Thank you so much for letting me know that the muskrat bait & gland are being shipped. I can’t wait to get them. :-)
May I ask a question please? I realize that the “muskrat bait” is a concentrated food scent and the “muskrat gland/lure” is actually from the glands of muskrats.
May I ask why one is used for live traps and the other for non-live traps?
Best regards, J.H.
Great question. As explained in our MUSKRAT CONTROL ARTICLE, there are times when muskrats are more vulnerable to gland scent. These odors pique their interest in a different way compared to the need to feed or eat. MUSKRAT GLAND scent is naturally used to mark territory, establish a domain and seek a mate. Several traps for muskrat are small and need to be concealed to work. These traps can be disguised well when glandular lures are employed around the scent. The thought here is the muskrat will be so preoccupied with the odor they’ll be more likely to make a mistake and step in line with a trap trigger. Also, there is a heightened sense of urgency for animals when they smell territorial odors so they can get overly cautious. This works against the use of live cage traps which are naturally more difficult to get animals to enter in the first place as they are “confining” and go against most any animals natural instinctive wiring to stay out of tight spaces.
Live cage trapping is different in that you’re attempting to get an animal to enter something they typically don’t want to enter. The MUSKRAT FOOD LURE has a strong attractant that is designed to make them think there is a “pot of gold” at the end of the trail. And since live cage traps have a “pathway” or tunnel in which the trigger trip pan lies, getting them to step on it will be accomplished as they see the food and walk straight for it. At this point they’re probably so hungry they don’t notice where they’re headed and before they realize the trap door is closed. So one big difference is the food lure is supposed to make them see straight ahead and not notice the confines of the trap. The other traps are merely trying to get the target animal to move around close to the set as this will usually be all that’s needed to make a catch.
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