Havahart Live Animal 2-Door Cage Trap - Squirrel, Rabbit, Rat
I have used this style trap for some years and have caught well over 100 gray squirrels in it. However, I have lost as many due to the location of the trip mechanism where the bait is supposed to be placed. The squirrel enters as far as the bait/trip mechanism and nibbles on the bait, while his/her tail is extended far enough to prevent the door from fully closing and trapping it. One of two things happens: the squirrel either becomes frightened by the noise behind it and rushes further into the trap (success) or abruptly turns and escapes because his tail still holds the door partially open (failure). To partially remedy this, I only open one door and place the bait just inside that closed door. The squirrel must now jump over the trip mechanism to get to the bait, requiring it to get fully into the trap. This improves the success rate somewhat, but failures occur when the squirrel steps over the trip mechanism rather than jumping over it. Solution: only one door is needed; squirrels don't need that much access-they will find their way in, believe me! Additionally (and much more importantly), re-position the trip mechanism to the end of the trap farthest from the single door!
I know that there are traps of other design that will accomplish the above, but this design is still being sold. This trap is poorly designed for the reasons outlined.
June 14, 2007
i work for a wealthy man over the summer and he has a few of these. Let me just say that they work great for mice! Almost everyday that i went back there was a mouse in his trap. All i needed to do was stick the trap in his miniature pond for 15 or 20 minutes and then throw the drowned mouse in the woods! Great item for those pesky little critters!
February 20, 2008
These traps are some of the best for catching larger animals alive. You can set with both doors open or only one. I have had one for many years and it is still doing its job decades later. No worries here. All of my friends are always asking to borrow my traps from time to time.
April 1, 2011