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What to do about a trap-shy rodent

There are time when you may have to deal with a trap shy rodent that will be avoiding wherever the trap is kept at all cost. It may be because it was able to escape death in the past from a trap and it already knows what it is. To be able to deal with such rodent, you need to have clever strategy and one method to camouflage the trap is bury or to unset the trap into the sawdust, straw and grain. After sometime, the rodent may think that the trap is safe and it will not worry about it and when you set it, it will be able to trap it. It is the fact that some rodents are very smart and can "detect" danger from a mile, but if you approach capturing in a smart way you will manage to achieve success.



The rule in trapping the trap-shy rodent is to have different traps at different places and if you can, you can use different types. Put the traps in the areas where you know that the rodents like to frequent. These may be behind the objects or appliances, along the walls or in the darkened corners. You will also be aware of where the rodents like to be by looking on the places where there is a high level of the droppings.

Put the trap in the place where you are sure that the rodents will have to pass around. You can set two traps in parallel so that the rodents will not have a choice but to walk in one of the two traps. To trap the rodents, you may have to set the trap near trellis, fence and under the vegetation. The traps may also be fastened using the wire on the overhead beams, rafters and pipes.

The rodent may also be trap shy when it is wary of new things, when you place the trap in a place for some days, you will be increasing the chances of trapping the animals. You can also increase the chance of getting such animals when you have the trap baited. If you have tried everything you can but the rodents do not enter into the trap, then you may consider to use the Rodenticides around the traps so while going away from the live trap, it will eat the poisonous bait and it will die. Go back to the How to get rid of wildlife home page.

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