Posted by Bolder Boy on 17:12:38 12/19/2011 from 220.127.116.11:
First, you are clearly an expert at this. Second, I am not (work in health care.)
Using your instructions on this website I trapped seven squirrels over the course of 2 weeks (my choice to drag it out due to cold weather.) Using your recommended Havahart 1040 trap (with one end always closed) and only peanut butter as bait, I caught one squirrel each time I put the trap out. It never failed. And I didn't need to do anything excessive such as chumming or disguising the trap in any way.
I put the trap on the sloped roof directly, secured to a fixture protruding from the roof (with a bungee cord), in the same place every time at the same time of day (noonish), NOT in their path-of-travel, but about 8-10 feet from their entry point to the house. You are right! They are curious and it led to the capture of each one at almost exactly the same time of day (near sunset, when they return to the nest.) A towel immediately slung over the trap quieted the squirrel(s) down and the rest was easy.
I can see now why you recommend buying two traps; so you can swap out a "full" one with an empty and catch more than one squirrel per time. I didn't do that so it was more work and took longer.
Having scoured the planet to find the Havaheart 1040, I recommend to folks reading here that they purchase them from you direct (includes shipping) - they won't do better on price.
My thanks to you for providing this great website with all its free and completely accurate info.
PS - our squirrels in Colorado are VERY large. Nose-to-tail is longer than a 1040 trap, yet none escaped and all were very feisty!
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