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WCS™ Tube Trap™ - Standard

Product Code: WCSTUBE
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WCS™ Tube Trap™ - Standard

Product Code: WCSTUBE

$36.50
(4.6) 59 Reviews Read Reviews

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The WCS™ Tube Trap™ is a very effective squirrel trap and has stood the test of time, now being on the market for over 20 years.  Constructed of 21-gauge steel, this tunnel shaped trap is 4.5 inches in diameter, 15 inches long, and is powered by a beefy double torsion spring.

Used either baited or non-baited, the Tube Trap is a natural attractant to squirrels and other rodents wanting to run through it or hide in it. Once the squirrel reaches the triggering pan in the middle of the trap, and steps on it, the double torsion spring triggers the strike bar. When a capture is made, the squirrel is generally hidden from public view.  There is a built in safety latch which prevents the trap from prematurely firing while setting.

IMPORTANTPlease stake down the trap to minimize possibility of theft by a larger animal, i.e., coyote.

Caution: The WCS™ Tube Trap is a lethal trap, use special care when and where setting.

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Two better then one!
I acquired a tube trap several years ago and found it so affective that I just got another to place on the other side of my property line. Gray squirrels are not only a problem in my neighborhood, they are a plague. Although they can never be eliminated, the tube trap seems to keep them at bay. As new squirrels enter the neighborhood they are quickly caught. Although the trap is hard to set, once you learn how, it can be done safe and easy. I would recommend the tube trap over any live traps.
John
11/03/2022
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Highly Effective
I am highly satisfied with this trap. I had rodents in my basement that I was dealing with and this has helped quickly. Make sure to set it up in a way that encourages prey to actually enter it, but other than that, it is simple and just works.
Aaron
10/18/2022
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Very effective but requires some strength to set
My vegetable garden was being destroyed by squirrels. Used to use a cage trap and relocate them 10 miles away but learned most relocated squirrels die within 88 days. So decided it was more humane to dispatch them quickly in my back yard and save the money I was spending for gas. The trap is VERY effective. However, as others have noted it does require some strength & practice to set it. I watched 2 or 3 different videos before I got the hang of it. I'm a 77 year old out-of-shape homeowner and can now set it on the first try. (The spring is VERY strong.) At first, I tried peanut butter as bait. Very messy and attracted ants, not squirrels. I switched to the black sunflower seeds that come in bird seed and found it to be a much more effective bait. I superglued a small bottle cap to the bait platform to hold the sunflower seeds. After I cock the trap, I use a spoon to gently place the sunflower seeds into the cap on the platform. One word of warning. This is an extremely powerful lethal trap. When you are handling it, always make sure the safety hook is engaged once you have cocked the spring or you could easily loose a finger. For that reason I do not recommend this trap if you have small children or a kitten. A full grown cat or other animal is unlikely to be able to get into the tube. I do bring my trap inside every evening at dusk and put it back out in the morning. In sum, very effective lethal squirrel trap but is not for everyone.
Mike
08/03/2022
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Better than a Owl!
Set up the same time as the SHORTY to see who gets the most. This one lagged behind, but I placed it at ground level leaning up against a tree. The Shorty I placed in the tree. That may be the difference, but it is still effective. Went from quite a few varmints down to about one. Sure he won't last much longer!
Tony Sanders
06/19/2022
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great trap
I ordered this one with a rust resistant one I tried to clear coat it to slow down rust process i spend the extra money on rust proof. It has not been an issue with it so far. I would oil the screw for the trip pan and make sure it is set does not need much pressure to trigger. Add some peanut butter and works great
Jim
06/15/2022
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Excellent product.
Excellent product. Great torque. Works like a charm.
Kevin M Fitzgerald
06/14/2022
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Alexandria Pest Service
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Great traps
Great trap, Killed 2 squirrels already! Just make sure you set the trigger loose enough.
Matt
05/26/2022
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Wow, does it work!
This trap is VERY effective. The spring is so strong that I have to use my heel to set it and to open it to remove the carcasses. And perhaps Colorado squirrels aren't as curious as others, since I've had to tempt them with peanut butter smeared on the inside and birdseed on the outside to lure them there, but once they get inside, they are toast!
Davidatswans
02/16/2022
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Squirrel Demise Machine
I have had this trap for three years. So far I have trapped 167 squirrels with it. I only use creamy peanut butter, the non organic cheap stuff. I bought the corrosion resistant ones and it has held up well. I do think you need to clean the trap regularly and rebaited it. I use rubbing alcohol to remove ant previous scents from the dearly departed ones. My only gripe is the effort it takes to set it. You must wear a glove on your pressure hand. I got my moneys worth and more. Not sure why others catch nothing.
Robert H
12/16/2021
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Works great and kills grey squirrels easily!
This trap really gets them with the correct bait it seems to go on doing its job for a very long time. I did have to bend and tweak the trigger and safety to work properly and the trap is scary to set. Remember to never put any body parts in the way of getting hit by the kill bar. This trap works!!!
Joe Mccullough
10/15/2021
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Squirrel Killin' Machine!
Works like a champ, exactly what I needed to knock down some squirrels!
Brad
09/21/2021
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Pleased with the trap!
I haven't had a chance to use the trap yet. The squirrel I was trying to catch probably saw the trap, got scared, and moved out. However, I'm pleased with the trap. It's well made and easy to use. I'm sure the squirrel I was trying to catch or one of his relatives will be back. Then, I will get to test the trap.
08/19/2021
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Tree rat eliminator
Your trap works great! I bait it with peanut butter and the varmints can't resist. Highly recommended trap, high quality!
J H
08/02/2021
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It works!
