Setting Pest Animal/Wildlife Traps

1.

To place bait at end of trap that has the treadle unlock the safety latch at the top of the cage.  The large raccoon trap may not have this feature and some of the traps have this door zip  tied closed  in this case you will need to reach your arm into the trap to place the bait behind the treadle.

 

WIldlife Trap - Bait Door
2. Slide the door out of the slot.
Wildlife Trap - Bait
3. Place bait at end of trap.
Wildlife Trap - Bait At Trap End
4.

Replace the door that you removed and lock  in place.

 

Wildlife Trap - Door Locked
5. To  secure the bait in the trap take a long zip tie and create a bend in the middle.
Wildlife Trap - Zip Tie
6.

Feed the zip tie through the end door close to the bait, over the bait, down through the floor, under the floor to the beginning point and zip it tightly around the bait.

 

Wildlife Trap - Feeding Zip Tie   Wildlife Trap - Zip Tie Over Bait

Wildlife Trap - Zip Tie Under The Trap
 
 
7. To set the trap keep  it flat on the ground in the location you want it.  Lift up the silver tab at the top of the cage.
Wildlife Trap - Trap On Flat Ground
8. While holding the silver tab up use your other hand to push the metal frame in towards the angled mesh door.
Wildlife Trap - Push Metal Frame
9. While pushing the metal frame in, lift up the angled mesh door.
Wildlife Trap - Lifting Angled Mesh Door
10. Hold the angled mesh door and metal frame up and release the silver tab.
Wildlife Trap - Release Silver Tab
11. Keep holding the mesh door up and use your other hand to reach into the trap and pull the metal rod inside the trap forward.
Wildlife Trap - Pull Metal Rod Inside
12. Bringing this rod forward engages a small hook at the top of the cage that latches onto the angled mesh you are still holding up.  Check to make sure the hook has caught on to the mesh and release the angled mesh door you have been holding up.
 Wildlife Trap - Check The Hook Caught On The Mesh
13. Trap with  plastic cover.  Plastic cover to protect animal from the elements and to prevent skunk from spraying Technician.
Wildlife Trap - Plastic Cover
14. Carefully place the cover over the trap without setting it off!
Wildlife Trap - Placing Plastic Cover
15. Make sure the back flap covers the back of the trap.
Wildlife Trap - Checking Trap
16. Trap with stabilizer bar to prevent animal from rolling the trap.

 

 

Page summary: Correctly setting a humane, live trap suitable for raccoons, squirrels, skunks and other small to medium size wildlife