Ok, so we have a rodent problem, although not a big one anymore, as Ive been doing my part to keep them at bay.
Now we have another problem though.
A bit of backstory.
We live in the woods. Critters are everywhere. Rodents too. I dont mind them as long as they stay out of my stuff.
This includes Chipmunks, Mice and whatever else might decide to either dig up property near the house.
I put out small bait stations for the mice, and they work well.
I have several small single block type stations, and a couple Tin Cat live catch type. The Tin Cats also have bait, but this is to catch the ones that like to live in the attic. They come out to feed at night, and get caught in these, eat bait, and die. The end. For them at least.
This has worked ok for some time.
Recently, I decided to upgrade the outside bait stations to a larger size to hold more bait and thus be a bit more maintenance free.
Trouble is, the raccoons have made a big appearance this year and have taken to emptying all of them out, including the tin cat traps.
They dont care if there are blocks on top or not.
I ordered some anchor kits made for my particular stations that mount to 12x12 pavers, but Im not sure that will work as well as Id like.
I have no intention of killing raccoons but Id like them to stay out of the bait, because it certainly will kill whatever eats it, especially if they eat that much.
My current plan is to use the hardware to attach the stations to the paver, then place a smaller paver on top of it. That should make it heavy enough they wont be able to move it far, if at all. Or at least I hope so.
My thought is that they cant reach in too far with it laying down, and that since they werent secured to anything, they could get them to whatever angle they wanted to get their little paws in there and get the bait out. Judging from the scratches all over them, it took a bit of doing.
Anyway, I dont mind killing nusance critters like mice or chipmunks, but unless the raccoon are damaging property, I see no reason they should die if I can help it.
Anyone had issues like this?