Suspend Baits and Lures
Experienced wildlife control operators (WCO) familiar with cage and box trapping know that suspending bait, as opposed to throwing it on the trap floor, offers several advantages. First, suspending bait allows the bait molecules 360 degree access to the surrounding air increasing the chances that animals will smell it. Second, suspended bait is less vulnerable to ants that can carry it away. Finally, the attractiveness of the bait can be enhanced by the visual curiosity of a suspended object.
The development of paste baits allowed cage/box trappers to hang the bait off the ground and take advantage of the benefits of suspended baits. Note, hanging bait stick was related to me by Robert Erickson.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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