Posted by Jeff B on 11:22:17 2/16/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
This winter we started hearing scampering in the attic at night. We see gray squirrels in the yard all the time so I figured gray squirrels. I bought a live trap combo--one large, one small. Offbrand, but seemingly well made. I set them up in the attic and twice the small trap triggered but caught nothing, and nightly the bait (a piece of stale bread stuck to the paddle w/ peanut butter) was stolen. Sneaky little buggers. I drilled some holes in the paddle and twist tied the stale piece of bread and PB to the paddle. In the small trap I caught...a flying squirrel. There are more squirrels in the attic, however, and I am trying to trap them and nightly they are eating the bait through the twist ties and not triggering the trap. I have tried to "hair trigger" the traps when I set them. Clearly, these traps (even the small one supposedly sized for squirrels) are not sensitive enough for flying squirrels.
1. Do I have the wrong live trap, or do live traps not work for flying squirrels b/c they don't weigh enough?
2. Am I better off going w/ glue boards and snap traps?
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