Sometimes you will find that animals are looking at your home, yard, barn, or storage buildings as a place to make their home. To safely remove these animals from your property without harming them, you will want to use a humane animal trap. To use one of these traps you will need some bait to attract the animal. Every pest is unique and different baits work better than others. You may find that it is best to try a few of the recommendations below in order to see what works best for you.
What Kind of Bait do I use?
Once you have caught the animal that has been causing you problems; you will want to safely release it somewhere that is far enough away from your home that you shouldn't have to worry about it revisiting you. If you have concerns about how best to release the animal then you should contact your local animal control office.
How to Maintain, Clean and Store an Animal Trap
When storing your trap be sure that it is completely dry. Every part on your trap is important. Rust can cause the trap to be unusable. Store your trap in a dry place. A basement may not be the best location for trap storage due to moisture.
In the old days people had different methods of scaring away animals, some would string together old milk bottles and hang them around their garden in a way that the bottles would jangle together when an animal tried to get in. The noise would scare away any critters. Old cowbells would also be used in the same method.