should not be set so near that one in springing will spring another by striking or jarring it. When a steel trap or a guillotine trap is set in meal, shorts or earth, a bit of some light fluffy substance, like cotton, should be placed under the trigger or pan before 1 Rodwell, James, The Rat, London, 1850, pp. 249-251. it is covered. This will prevent the covering material from getting under the pan and packing so as to stop the trap from springing. ' A trap should be set so gently that it will spring at the least pressure on pan or trigger. In setting, the fingers should not be used to depress the pan; a rolled-up paper wears better, and if the trap springs on it, it will not bend the wire. Catching the Experienced Rat.--Every one who has trapped rats knows that sometimes after most of the rats in a building have been caught there remain a few cautious old rascals that successfully defeat all efforts to entrap them. These may be taken without great difficulty if their food supply, other than that furnished by the traps, can be completely shut off, otherwise they may continue to defy all efforts to take them, but if the trapper is persevering they will be captured or driven away in time. The steel trap (if covered and its odor disguised or concealed) is one of the best devices with which to deceive rats. Some experienced rats are almost as cunning as a fox. Indeed, some of them are so much wiser in their way than most people who attempt to trap them that trapping often is given up in disgust. A close study of the habits of the rat is necessary for...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679799X
  • 9781236797995