Trapping is an essential part of what we do. In order to solve your wild animal conflict, we often have to trap the target nuisance animals and remove them from the premises. First of all, we place a very high priority on humane trapping measures. We never want to see a wild animal suffer. Ideally, the animal should be removed from the area as quickly as possible. If the animal is healthy, and most of them are, we relocate the wildlife to an approved, unpopulated area.
Wildlife trapping requires a lot of experience and attention to detail in order to be effective. It's true that, as with any field, an amateur might have a degree of success. Some situations are easier than others. However, most of what we do really does require a professional's attention. Many variables go into successful wildlife trapping:
- Species: First of all, we have to consider the target species. Of course different animals require different traps. The standard large cage trap is a good size for animals such as opossums, armadillos, and raccoons. However, the methods used for each animal are very different. For example, when trapping armadillos, no bait is used. Armadillos will not respond to surface bait, and bait would only attract other animals. And speaking of bait, how does one avoid catching the neighbor's cat? This is an important consideration. Opossums and raccoons are both omnivores, but they respond to different scents in the air. And what types of bait might lure in a squirrel or rat that will merely steal the food? What type of trap is used for a snake? For a bird? For a rat or a mouse? Some traps are specifically built to keep certain species of animals calm. Some are built to catch multiple animals at once.
- Location: Are we dealing with animals living under your house? Animals in your attic? Merely stopping by your pool at night? Have they chewed their way through a wooden fascia board, or are they sneaking into a hard-to-reach hole under the aluminum soffit? Do you live in an area with a lot of stray cats? Near a lake or a conservation area? Are there nosey kids nearby? Will the trapping be done on a roof, in a tree, under a house? Have you read the animal signs and tracks and set the traps in just the right areas? Success depends a great deal on setting the right trap in the right way at the right place, and the trap must fit the location.
- Conditions: What is the time of year? Will rain wash away the bait? Does the target area have adequate clearance and visibility? Is everything safe? Are there juvenile squirrels that may be reluctant to enter a repeating door mounted trap? Etc.
The solution to the wildlife problem is almost never as simple as setting a trap and carting away an animal. Cajun Critter Removal has a vast knowledge of every unique situation and the equipment to handle each one professionally.