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Different baits attract different animals. So before setting your live trap, find out
exactly which animal is causing destruction – and what it likes to eat.
For instance, cats respond most to fish, meats and oil of catnip. Nocturnal animals, like
possums and raccoons, respond to fish, apples and white baits like marshmallows and eggs.
Groundhogs love cantaloupe; squirrels will go after peanuts.
For help identifying your uninvited guest and determining what species-specific lures
can entice him into the trap, check out the critter library on the Havahart website.
Just before setting your trap, it's a good idea to give the animal a taste of what's
inside. Leave some bait outside the trap door and he's likely to follow his nose inside.
Then, instead of placing the bait in the pan, dig a hole and place it underneath the trap
pan. Or stuff it in a piece of PVC pipe attached to the top of the trap. While the animal is
working hard to reach the goodies, he's more likely to step on the spring mechanism that
triggers the trap door to close—and less likely to steal away with the bait.
Remember, choosing the right bait and placing it strategically is critical to trapping success—and
you can usually catch any critter within 24 hours!
To learn more, visit www.havahart.com