Chris, AMEN to what Tammy said about buying a VanErt in-box trap. They are the best thing invented I think. I don’t do a lot of ground trapping in the winter, due to my age and severe weather. But I have done some, usually only to catch everything except HOSP!! But come spring & nesting season a Van-Ert in-box trap is essential – I even have two and use them on different boxes at the same time. Welcome to the forum!