Posted by Sarah on 11:10:31 9/10/2016 from 188.8.131.52:
Hi! Firstly, thank you for your website here. It has the best information I have found scouring the interweb.
So... We are in central NJ. We have a garden, squirrels, and the usual problems. My husband has been trapping squirrels and groundhogs for our entire block (it's funny how quickly the neighbors change their tune regarding trapping and dispatch once their own gardens get tossed and their plants are gnawed down to little nubs).
We have two havahart 1077, one 1079, and now a 1064. My husband has taken care of dozens of neighborhood squirrels so far. This has been his gig but now it is full-on war out there so I'm enlisting. We covered the 1077s in hardware cloth to prevent reaching through. This initially increased success. Now at least one goes in slowly and reaches over the trip plate. Things stuck along the trip plate are sometimes left behind. Another one carefully shimmies along the top, grabs the goods, and takes off. Neighbors have sworn they witness this with their own eyes.
I have been watching their comings and goings to try to "be the squirrel." I have been placing and baiting the traps myself for a few days with the hopes that fresh perspective/technique might shake things up. I did get the resident PITA groundhog and a few squirrels using your advice but we are at an impasse with these few crafty buggers.
Hubby is going to build a platform to put one in the tree like I saw here somewhere. I mushed the peanut butter bread balls around the wires of the trap hoping trying to get them will rattle the trap and foil their stealth. We're still waiting to see how that will play out. I am thinking of trying figure out how to put some harware cloth or something near the entrance of the trap to kind of "funnel" them in and maybe they will spring the trap maneuvering to try to get out. Other than that, I am at a loss. They are screwing everything with their digging and nibbling.
Lately, when we go out into the garden they don't even take off until I practically step on them. I know that someone around here is feeding them but we can't figure out who so right now that can't be helped.
I am hoping someone has some advice for us.
Thank you so much!
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