If you can placde the trap where you can watch it, you'll know what's
going on. I noticed the squirrels would reach in from the side of my
Hav-A-Hart trap. I wired a square (about 5x5") of hardware cloth on
both sides making it Squirrel Soup Time!
I like to use a cracker with peanut butter, using fine wire to secure
the bait to the trip plate. Check the trap often. Birds can eat the
bait without tripping the trap.
I removed "about" 150 squirrels over a 3 year
period. That trap requires a lot of screwing
around with to get it just touchy enough to
You need to play with the setting latch so
that it's just barely holding the doors open.
Use a spray on it to make it even slicker.
I use corn and drop just a few grains around
the trap and then I stick a few grains to the
lever with peanut butter. Make it just a little
Hot melt glue also works pretty well.
You will know when you have it right when
you can barely get it set with out it going
off in your hands.
I was getting two a day during one summer and
had to cart the damn things away but I did
clear the neighborhood of the squirrels.
Remember...they have to be moved several
miles away to really clear them out.
Thank you all for your thoughtful (and sometimes
humorous) comments. I have wired a piece of apple with
imbedded cashews and peanut butter. (As an aside why
don' t they provide a door on the side of the trap near the
tray so you don't have to work so awkwardly from the
end???) I have also greased the trigger. I have also
placed the bait on the far side of the tray (one end of the
trap is closed) so that there is more of a chance that they
will step on the tray.
I continue to think they're not there as I have heard
nothing since the trap was placed (At one time I used to hear
scrambling over by LR ceiling.) But I continue to wonder
who stole the bait. It looked like the residue the last time
was covered with very tiny marks, about the size of a
mouse tongue. I hope I am right.
If a squirrel by some remote chance was trapped in
there, how long would it remain relatively mobile do you think?
How long until death?
I didn't consider the ammonia/shaving lotion idea because
I would have had to put it near the entrance. If they were
inside I feared it would only drive them back.
I will try the suspended bait idea next if this bait disappears
without a hit.
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