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Few signs of rats around the garden compost.....in past years have put out poison but gets expensive and don't like the thought of what else may get a hold of the poison. So after looking on here bought a couple of Fenn traps and made up a box to put them in. Strap hinges, handle and catch made from an old seat-belt.
It works a treat...got this monster today.
I have a small farm where I control the rats with traps and poison. I have now been caught by the legislation restricting sales of large quantities/cut wheat bait rat poison to qualified people. I had a stock bought before the new regs that has now run out and we are not "farm assured". Contacting my local agricultural college they advised that the most suitable short course they run is the "city and guilds, NTPC, Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides for vertebrate pest control of rats and mice" to allow me to carry on controlling rats with poison. Reading the course details I see I am supposed to bring suitable PPE. I have contacted someone in the college offices to find out what that is but unfortunately they were a bit vague. I think it means Wellingtons, a disposable coverall and a facesheild. Could someone please advised to any more detailed specification please?
Not having done my home work properly, I inadvertantly bought a fake Fenn Mk4 from someone in the Midlands. This guy turns out to be a regular trickster with the way he markets his fake Fenn traps. He calls them Fens or Fen/Springer.
Anyway, the first thing I noticed was that the spring was nowhere near as strong as the real Fenn. So I tried it out over time and the fake made some kills but also some escapes.
Here is a video of the fake in action followed by the real Fenn Mark 4.
Have any of you had a similar experience?