If the question is Am I smarter than a squirrel?, the answer is Not yet. But I'm working on it.
Bonnie's live trap has been living in one of our flower beds for two weeks now and has yet to capture one of those furry pests who seem intent on wreaking havoc in my yard. During the first week nary a squirrel was seen but that didn't last. One morning I looked out and there were three of them scampering around the yard, digging little holes and totally ignoring the delicious aroma of chunky peanut butter that baited the trap.
You need some bird feedin it was the advice. So I bought bird feed, cleaned out the lid that holds the bait and refilled it with more peanut butter with bird feed on top. Back into the flower bed near where I always see the squirrels it went. The result? Nada. I can see the trap from inside the house and the unsprung door taunted me every morning.
Then as we were mowing yesterday I realized that the lid holding the bait was empty. Not just empty, it was clean as a whistle...and clear up against the edge of the trap rather than in the middle where I had placed it. Those pesky little rodents had reached through the side and pulled it over to where they could reach the food without entering the trap. I'll give them this...they're clever.
But I'm clever-er...at least I hope so. The lid now has two holes in it and a wire running through those holes to fasten it to the center of the trap. They can't move it and they can't get to it without entering the trap. Let's see what those fuzzy-tailed nuisances do about that!