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Havahart Cage Traps for Trapping Animals Like Raccoons and Possums

by Barbara 17. April 2011 09:39

Question about Havahart cage traps to catch nuisance animals like raccoons,

Q: "I am not sure which live animal trap would work the best for me. We live in town. There is a large county park about 15 miles away. If we can catch the raccoons and possums, we could take them there to release them. What Havahart trap or traps do you suggest? Thanks. Tom"

Answer:The main differences among the Havahart traps are the physical size, the number of doors and whether the cage collapses. So base your choice on size of the animal, your comfort with one or two door release systems and storage space.

These are the main types of live catch traps by Havahart, a Woodstream Company

Any of these live catch traps would work. The last two traps are easy set-easy reliease. Choose according to price and size of the animal. If it is a really large raccoon get the 42 inch trap.

The best baits for raccoons are

◊ Fish, fresh or canned
◊ Honey or sugar covered vegetables
◊ Smoked fish
◊ Watermelon
◊ Sweet corn
◊ Cooked fatty meat
◊ Crisp bacon
◊ Marshmallows are a favorite!

Good luck! Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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Fi-Shock Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Deters Stray Dogs, Not Stray Cats

by Barbara 30. December 2010 07:51

Question about the Fi-Shock Economy Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Kit

Question: "I am calling because I have a problem with the neighborhood cats. As many as 5 or 6 at a time come into my yard, dig up the flower beds and use the yard as their litter box. These are not feral cats but ones that the owners let run loose. Public services were cut back here due to the economy. Animal control tells me it is my problem. Please tell me how this works. I have tried the organic repellents you spread on the ground but these have to be re-applied regularly due to the rain." Thanks, Debbie

Answer:  In Coralville, IA, the laws are that cats are not allowed to run loose. (One of our cats was actually from a litter born under our house in April 2010. We didn't know they were there until a neighbor told us. Animal control got the Mom and my Jack socialized the kittens and found them homes.) In our city, animal control comes and sets traps.

This electric fence is a deterrent for dogs, raccoons, possums and other animals that are not jumpers. As we talked, I learned that you have never owned a cat. This low voltage fence plugs into a standard outlet, works continuously, and can protect up to about 100 linear feet of area. The problem is that cats can easily jump over a fence. In fact, our Siamese cat once jumped 9 feet from a standing position and landed on the top of a cupboard. And the cats easily jump over the tall expandable dog gates we use to keep the dogs out of the living room and dining room. Our two cats are de-clawed house cats and never run loose outside.

The options I suggest are:

  1. Get cat traps from the animal control officer or your local humane society. Trap the cats and take them to the shelter. Tuna fish works well. Then the owners have to deal with paying to get their animals back and perhaps will keep them indoors.
  2. Buy your own stray cat trap like this one from Havahart. Catch and take them to the shelter
  3. OR some better ideas, i.e. electronic repellers that are battery operated and/or AC operated.

These products emit ultrasounds that cats do not like. (The Yardgard has multiple adjustments; the Koolatron repeller is set only for cats and dogs. ) Set up two of them up in your backyard where you say the cats go and keep the cats out without trapping them. (Of course then they are your other neighbors' problems. You can just send them along to Safe Home Products just as our customers do when they use mole chaser stakes and drive the moles next door!)

First, the Yardgard. This Yardgard has settings to deter about any animal and birds, too. Run it on AC or use the battery mode. With cats, I recommend the AC, continuous on, mode rather than the motion activated mode as cats are swift running. Mount it at the cats' head level. With the yard you have, two is definitely the lower limit of units you need. These units last for years and years without maintenance. Just make sure they are not in standing water. If you should have a squirrel problem in your attic, rats in attic, garage or crawl space, a deer problem, etc, you can adjust this unit to handle those animal pests as well.

Best results: Mount at animal's head level.  Low (sonic) settings may be audible to humans with good high frequency hearing. If this occurs, select a higher frequency. Note: Birds may be repelled by some frequencies of the Yardgard depending upon the height at which it is mounted.

