Not long ago, the owner of The Trap Maker company was looking for someone to take on manufacture and distribution of his popular repeating rodent traps. It was a natural fit with Bass Equipment’s line of small animal cages and related products. As a result, you can now find these high-quality rodent traps in our online store.


Trap Maker Products

Bass Equipment and The Trap Maker have teamed up to bring you the popular Squirrel Pro, Orchard Pro and Black Fox & Rat Master line of small animal traps. These are the same highly-effective small animal traps offered for years by The Trap Maker. Take a look at these innovative live traps and learn more about this inventive way to trap the likes of squirrels, rats, ground squirrels and chipmunks.

Garpro : Garden Pro & Master repeating live trap (24x16x4)

The Garden Pro trap is 24x16x4 inches, 14 Ga. Welded Galvanized, Cage-Quality trap with 1x2 wire mesh with two spring loaded one way doors. One door is at the end of the trap on the side, while the other door is on the top in the opposing corner. There is an 8x8 inch easy access door on top for release or removal. This trap was designed for the smaller scale trapping. This trap works very well in buildings & attics. With one door on top you will have a chance of stopping any diggers you may encounter in soft soils. Just put a few small limbs on three sides of the trap keeping the squirrels away from the sides. The chain handles have been moved to the end for easy lifting.


The patented Black Fox repeating live trap is your answer to trapping ground squirrels, tree squirrels, large rats, small feral cats and similar size rodents. This trap is made in the USA using high quality 1" x 1" galvanized after 14ga. wire mesh. The trap features two spring loaded trap doors that measure 4" x 4" and a main access door that measures 8" x 8". (Patent #7886086 b2)


The Squirrel Pro trap is 24x24x4 inches,14 Ga. Welded Galvanized, Cage-Quality trap with 1x2 wire mesh. The squirrel pro has two spring loaded one way doors located in opposite corners. There is an 8x8 easy access door on top for release or removal. The chain handles on each end make for easy lifting.

How to Use The Trap Maker Rodent Live Traps

Follow these tips and tricks and you'll be trapping small nuisance animals like a pro.


Where to Locate a Rodent Trap

Ground Squirrels and Rats

  • Put the trap as close to the squirrel or rat hole entrance as you can. If there are multiple holes, place the trap in the middle.
  • Sprinkle at least one to three cups of bait in the middle of the trap.
  • Try to keep the trap as flat as possible, if you have soft or loose dirt move the trap back and forth a bit to settle the trap in the ground just enough to cover part of the wire.
  • Always make sure that there are no obstructions like small rocks, twigs and grass to keep the spring loaded, doors from working properly.

Tree Squirrels

  • Put the trap on the ground where they are feeding or they are causing your problems. 
  • You can place the trap on a 2’6” x 2’6” sheet of plywood and mount it in a tree.
  • If the critters are getting into your house, put the trap in the attic on a sheet of plywood. If the plywood will not go through your attic access, just put the trap on the rafters.
  • You can also mount it outside on your roof where the squirrels are going in and out.


Tips and Tricks for Trapping Small Animals

  • After a few catches are made move the trap to another location. You can always move it back in a few days if you aren't catching anything at the new location.
  • Keep the trap cleaned out and clean. If there are dead animals in the trap or it smells bad, it will discourage others from entering.
  • Check the trap often, as the small animals die from the heat and sun very quickly. It may be a good idea to check and pick up the trap right before nightfall.
  • If you leave the trap out overnight and the bait is gone the next morning you are feeding mice. Bring the trap in at night.
  • Be careful around the wire cut ends. We have tried to make sure all of the cut ends of the wire have been ground smooth, but they can still injure you.
  • Often, especially in fruit and nut orchards, it becomes difficult to get the small animals to visit and enter the trap. This can often be overcome by pre-baiting. Put out bait and let the animals have a free lunch for 3 or 4 days before placing the trap in that location. The trap can be working at one location while you pre-bait another location.


Small Animal Bait

The key to successuful small animal trapping is putting out bait that the animals want. Then, make it easier to get than what you have hanging on your tree, planted in your fields or gardens. Make it as easy as possible for them.

Suggested Trapping Bait

  • Grains
  • Nuts (especially almonds and peanuts0
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Anise oil - a drop or two on bread
  • Almond extract - a drop or two on bread
  • Shelled corn
  • Apples and other fruit
  • Mixed peanut butter & oatmeal or peanut butter, molasses & popcorn
  • Dry dog food
  • Dry cat food
  • Parrot feed with sunflower seed
  • French fries
  • Fried chicken and bones - works great for rats
  • Canned cat food - perforate the can with small holes - works for rats


If you have any questions about The Trap Maker small animal traps or any of our products, please don't hesitate to contact us at Bass Equipment. We're happy to help.

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