Posted by John Fasoldt on 11:21:58 7/23/2017 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Re: Squirrels eating my Coconuts in South Florida posted by Mike on 16:27:45 7/22/2017 from 188.8.131.52:
Oh, indeed they learn from each other, whether you or I observe it or not. Visualize it this way: Every squirrel in sight of every other squirrel becomes acutely aware of the others. Especially when it concerns "food." They have very good eyesight, there's not much they will miss. And even though they are mainly "sight" animals, their sense of smell is still pretty keen, especially up close.
I don't normally bait a trap with something they are already feeding on. In my experience, it really didn't seem to make a whole lot of difference, unless I am targeting some specific individual(s).
If you think you're going to have (or have) problems, I usually recommend multiple traps - at least two. Get the SAME traps, get them from the same supplier. Then you can play a "shell game" with your adversaries. Chum the disabled traps until they are no longer wary, rig up disguised traps, hide them among a jumble of some alum lawn furniture, or whatever, move them around. They like to explore new things. When they start going in, close the doors, leave the bait in, then open the doors, if you get it all right, you'll get them without bait. I try to remind everyone, sometimes it ain't easy... And the squirrels definitely persistent.
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