Posted by RS from LI on 15:02:59 4/2/2012 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Re: Young squirrel behavior where traps are concerned? posted by Yank on 11:08:29 4/2/2012 from 188.8.131.52:
Hey Yank! Hope your recovery is going well.
Like John, Master Trapper, says, things need to be changed up a bit. What works for one squirrel doesn't necessarily work for another. At least, that has been my experience.
Only once did I have an adolescent squirrel trapping problem wherein he would take the bait without stepping on the plate. I know this because I observed him. One poster here suggested putting the bait in a clear cd cover and though it seemed a long shot to me, it actually worked.
Other things I have had to do is leave the trap disabled with chum outside it and enable it when the chum was taken. I usually will chum for two or three days before enabling the trap. I have been able to trap after that without bait but that doesn't always work so then I bait the enabled trap. I've also had to take to weighting the top of the trap with rocks and lined the sides with rocks as I had one little bugger who tripped the trap, turned it on its side or top and get away with the bait. I've also had to put the trap on a board to keep the same squirrel from digging under it and stealing the bait.
Another thing I've found helpful is to move the trap around in the back yard. I have the same problem with neighbors as you do, so I have to "train" the squirrels to find the chum/trap and be very careful about putting them down.
All these things I have learned from John's site. I just want to emphasize that sometimes you have to change things up a bit. I've disguised with leaves and twigs; other times I don't. Eventually (and it takes a few days with particular squirrels) I get them.
Still, I (by experience) understand your sense of urgency to get the offenders before they set up housekeeping in your home.
This is a nightmare and a never ending battle. But don't let the tree rats get you down. You will prevail even with these two juvenile delinquents!
Best of luck.
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