Posted by T1000 on 14:21:47 7/3/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Re: I'm baaaccckkk like Michael Jordan and so is my problem posted by Carl S on 11:29:01 6/30/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
Hello John, Carl, and everyone else...
I would like to give everyone an update with about my squirrel problem. As of right now, I have two cages wired opened in my backyard for the last few days. Every other day I have been experimenting with different types of bait:
Ocean Spray Craisin Tropical Mix - Loved it.
Mixed Nuts - Loved it.
Nutty Bar / Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - Loved it.
Apple - Okay.
Samoa Girl Scout Cookies / Oreo Cookies - Okay, but I think the ants got to most of it before they had a chance to enjoy it.
Cocoa Vanilla Rice Krispies with small pieces of pound cake - Unacceptable. They eventually ate it, but it took them one day to finally go into the cage to get it.
Just like John said, anything will do as bait. In my opinion, a regular peanut butter sandwich will do the trick, as suggested in John's Trapping FAQ. By the way, when I wire the cages open from now on, I am not going to feed them anymore nuts because they like to take the nuts and bury them; thus, attracting more squirrels to the area looking for food once I dispatch of the current batch.
From my observations, it appears that resident squirrels in the trapping territory are slow and more cautious of the traps than squirrels just passing through the territory. I guess it's because a new element is being introduced into the local resident squirrels' environment. I am not going to lie, I do enjoy feeding them, but I know it has to stop soon. I am going for more deterrent methods before I declare a full fledged war. I got rid of the gazebo that was one foot away from the house and now I am trying to find a baffle for the power lines leading to my house. In my power line baffle search, I found one at www.critterguard.org, but it is a bit on the expensive side, $73 for one or $220 for four. Websites on squirrel deterrence often recommend using 1 inch diameter, 2 foot long PVC pipes as a way to keep them off power line, but I have yet to see anyone use this method in person, picture, or video. I hope I can find a cheaper alternative.
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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