Posted by Brad on 21:13:08 5/30/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
I found this site while looking for better bait ideas and thought I would share some info.
My story begins last fall when I bought my house. The previous owners were idiots (to put it nicely) and had one whole side of the house surrounded with fruit trees. The tree rats had easy access to the roof and chewed a hole in the corner of my fascia.
I've seen many times the damage the tree rats can do to houses and had no qualms about killing them. After finding nothing in google about good poisons, I found something called a tube trap. Its meant more for skunks, but once I got it figured out, it does a dandy on squirrels (and very easy to set). I have mine screwed to my fence (where the trees used to be) and have one side blocked off with a cinder block. On that same side, I have a pecan and walnut (both still with shell) hanging on a string tied to the top and a small amount of peanut butter in a cap of a water bottle. I also put a small piece of apple there and change it ever few days.
I've caught 10 of them so far. The only draw back is the trap is kind of expensive and I found during a thunderstorm, that the rain can set it off and it broke the spring. I replaced it and mounted it on some rubber and used more as buffer to avoid metal on metal in hopes of preventing future breaks.
Another search on youtube lead me to a guy with similar problems using a cheap conibear trap. His videos show how it sets them and even catching one in action. I have a handful of these traps now too and have caught squirrels also. I have a coffee can past the trap filled with bait and put the trap in front of it. I also on some of them, just put a pecan on the trigger itself. With that method I've caught a few birds also though.
Recently we had some dates spoil and I thought I would use them as bait since they are very sugary, but no luck yet. John, think they would work?
The conibear traps are very cheap, $3-6, but they are hard to set (unless you have the tool) and are tricky.
I can post up pictures if anyone is curious to see how I have them rigged.
John, thanks for the tip on the bird seed to get the squirrels interested.
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