The first night I set the trap with walnuts and woke up to a possum! The next day the squirrels came but they were able to pick them without getting caught. Next I tried peanut butter and that was the trick! I have been catching at least 1 squirrel a day since. Some days I have not re-baited the trap and have still caught squirrels. The squirrels are intrigued with the small tunnel design. I love the heavy duty, high quality materials it is made out of. Combine that with how easy it is to set and also release the dead animal it is nearly a perfect trap. Highly recommend for anyone needing to rid their property of small game.
Squirrel Catcher
07/27/2021
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My squirrels are smart
Set this up in 3 different locations that were highly trafficked by squirrels. I would watch them just go around it all the time. They didn't fall for any of the bait. Didn't want anything to do with this trap. Maybe it will work for you, but no squirrels have gone in after a few weeks. Oh well.
Paul
07/13/2021
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It's a stone cold killer!
I just set it, make sure to barely set the pin so it doesn't take much for it to release. 5 dead ground squirrels in 5 days!
Eric
06/28/2021
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This REALLY works
This product is all it purports to be! I purchased three and collectively they caught 22 squirrels in the first six days. I had to call in for instructions because at times I am all thumbs. I spoke with Ray and he walked me through the setting procedure; he even called back the next day to check on me. Great customer service. Thanks, Ray.
Joseph A Saviano
06/25/2021
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Works great
Purchased to eliminate red squirrels. Worked great and I highly recommend!
Greg
02/01/2021
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WCS™ Tube Trap™ - Standard
Like in our reviews at work they always have to say something negative about you. The only negative was lack of communication of when they shipped it. After several days of not hearing if it had been shipped, I emailed them and they said it had been shipped (response to email was fast!) and I received it that day. LOL Great little tube trap and delivery was fast. I did paint it with some protective paint. I would order from WCS again!!!
Bob Bunker
12/12/2020
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self
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Great trap
Had a male squirrel who would not go for bait, but I saw where he ran every morning from the pecan trees along the side of my building to climb up into the roof. I set the trap and created a choke point to force him through or he'd have to go around it. I was about to give up after 6 days, but in the 7th I saw the trap was tripped. I got him as he was trying to run through it.
Barnyard1978
10/28/2020
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JLL
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Works great
Just what we needed, caught one within a week.
Angela
09/10/2020
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This trap is the bomb
Bought this trap 2 months ago and have had great success. Since I have been setting it out daily with peanut butter I have trapped 35 squirrels and 1 possum, I highly recommend this but I would get rust resistant version for extended years of use!
Skip
08/22/2020
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Works every time
Squirrels were eating away at beautiful 100 year old tree. Tried every humane thing possible. This is the best remedy. Sorry squirrels.
JB
08/10/2020
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I'm done trying to coexisting with squirrels
Works like a dream. Takes some getting use to but now after a few days I can set it up in 15 seconds. My 20 30 pound dogs are very interested in the trap, one for the dead animals that keep appearing, the other for the bait, but they cannot trigger. If purchasing again I would get the rust resistant model. Mine started to rust in less than a week but I cleaned and spray painted and that solved the problem nicely.
Ace McGee
08/07/2020
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tube trap
Works great to get squirrels! We did add a few inches of PVC tube to both ends to keep pets from being able to reach spring with their feet. Just lay where squirrels travel, they like to run through tubes!
cynthia s shipley
07/30/2020
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Awesome trap
Used for those annoying squirrels, Works great even snagged a chipmunk. I recommend these traps.
Sheryl
07/27/2020
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Doesn't catch squirrels
Unfortunately, the trap only traps animals weighing over two pounds or so and most ground squirrels in our area are less than a pound. I watched squirrels go through, eat the bait and leave. I suspect it works fine on larger animals. Also, it does not come with instructions. You need to download of their website.
Craig Martin
07/23/2020
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Tube trap works well!
Quick and efficient way to rid your garden of squirrels. Got 10 in one day! Just use Peanut Butter!
Sean
07/19/2020
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Works Amazing!
Works every time, haven't had 1 time where I set it and didn't get results. Reliable consistent product!
Greg
07/04/2020
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Awesome Trap
We tried a squirrelinator with zero luck. The bait alone isn't enough to entice the squirrels away from our crop of delicious avocados and citrus. The tube trap is so effective, I've caught ground squirrels without bait. I put it in the path of travel and block around so they're forced through it. Super easy to clean and reset. The only note I have is to be sure to keep the trigger set on it's most sensitive-- this keeps the platform low in the tube. If the trigger platform is too high they won't go through the tube. I've been using peanuts and smoked almonds. They seem to enjoy them and I haven't caught my dog or any other non-target pests yet.
BB
06/18/2020
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My Friends Keep Borrowing My Trap
This is my 5th tube trap. My friends see it, then want one. The first thing I do is clean off the trap with lacquer thinner, then spray paint it with brown primer + enamel paint to keep it from rusting. A little peanut butter on each end plus a teaspoonful above the trigger proves irresistible. This is the best squirrel trap I have ever used.
Gary Grow
06/04/2020
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Grow Farm, Inc.
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Tube trap
We only had it for a few days and it is already rusted.
Robyn Jernigan
05/29/2020
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Works Great - doing the job well
I have successfully eliminated 7 squirrels so far up on my deck (and a small possum unfortunately) in less than three weeks. I bought two standard tube traps. When they arrived, I cleaned them to remove the oil, and dried them and then painted them green. It took almost a week before I got the first squirrel, but have gotten one about every other day. I bait them with a cracker with peanut butter and sunflower seeds. I put some peanut butter on bottom of cracker so it sticks to the lever arm, and some on top with the seeds. A couple squirrels were able to steal the cracker (little buggers), so I found if I slide it toward the back, and block off the back side (push it against my deck rail), they will go in the front. The squirrels had been destroying my deck and posts.
