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tibberous 10-11-2011 04:29 PM

Squirrel
 
I think I have a squirrel - problem is, he is able to eat the peanut butter off the trap without setting it.

I could just poison him and be done with it, or use a glue trap, but that leaves a dead squirrel in the house.

Any other ideas? I can setup a security camera and watch the squirrel, but I don't have a way to remotely activate the trap. I think the trap is just poorly designed anyway - they should it so it's set off by weight on the floor, or just a 1 way tray door.

preacher01 10-11-2011 04:35 PM

What kind of trap are you using? I've had a lot of luck with the hav-a-hart traps but you have to try and adjust the trigger right out to the end of the spring so that any movement or activity triggers it. I use mine for chipmunks that dig along my foundation. Good luck.:thumbsup:

Wildie 10-11-2011 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by tibberous (Post 746631)
I think I have a squirrel - problem is, he is able to eat the peanut butter off the trap without setting it.

I could just poison him and be done with it, or use a glue trap, but that leaves a dead squirrel in the house.

Any other ideas? I can setup a security camera and watch the squirrel, but I don't have a way to remotely activate the trap. I think the trap is just poorly designed anyway - they should it so it's set off by weight on the floor, or just a 1 way tray door.

I have a live trap that was designed to catch animals like skunks, racoons etc.
Like you, my problem was with squirrels!
My solution was to fasten a cedar shake to the trigger grid, extending it out like a diving board.
This gave more leverage to the trigger. I sprayed silicon lube on all the moving, contact points, so as to have a minimum of friction and allow the trap parts to move freely!

boman47k 10-11-2011 04:57 PM

Sorry, tried to post a pic of my traps I used. I will try again.

boman47k 10-11-2011 05:05 PM

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One bought trap (bottom) and two home-made traps. I later made another one with a one-way door (repeater) that I attached to the soffett in which I caught one coming out of the attic.

Two of the ones shown have the triggering mechanism on the floor and work very well.

Ron6519 10-11-2011 11:05 PM

I think the squirrel might be smarter then you think.
Be careful what you eat.

boman47k 10-12-2011 08:22 AM

Correction

The top trap in the pic has no trigger mechanism, just a one-way door. Round wire tube with square ends and a door/flap. My grandson and I made it on a whim one day. Never caught anything with it.

joed 10-12-2011 08:42 AM

Put the bait on the bottom of the trip plate. Make him work for it. Sometimes I even put the bait on the ground and then set the trap on top of it.

fabrk8r 10-12-2011 10:00 AM

I make a sheet metal shroud on the bait end of my traps to keep little paws from reaching in and stealing the bait from the outside. It's amazing how clever those little critters are.

I also make a bait tray from a small tin can and wire it up high enough inside the trap that the critter has to stand on the trip-plate in order to reach the bait. The animals are very curious so you can even use dry cat food and if it's out of reach they will try to get it just to see what it tastes like.

tibberous 10-13-2011 09:00 PM

I'm using the kind of trap that snaps shut on both sides - I think the other type would work better. What is really gross is that I've caught two mice! I hope it isn't a bunch of mice eating the peanut butter off the squirrel trap.

So damn gross - least I got lots of traps and peanut butter.

ghostlyvision 10-13-2011 09:32 PM

Leave one of the doors latched and place the bait inside near that door, that way the squirrel has to walk over the trip plate in order to get to the bait. We've caught a dozen squirrels this past year doing it that way.

boman47k 10-14-2011 08:25 AM

Where do you think you have a squirrel? Place a trap with a one-way door on it at the entrance/exit.

When I had my squirrel problem, I read that they would not go near a trap in an attic. I don't know how true that is, but I do know I had 3 or 4 traps, leg trap, gopher trap, and live traps in the attic for a while with no luck. I closed all entrances and exits that I could find and attached a home-made trap with a one-way door at the one entrance/exit I left. I did catch one in that trap. I caught the rest in the yard in live traps. Even caught one possum. Those are some ugly rascals!

What makes you think you have a squirrel problem?

rossfingal 10-14-2011 09:57 AM

Not to be "off-topic" -
My boss had squirrel problems in the attic of one of his houses -
We found where they were getting in -
Went into the attic and "beat the bushes": to make sure any
squirrels were out (or, so we thought!)
Sealed up their entrance with .019 aluminum trim coil.
Problem solved!
So we thought - Ha,ha,ha!!
We sealed a squirrel in the attic - they "knawed" through the
aluminum; and made a nice hole.!!
Upgraded to galvanized steel (heavy gauge) -
End of problem!!
(No squirrels were harmed in this post!) :)

RF

boman47k 10-14-2011 10:59 AM

I have seen signs of gnawing on new siding in what appears to be an attempt to get back in my attic.

rossfingal 10-14-2011 11:27 AM

boman47k
If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes/experience -
I would not have believed it!!
I've seen them climb up things and jump - I would have thought
Impossible!! :)

rossfingal
(Climb up a vinyl coated, outside, corner-post - and climb over a 2 foot overhang -
and 5 - K gutter and get on a roof! - made it look easy!!)


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