Rat Snap Traps and Squirrels
Can tree squirrels be taken with rat-sized snap traps? Can a rat snap trap capture a gray or fox squirrel? In the opinion of many wildlife control operators (WCOs), the answer is simply, “No.” Rat-sized snap traps are just too small to be used to capture gray and fox squirrels efficiently and humanely. While rat snap traps are extremely effective for smaller squirrels, such as red and flying squirrels, rat snap traps are too small for the larger gray and fox squirrels.
But is the opinion of the majority of WCOs correct?
I recently learned of an article that disagrees. The article explained in striking detail how to modify a Victor rat trap so that it becomes an effective and humane device to capture and, I presume kill, gray and fox squirrels. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/html/sections/articles/ferreting_trapping/victor-rat-trap.html
Why should you care? Well, a key advantage with rat traps is their small size and low price. If rat snap traps can be effective on larger tree squirrels then the homeowner or wildlife control operator can purchase many traps at a very low cost. Additionally, using a snap trap, rather than a cage or box trap, can save significant amounts of time because the snap trap will kill your target, removing the need to euthanize the squirrel by other means. Time is money and for WCOs, snap traps could improve profitability.
Bottom line: If you haven’t considered using rat traps for squirrels the information in the link above may make you reconsider. I would love to hear your thoughts.