“What Equipment Do You Use?”

I get asked a lot what kind of equipment I use to trap and remove animals. There are many tools available to a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) and every individual situation presents a different challenge that dictates the types of traps I use – where, when and how the trap is set. That said, the use of humane cage traps (often called “live catch traps”), is by and far the number one piece of equipment in the NWCO’s arsenal. I use both commercially available cage traps and traps that I make myself. Here is a picture of some of the cage traps I use. The numbered information below corresponds to the numbers in the picture.

Trapping Equipment
Trapping Equipment

1. This is a double door cage trap with a single pan & trigger system designed to catch animals the size of raccoons and woodchucks.
2. This is a single door cage ideally designed for raccoons and woodchucks. To best ensure the well being of the animals we catch, it’s smart to use traps that provide little space for the animal to move about. A confined space prevents the animals from jumping about and potentially injuring itself. The green cover placed over the trap is also for the animals’ benefit. It keeps the interior of the trap cool on warm days, warmer on cold days, and helps prevent the animal from seeing activity happening outside the trap which may excite it.
3. This is the same trap as described in number 2. Seen without a cover.
4. This is a single door skunk cage with a cover placed over it. The cover not only benefits the animals but in this case benefits the NWCO as well. Though skunks have poor eyesight in the first place, they are less likely to spray their stinky essence when they can not see what is approaching. Using covers is by no means a guarantee against being sprayed, however.
5. This is the same size skunk cage. Single door with a removable release gate on the rear of the trap.
6. This is a type of trap I make myself, designed primarily for use in trapping muskrats but it is just as effective at trapping gray squirrels when set properly. It is a collapsible, double-door trap.
7. This is a single door squirrel cage. Simple and effective when baited properly.
8. This is another trap I make at home. It is a multi-catch, excluder cage designed for gray squirrels and has two doors on the same side of the trap.
9. This is not a trap but it is another excellent tool in the arsenal. This is a single door excluder with a nosecone designed to be attached to the underside of a soffit. Used primarily for gray squirrels. Though not my design, I make these excluders at home.
10. These are homemade flying squirrel excluder cages of different lengths. They operate with a double door on the same side of the trap and have flanges at the entrance side, used to attach the trap around flying squirrel entry/exit holes.
11. This is another homemade type designed for use in trapping chipmunks over their burrows. Used with a nosecone on one side, it has double-doors and can catch the animal either leaving or returning to it’s burrow.
12. This is a role of 1/2″ x 1/2″ wire mesh. I also use 1/2″x 1″ mesh and 1/4″ hardware cloth to make traps on the spot when on a job (if needed) or to perform exclusionary work.