Picture Diary Of A Wanna Be Trapper


28th

Dear Diary, this has been a really rough week. I thought this trapping thing would be such an easy add on to my business but here it is the end of the week and I’m exhausted. As if the the squirrels bats and raccoon I chased around this week wasn’t enough. The outrageous expectations of the homeowners caught me completely by surprise. Sure I’m use to people squawking over a few roaches but c’mon! Just today I spent 3 hours on a hot baking roof excluding squirrels by re-screening 4 antique attic fans. Of course this was after hearing my client complain that my next day response time wasn’t good enough. I then got the hour long ‘run down’ of every time she heard a noise, where she thought it was, where I should look and GOD FORBID DON’T KILL THE INNOCENT LITTLE THING! So I thought I constructed an ingenious way to trap her stubborn squirrel but she thought it should have worked in the first 5 minutes. This day just capped the week off- Man! I’m seriously wondering if I wanna go ahead with more of this next week. I guess I should have figured it wasn’t all glamourous and easy like it appears on all those reality shows; I should have known something was up with that first job this week that got the whole ball rolling. I knew that dead squirrel was trying to tell me something.


22nd


Dear diary, I’m so excited I finally got a trapping job! I’ve always wanted to make the easy money trappers make

Son of a *^% How am I suppose to get you if your don't come down

and this is gonna be a piece of cake catching one measly little ol squirrel. I got my traps and I’m on my way-Big Bucks here I come!$$

1 hour in an attic and this is the only entry point I find?

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Ok-I'm sweating like a pig,-this ought to work- where's the exit?


Geesh! There aren’t a whole lot of signs where this RATs been-Aren’t these things rodents anyways? Why don’t they act like one? Oh well-I’ll be back in a few days and there ain’t no way that little sucker can resist my granola bar. ……………………………………………………………………………………………..
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23rd


Dear diary- I was up kinda late last night getting some pointers on the A&E channel but my favorite show must have been cancelled because I haven’t seen it on in awhile. I want to search the internet and see if I can get some really thick gloves. I didn’t realize sometimes you have to grab these animals. There was NO WAY I was

Yeah, I saw that episode too- C'mon Billy, jump on in here.

gonna grab that raccoon in that dumpster today. He looked tired and wet and in no mood for me. I thought my ‘ramp idea’ was a good one but the freakin owner of the business wanted me to GRAB the thing and take him out to the forrest by the scruff of his neck. I hope it doesn’t come back cause that job will be for free, AFTER he gets done yelling at me (again).

Well, I was impressed with myself anyway, but I sure got humbled a bit when I went back to my squirrel job. I took those granola bars right out of my own lunch and they didn’t even ‘sniff’ the trap. Another 30 minutes in that attic just to appease the nervous housewife and my BIG FAT MOUTH said I’ll be back again tomorrow just because I didn’t catch the darn thing yet. Can’t I just say one thing and quit volunteering myself for extra work? Oh well, I guess I need to come back anyway cuz my “exclusion work” was anything but! Who knew hardware cloth could be so tricky to put up? I guess it wouldn’t be so bad but that stuff is sharp- I scrathed the heck out of both of my hands and a wire went right under my finger nail! OUCCCCCH!!! That’s it I’m beat, no Billy or American Hoggers for me tonight. I’m going to bed- Hopefully the rest of my week will be much better. See you on the 24th.

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Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Melschappert

    Hmmmmmm.. Thought I taught you to be a better trapper than that.  I have a trap the really works…. It catches invisible Coons,  Cats and every thing but what you want to catch…..    Hmmm how does that go Like Father Like Son or something like that,,,

  • At least you caught something- invisible or not!

  • Mel

    Have you come across a homeowner who has purchased a havahart or similar trap who failed, creating a trap shy raccoon, squirell, or other wildlife animal?  Have you had a smart animal reach through the cage and grab the bait or flip over the cage to dump out the bait?  It can be very frustrating.  What’s your favorite trapping story?

  • I have had all those things occur.   It frustrates me that some of the different rules really limit trappers. I do trap but not nearly as much as I’d like. (people back off once they hear the costs) Actually some of my most favorite stories trapping was while growing up. We ran a trap line almost every morning before school. It was one way to supplement an otherwise bleak income– One ‘sweet spot’ was an island surrounded by a river. We’d have to cross it with an inflatable raft that we’d carry (deflated)  It always seemed to have a slow leak somewhere and we’d be “cheek deep” in freezing water.  We were pretty oblivious to danger I think. 😉

  • Wait till part two– I’m using your pics to illustrate just that…… Did you see Mel (from Seattle) comments– it sounds  like he was describing your raccoon.