Posted by T1000 on 16:00:09 3/11/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Best squirrel bait that birds will not eat posted by Pete on 22:33:00 3/7/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
Thanks for the offer Pete, that is very nice of you. However, I went ahead and bought two traps before I read your reply.
I have an update! I caught one this morning in the rain! It took 5 days, but I finally caught him. I was about to give up on my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bait because it didn't catch him when the weather was nice, so I thought when it started to rain that the bait would become ever more less effective. The bait was a soupy mess when I caught him.
I think I could have caught him a lot sooner if I opted to used the two-door mode, instead of the one-door mode. He was very interested in the bait the first day I placed it outside. In fact, he tried to enter the cage the back way, not the front way.
Anyways, I still liked the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bait, even though it took a while to catch him. I did not have to refresh the bait once in 6 days. Most importantly, the birds were somewhat interested in the peanut butter cup, but did not bother it as much. The birds would step into the trap and take a few pecks at the peanut butter cup and leave. I could only imagine what they would do if the trap how bird feed inside; they would probably set it off!
I have one more to trap and I am through with squirrel hunting for now. I am only targeting the squirrel that was in my attic and whoever else lives in his or her drey in my backyard. Two down, one more to go. After I catch the last one, should I tear down the drey, so I can deter other squirrels from moving in? It is in on my neighbor's side of the property line, so I am going to leave it alone.
My Method: As John suggested in his FAQs and many others on this board, I used bird seeds to attract my target to the area. I used a half and whole of a peanut butter cup for bait in back of the trap. I wanted the peanut butter cup to put off an odor, so I cut one in half. I put pieces of a peanut butter cup in front of the cage and on the trip plate. Also, I enclosed the trip rods on the side of the cage with bricks, so that the squirrel would not trip the trap accidentally. Next time, I might place the pieces of peanut butter cup on top of some peanut butter, so that the birds cannot carry it off so easily. Also, I might make the entrance of my trap smaller by stacking a few bricks a few inches away from the entrance as a way to deter birds from entering the trap. I assume if the bait is good enough, then the squirrel will squeeze through the smaller entrance.
Anyways, goodbye and good luck to anyone that has a squirrel problem. As John would say, you have to be patient.
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