Yard Guard Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 6.75" x 5.25" x 3.5"
  • Weight: 1 pound (shipping weight 2 pounds)
  • Coverage: 4,000 sq. ft. (278.7 sq. meters)
  • Frequency range: 15,000 - 25,000 Hz (adjustable)
  • Sound pressure: 90 dB at 3 feet
  • Electricity costs: Less than $0.25 per month
  • Working current: <200 mA
  • Power: 4 "C" batteries or AC adapter (included).
  • Weather proof.
  • Motion sensor activation: 35 x 70 feet
  • Pattern: Oval pattern of sound is about 50 ft. wide at the widest and extends about 80 feet out. The lower the sound frequency, the wider the coverage.
  • Dial positions: Dogs and cats, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, insects, rodents and bats.
  • In CONT AC ONLY mode: Continuous operation using AC power.
  • Power Light: Red light behind clear lens activates when motion sensor is activated. Note: if left on continuous one, this red power light is on continuously.
  • Compliance: EPA establishment No. 058480-TWN-001. CE marked.
  • YardGard includes: Mountable plastic unit, 110vAC power adapter (with 6 ft cord), and extension wire cord (63 ft).
  • Continuous or motion-sensor modes.
  • Multiple sonic and ultrasonic settings.
  • 6 month limited manufacturer's warranty.
  • Outdoor use recommended. Use indoors only in rarely occupied areas.

Second, the Catstop. The Catstop is made especially to keep cats away. We also sell a 120VAC adapter for the Catstop so you don't have to be concerned about a dead battery. (With the traffic you've had in your yard, the adapter would be a good idea.) The unit includes a 50 ft cord.

CatStop Highlights:

  • Ultra sound based concept: Safe, effective cat pest control without chemicals, visually objectionable barriers or shock.
  • Infrared detection range: 80 degrees across a 20 ft distance in front of the device.
  • Passive ultrasonic detector: Operates unattended. Activates when movement is detected.
  • Operates 24/7: CatStop protects day and night for up to 6 months (or 4900+ activations) on one 9 volt battery.
  • Silently creates a temporary sound 'barrier': Works where fences are not allowed or are impractical. Keeps neighborhood cats from violating your space without drawing attention to your efforts.
  • Simple Installation: Easily extend coverage with additional CatStops.
  • Power supply: 9V battery (not included).
  • Output: 124 dB.
  • Sensor warm up time = 40-60 seconds when battery is first inserted.When you activate the unit, the red light will come on for 3 seconds, and then turn off.  It takes approximately 8 seconds for it to re-charge between activation
  • Operational time when activated = 3 seconds.
  • Delay between activations: about 8 seconds.
  • Output frequency: sweeping from 21-25 kHz.
  • Fully water resistant.
  • 2 year warranty from manufacturer

A third option is the Koolatron Outdoor Cat and Dog Repeller with AC Adapter As the Catstop, this Koolatron Repeller has ultrasonic frequencies that bother but do not harm cats. This unit also works for dogs.

Cat and Dog Repeller Features :

  • Built-in focusing cone: Focuses sound for greater effective distance.
  • Passive Infra Red (PIR) motion sensor: located behind the front frosted white housing.
  • Test button: ultrasonic function is confirmed when button pushed as sound is lowered to an audible level.
  • Compact unobtrusive design: green color
  • Durable ABS housing: shock proof, can withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions.
  • Waterproof to IPX4 standard: international standard that means the Lentek Cat and Dog Repeller is protected against damage from the elements.
  • Perfect for yards, gardens, flowerbeds, near garbage, etc.,
  • Swivel motion mounting bracket: allows easy and quick range direction changes.
  • Wall Mounting Bracket: Adjustable angle allows for 180 degree direction adjustment.