Todd
05/15/2020
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Tube Trap
I have used the tube trap for two weeks. I have caught 5 Squirrels and one rat. It is placed on a block wall used as a through fair. The tube trap makes it easy to discard the animal. I was using a cage trap to catch them but that method went dry. This has worked great and has reduced the squirrel population. A little hard to set but the safety catch works great.
Roger W Gilbert
05/11/2020
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Great Product
Had 8 squirrels in my attic and was able to trap all of them in a few days.
Bill Fox
05/10/2020
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WCS Tube Trap Standard
I am pleased with this product. It's easy to set and to remove trapped squirrels from.
Ron Ridley
04/24/2020
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Washoe Valley, NV
These traps work! We live on a sandy hillside riddled with ground squirrel tunnels which is causing a great deal of erosion on our property. I’m happy with the success and the number of squirrels killed this spring, this is the second year we’ve used the same traps! I bait as directed, peanut butter works well. I’m a 55 year old woman, and at first it was difficult for me to set the trap until I learned how to do it. The safety is a great help! This a very effective, inexpensive, humane way to manage squirrels, prevent property damage and not introduce poison to other native wild life species.
B. Eckert
04/23/2020
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Update to previous poor review
In the 2+ months I've had this trap, it has killed exactly 1 squirrel. I use peanuts and peanut butter for bait, and have it mounted atop a 6' high fence that squirrels regularly use. They run over it, under it, and around it; but never do more than poke their head just in the opening to sniff. I closed off one end and loaded it with peanuts. Two days later the trap had been sprung and the peanuts were gone. My wife calls it a squirrel feeder. I've killed 5 squirrels with a large spring rat trap that I recently bought last week on Amazon and put on a different section of the fence. I'm just glad I didn't buy the stainless steel model of this junk.
Wayne Bailey
04/04/2020
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tube trap
worked great! Set the trap one day, eliminated the squirrel the next. Didn't come with instructions though, had to watch a YouTube video.
steve
04/01/2020
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Not nearly as effective as claimed
I have one of these traps mounted on top of a fence that grey squirrels regularly use as a path across my property. In the almost two weeks that it has been baited and set, it has caught one (1) squirrel. For bait I'm using chunky peanut butter and peanuts which are still in the shell. The squirrels have been jumping or running over it, or just going around it. It has caught and killed four (4) sparrows, which is not our intention.
Wayne Bailey
03/05/2020
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Great Trap
This is the second Tube Trap I have purchased. These are great traps as the rodents do not escape. I use a little peanut butter and some bird seed. I also put a piece of field corn in the end with a blank end cap. It does the trick every time. My first trap was given to a friend and it didn't make it back before I decided I needed another one. My friend is still using my first one and he likes it as well as I do.
Allan Vig
10/15/2019
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Squrrel Trap Review
Nice trap but it should have been galvanized as these are placed outside and the casing is rusting right after the first rain.
Daniel Trembinski
07/28/2019
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hard to set trap for high senitivity
I spent almost half a day trying to figure this thing out, after 13 days with two traps on a squirrel path...and no squirrels caught. Squirrels (gray) weigh 0.9 to 1.3 lbs according to one source...so one foot on the trap should load it to about 4 oz. I tested my initial settings for trip force, and trigger/pan overlap. The trap set at 1/16" overlap tripped at 8 oz, and the trap set at 1/8" overlap tripped at 12 oz. It was not my intent to set the traps differently, but it is very hard to see the actual overlap while setting the trap. My data shows anything larger than 1/16" overlap is probably a waste of time unless you have a stomping squirrel. 1/32" is preferable, but on the verge of auto-tripping. I believe the pan bolt should be moved away 1 to 2 inches to give greater sensitivity and ease of setting. I worked around this problem somewhat by cutting 1/4" long sections of 3/32" rubber vacuum hose, and sliding them over the 1/8" trigger ends...then used a ruler to expose exactly 1/32" of steel for the overlap with pan. Caught two squirrels within an hour (also used new bait). Traps worked great...perfect pelts, no blood or other body fluids. I have already set them out again.
quentin gorton
03/13/2019
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Works great!!
Trap worked first time I set it out. Had huge Grey squirrels chewing holes in my feed bins and getting into the trash and pulling all the garbage out onto the ground. Baited the trap with peanut butter and caught the first one within hours! Trap is really strong and should last a long time. Thank you!
Brenda
03/10/2019
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Great for ground squirrels
Put an un-baited trap in Quonset where ground squirrels had been entering building. Caught and killed 7 Richardson's and one 13-lined ground squirrel this past summer. Told my friend about the trap as he was having trouble with red squirrels in his garden. He bought a trap and got 6 of the critters this summer. Both of us are impressed with the traps. I purchased 2 more traps this fall to use closer to the burrows of the ground squirrels next spring and summer. I'll likely bait such traps and am expecting good results.
Randy
12/08/2018
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Very effective trap
This is a very well built trap and very effective on squirrels. I would highly recommend this trap. Thank you WCS for a quality product.
Rex Goddard
11/23/2018
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oh my God
Best squirrel whacker ever.
DN
11/20/2018
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Proper baiting for squirrels
This trap works great for squirrels wipe your bait on the top inside the trap they will stand on the trigger to get the bait above.
Maynard Stanley Jr
11/18/2018
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Critter Catcher
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Works Great
Worried this trap wouldn't quickly and humanely eliminate the squirrels, but couldn't have been more wrong! It does just that....quick and efficient. Great trap. Worth every penny.
