[NAFEX] voles, size and trapping
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Tue Apr 27 05:18:17 EDT 2010
A 6" long vole? Must be a wood rat, which I haven't heard about doing
damage to trees.
As far as how to trap, I'll elaborate on what I wrote here a couple of days
ago. I use whole almonds or peanuts as bait in the improved rodent traps
sold by Gemplers and cover with a large plastic tray- the black type used
for mixing small batches of cement (about 2' long). Peanut butter gets
eaten to quickly by ants here (in fall, not winter) which will also more
slowly consume the whole nuts. I'll put about 4 traps under each tray
including a rat trap under a few of the trays to stop rats or chip monks
from springing all the traps and taking the bait. I move the 8 trays around
my property when I stop getting hits at a given site and in about a month
and a half I've covered my whole 2 acre nursery.
Before big snows you may want to gather the traps and trays and put back out
after snow stops. The black plastic makes a warm rodent refuge on sunny
days. Here in southeastern NY I begin trapping in mid-Nov which is usually
a long while before serious winter weather.
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