Posted by jmc on 12:19:09 1/1/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
Bugger got in there about two days ago, there's a hole in the mesh that covers the vent fan. They can get in that way, but cannot get back out. I think this is just one squirrel trying to escape, not an incursion. Squirrel has been trying hard to escape.
Landlord brought a trap by yesterday, it's up there and set with a small plastic container of peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds and a small thing of water (New Years Eve,had to make do with what was in the house). I read that some traps are too small for our humongous grey squirrels, and I think that's what the landlord got - so the bait is behind the trigger.
The furry little rat is very active at sunrise, but has not set the trap off yet. I've not checked to see if the bait is disturbed, that would require I open the access all the way, little worried about doing that during the day when the bugger is active.
If a squirrel sees a probable exit blocked by a human, will it hide from the human or try to escape anyway?
Should I try the "PB sandwich" on the trigger, even if the trap might be too small?
Anything else I can do to encourage the squirrel to the trap, before it dies of thirst? There are a lot of places in the attic that are exceedingly difficult to access.
Thanks for any advice!
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