CF
10/07/2018
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Works once doctored
I was really torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. Here's my reasoning: When you buy a thing, it's supposed to do the thing you bought it to do. I bought the trap, but it wasn't killing squirrels. When I used peanut butter, I was feeding ants. When I used peanuts, they vanished without setting off the trap. After 2 weeks of that nonsense, I fashioned a cover out of hardware cloth, capped one end of the trap, and loaded the capped end with enough peanuts to gag a...well, squirrel. Since then, I've killed 4 of the little buggers. So why 3 stars? Based on my experience, the tube caps shouldn't be sold separately - at least one should come with the trap. Like I said at the beginning, when you buy a thing, it's supposed to do the thing you bought it to do. This trap didn't do the thing until I modified it. If this had come with a cap, it would have worked from day one. My advice to WCS - include a cap and up the price a few bucks.
John
08/03/2018
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Went from good to great with one simple modification
Had squirrels in attic and chicken coop. Tried exclusion to avail. On the recommendation of the local university I decided to try this trap. Baited the trap as suggest by placing peanut butter & bird seed mixture inside top of tube. Bait was being eaten but the trap was not firing. Figured out that peanut butter doesn't stick in 100 degree temps. Tried several different things and got a couple. Then I pop riveted a small piece of hardware cloth to the top inside of trap right above trigger and smeared with bait. Since this modification the trap has been 100% effective.
Squirrel free
06/25/2018
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That's the ticket
If you're looking to thin out the squirrel population in or around your home, this device is the real deal. Watch the helpful video on the WCS webpage and become familiar with the trap's operation. Before setting the trap, smear peanut butter on the inside in three places...top of tube (above bait tray) and just inside each opening. Set the trap. Be sure the safety latched is place so the trap is safe to carry. Pick a spot, like the base of a tree where you've seen squirrels ascend and descend. Be sure to lift the safety latch from strike bar. The trap is ready for action. Curious squirrels will invariably check both ends and study the trap. Most of the time, squirrels will venture inside cautiously to eat the peanut butter from roof. When they move toward the bait on the center inside roof of the trap, their body will press the tray and trigger the trap. The powerful spring loaded strike bar then hammers the animal with a powerful blow, killing it instantly. No fuss, no mess. Lift the strike bar and the dead animal slides out for disposal. The tube trap is no toy. Don't put your fingers or hand in the tube while it is armed. You could lose a finger or worse. With practice, you should develop your own system for arming. The self help video on the website is very helpful. Otherwise, this is the most efficient method of Squirrel elimination I've found, particularly in an area where the use of a firearm isn't safe.
David McDougall
06/06/2018
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Can work well but has some serious design flaws
I have used these traps over several years and caught many squirrels. But the traps have two serious design flaws which the manufacturer has not responded to when I wrote about them. Problem #1 is the trap will often get set off by birds, and the U bar will then strike right against the trap at high force and it will BEND. With that U bent enough the trap will no longer work: when you next set the trap the U will be touching the trap itself since it has bent, and that in turn allows the plate to take much more force and it won't fire when the squirrel walks on it. I need to bend the U wires back to be straight again for the trap to fire properly again. Problem #2 is sometimes its impossible to set the trap: it fires every time you let go of the plate. I find I need to pinch the plate end where the pin goes to make the contact point on the plate with the pin be a bit higher. Overall this trap design has potential but they have had these same defects for years and the manufacturer has done nothing to address them.
Scott Smith
06/02/2018
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Love this trap
It's not a cheap trap but it works great. If it is set right, no bait is needed. I have one just stolen from me and need to replace it. I love these traps.
Douglas Hartman
10/24/2017
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Wonderful Tool
Tried the live traps and relocation. Not my decision. That wasn't working at all and convinced the better half we need a plan "B". Especially after a second hole was discovered in my soffit. Repairs will be made in short order but the critters need to go first dear, he said... Found WCS on-line and found this tube trap. Win win it appeared to me, I have to purchase one and try it. I was not disappointed. Set it a six PM and by 8 AM the next morning (1 hr after daybreak)had my first squirrel! Powerful, well built, great design and it really works. Invest in the accessories for setting and perhaps a cap with the hole on just one end so this sensitive trap won't trip if it wants to roll slightly. Just make the hole bigger for squirrels. Worth every penny, if your not the squeamish type get it and get rid of them.
John Convery
01/20/2017
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Perfect trap for Effectiveness and Ease of Use
This trap is the best I have found for catching squirrels. I have finally "worn" this trap out and will be purchasing a replacement. In the lifetime of the trap I have rid my yard of 336 squirrels, (yes, I kept track). I would highly recommend this trap for its effectiveness, and ease of use. I bait the trap with 1 peanut (in shell) and have had tremendous success; sometimes trapping 2-3 squirrels in 1 day, and all on the same peanut.
JMM
11/01/2016
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Amazing!
Had a stubborn female squirrel, kept avoiding our live traps and chewing new holes in wood siding...the siding we had just patched up. Anyways, We set this trap and within hours we had her. Very happy happy with the tube trap. We'll be using this product more often!
Lance T.
03/14/2014
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Moneymaker
This trap has so many applications. Gable vent,soffit,fireplace,gutter,sill,siding, dryer vent entry ... you name it, can be adapted to almost any application. I have not used cages for squirrels in years. Species specific, I have used it unbaited and caught squirrels running through, natural curiosity. Have this trap in 15" and the shorty. Use the mounting hardware that's available and go. Easy to set, discreet and humane.
Robert Todisco
09/04/2012
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The Problem Solver
Squirrel and Roof Rats ... Set and place this trap at the entry/exit point ... Problem Solved.
