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Good for Mice but forget rats or squirrels
on October 9, 2011
After reading the good reviews on this product I thought I had found the solution to my squirrel problem. I had earlier bought the "Havahart" trap but because the trip mechanism on that unit was located in the center of the trap it would not work with squirrels, They would trip the trap but because their tails were still sticking out the back of the trap it would not completely close and they would just back out of it. This trap looked like the perfect solution because the trip mechanism was in the end of the trap. Well the good news is is will catch a squirrel. The bad news is it is built so flimsy that the squirrel will literally destroy the trap in a matter of minutes. The metal parts of this cage are so thin it makes me wonder if I was mistakenly sent the "mouse & chipmunk" version they also carry. I caught a total of two squirrels and had to completey rebuild and repair the trap to get the second one. The second squirrel tore it up so bad I had to toss it in the trash. Neither squirrel was in the trap for more than an hour. It is a great concept but poorly executed. The Havahart trap is extremely heavy duty compared to this but will not catch the squirrels. This one will catch the squirrels but cannot hold them without being totally destroyed. Too bad somebody can't make one that is both functional and durable. I would endorse this trap for mice & very small rodents but if you are dealing with squirrels or rats forget about it.