Cat and Dog Repeller Specifications :

  • Advanced ultrasonic sirens:
    • Ultrasonic sound: 80 to 115dB
    • Frequency sweep: 18 kHz to 24 kHz
    • Duration of ultrasonic bursts: 5 seconds.
  • Cone range: 70 degree cone range for primary ultrasonic coverage area.
  • Distance range: Up to 85 feet.
  • Power on LED lights: confirms unit is active and on when lit.
  • Wall mount bracket: install on wall or any vertical surface with two long screws (included). Attach unit connector to mounted bracket using bolt and nut provided.
  • Power: Two (2) 9V batteries (not included)
  • Battery life: approximately 2000 sound releases.
  • Optional AC adapter: included. Adapter must be kept in a dry location if used as main power supply. Use only outdoor rated extension cords that accept the Cat and Dog Repeller plug. Keep all cords away from heat, oil and sharp edges. Always keep the connection between the ultrasonic repeller and the extension cord dry. Unplug before cleaning the animal repeller.
  • Caution: Use outdoors only. Do not place near human ears or use in confined spaces or allow use by children.
  • Warranty: 1 Year manufacturer warranty.
  • Manufacturer: Lentek, Division of Koolatron

Our customers have had great success with all the electronic devices. It is rare to have a return IF the units are installed correctly and in sufficient quantity. Remember that ultrasound is more like light than audible sound: best results are line-of-sight, ultrasounc stops at hard objects and can bounce back and is absorbed by soft objects like bushes and flowers.

Good luck and thanks for your inquiry.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Victor Electronic Mouse Traps or Victor Rodent Killer Baits? Which is Better for My Problem?

by Barbara 31. October 2010 12:26

Questions about the Victor mouse traps,Victor Woodstream Electronic MOUSE Trap M252, Victor TIN CAT Live Catch Humane Mouse Trap and Victor Electronic Humane Kill Mouse Trap M250 PRO and the Woodstream Victor Multi-Kill Electronic Mousetrap M260.

Q; "I am confused about the differences between these units. I have a mouse problem both in my basement/house and in an outbuilding where I store bird seed and apples. Can you please explain the differences? I do not want a single catch trap that I have to empty or throw out such as the spring traps. Thanks. Tom."

Answer: First, remember the TIN Cat trap is a live catch trap. That means you have to regularly empty it out. I frankly think this is akin to the ground squirrel problem my friend had a few years ago. She would trap them, drive them three miles into the country and swears they beat her back to the house. It depends, of course, as to whether you believe that wild mice are like the white mice my brother had as a child, i.e. pets.

The Illinois Dept of Public Health has an extensive page on getting rid of mice and rats. Part of one sections talks about "sealed 'place packs' keep bait fresh and make it easy to place the baits in burrows, walls or other locations. Mice gnaw into the packet to feed on the bait. Block style baits are also very effective for most situations. Proper placement of baits and the distance between placements is important. Place baits in several locations no farther than 10 feet apart and preferably closer. For effective control, baits or traps must be located where mice are living. Use of tamper-resistant bait stations provides a safeguard for people, pets and other animals. Place bait stations next to walls with the openings close to the wall or in other places where mice are active. When possible, secure the bait station to a fixed object to prevent it from being moved. Clearly label all bait stations "Caution—Mouse Bait" as a safety precaution." This is good advice when using the packs. The blocks are also effective, in fact they attract because mice and rats like to gnaw on oats, etc.

The differences among the others are:

The M252:

  • Capacity: one mouse
  • Kill in 10 seconds using high voltage electrical charge.
  • Green indicator light blinks for 7 days to signal that a mouse has been caught. Just open the lid and dispose of the dead mouse.
  • Safe to use around pets and children.
  • Humane kill : meets International Humane Kill standards.
  • Built in safety feature: unit deactivates if top door is accidentally opened.
  • Unique tunnel: prevents mouse escape and decreases risk of shock to humans.
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included). A set of batteries exterminates about 50 mice.
  • Blinking red low battery indicator light.
  • Unit size: 6" x 3" x 1.75"

The M250 Pro:

  • A tunnel design:traps mice inside, keeps children and pets from touching the electric mouse trap . 
  • Humane kill of up to 3 mice using high voltage
  • If only 1 mouse is caught, the trap resets automatically, ready to kill anothger
  • Green light blinks for up 7 days to indicate capture
  • Red light blinks to indicate low batteries.
  • Kills up to 100 mice per set of batteries.
  • Lid flips open to keep hands away from rodent when emptying.
  • Built-in safety switch automatically deactivates the trap when its door is open. Additionally, its unique tunnel design prevents kids and pets from reaching into the trap. 
  • Safe for use anywhere in the home, Victor® Electronic Mouse Traps can be used for years to ensure effective mouse control.