Justin Ludy
08/25/2012
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Brand:
Wildlife Control Supplies (WCS)
Weight:
4 lbs. (1.81 Kg)
Dimensions:
4.5" dia. x 15"L - 21 gauge steel
Target Pests:
Squirrel, Mink, Weasel, Norway Rat, Pack Rat
Description

The WCS™ Tube Trap™ is a very effective squirrel trap and has stood the test of time, now being on the market for over 20 years.  Constructed of 21-gauge steel, this tunnel shaped trap is 4.5 inches in diameter, 15 inches long, and is powered by a beefy double torsion spring.

Used either baited or non-baited, the Tube Trap is a natural attractant to squirrels and other rodents wanting to run through it or hide in it. Once the squirrel reaches the triggering pan in the middle of the trap, and steps on it, the double torsion spring triggers the strike bar. When a capture is made, the squirrel is generally hidden from public view.  There is a built in safety latch which prevents the trap from prematurely firing while setting.

IMPORTANTPlease stake down the trap to minimize possibility of theft by a larger animal, i.e., coyote.

Caution: The WCS™ Tube Trap is a lethal trap, use special care when and where setting.

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Two better then one!
I acquired a tube trap several years ago and found it so affective that I just got another to place on the other side of my property line. Gray squirrels are not only a problem in my neighborhood, they are a plague. Although they can never be eliminated, the tube trap seems to keep them at bay. As new squirrels enter the neighborhood they are quickly caught. Although the trap is hard to set, once you learn how, it can be done safe and easy. I would recommend the tube trap over any live traps.
John
11/03/2022
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Highly Effective
I am highly satisfied with this trap. I had rodents in my basement that I was dealing with and this has helped quickly. Make sure to set it up in a way that encourages prey to actually enter it, but other than that, it is simple and just works.
Aaron
10/18/2022
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Very effective but requires some strength to set
My vegetable garden was being destroyed by squirrels. Used to use a cage trap and relocate them 10 miles away but learned most relocated squirrels die within 88 days. So decided it was more humane to dispatch them quickly in my back yard and save the money I was spending for gas. The trap is VERY effective. However, as others have noted it does require some strength & practice to set it. I watched 2 or 3 different videos before I got the hang of it. I'm a 77 year old out-of-shape homeowner and can now set it on the first try. (The spring is VERY strong.) At first, I tried peanut butter as bait. Very messy and attracted ants, not squirrels. I switched to the black sunflower seeds that come in bird seed and found it to be a much more effective bait. I superglued a small bottle cap to the bait platform to hold the sunflower seeds. After I cock the trap, I use a spoon to gently place the sunflower seeds into the cap on the platform. One word of warning. This is an extremely powerful lethal trap. When you are handling it, always make sure the safety hook is engaged once you have cocked the spring or you could easily loose a finger. For that reason I do not recommend this trap if you have small children or a kitten. A full grown cat or other animal is unlikely to be able to get into the tube. I do bring my trap inside every evening at dusk and put it back out in the morning. In sum, very effective lethal squirrel trap but is not for everyone.
Mike
08/03/2022
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Better than a Owl!
Set up the same time as the SHORTY to see who gets the most. This one lagged behind, but I placed it at ground level leaning up against a tree. The Shorty I placed in the tree. That may be the difference, but it is still effective. Went from quite a few varmints down to about one. Sure he won't last much longer!
Tony Sanders
06/19/2022
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great trap
I ordered this one with a rust resistant one I tried to clear coat it to slow down rust process i spend the extra money on rust proof. It has not been an issue with it so far. I would oil the screw for the trip pan and make sure it is set does not need much pressure to trigger. Add some peanut butter and works great
Jim
06/15/2022
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Excellent product.
Excellent product. Great torque. Works like a charm.
Kevin M Fitzgerald
06/14/2022
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Alexandria Pest Service
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Great traps
Great trap, Killed 2 squirrels already! Just make sure you set the trigger loose enough.
Matt
05/26/2022
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Wow, does it work!
This trap is VERY effective. The spring is so strong that I have to use my heel to set it and to open it to remove the carcasses. And perhaps Colorado squirrels aren't as curious as others, since I've had to tempt them with peanut butter smeared on the inside and birdseed on the outside to lure them there, but once they get inside, they are toast!
Davidatswans
02/16/2022
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Squirrel Demise Machine
I have had this trap for three years. So far I have trapped 167 squirrels with it. I only use creamy peanut butter, the non organic cheap stuff. I bought the corrosion resistant ones and it has held up well. I do think you need to clean the trap regularly and rebaited it. I use rubbing alcohol to remove ant previous scents from the dearly departed ones. My only gripe is the effort it takes to set it. You must wear a glove on your pressure hand. I got my moneys worth and more. Not sure why others catch nothing.
Robert H
12/16/2021
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Works great and kills grey squirrels easily!
This trap really gets them with the correct bait it seems to go on doing its job for a very long time. I did have to bend and tweak the trigger and safety to work properly and the trap is scary to set. Remember to never put any body parts in the way of getting hit by the kill bar. This trap works!!!
Joe Mccullough
10/15/2021
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Squirrel Killin' Machine!
Works like a champ, exactly what I needed to knock down some squirrels!
Brad
09/21/2021
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Pleased with the trap!
I haven't had a chance to use the trap yet. The squirrel I was trying to catch probably saw the trap, got scared, and moved out. However, I'm pleased with the trap. It's well made and easy to use. I'm sure the squirrel I was trying to catch or one of his relatives will be back. Then, I will get to test the trap.
08/19/2021
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Tree rat eliminator
Your trap works great! I bait it with peanut butter and the varmints can't resist. Highly recommended trap, high quality!
J H
08/02/2021
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It works!
