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:
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
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.
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.