As sellers of spider traps, we hear feedback from customers who have suffered through the pain and infections caused by brown recluse spider bites, as well as customers who just cringe when a spider wanders through their living room, across the pillow, in front of the bath tub… You get the picture.
After selling thousands of spider and insect monitor traps ( the monitor is the window in a basic sticky glue board that can be folded into a tent ) we have seen pictures of spiders on the outside of the trap, dodging the trap and in an infamous spider goes out the windows video we have seen spider crawl into the trap, bypass the glue and climb OUT through the monitor window.
It became obvious to Traps Direct’s management that some improvements could be made to this IPM (Integrated Pest Management) tool that has spread into the consumer space.
First Close the Windows!
The first thing the Integrated Pest Management Design Team did was to chuck the windows. They made sense for an insect monitor in concept, but in practice the monitor windows just made it easy to only have glue on the ‘floor’ of the trap. The entrances to the trap still remain the biggest windows accomplishing the same thing. There is no chance of an insect going out a window that isn’t there!
So, the first Advantage Spider Trap feature is solid walls, without windows!
More Glue : Wrap Around Trapping
With solid walls on the sides of the insect monitor, the design team could move to expand the active trapping field. In simple terms, the active trapping field is the part of the monitor with the sticky glue on it. ( For more detail see articles about Trap Active Catch Field – TACF a metric that can be used to compare traps)
No windows means there is no barrier to running the glue up the walls and even onto the ceiling!
The difference is stark!
Insect Monitor: Trap Catch Field (TCF) – 30% active ( 3″ of a 10″ Trap)
Advantage Spider Traps : Active Trap Field – 76% ( 6.5″ of a 8.5″ Trap )
Advantage Spider Traps have over 250% more sticky glue surface.. Which means more insects caught.
Just look at the insect monitor above and the Advantage Spider Trap below to see the difference..
Blend in: calm color and only the essentials
Now with a Spider Trap that is structurally a spider trap, the design team got rid of the IPM matrix. The only information the trap needs to carry is the placement date, which is written on a side wall, (the side that goes against the baseboard).
Instead of the resource information and IPM matrix cluttering up the visible surface of the trap, the IPM was dropped, and the resource information is on the bottom of the trap. Out of sight until you pick up the trap to throw it away. This is an advantage of a Custom Designed Spider Trap intended for home use rather than adopting a pest control device never intended for the home.
The Advantage Spider Traps are not intended for Pest Control Pros ( however they are using them because of the improved 82% active trap field) so we did not have to have a ‘utility’ appearance, instead we could focus on a trap that made sense for the home. Instead of screaming marketing messages, the Traps Direct design team selected a dark blue print with very minimal messaging for a more attractive presence.
Directions, Hints and Resources
Now that the outside looks attractive, let’s add the missing pieces: instructions & resources. The instructions for use are cleverly printed on the wax paper that you peel off to activate the trap… Read them, then they and the wax paper get tossed.
Resources like a reorder item #, and a website address make it easy to get more of these simple but effective house spider traps. Additionally, for customers who carry a smart phone, there is a QR code / SCAN CODE on the trap that can be used to jump directly to www.www.www.trapsdirect.com/qr-spider to access directions, submit contest photos, or order more traps.