The first night I set the trap with walnuts and woke up to a possum! The next day the squirrels came but they were able to pick them without getting caught. Next I tried peanut butter and that was the trick! I have been catching at least 1 squirrel a day since. Some days I have not re-baited the trap and have still caught squirrels. The squirrels are intrigued with the small tunnel design. I love the heavy duty, high quality materials it is made out of. Combine that with how easy it is to set and also release the dead animal it is nearly a perfect trap. Highly recommend for anyone needing to rid their property of small game.
Squirrel Catcher
07/27/2021
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My squirrels are smart
Set this up in 3 different locations that were highly trafficked by squirrels. I would watch them just go around it all the time. They didn't fall for any of the bait. Didn't want anything to do with this trap. Maybe it will work for you, but no squirrels have gone in after a few weeks. Oh well.
Paul
07/13/2021
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It's a stone cold killer!
I just set it, make sure to barely set the pin so it doesn't take much for it to release. 5 dead ground squirrels in 5 days!
Eric
06/28/2021
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This REALLY works
This product is all it purports to be! I purchased three and collectively they caught 22 squirrels in the first six days. I had to call in for instructions because at times I am all thumbs. I spoke with Ray and he walked me through the setting procedure; he even called back the next day to check on me. Great customer service. Thanks, Ray.
Joseph A Saviano
06/25/2021
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Works great
Purchased to eliminate red squirrels. Worked great and I highly recommend!
Greg
02/01/2021
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WCS™ Tube Trap™ - Standard
Like in our reviews at work they always have to say something negative about you. The only negative was lack of communication of when they shipped it. After several days of not hearing if it had been shipped, I emailed them and they said it had been shipped (response to email was fast!) and I received it that day. LOL Great little tube trap and delivery was fast. I did paint it with some protective paint. I would order from WCS again!!!
Bob Bunker
12/12/2020
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self
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Great trap
Had a male squirrel who would not go for bait, but I saw where he ran every morning from the pecan trees along the side of my building to climb up into the roof. I set the trap and created a choke point to force him through or he'd have to go around it. I was about to give up after 6 days, but in the 7th I saw the trap was tripped. I got him as he was trying to run through it.
Barnyard1978
10/28/2020
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JLL
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Works great
Just what we needed, caught one within a week.
Angela
09/10/2020
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This trap is the bomb
Bought this trap 2 months ago and have had great success. Since I have been setting it out daily with peanut butter I have trapped 35 squirrels and 1 possum, I highly recommend this but I would get rust resistant version for extended years of use!
Skip
08/22/2020
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Works every time
Squirrels were eating away at beautiful 100 year old tree. Tried every humane thing possible. This is the best remedy. Sorry squirrels.
JB
08/10/2020
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I'm done trying to coexisting with squirrels
Works like a dream. Takes some getting use to but now after a few days I can set it up in 15 seconds. My 20 30 pound dogs are very interested in the trap, one for the dead animals that keep appearing, the other for the bait, but they cannot trigger. If purchasing again I would get the rust resistant model. Mine started to rust in less than a week but I cleaned and spray painted and that solved the problem nicely.
Ace McGee
08/07/2020
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tube trap
Works great to get squirrels! We did add a few inches of PVC tube to both ends to keep pets from being able to reach spring with their feet. Just lay where squirrels travel, they like to run through tubes!
cynthia s shipley
07/30/2020
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Awesome trap
Used for those annoying squirrels, Works great even snagged a chipmunk. I recommend these traps.
Sheryl
07/27/2020
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Doesn't catch squirrels
Unfortunately, the trap only traps animals weighing over two pounds or so and most ground squirrels in our area are less than a pound. I watched squirrels go through, eat the bait and leave. I suspect it works fine on larger animals. Also, it does not come with instructions. You need to download of their website.
Craig Martin
07/23/2020
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Tube trap works well!
Quick and efficient way to rid your garden of squirrels. Got 10 in one day! Just use Peanut Butter!
Sean
07/19/2020
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Works Amazing!
Works every time, haven't had 1 time where I set it and didn't get results. Reliable consistent product!
Greg
07/04/2020
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Awesome Trap
We tried a squirrelinator with zero luck. The bait alone isn't enough to entice the squirrels away from our crop of delicious avocados and citrus. The tube trap is so effective, I've caught ground squirrels without bait. I put it in the path of travel and block around so they're forced through it. Super easy to clean and reset. The only note I have is to be sure to keep the trigger set on it's most sensitive-- this keeps the platform low in the tube. If the trigger platform is too high they won't go through the tube. I've been using peanuts and smoked almonds. They seem to enjoy them and I haven't caught my dog or any other non-target pests yet.
BB
06/18/2020
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My Friends Keep Borrowing My Trap
This is my 5th tube trap. My friends see it, then want one. The first thing I do is clean off the trap with lacquer thinner, then spray paint it with brown primer + enamel paint to keep it from rusting. A little peanut butter on each end plus a teaspoonful above the trigger proves irresistible. This is the best squirrel trap I have ever used.
Gary Grow
06/04/2020
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Tube trap
We only had it for a few days and it is already rusted.
Robyn Jernigan
05/29/2020
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Works Great - doing the job well
I have successfully eliminated 7 squirrels so far up on my deck (and a small possum unfortunately) in less than three weeks. I bought two standard tube traps. When they arrived, I cleaned them to remove the oil, and dried them and then painted them green. It took almost a week before I got the first squirrel, but have gotten one about every other day. I bait them with a cracker with peanut butter and sunflower seeds. I put some peanut butter on bottom of cracker so it sticks to the lever arm, and some on top with the seeds. A couple squirrels were able to steal the cracker (little buggers), so I found if I slide it toward the back, and block off the back side (push it against my deck rail), they will go in the front. The squirrels had been destroying my deck and posts.
