Posted by John Fasoldt on 19:46:02 9/10/2016 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: squirrels reaching over the trip plate posted by Sarah on 11:10:31 9/10/2016 from 22.214.171.124:
GOOD for hubby! We need more of them like yours. Do you know how much money you've saved? LOTS!
I like the two door traps. You can use either or both doors, it's a bit more versatile, I think. For squirrels, I use the 1040 exclusively. I do have a couple of others, for specific situations, but the 1040, 95% of the time. They will catch ALL squirrels. I'm also used to it and they're easy to fix, as long as you're careful.
PROBLEMS AND PROBLEM SQUIRRELS:
The "reaching through" problem is best accomplished using half-inch hardware cloth, wiring it to the outside of the trap, thus blocking the bait pan. And you should use LESS bait. No Golden Eggs, just a TASTE.
For your 'smartalec' squirrels, methinks you might be trying too hard... Couple of ways:
Try using UNBAITED traps. If you're using MULTIPLE traps, only bait one. Remember, squirrels are curious and really only like two things, and food is one of them. Just forget the bait, no chum, no nothing. Make them LOOK for it! (The idea, of course, is that in their hunt for the Golden Eggs, they will be more likely to spring your trap.)
Using a double door trap, use a one-door set and make him crawl across the treadle to get to the bait - or where he might think the bait SHOULD be. Remember also, you have been feeding him EVERY time. He just KNOWS itís there, he just has to find it... BANG! Youíve got Ďim!
Hereís another: Try leaving a smear of peanut butter UNDER the treadle. Again, just a small amount, if you can see it, itís probably too much. He can SMELL it. Hell, I can smell it and I have a terrible smeller...
All of these hints are on my squirrel pages, somewhere, I forget where lol. Those and more. Go check them out, or check them out again, if youíve already been there.
Check back, let us know how it went!
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