The usual way to deal with vermin is to fight it with poison or traps, both usually fatal. Bas Kamp has designed a set of five traps which offer the user a choice: death or live removal. The most animal-friendly option is to check the traps regularly and relocate the live vermin – give them a new home outside your own. If you wish to terminate their life cycle, there are two options: the trapped vermin can be eaten by a natural enemy, or killed without the use of any poisonous substance so that they can be absorbed by nature.
Mouse are lured with peanut butter or cheese, which you place at the back of the hinging part integrated in the bucket. Mouse will climb on the small stair towards to bite, when crossing the balance point they will fall into the bucket. You should check the trap regular, if they get trapped to long the can die by stress.
Wasps are lured by the sweet smell of syrup placed in a cartridge, which hangs freely in the opening of the glass top part. By separating the liquid from the caught wasps they will not drown compared with the traps you find on the market today. Wasps will always try to find the highest point to fly away, so if you take out the cartridge there is a big chance all wasps are able to fly out again.
Fruit flies are lured with the fermenting smell of fruit, which is placed in a closed cartridge with ventilation in the bottom of the product. The frosted property of the body gives you a notice of something had been caught. The transparent funnel on the top makes sure that the flies can’t find the way out after being caught.
Snails are lured by the smell of beer, which is poured in the middle of the product. By separating the beer in a special container, snails will not drown in the liquid compared with the traps you find on the market today.Once the snails are caught in the trap they can’t get out because there is a copper ring inside the product. Copper is gives a toxic reaction to the snails so the would not crawl over.
Terracotta is known for his property that it retains heat very well, so if you place the pot above an ant house there is a big chance they will transfer their nest into the pot. Ants are looking for the warmest place to hatch their nest. The trap also functions as a place where birds can eat and drink during the transfer of the nest. You can check a few times if the nest is replaced inside the pot, if that is de case you can turn the pot 180 degrees and put the ring of water over the trap. Ants will not pass the water so they are trapped and could serve as food for the birds.