Chester Lindros insists his mousetrap is, well, better because it doesn't kill the mouse.
"No blood, no mess and it's safe for babies and pets," said Lindros, one of about 150 people displaying their creations at an inventors' show.Glow-in-the-dark candy and a device that helps couch potatoes find those lost remote controls were among the items on display.
Lindros, a beer truck driver from Avenel, N.J., made his trap by nestling one plastic tube inside another and holding them together with a rubber band.
The smaller, inner tube that has a hole on its side extends out one end when a cheese cracker is inserted. If a mouse nibbles the cracker enough, the inner tube will retract, trapping the rodent, Lindros said Thursday.
Other inventors tapped the toy and electronics industries for their products displayed at the Inpex show, which began Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Expo Mart in suburban Pittsburgh.
Ann Schlotter helped develop Glo-Pop, stick candy that lights up from a battery-powered bulb in its handle.
David Jacobs and Jamie Dutton, electronics salesmen from Lynwood, Wash., developed a remote control locater.
The absent-minded viewer who has lost a remote can hit a button attached to the TV and a receiver stuck on the missing device beeps.