We have either a mouse or a roof-rat running around inside the attic.
You can hear him (or her) mainly early in the morning.
I set a trap with peanut butter on a piece of bread as the bait. So far
no mouse, but it's only been an hour.
Any other advice on how to catch him (or her) would be appreciated.
The trap I bought is the following:
Give it time - it could take several days - but if it is only a mouse,
tripper will probably not be set off. I've had them eat peanut butter
out of regular snap traps.
If it is a squirrel, after you get it, seal openings. One of my son's
had a squirrel die in his chimney and it cost several hundred dollars to
have removed and repairs made. I get mice in attic sometimes and I just
toss poison bait up there. If they die, I do not smell them.
Nah. I've got one cat that, every time the stairs come down, it's ZIP to the
Once he checks out everything, he comes down. If I don't notice he's up
there, he'll meow at the stairs 'till I "open the door."
Try using a stinky smelling cheese as bait.
It would be a good idea to smoke the trap to remove human scents.
5-1/2" height and width may not be large without if it's anything
larger than a roof rat.
On May 6, 10:59 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Adams) wrote:
If you have squirrels I think that trap will do fine.
If you think you have more than one, or very smart squirrels, you may
want to leave it baited but wired so it can't trip and let them get
used to eating the bait. Otherwise if they're very wary the first
time, they may trip it and not get caught, and be trap shy from then
on. Rats are smarter than squirrels in this respect but I've never
had them in the attic.
For bait i use peanut butter mixed with a little bacon grease and
thickened with a little cornmeal (othewise the bacon grease makes it
too runny.) I haven't found anything I can't catch with that.
But that trap will not catch mice. Mice make a LOT of noise, far out
of proportion to their size. You'll need either snap traps or the
mini version of that trap. I have one that's about 2x2 that takes
mice, but you have to set the trigger very light. you might have to
When you kill them don't get blood on the trap.
With bats, a temporary way to get them out is to buy one of those high
buzzers. Now children who have not had their ear drums damaged
by rock & roll
and other loud noises, can hear theses. And the bats will
get used to them after
a long period of time. But if you can get them
out and plug the vent they came
in by putting mesh behind it, you might
be able to get it done that way.
the winter they do hibernate. At that point you can just go up and
out of the rafter and dump them in a bucket of gasoline to
That is very important. Critters prefer the smell
of crunchy peanut butter. Put it on a 1/2" piece
of uncooked bacon.
Another important point is to smoke the trap to
cove the scent of a human. Just roll up a couple
pages of newspaper into cone shape, light the wide
end, and hold it with the burning side down under
the trap to let the smoke go up into the trap.
Non-human animals follow the law of the land. If they find a resource
they need, they use it.
So you should kill 'em. Right?
Buy or rent a live trap-cage big enough for a squirrel and bait it.
Check at least once/day. When you've got the furry critter, throw
the cage and captive in the trunk the car, drive 20+ miles, and
let him loose.
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