I think I have a grey squirrel in my garage attic. I bought
a large hav-a-heart and baited it with nuts nested in peanut
butter. The next day I found the tray thoroughly empty (not
a hint of anything as if it had been washed!)
What's the solution- wire down the nuts maybe? Or do I
really have a squirrel or something else?
Maybe it's mice - lightweight enough to not trip the pivoting platform. Or,
assuming it's a squirrel, did you put the bait past the platform so the
squirrel has to step on the platform & trip the door?
Make sure the tripper works and it should be a hair trigger or easily
released. Make sure the trap functions properly. Sometimes mine has to
be squared up or adjusted so doors readily fall. I've had mouse traps
and Hav-a-harts lose their bait without trapping anything. I also had a
raccoon that I could not catch as he was too big for the trap and it
would not close on him.
My son just had a dead squirrel removed from the area between his fire
place chimney and the surrounding pipe. Took a contractor to remove
siding and fireplace guy to cut and repair the pipe. Cost several
hundred dollars. You never want squirrels in the house and should do
everything to get them out and keep them out.
I discovered that squirrels would reach into the Hav-A-Hart from the
side and get the bait without entering the trap. I wired a small
piece of hardware cloth on both sides of the trap. I was catching 2
or 3 squirrels a day.
You could also take a standard mouse trap and fasten it inside the
trap and then wire the snapbar to the trigger of the havahart so that
when the mouse trap is tripped, it pulls on the havahart trigger with
much more force than a crafty squirrel. Sort of like giving a power
boost to the havahart. Then put all the bait onthe mousetrap. The
mousetrap, being more sensitive than the havahart, should trigger when
the squirrel even sneezes on it.
It was in the space between the vent pipe and the insulating pipe.
Trying to cook it out could have set the house on fire. If my son had
routinely used the fireplace, the squirrel would probably not have
nested at top of fireplace. Along with other repairs, fireplace cap
I had a similar issue when I used too large of a Hav-a-Heart trap. My guess
was that the squirrel was too light to trip it. A friend loaned me a smaller
one that he had and it did the trick.
That said, take a look at the following link:
I have NOT used this product and have no affiliation and so on, but what
they say there seems to make sense. You need to find where the critters are
gaining access to your attic and put a one-way out cage there, as you don't
want them to die up in your attic. The squirrel evictor should force them
out. Once that is accomplished you can seal up the entry point. Take note
that you may need to use more than one unit and that you want to
strategically place them to force the critters out, not further into your
You could probably make your own. When I looked into it at the time, I found
that Grainger's carries strobe lights of the same candle power.
In my case, it only happened twice and each time it was a red squirrel that
apparently didn't like the rain. Since the Hav-a-Heart trap worked, I never
got around to making and installing my own strobe lights.
By the way, they claim that these are also good for installation under decks
or porches to keep critters from taking up residence there as well.
Hope this helps.
I once had a racoon that had taken up residence in my attic. A piece of wire
mesh had become loose on a louver. As I looked into the attic, I saw a pair
of large green eyes staring at me. Racoons can be very nasty so I tried
something that I had read about. I placed a very bright light and a loud
radio up there and closed the door. No more racoon. Reattached the wire mesh
and all was well.
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