Wildlife Control Tips

Animal Trapping Tips

If certain animals tend to invade to your garden, foliage, or property in general, we know how much of a nuisance they can be. That’s why we offer live animal traps that safely and humanely trap your invaders. If you’re new to the animal trapping world, we’ve listed a few tips to help get you started:

Bait Types

Different animals are lured by different foods, so if you’re trying to catch a certain species, it’s important to know what to put in your trap in order to appeal to them:

Cats: Fish, chicken, canned tuna, catnip

Rabbits: Bread, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, apples

Foxes: Chicken, sardines

Mice/Rats: Cheese, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, oatmeal

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Possums: Cooked bacon, vegetables, apples, sardines

Raccoon: Fish, watermelon, corn, cooked bacon, marshmallows

Woodchucks: Lettuce, string beans, cucumbers, strawberries, peaches

Skunks: Insect larvae, chicken entrails, cooked bacon, cat food

Porcupines: Apples, carrots

Squirrels: Nuts, cereal, apples, peanut butter, popcorn, sunflower seeds

Weasels: Fish, chicken entrails

Gophers: Cantaloupe, peaches, corn, peas, lettuce

Armadillos: Worms, maggots, sardines

Chipmunks: Sunflower seeds, popcorn, cereal, peanut butter

Where to Put the Bait

When baiting a trap, you want to make sure that you place the bait far enough inside so that the animal has to walk all the way past the collapsible door. If you put it too close to the door, they may be able to grab it and walk right back out without being trapped.

Trap Sizes

Even though you know (roughly) the size of the animal you’re trying to trap, it may not be easy to decide on a trap size. At our deer fencing company, we sell traps that range from 16″ x 5″ x 5″ (our chipmunk or rat trap) to 42″ x 15″ x 20″ (our bobcat trap).

Steps After Trapping

Once you’ve safely trapped the animal, we recommend calling the Humane Society or your local state game commission – they can tell you the best way to release the animal and whether there are any laws that pertain to it.

If you’ve caught a skunk, you may be afraid that it will spray you when you try to move the trap. Since skunks are nocturnal and like the dark, we suggest getting an old sheet or blanket to put over the trap – just be sure to approach it slowly and don’t make any movements that could be considered threatening to the skunk.

Single Door vs. Two-Door

Our deer fencing company sells both single-door animal traps and two-door animal traps. Which trap you choose is really a preference, but there are advantages to both: With a single-door trap, the animal has to walk further into the trap in order to get past the collapsible door, which means they’re less likely to escape. However, some animals feel more confident walking into a two-door trap, since they can see what they believe may be an escape route on the other side. Talk to one of our experts if you’re not sure which trap is best for you.

Handling the Trap

We recommend using gloves whenever you handle your live animal trap. This way, you won’t leave a human scent on the material that may deter your targeted animal.


What To Do If You Find a Fawn


If you’re like our deer fencing company, you’ve heard that species of wildlife that abandon their young if they detect a human has touched it. This myth is false – partially. Some species of animals (mainly rodents, birds, and other wildlife) will abandon their young, but only if they feel there has been too much human contact – to the point of interference. That means that if you have to, you can touch young wildlife, but make sure no to overdo it or disturb their nesting areas.

When it comes to baby deer (or fawns), however, you should keep your distance and leave them where they are. In an article on Utah’s Wildlife website, Ron Stewart, a manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, sheds some light:

Since deer and elk often use techniques to help their young avoid predators, it may be confusing when you find one that looks abandoned. “Often these strategies make it look like the adults have abandoned their young,” Stewart says. “Actually, they’re doing the best thing possible to protect their young.”

Mother deer often keep their newborn fawns hidden – sometimes a good distance away from their own bed site so that if a predator attacks them, the fawn still has a chance to stay hidden. Because of this, you may think you’ve found a fawn that is abandoned, but really, its mother is nearby.

If you’ve already handled a fawn, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife suggests you rub an old towel in the grass and then wipe the fawn down to help reduce your scent. Put on gloves, then return the fawn to the place you found it. If it’s within eight hours of when you removed it, the mother deer should resume her care for the fawn.

More on deer safety techniques

Fawns are born without a scent, so predators can’t detect them. They’re also born with a brown, spotted coat that, to an animal that sees in black and white, is the same color as grass and leaves. To keep the fawn scentless, the mother deer routinely consumes its fawn’s urine and droppings. If you handle a fawn, you could risk leaving a scent.

“If you get too close, the scent you leave could draw a predator to the animal,” Stewart says. “I’ve watched coyotes and other predators cross a path that someone just walked and immediately turn and follow their path.”

So to recap, unless a fawn is injured or needs other necessary help, don’t approach it. And definitely don’t touch it.

Preparing for Tick Season

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Spring is in full swing, which means all of the bugs are starting to come out – including ticks. While many ticks are simply interested in a blood meal and don’t cause much harm, there are deer ticks that carry Lyme disease – which can be dangerous. It’s important to take precautions when you’re outside and protect yourself from any type of tick. Here are ways to do it:

1. Invest in bug spray, particularly a type that has a high level of DEET (an oil that is extremely effective at keeping bugs away). Apply it to exposed skin (just be careful around your face) and reapply as necessary.

2. Wear long clothing – this includes long sleeves and long pants. If it’s hot out, try clothing made from lighter materials, like linen or cotton.

3. Wear a hat. Many times, people find ticks on their necks, where they can’t see them. By wearing a hat, you can prevent ticks from crawling down your head and latching on to your skin.

4. Avoid wooded or bushy areas. Ticks can usually be found on the ends of tall grasses and branches, and once you brush up against them, they’ll latch onto you.

5. Thoroughly check yourself for ticks – grab a mirror and inspect yourself after you come inside and before you shower. Pay attention – ticks are small.

6. If you find a tick on you, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to remove it. Grasp it firmly as close to your skin as possible and pull upwards.

7. After you remove the tick, check for rashes every day for a few weeks. If you find one, head to the doctor’s office – it could be a sign of Lyme disease.

8. Keep in mind that ticks can be brought into your home by outdoor pets – treat your cats and dogs with flea and tick medication and do a thorough search each time they come in the house.

Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks are also often found on deer, so if you live in an area populated with deer, it’s important to be extra-cautious. By installing a high-quality deer fence, you can keep deer out of your hard and better protect you and your family from Lyme disease.

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