I don't know what section of Pa your from so I'll give you some general thoughts; If your in coal coountry you could try coal shale to bed then blend lightly, if you have conifers around or can get to some cedar/junipers you can get the black leaflets from under the trees to bed and then blend, you also can mist with glycerol or polypropolyene between sifitings. Maybe a combination would work in extreme freeze thawing.
I routinely use juniper needles and/or waxed dirt. In all cases you will have to blend over and as Jim-ne pointed out when the covering gets wet and freezes you will experience some problems. I use night latch trigger arrangements to minimize the movement needed to trip the trap and I four coil most of my traps to get them through lightly froozen soil. Remember to dig your beds a bit deeper/larger and add a good layer of what ever you try in the buttom/sides to retard the wicking of moisture from the surrounding ground. I have little trouble when I use waxed dirt. However, different soils and mooisture will change things. Wish I had a fool proof fix for you.
Gary Jepson gave me this tip.Take peat moss and mix Glycerin in it until it is the consistency of fresh Copenhagen.Use this to bed your trap then put a little dust of dry dirt as a cover.When it gets freezing and thawing I quit with traps and go to snares.Snares work much better under these conditions. :grin:
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