Victor Multi-Kill Mousetrap M260 Features: 

  • Two points of entry: mice climb stairs on side of trap after they smell the bait
  • Instant death from high voltage shock
  • Up to 10 mice die per setting. 
  • Shock N' Drop chamber rotates and drops mouse into collection drawer
  • Blinking yellow light indicates a kill
  • Trap resets for the next mouse
  • Built-in safety switch protects pets and children: automatically deactivates the trap when the door is open. 
  • Power: 4 C Cells

Choose the trap or traps according to:

  • Number of areas where mice are seen or their droppings are seen
  • How many mice are a problem
  • How often you want to check the traps and empty them

Note: Effective mouse control requires more than an electric mouse trap. Ultrasonic rodent repellers discourage mouse re-infestations. Sealing off entrances into homes or buildings and proper storage of food stuffs is part of a comprehensive plan to keep out mice. No control method is 100% effective by itself.  Mouse bait is also effective: just remember that mice don't go outside to die. They like to be warm and the inside of home walls is a favorite place to nest and to die. The odor from a dead mouse or a few is enough to make you want to vacate the area. We have found that ionizing air cleaners help neutralize that awful odor or decay. If your outbuilding is a distance from your home, then consider bait IF your domestic animals and children are not apt to get into it. 

Our experience and that of the experts is that multiple traps work  and adding ultrasonic mouse repellers helps to keep new mice out. Among the choices we offer are the Victor Sonic PestChaser PRO Rodent Repeller and the Lentek Ultrasonic Pest Contro 600 Model PR35,3/Box or the P3 International Attack Wave Rodent Pest Repeller. Disrupt any mouse nests, too. 

Mouse and Rat Bait Choice Include:

  • Victor Multi-Kill Brand Place Pack Rodenticides,86 Pack VICTOR® Multi-Kill® Brand Place Packs are made with a powerful single-feed anticoagulant. Contains the first new EPA-approved active in over 10 years. 200x less toxic to dogs than the leading brand twice more toxic to mice. Made in the USA, Uses premium ingredients like oats. Sealed poison packs for Norway Rats, Roof Rats, and House Mice.For indoor and outdoor use.Kills the rodent within 3-5 days.Made in the U.S.A.Bucket of 86 blocks, 8.06 lbs. weight Legal for use in all 50 states and District of Columbia
  • Victor Multi-Kill Brand Rodenticide Rat Bait,128 Blocks entice rodents by appealing to their desire to gnaw. Additionally, multiple gnaw edges are pre-shaped into blocks to foster increased interaction. This is the same formulation as the place packs but in a block form. So these are also 200 times less toxic to dogs than the leading brand of rodenticide. Legal for use in all 50 states and District of Columbia
Thank you for your question.

If you need more help, please contact us.
Sincerely, Barbara

Trapping Gophers Safely with Black Box Gopher Traps

by Barbara 16. January 2010 15:53

Question about the Victor Black Box Gopher Traps.

Q: " I live in Florida and the gophers are destroying my flowers and shrubs. The trees, I'm sure, are next to go. How do I stop this destruction safely and quickly?And how do I keep them from coming back?

Answer: Getting rid of well-established gophers can take time. That's why eradication needs to begin when the first tunnels are seen. Our customers typically use both the Black Box Gopher Traps which are inserted directly into the tunnels to trap and kill the gophers and the P3 International supersonic mole and gophers stakes inserted directly into the ground (not tunnels) to repel gophers from digging new tunnels. Once gophers are established, the maze of underground tunnels can be so extensive that getting rid of them can take months and months. Momma gophers, like all moms, are unlikely to leave their young: spring and fall are the best trapping times in northern climates.

