Posted by Mike on 19:21:16 6/11/2012 from 188.8.131.52:
I've enjoyed reading many of the messages posted here. Anyone who has ever had a birdfeeder in their yard probably knows how squirrels love to pig out on sunflower seed if they can get to it. I've had luck using this "addiction" to my advantage when trapping them over the years. What I do is place two small plastic lids inside a 1040 trap, one on each side about two inches from the bait table. I then put some sunflower seeds into each lid, but nothing at all onto the bait table itself. A squirrel will come by, and spying the seeds, enter the trap and polish off the seeds on that side. Then he notices that there are more seeds to be found on the other side. You can play Dr. Bonkus and almost watch the gears going around inside his little ratty head as he ponders whether or not to take The Big Step. But greed nearly always wins out. SNAP! Every so often one will back out of the trap or manage to deftly cross over without springing the mechanism, but it doesn't happen very often. This method also works well with chipmunks, using the smaller (1030?) trap.
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