When I was eight years old, I somehow got my hands on a popular mechanics magazine. In the back, in the advertising section, I saw an ad for Havahart traps, so I wrote for a catalog. I can still remember the thrill I felt when that catalog arrived.
About a year later, I was able to save up enough money to order one of the small traps and there began my fascination with live-catch animal traps. I could capture wild animals, keep them for “pets” for a while and then release them unharmed. For fifty years, I kept that catalog safely tucked away inside a wooden box.
Well a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that something had dug under the foundation of my house and was traveling from my house to the house next door. I covered the hole over with dirt, and the next morning, it was open again. We have a pretty large population of gray squirrels in the neighborhood, but I had never seen squirrels go under a house.
I happened to be sitting on the back porch a day or two later and say a very large rat go under the house. I told my wife that this varmit could not stay around here. We had recently lost our outdoor cat, so I knew I had to do something. So I decided to check my trap collection to see if I had one that would take care of this varmit. The only Havaharts I had were either too large or too small for this particular rat.
I decided to add the 1025 Havahart to my collection. The trap arrived in the classic Havahart box with the big red heart. I was as excited as when I was a kid to open that box and try out the trap. Havahart has made some minor design changes since my last trap purchase. The doors now have a spring attached to each of the doors, which causes the trap to close much faster for a more positive catch.
I set the trap near the entrance hole where the rat had been traveling and on the third evening, I had him in the trap and safely removed from my property. I can’t tell you how good it feels knowing my Havahart trap is available when I need it.
Well I’ve got to get busy on some of my projects, so until next time, stay safe, work hard, and as always, thanks for stopping MVB Crafts.
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