Trapping with the KANIA2000 Trap - tips to increase your catch rate (part 3)
When setting your trap for action always remove it from the tree first. If done on the tree the turning pressure exerted in setting the spring will eventually pull out the rivets securing the hanging loops to the trap body and if this occurs unexpectedly it could tip you off the ladder. ( Squirrels 1 Trapper 0 perhaps !) To remove any danger of pulled out rivets and enable setting and servicing in position on the tree some trappers remove the loop rivets, drill out the holes and fit small bolts and nuts with large diameter washers under them to spread the load.
The regularity at which traps need to be checked is controversial and the subject of legislation but I recommend traps are checked at least once a day. In an area of serious grey squirrel infestation it would be worth checking several times a day if practical, particularly at the start of a campaign when there are a lot of squirrels around.
Legislation requires a secondary tunnel in front of the Kania2000 trap entrance. The way the KANIA2000 trap hangs against a tree trunk means it has to be entered vertically and other than the grey squirrel few things can achieve this, obviously with the exception of a woodpecker. In this instance the tunnel should extend perhaps 300mm and reduce the entrance size to perhaps 60-70 mm to reduce this risk. Magnum Trap are currently working on a suitable production unit in pressed steel or plastic, as is one of their distributors, and many trappers make their own simple but effective versions from ply or wire mesh.
When catches reduce to zero remove the trap to another area and repeat the whole procedure.