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After the Arctic conditions of last week its good to get out & get on with some serious mole trapping. Last week the traps I had out were set solid in the ground with no hope of any moles springing them and then when there was a slight thaw it snowed, the traps got buried and I couldn't check them anyway. Hopefully no more severe frosts & plenty of mole activity.
Baby rabbits have made ferreting operations difficult now, they will either skip through the nets and knock them down or the ferrets find them in the nest, make a feast of them & then lie down for a snooze... not ideal if the client is expecting a big bag of rabbits.
The snow last week revealed an unwelcome guest still visiting our hen's pen, when I let them out the morningafter the snow I noticed the tell tale star shaped footprints of a rat coming from the woodpile & into the hen's run. Another Mk 4 Fenn trap was duly set, under some roofing slates and today the culprit was apprehended, minus his tail.
Last night the last of the ice thawed in our pond and when I shone a torch in last thing at night there were several frogs floating on the top, getting ready for their annual orgy .... a sure sign that Spring is coming.
These mouse bait stations have been gnawed by rats to get at the bait inside.
I took them from one of my service contracts last week ..... no profit on that job !!!