Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:20:12 2/6/2014 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: winter posted by Kathleen on 19:53:04 2/5/2014 from 184.108.40.206:
Kath, a REAL squirrel would normally take that bait immediately. A rat will normally be wary for a few days, of anything strange in his territory.
Of course, I'm going by my own experience, and I don't know what kind of animals are actually within your neighborhood areas.
I've not heard of a squirrel nesting that close to the ground, these are, after all, TREE squirrels, they would be instinctively uncomfortable in an arrangement you describe. So I suspect some other animal, and since rats both occupy the same niche in our "people" world, I would suspect a rat problem.
BUT, you must remember, there's not a whole lot you can do until you know FOR SURE what your target is. You know, different strokes.... What you do for squirrels is different than what you would do for rats.
So how do you find out what it is? Hmmmm. How much time do you have?
Experience is the best teacher, but you might be able to set up one of those game cameras and get a picture. Of course, if it IS a rat, he's gonna be suspicious of your camera for a few days!
Might be better to consult with your exterminator. And if you don't HAVE one, get one - they can be a big help sometimes, especially if you know one. Get to know one! Pick carefully.
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