Posted by Elsa on 17:59:33 12/9/2011 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Squirrel stealing bait (aka they're baaaack!) posted by John Fasoldt on 8:47:55 12/9/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
Don’t worry, I’m not planning to buy an EasySet. I have enough traps already (two 1040’s, though one of them is unused, plus a tube trap), and they’ve worked for me in the past. I just came across that info on the Easy Set while looking for instructions for the old 1040 trap, to refresh my memory, and mentioned it because it now seems harder to get info online about the 1040.
There isn't really a good place to put a 1040 trap outside - too many little kids around here, and they’ve been known to go into our yard without permission. We had to take down the porch over the kitchen door, too (shingles on a flat roof, leading to it rotting out – idiotic, part of the never-ending roof saga), so all I have left is the gutters (tube trap) or inside the eaves (1040). I know some people build platforms, but I don’t want to if I can avoid it.
I have successfully used, more than once, the tube trap (bought online, but not from you) in the gutter right next to this particular roof valley, and bait has been stolen from that recently, too (despite duct-taping one end of it closed – I can only think the squirrel is able to squeeze under or past the bait pan, or hop over it?).
We’ve had mice in the past (I trapped five of them last winter), but given that it was almost certainly a squirrel that stole the bait from the 1040 trap inside the eaves, I think this is a case of a trap-shy (and clever) squirrel/s on the both inside and out.
Yesterday I did finish wiring the sharp-edged lath all around the outside of one end of the 1040 trap, but then I was unable to set the trap. It kept springing without provocation. So I tried bending the rods on the side a bit and I ended up able to set it, but the locking bar for the door wouldn’t go all the way down to rest on the door. I think I messed something up. [Pause to go outside to mess with it again.]
OK, so I got it to spring a few times. (I didn’t take careful note of what the locking bar was doing, though.) Then I put it in the eaves and tried to make sure it was set lightly enough, and it sprang, and then I again couldn’t get the locking bar to rest on the door. I just gave up and left it that way, set (I hope).
I put a piece of cardboard inside so the squirrel won’t be bothered by stepping on the lath through the mesh floor of the trap. I put three very small pieces of bread-and-peanut-butter around the outside of the trap, and more pieces inside.
Does it matter if the locking bar “rides a little high”? I don’t have the mechanical aptitude to figure out the relationship between that part and the other parts.
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