All squirrels are vulnerable to cold and wet weather and they may not survive if held captive for a long period or overnight in an open cage trap.
It is particularly important to cover cage traps set on the ground because a captured animal or bird is also vulnerable to attacks from foxes, badgers, crows, cats and dogs.
A covered Elgeeco Refuge Cage attached below the floor door of an Elgeeco squirrel trap provides a darkened weatherproof compartment into which a captured squirrel can retreat if it wishes.
Although an Elgeeco trap is up off the ground away from predators, the use of the optional Refuge Cage may be recommended when traps cannot be checked frequently during periods of bad weather or immediately before nightfall.
In areas where red squirrels might be present, always provide nesting material and check traps frequently.
Refuge Cages have a top entrance opening which aligns with the floor door in the Elgeeco Squirrel Trap (shown above).
Refuge Cages and are easy to secure to the bottom of the Elgeeco Squirrel Trap by using the short length of plastic coated spring wire supplied. The tension in the spring wire will also hold weather protection, such as a bin-liner in place