Trap Boxes

We hope everyone is still being safe and enjoying the summer. Our latest video has hit social media about the use of trap boxes and some of the tips and tricks regarding them. Below you can watch the video or keep reading. 

Trap Box Video

The primary purposes of a trap box are to provide security/safety for you and to improve the capture and treatment of the target animal. There are a number of things to consider when designing or buying a trap box/cover.

1. Target animal

2. What features does it have

3. Grade of construction

First of all, consider the target animal. Are you buying/constructing this box for a grey squirrel or a raccoon? What animal you are trying to capture?

This will determine what features you need and want.

Secondly, consider the features of the trap. For instance, the squirrel box in the video clip above has an entrance hole targeted at squirrel-sized or smaller animals. It helps to eliminate non-target animals such as cats or raccoons. This helps to eliminate potential problems when setting the traps. Inside the box, it houses two traps with one bait chamber. That means using less bait and potentially catching two animals per check, resulting in saving time and money.
This also directs the target animal (in this case squirrel) to be caught in the best manner possible making it more human and effective.

Thirdly, consider the trap's grade of construction. Is this box going to be used day in and day out? If so, you need it to stand up against the elements and high usage. Is it only occasionally going to be used? If so, durability may be less of a concern. Some boxes may be more expensive but are likely going to last longer. These may be more cost-effective for a company to buy vs. a residential user.

Another consideration outside of the list above is when traps are used in congestion with boxes, they still are not perfect. There is always a potential of catching something you don't expect or animals being caught incorrectly. What they will do is help you make these instances less common, helping to make you a sound and efficient operator.