Squirrels in the attic!
I'm using two traps.
One is for a "small squirrel " Its very sensitive, I closed one end and put
corn and peanut butter at the closed end. They got at the corn last night
and triggered the trap but they were not in it. I'm guessing they are to
big, the door closed on their but and didn't lock down and they were able to
back out of the trap. the door shut behind them when they got out???
The other trap is a large old rusty one I borrowed. Its about 14" x 12" x 3
feet long. I hung an apple in the trap and covered the trap with a cloth
because they were getting at the apple from the outside (I think?) They keep
eating at the apple but not triggering the trap. I tried adjusting the trap
to make it more sensitive but still no luck.
I think the small trap wont work so I'm trying one more thing with the large
trap. I cut a piece of plywood slightly smaller than the floor of the trap.
I rest the board on the trigger plate creating a ramp the squirrel will have
to walk on to enter the trap and get to the back of the trap where the bait
is. This wont allow the squirrel to step over the trigger and the extra
weight of the board will make the trap more sensitive...
I set this up before coming to work this morning, I'll see when I get
I haven't found their entry yet! I'm going up on the roof tonight to check
around the chimney...
Are you sure these are squirrels, and not just mice instead? Mice can
make an awful lot of noise, and a squirrel-sized trap won't do much for
a mouse. Even if you once saw a squirrel, that may have just been a one
time incident followed by a mouse infestation.
Otherwise, I can't help you...
i trapped suirrells in a havahart trap so my granddaughter can look at
em .i smear peanut butter on the trigger flap and put some corn on the
floor just beyond the peanut butter.you have to set the hook so its
jusbarley holding the door.lucas
I think the comment by another poster about mice is probably the answer.
I've used ordinary rabbit traps before,
and they worked every time. I was using some old wood traps, which they can
chew up pretty fast, so I "fed" them (left bait in the trap with the trap
not set) during the day, and then set the trap when I was ready to leave to
a release location.
Within a few minutes, I'd have one.
I've considered that it could be mice...
BUT, the time I used an apple as bait, I had it tied about 1" from the top
of the trap. A mouse would not have been able to reach it.
I'm going to purchase a middle sized trap tonight and give that a try.
I've also gotten some encouragement from a couple of web site devoted to the
Yup, if that is your evidence of squirrels, then that pretty much
convinces me: you have mice. Or rats.
Do some reading about mice. They can get through the most amazingly
small holes (think: nickle sized and smaller), can jump amazingly far
and high, and can easily climb vertical or overhung or upside-down
surfaces. And they make a racket, too. Go get yourself a $0.50 mouse
trap, and forget the electrocution.
As an alternative to spring traps, I like the glue traps. They are cheap.
They are disposable. You don't have to reset them, and once they are in
there, they are stuck. The mice just scream a lot.
The IGNORE button works good for me. If you don't feed a troll, they just
move to another bridge. (newsgroup)
But, there are some good ones. Trouble is, they take time to manage. Make
entries. Find out why someone you DO want to allow is being filtered, etc.
Simpler to just hit block sender in your reader. Or ignore what these
twelve year old mental midgets have to say.
Yea, I know a normal news reader would usually have an "ignore" button,
and sender blocking, and what not. These days I use google groups, b/c
I have enough other software to deal with already. I'm just griping
that google doesn't (yet) have any such features. Knowing google, and
the data they have on hand, they could probably do something real
sophisticated, too. Oh well.
gets results from an ISP,
particularly where a juvenile is writing from a parent's computer. Usually,
the moron just gets another ISP, but in a lot of cases, they are located
where that is not possible, or they run out of ISPs. In some cases it does
no good at all, and the spew increases.
Ignore works good.
H'mmm, I was just going to go and buy a havahart 1040 trap. It has two doors
and I like the way the trip mechanism works better than the single door.
BUT, Maybe it is Mice??? The sounds we sometimes hear in the ceiling and
walls are very loud!! I bought two large rat glue traps the other day. I
think I'll put them up there tonight and see what happens. I'll have to
anchor them somehow so I can retrieve the bastards.... I still think its
Squirrels but I have no hard evidence.. I'll try spreading a little powder
to see if I can see prints.
I also have a set of video surveillance cameras I inherited. Maybe I'll set
one up to capture the action???
:) I've considered that it could be mice...
:) BUT, the time I used an apple as bait, I had it tied about 1" from the top
:) of the trap. A mouse would not have been able to reach it.
:) I'm going to purchase a middle sized trap tonight and give that a try.
:) I've also gotten some encouragement from a couple of web site devoted to the
picture the mouse climbing the side of the cage then getting at the
apple from the top, along with a vertical jump of over a foot...if the
cage has openings as large as a quarter, rats could also escape the
:) :) I've considered that it could be mice...
:) :) BUT, the time I used an apple as bait, I had it tied about 1" from the
:) :) of the trap. A mouse would not have been able to reach it.
:) :) I'm going to purchase a middle sized trap tonight and give that a try.
:) :) I've also gotten some encouragement from a couple of web site devoted to
:) :) subject.
:) picture the mouse climbing the side of the cage then getting at the
:) apple from the top, along with a vertical jump of over a foot...if the
:) cage has openings as large as a quarter, rats could also escape the
You can also sift some flour or talcom around the trap and see what
tracks show up.
I like the electrical trap the one fellow came up with. It is made over a
tub of water, maybe a five gallon container or a shallow pan like those used
to bus dishes. When they are shocked, they go unconscious and fall in the
water and drown. It uses a common fence electrifier.
Simple to make, does not require resetting, and if contact is made, ZAP, and
the rodent is history.
Fi-Shock units available on the Internet for about $25.
Not completely OT, but I received this book as a gift a while ago and
it's really a hoot.
About five years ago I converted the kids' old gumball machine into a
squirrel feeder. It took the little bushy tailed roof rats less than a
day to figure out how to crank it around to get themselves some dried corn.
(Last pix in the series is just a gag I lifted elsewhere.)
They chew up the wooden handle pretty good, I've had to replace it a
couple of times already.
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