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  • #2955
    dpurdue
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    Thanks for the info! It’s a puzzle that’s for sure. If I put the other feeders up they seem to avoid the trap and if I take the feeders down they tend to go elsewhere. I may have spooked them by putting so many new box traps up lately. They are roosting in my neighbors bushes by the hundreds -trying to find someone with a mist netting permit to help me catch them
    Thanks again
    Darrell

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    stumpy75
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    My fall/winter trapping is continuing, but I’m having a major problem with squirrels eating the seed off the outside bait tray. I think I have this solved by using some 1/8″ hardware cloth stapled to the outside bait tray, and forming a hood over the tray. The HOSPs can see and get to the bait, but it’s tougher for the squirrels…

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    dpurdue
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    I am lucky-no squirrels in my neighborhood yet but it won’t be long!
    What kind of bait are you having the best luck with?
    I haven’t caught anything in DRST for a few weeks now 😭
    Darrell

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    stumpy75
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    I’m using the same bait/feed that’s in my feeders, with a little more millet added. The squirrels will eat all of it though if they can get to it…

    We have had some really warm weather, and I have not had many birds at my feeders in the past few weeks, let alone the DRST. I have two traps, and both seem to work equally well. Some days one catches a bunch and the next, it’s the other. In the past few weeks though, it’s been slim pickings for me too. I see big flocks of sparrows around, but they have enough natural food available that they are not interested in the traps or feeders right now.

    However, we are getting a little colder weather now, and birds are returning to both. This coming Sunday, we could see 4-6″ of snow and then Arctic cold, so I’ll pull the traps the day before and put them back out the day after the snow. Not a good thing when you get 5″ of snow in the traps… ;-)

    This is wire to keep seed from blowing off.
    Wire to keep seed from blowing off tray.

    This is the squirrel guard.
    Additional mesh for squirrel guard

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    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    tamseatamsea
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    4-6 inches….really. We are out of town. I had to put my traps away. I find it’s hard to put out with snow. I might wait until January.

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    Tammy

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    stumpy75
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    By Monday morning, that’s the prediction of what we will have on the ground. Three separate storms in quick succession. #1 on Saturday night with 1-2″, #2 Sunday afternoon and evening with 3-5″, and then #3 Monday evening with another 1-2″…

    Looks like my pics did not appear on my last post, and now, I’m not allowed to edit them, so I’ll try again here.

    Wire mesh to keep the seed from blowing off.
    Wire mesh to keep seed from blowing off.

    Additional mesh to keep squirrels from eating the seed.
    Additional mesh to keep squirrels out.

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    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    tamseatamsea
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    Interesting….and the house sparrows can still get to it?

    Tammy

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    stumpy75
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    Yes. I’ve watched HOSPs eating out of it. They seem to have no problems getting to the food or actually landing on it. I added the small wood pieces and the bottom hardware cloth just to try to keep the seed from blowing off, and they didn’t have a problem with that, so I added the top piece to keep the squirrels from eating the seed.

    Right now though, after this 8″ snow, the traps are in the garage… I’ll try to get them back out in the next few days, as it’s just supposed to be cold, but no more snow.

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    ClydeO
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    Squirrels & Rats are my main problems so I’ll try this method of blocking their entry.

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    stumpy75
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    Squirrel baffle...

    Notice the two screws with the wire stretched between them to keep the squirrels out of the trap. Basically, I’ve narrowed the entrance down quite a bit. The sparrows do go in, but the squirrels can’t get their head through the elevator to eat the bait…

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    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    tamseatamsea
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    Good idea. Thankfully I don’t have squirrels.

    Tammy

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    Barb
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    Hi I’m new here and I don’t even have the time to get acquainted with the page I just have a quick question. This is the first experience I’ve had with bluebirds my husband built the house, the bluebirds moved in in February, had their babies,… all healthy, they fledged about two weeks ago the mom and dad are still coming back to feed on the mealworms. But yesterday I discovered that the HOSP took over the house. Today the bluebirds tried to get back into the house and the House Sparrows stopped them. But just recently I saw the bluebirds going into the house when the Sparrows weren’t there. Like I said I’m new to this and just found out about trapping I want to order one but I need it desperately right this minute I don’t know what else to do, the bluebirds will end up going someplace else if I don’t give them their house back. Sorry to be wordy I guess my most important question is how fast do you think the DRST takes to ship? The site says there is no way to call. It said “if I don’t hear in a week….” that doesn’t sound good. Does anyone know of a faster way to get this trap.
    Sorry for all grammar and sp, trying to be fast right now.
    Thank you!
    Oh, I’m in SC!

    #3801
    stumpy75
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    They usually ship on the next shipping day as mentioned in their page. They are in MN, so add a few days to SC.

    You might consider a VanErt trap. https://www.vanerttraps.com/ It fits in the box and closes as the sparrow goes in. Of course, it has to be watched carefully, as you don’t want to trap a BB for very long.

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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    Barb
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    Thank you Stumpy75. It took me 10 min to figure out how to reply to this post. I think/hope you get it back. I actually ordered that VanErt trap yesterday out of desperation but like you said, I’m worried the Bluebirds will be caught. I can sit and just watch to make sure what is in the box. But I don’t know when that will come either..by usps. I guess I will order the DRST and hope it will ship asap. Until then I may put the sparrow spooker up, I know it’s not the correct timing, but have nothing else I can do for the next week or so.

    Thanks again for your help!
    Barb

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    stumpy75
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    A friend used a sparrow spooker, and it did work at keeping the sparrows out. The BBs were real wary at first, but they got used to it. It’s not as good as some of the traps, but it’s better than nothing! ;-)

    :welcome3:

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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