Why call a “professional” to trap an animal

A lot of people ask me, why they need a professional to help them trap an animal in their house. So, I’m actually at a job site right now and I will show you why it’s important and beneficial to call a “professional”.

This client is having a skunk problem, I already took care of the scene and I’m on my third skunk out here, but I wanted to show you how we do things. Yes, you can go to Mibach and buy an open netted trap and catch a skunk, but then what do you do with it?

I do get that question about three or four times a year as well “I was out trapping squirrels, now what do I do?” You get rid of it! There’s no easy around it.

So today I wanted to show you what service you get when you call a “professional”. I’ve already dispatched the skunk. It’s in the back of my truck and I’m going to take it to a different location. A little PSA about skunks…Skunks just got done breeding and now they’re looking for dens to have their babies. A skunk is a squatter. If a badger, coyote, or maybe a woodchuck digs a hole under buildings or something like that a skunk will come by, claim it. If they don’t see or smell anything they will give the hole a little spritz, you know, to give out their little potpourri to claim their spot and now they’re the squatter.

They do have very good claws and they can dig, but a lot of the time they will just take over another animal’s location.

But let’s get back to the “sophistication” of my traps and how they are different from the ones you can pick up. This is a plastic in-cased trap. Protecting you from getting sprayed. All I do i set the trap up over the den and add a little bait in there. I use wet cat food and my other little secret recipe. This is called a positive set trap. How it works is that it is set up over the den during the day when they are in the den. At night the come out of the den in search of food. They don’t have to look far. The food is in the trap about “their” den. The animal in this case the skunk gets distracted but the food and takes the bait which which closes the door denying them access back to the den.

This trap is a skunk-proof trap to protect me and the client while they check the trap. All the client has to do is look and see if the door is and and give me a call when it is. Sounds easy. That’s why people say anyone can do it and that is true anyone can trap an animal, but how are you going to get rid of them?

I normally try to relocate them but depending on the animal and situation I sometimes have to dispatch them. In those situations,  depending on the trapping season, I know guys that will buy the furs and other parts of the animal so they don’t go to waste.

Beaver’s trapping season goes until May 1st. So, if I catch any beavers this spring, I can actually turn them in. The fur market isn’t very high at all, so if you trap a bigger beaver you can maybe get like 10 bucks for it. Trapping is a lot like harvesting a deer you want to try and use the whole animal. For example, the oil in the beaver glands is actually waterproof.

And their coats are very precious too I have a pair of beaver skin choppers that I use all the time. The caster oil in the glands is a delicacy for canines and some people will reuse it to trap other animals. The tail of the beaver is full of protein. I know a guy in Wisconsin that will buy tails and he uses it to make an elixir for fishing lures.

Many people like trapping is bad and that it just kills animals for fun, but there are a lot of uses for animals. And actually, one more thing a lot of people don’t is that the skunk’s “essence” is used in shampoos and the perfumes that you use. Nine times out of ten there is skunk in there.

I leave you with that…I’m Travis Theis from Dick’s Nuisance Animal Control. Throwing you another little education piece for the day. I hope you have a great day.