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Vermin Control

Vermin Control
December 04
08:02 2019

Baiting your box

By Linus Woods.

FOR those of you following this series, I apologise for explaining again why the grey tide is such an evil scourge. The damage they do is unreal, not just to our native animal species, but also to our plants. Google ‘British Red Squirrel’ if you want to see why grey squirrels are so horrific and why they need to be removed.

The legal bit

As always, be sure to get the landowner’s permission, read the rules governing the use of traps and the Spring Traps Approval Order. Traps must be enclosed in appropriate enclosures, whether natural or man-made.

What is tree trapping?

Last time we looked at ground trapping. This is a highly-effective method of control, but in some areas squirrels can get a little edgy about being on the floor, eg. if there are high instances of dog walkers. This is another reason for looking into tree trapping. The principle is simple: bag the grey tree-destroyer before it reaches the ground to forage for food.

This means the traps are set higher up where nervous squirrels feel more secure and are more likely to investigate the tunnel, but also that someone’s dog is going to be unable to damage or trigger the traps… as well as being less visible and thus less likely to cause any public issues.

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