How to Keep Mice Out of a Squirrel Trap
There are a couple of ways to keep mice out of a squirrel trap. One option is to place a bucket of water in the trap. You can also leave it open a few days before setting it up. Live-catch traps work best when you leave them open for several days before setting them. You can bait the trap before setting it up to gain the squirrels’ trust. To make the trap more effective, you can also cut a small hole on one side and suspend the PVC pipe over a bucket of water.
Taking precautionary measures to prevent mice from entering a squirrel trap is vital. Mice are incredibly unwary, which is a big advantage over squirrels, which can be dangerous because of their uninhibited behavior. Using nonfabric gloves is essential to prevent contamination and ensure your trap is kept free of mice. You should also never use the trap for other animals, including other rodents.
Live traps can catch up to ten squirrels in one go. These traps have one-way-exclusion doors. The squirrels are trapped inside the trap and later released. Remember to clean the trap and disinfect it thoroughly before releasing the trapped animals, as they may be exposed to diseases. In addition, if you accidentally leave the trap outside, the squirrels might die, and this can be dangerous for them.
If you are trying to catch squirrels in your yard, a mouse trap might be the best solution. Unlike rats, mice are not afraid of new things. If placed within six feet of their usual home, mice will not be attracted to the trap. To keep mice from getting trapped, bait the trap with peanut butter, gumdrops, raw bacon, bologna, or even vanilla extract. For additional prevention, place the trap in dark areas or behind objects.
A chemical bait for a squirrel trap may contain chemicals that cause death. These chemicals may include Chloralose, Arsenic, White Phosphorus, Bromethalin, Crillidine, Thallium, and Scilliroside. Though these poisons kill pests within a week, you should not put them around children. Even worse, they may not die outside. If you are putting up a squirrel trap, make sure it is placed away from children and pets.
If you want to trap mice and squirrels without harming them, you can use peanut butter as solid bait. It is inexpensive, and squirrels will be less likely to sneak past the bait if you spread it on a pressure plate. A squirrel trap will also be less likely to trigger if the bait is sticky. If the squirrels are trying to escape, peanut butter may be an effective way to prevent them from doing it.
You can use a live squirrel trap without a basin. The latter is a plastic basin that traps the animals in. After a few days, the squirrel will become accustomed to the bait and enter the trap. It is best to bait the trap a day or two before you set it. Make sure the squirrels have developed trust in the trap before you set it. Otherwise, you will be left with a dead animal.
While it might seem like a small thing, it can be difficult to keep mice out of a squirrel trap. Squirrels build nests in attics, usually within 20 feet of an opening. When you notice a nest, be sure to use extreme caution. Look for droppings to determine which species is responsible. Mice tend to leave pellets about an eighth of an inch long, while squirrels leave sausage-shaped droppings that are about half an inch long.
The best way to prevent mice is to seal any openings in your house that may be inviting for mice or rats. These include gaps around doors and windows, eaves, foundation, and plumbing lines. Seal large openings with sheet metal or small mesh hardware cloth. You can also keep tree branches trimmed so that squirrels can’t jump over your roof. Also, try securing trash cans with aluminum foil or steel wool.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.