How to keep your traps working past one use
Another review : First off these are great little traps. easy to set and use. Catch and kill quickly. Easy to release the mouse from trap without having to handle the rodent.
By maureen penrose on October 19, 2019
I think most people have an expectation that these are multi-use traps. The Tomcat video even shows the easy release, inferring that you will be keeping the trap vs just tossing the entire mouse / trap ensemble.
My experience is that these will work a couple of times then they get hard to set and eventually either fail to release or the little white trigger bar will break at the back.
Being a take-apart / fix-it type guy I took one of my failed traps apart to see why they fail. What I found was everything looked fine. My experiment was to reassemble and basically lubricate the trap's "hinged" areas. Well that fixed the trap. What I found was a small drop of vegetable oil, mineral or baby oil placed on the back of the traps trigger is a good way to keep them working. Use something that is not going to damage plastic. Probably a good silicon oil or gel would be perfect. You do not need to dis-assemble the trap. just put a drop through the open back on the hinge and latch bar.
I now lube that back trigger area before any use and I keep catching mice.
As an FYI, contacting "Tomcat" they will tell you these are one use but will refund your costs for this trap but you need a real receipt and or the actual cardboard UPC code before they will refund.