Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Somebody has been eating my porridge...

Chipmunk on left side of trap. You can see the white streak on the streak.

I think that tail belongs to a Red Squirrel

A meecy-mouse

I have been putting bait in my live trap and not catching the critters eating it.

Dog food is cheap, but I really want some fur in the trap to justify the effort.

It appears that chipmunks, Red Squirrels and mice have been helping themselves.


  1. Smear a glob of peanut butter on the far edge of the bait tray. Always worked for me as a kid trapping red squirrels on the south side of Chi-town!

  2. ERJ, I had this problem as well when first started with trying to catch the mice. The pressure plate was too insensitive no matter how much I tried to arrange it.

  3. A lot depends on how the trigger is set. If it's not set right, even a raccoon or possum might not set it off. Also, Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows. You'll thank me. Coons and Possums love them.

  4. Marshmallows "glued" down with some peanut butter to the pressure plate works well.

  5. Mice, chipmunks, and red squirrels are best kept at by by a few barn cats to whom you feed just enough dry food to keep them around. The balance of their diet they hunt!

  6. Yep, cats take care of the 'little' pests...

  7. Cats will take care of snakes too.


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