Todd
05/15/2020
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Tube Trap
I have used the tube trap for two weeks. I have caught 5 Squirrels and one rat. It is placed on a block wall used as a through fair. The tube trap makes it easy to discard the animal. I was using a cage trap to catch them but that method went dry. This has worked great and has reduced the squirrel population. A little hard to set but the safety catch works great.
Roger W Gilbert
05/11/2020
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Great Product
Had 8 squirrels in my attic and was able to trap all of them in a few days.
Bill Fox
05/10/2020
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WCS Tube Trap Standard
I am pleased with this product. It's easy to set and to remove trapped squirrels from.
Ron Ridley
04/24/2020
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Washoe Valley, NV
These traps work! We live on a sandy hillside riddled with ground squirrel tunnels which is causing a great deal of erosion on our property. I’m happy with the success and the number of squirrels killed this spring, this is the second year we’ve used the same traps! I bait as directed, peanut butter works well. I’m a 55 year old woman, and at first it was difficult for me to set the trap until I learned how to do it. The safety is a great help! This a very effective, inexpensive, humane way to manage squirrels, prevent property damage and not introduce poison to other native wild life species.
B. Eckert
04/23/2020
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Update to previous poor review
In the 2+ months I've had this trap, it has killed exactly 1 squirrel. I use peanuts and peanut butter for bait, and have it mounted atop a 6' high fence that squirrels regularly use. They run over it, under it, and around it; but never do more than poke their head just in the opening to sniff. I closed off one end and loaded it with peanuts. Two days later the trap had been sprung and the peanuts were gone. My wife calls it a squirrel feeder. I've killed 5 squirrels with a large spring rat trap that I recently bought last week on Amazon and put on a different section of the fence. I'm just glad I didn't buy the stainless steel model of this junk.
Wayne Bailey
04/04/2020
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tube trap
worked great! Set the trap one day, eliminated the squirrel the next. Didn't come with instructions though, had to watch a YouTube video.
steve
04/01/2020
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Not nearly as effective as claimed
I have one of these traps mounted on top of a fence that grey squirrels regularly use as a path across my property. In the almost two weeks that it has been baited and set, it has caught one (1) squirrel. For bait I'm using chunky peanut butter and peanuts which are still in the shell. The squirrels have been jumping or running over it, or just going around it. It has caught and killed four (4) sparrows, which is not our intention.
Wayne Bailey
03/05/2020
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Great Trap
This is the second Tube Trap I have purchased. These are great traps as the rodents do not escape. I use a little peanut butter and some bird seed. I also put a piece of field corn in the end with a blank end cap. It does the trick every time. My first trap was given to a friend and it didn't make it back before I decided I needed another one. My friend is still using my first one and he likes it as well as I do.
Allan Vig
10/15/2019
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Squrrel Trap Review
Nice trap but it should have been galvanized as these are placed outside and the casing is rusting right after the first rain.
Daniel Trembinski
07/28/2019
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hard to set trap for high senitivity
I spent almost half a day trying to figure this thing out, after 13 days with two traps on a squirrel path...and no squirrels caught. Squirrels (gray) weigh 0.9 to 1.3 lbs according to one source...so one foot on the trap should load it to about 4 oz. I tested my initial settings for trip force, and trigger/pan overlap. The trap set at 1/16" overlap tripped at 8 oz, and the trap set at 1/8" overlap tripped at 12 oz. It was not my intent to set the traps differently, but it is very hard to see the actual overlap while setting the trap. My data shows anything larger than 1/16" overlap is probably a waste of time unless you have a stomping squirrel. 1/32" is preferable, but on the verge of auto-tripping. I believe the pan bolt should be moved away 1 to 2 inches to give greater sensitivity and ease of setting. I worked around this problem somewhat by cutting 1/4" long sections of 3/32" rubber vacuum hose, and sliding them over the 1/8" trigger ends...then used a ruler to expose exactly 1/32" of steel for the overlap with pan. Caught two squirrels within an hour (also used new bait). Traps worked great...perfect pelts, no blood or other body fluids. I have already set them out again.
quentin gorton
03/13/2019
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Works great!!
Trap worked first time I set it out. Had huge Grey squirrels chewing holes in my feed bins and getting into the trash and pulling all the garbage out onto the ground. Baited the trap with peanut butter and caught the first one within hours! Trap is really strong and should last a long time. Thank you!
Brenda
03/10/2019
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Great for ground squirrels
Put an un-baited trap in Quonset where ground squirrels had been entering building. Caught and killed 7 Richardson's and one 13-lined ground squirrel this past summer. Told my friend about the trap as he was having trouble with red squirrels in his garden. He bought a trap and got 6 of the critters this summer. Both of us are impressed with the traps. I purchased 2 more traps this fall to use closer to the burrows of the ground squirrels next spring and summer. I'll likely bait such traps and am expecting good results.
Randy
12/08/2018
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Very effective trap
This is a very well built trap and very effective on squirrels. I would highly recommend this trap. Thank you WCS for a quality product.
Rex Goddard
11/23/2018
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oh my God
Best squirrel whacker ever.
DN
11/20/2018
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Proper baiting for squirrels
This trap works great for squirrels wipe your bait on the top inside the trap they will stand on the trigger to get the bait above.
Maynard Stanley Jr
11/18/2018
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Critter Catcher
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Works Great
Worried this trap wouldn't quickly and humanely eliminate the squirrels, but couldn't have been more wrong! It does just that....quick and efficient. Great trap. Worth every penny.