The Victor Black Box Gopher Traps are best used in pairs. Each trap resembles a small tunnel blocked at the end except for an air hole. The springs are on top of each unit and are set with your thumbs to avoid catching hands in the spring. This is a closed loop snare trap.

    Black Box Gopher Trap Specifications:
  • Outside dimensions: 5.5 inches long by 3.5 inches wide
  • Interior dimensions: 5 5/8 inches long by 2.75 inches wide
  • Choker Loop: approximately 2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches high,
  • Spring assembly (on top on the box), approximately 3 inches from curl of spring to catch and 3 inches between the two spring units.
  • Vent hole in rear of trap: approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.

Gopher trapping can be done at any time of year, but generally is easiest and most effective during Spring & Fall. Once gopher activity is detected it is important to move quickly as pregnant females can be caught before giving birth to her family. Traps are most effective when properly placed in the gopher tunnel to snare the unsuspecting gopher in the spring-triggered loop. The hole should be covered up with dirt so that it appears as if the trap is part of the runway. When used correctly, traps produce a catch within 48 hours. It is best to move the trap to another location in the runway if you do not catch a gopher in this time frame.

To install, choose a fresh tunnel, peel back the grass (if in your lawn), remove any soil on top of the tunnel, set two traps (easy instructions are on the boxes) and insert back to back so there are two open ends for gophers to explore. The traps sit on the floor of the tunnel. Repack dirt on top and wait. Check daily. I suggest you wear garden gloves and use a large plastic bag to extract the gopher. Use a garden hose to wash trap off after you empty out the gopher/s. If 3 consecutive days pass and you've caught no gophers, move the traps to another tunnel. If the gopher/s fill the traps with dirt, push a carrot through the holes at the back of the traps, reset and replace the traps.

These trapping tips are from our website where we also have the complete instruction manual: If gopher/s pack trap with dirt. Place carrots in vent holes and reset traps Trap evening and early morning for best results. Wash traps with water after use. After trap has "fired", remove dead gopher from trap and reset in same hole until you've had three consecutive days of no catches.  

Thank you for your question.

Good luck.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Keeping Feral Cats Out of Window Boxes and Yards

by Barbara 19. May 2008 08:57

Question about products to keep feral cats out of my yard and flower window boxes.

Q:"I live in Washington D. C. where feral cats are not only protected but indulged by my neighbor who is viewed as a hero for feeding them. Not only does he feed them at his house but he trespasses on other properties to leave food. The rats are attracted to the food, too. I've even seen the cats and rats playing together! I've complained to the city but no one will take action. What choices do I have to keep the cats out of my yard? The amount of feces left by them is incredible. I have a 7 foot wooden fence around my back yard and thought about bird spikes because I think the cats would back off if they felt the spikes. I have dogs that go out into the yard and a cat who is always inside.

Answer: Upon some research, I learned that bird spikes make an excellent barrier for climbing animals such as cats, raccoons and even snakes. The spikes would have to be put on top and on your side of the fence however unless your property line is beyond the fence line.

I have a supplier for wide stainless steel spikes and am working on another supplier who has actual animal barrier spikes. This is not an inexpensive choice but you shared that you are willing to spend quite a bit to eliminate this problem.

My customer service staff reports that the bird gel is another deterrent you might use on the top of your fence or as a second line of defense around your plant boxes.

The Cat Stop and the Water Scarecrow are both effective in getting rid of pest animals. The CatStop frequencies are inaudible to humans and dogs. The WaterScarecrow would shower the cats with just enough water to have them remember to leave your home alone.

You may also consider trapping the cats and taking them to your local animal shelter.The Havahart Stray Cat Rescue Cage Trap Kit has become a popular product this past year. The local shelter decides if the cat is feral or not and then either destroys the cat or puts it up for adoption after spaying or neutering.

Please report back on your results.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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