CF
10/07/2018
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Works once doctored
I was really torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. Here's my reasoning: When you buy a thing, it's supposed to do the thing you bought it to do. I bought the trap, but it wasn't killing squirrels. When I used peanut butter, I was feeding ants. When I used peanuts, they vanished without setting off the trap. After 2 weeks of that nonsense, I fashioned a cover out of hardware cloth, capped one end of the trap, and loaded the capped end with enough peanuts to gag a...well, squirrel. Since then, I've killed 4 of the little buggers. So why 3 stars? Based on my experience, the tube caps shouldn't be sold separately - at least one should come with the trap. Like I said at the beginning, when you buy a thing, it's supposed to do the thing you bought it to do. This trap didn't do the thing until I modified it. If this had come with a cap, it would have worked from day one. My advice to WCS - include a cap and up the price a few bucks.
John
08/03/2018
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Went from good to great with one simple modification
Had squirrels in attic and chicken coop. Tried exclusion to avail. On the recommendation of the local university I decided to try this trap. Baited the trap as suggest by placing peanut butter & bird seed mixture inside top of tube. Bait was being eaten but the trap was not firing. Figured out that peanut butter doesn't stick in 100 degree temps. Tried several different things and got a couple. Then I pop riveted a small piece of hardware cloth to the top inside of trap right above trigger and smeared with bait. Since this modification the trap has been 100% effective.
Squirrel free
06/25/2018
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That's the ticket
If you're looking to thin out the squirrel population in or around your home, this device is the real deal. Watch the helpful video on the WCS webpage and become familiar with the trap's operation. Before setting the trap, smear peanut butter on the inside in three places...top of tube (above bait tray) and just inside each opening. Set the trap. Be sure the safety latched is place so the trap is safe to carry. Pick a spot, like the base of a tree where you've seen squirrels ascend and descend. Be sure to lift the safety latch from strike bar. The trap is ready for action. Curious squirrels will invariably check both ends and study the trap. Most of the time, squirrels will venture inside cautiously to eat the peanut butter from roof. When they move toward the bait on the center inside roof of the trap, their body will press the tray and trigger the trap. The powerful spring loaded strike bar then hammers the animal with a powerful blow, killing it instantly. No fuss, no mess. Lift the strike bar and the dead animal slides out for disposal. The tube trap is no toy. Don't put your fingers or hand in the tube while it is armed. You could lose a finger or worse. With practice, you should develop your own system for arming. The self help video on the website is very helpful. Otherwise, this is the most efficient method of Squirrel elimination I've found, particularly in an area where the use of a firearm isn't safe.
David McDougall
06/06/2018
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Can work well but has some serious design flaws
I have used these traps over several years and caught many squirrels. But the traps have two serious design flaws which the manufacturer has not responded to when I wrote about them. Problem #1 is the trap will often get set off by birds, and the U bar will then strike right against the trap at high force and it will BEND. With that U bent enough the trap will no longer work: when you next set the trap the U will be touching the trap itself since it has bent, and that in turn allows the plate to take much more force and it won't fire when the squirrel walks on it. I need to bend the U wires back to be straight again for the trap to fire properly again. Problem #2 is sometimes its impossible to set the trap: it fires every time you let go of the plate. I find I need to pinch the plate end where the pin goes to make the contact point on the plate with the pin be a bit higher. Overall this trap design has potential but they have had these same defects for years and the manufacturer has done nothing to address them.
Scott Smith
06/02/2018
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Love this trap
It's not a cheap trap but it works great. If it is set right, no bait is needed. I have one just stolen from me and need to replace it. I love these traps.
Douglas Hartman
10/24/2017
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Wonderful Tool
Tried the live traps and relocation. Not my decision. That wasn't working at all and convinced the better half we need a plan "B". Especially after a second hole was discovered in my soffit. Repairs will be made in short order but the critters need to go first dear, he said... Found WCS on-line and found this tube trap. Win win it appeared to me, I have to purchase one and try it. I was not disappointed. Set it a six PM and by 8 AM the next morning (1 hr after daybreak)had my first squirrel! Powerful, well built, great design and it really works. Invest in the accessories for setting and perhaps a cap with the hole on just one end so this sensitive trap won't trip if it wants to roll slightly. Just make the hole bigger for squirrels. Worth every penny, if your not the squeamish type get it and get rid of them.
John Convery
01/20/2017
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Perfect trap for Effectiveness and Ease of Use
This trap is the best I have found for catching squirrels. I have finally "worn" this trap out and will be purchasing a replacement. In the lifetime of the trap I have rid my yard of 336 squirrels, (yes, I kept track). I would highly recommend this trap for its effectiveness, and ease of use. I bait the trap with 1 peanut (in shell) and have had tremendous success; sometimes trapping 2-3 squirrels in 1 day, and all on the same peanut.
JMM
11/01/2016
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Amazing!
Had a stubborn female squirrel, kept avoiding our live traps and chewing new holes in wood siding...the siding we had just patched up. Anyways, We set this trap and within hours we had her. Very happy happy with the tube trap. We'll be using this product more often!
Lance T.
03/14/2014
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Moneymaker
This trap has so many applications. Gable vent,soffit,fireplace,gutter,sill,siding, dryer vent entry ... you name it, can be adapted to almost any application. I have not used cages for squirrels in years. Species specific, I have used it unbaited and caught squirrels running through, natural curiosity. Have this trap in 15" and the shorty. Use the mounting hardware that's available and go. Easy to set, discreet and humane.
Robert Todisco
09/04/2012
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The Problem Solver
Squirrel and Roof Rats ... Set and place this trap at the entry/exit point ... Problem Solved.
Justin Ludy
08/25/2012
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Specs
Brand:
Wildlife Control Supplies (WCS)
Weight:
4 lbs. (1.81 Kg)
Dimensions:
4.5" dia. x 15"L - 21 gauge steel
Target Pests:
Squirrel, Mink, Weasel, Norway Rat, Pack Rat

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