How to Catch a Squirrel
There are a few things to remember when trying to catch a squirrel. First of all, a squirrel will get spooked by human shapes, so avoid using a human-shaped trap! You can also use a blanket or other material to wrap the squirrel in. Try not to press too hard as the squirrel may struggle to escape. Next, put poisonous bait or live-cage traps inside the cage.
Tree squirrels can be challenging to catch as they are not only small, but also highly opportunistic. As long as they can gain access to food sources, they will do so. Therefore, it is important to know what these creatures eat and where they will be most likely to hide. Alive-cage traps can help you catch one. But you must be aware of the dangers that come with using poison baits.
To use a live-cage trap, place it near a place where squirrels are likely to congregate. Avoid placing the trap near a tree or other high-activity area, as squirrels may try to knock it over in their attempt to get to the bait. To prevent spooking, place a towel over the platform of the trap. When checking the trap, use a soft voice and open it slowly. Alternatively, you can place fresh bait in the trap. However, don’t keep the trapped animal longer than 24 hours.
There are several poisonous baits on the market, but the best one to use is rat poison, which works best during the colder months when the squirrels have less to eat. However, rat poison is not effective during the warmer months, and you must use it with caution around children or pets. Always read the label before using any poison, and be sure to use it in a bait box or high in the tree, where it is out of reach of children and pets.
Another poisonous bait that can be used to capture a squirrel is strychnine, which is highly toxic. The animal is not killed, but it will experience some discomfort while eating it. If the squirrel is not already poisoned, it won’t eat the bait. However, these poisons can be fatal to humans and pets. For this reason, they should never be used by homeowners who want to protect their property.
Relocating a squirrel after being trapped
Relocating a squirrel after being trapped is not an easy task. Not only will it leave the trap and area unusable, but it will likely lead to more work down the road. Many people suggest relocating the squirrel to an undeveloped area with plenty of water sources. This isn’t always possible, however. If you do find a squirrel in an urban area, the chances are it’s more vulnerable to harm.
It’s important to know that it is illegal in your province to trap wildlife. In addition, wildlife removal professionals do not encourage trapping, even if the animals are damaging property. It’s even illegal to transport wildlife. Trapped wildlife may try to find its way back home if it’s not released properly. Ultimately, it’s best to release the animal where it belongs. However, there are a few things you can do to make the relocation process go smoothly.
Placement of a trap
Besides the bait, placement of a squirrel trap is one of the most important parts of squirrel trapping. If you place your trap near signs of squirrel activity, you will be more successful with catching the animals. Also, keep in mind that the trap must be on a level and stable surface, which will make it easier for the animals to step on. Once you’ve selected the bait, the next step is to set the trap.
It’s best to place the trap close to the entry point, such as in your attic, near a bird feeder, or on a flat portion of the roof. A squirrel will typically enter a home through holes in exterior openings, including dislodged soffit screens, loose flashing around chimneys, and holes in gable-end louvered panels. Place the trap near these entrances, and check it every day to catch any squirrels. DIY attic traps rarely work.
What is the best way to capture a squirrel?
The best way to capture a squirrel is to use a trap.
What is the best bait to use in a trap to capture a squirrel?
The best bait to use in a trap to capture a squirrel is nuts or seeds.
What type of trap is best to use to capture a squirrel?
The best type of trap to use to capture a squirrel is a live trap.
Where is the best place to set a trap to capture a squirrel?
The best place to set a trap to capture a squirrel is near their food source.
How often should you check a trap set to capture a squirrel?
A trap set to capture a squirrel should be checked every 24 hours.
How do you know if a squirrel has been captured in a trap?
When a squirrel has been captured in a trap the door will be closed.
What should you do once a squirrel has been captured in a trap?
Once a squirrel has been captured in a trap release it in a nearby park or forest.
Is it legal to capture a squirrel?
In most states it is legal to capture a squirrel as long as you have a permit.
What is the best time of year to capture a squirrel?
The best time of year to capture a squirrel is in the fall.
Why do people capture squirrels?
People capture squirrels for various reasons including for pest control or to relocate them.
How many squirrels can you capture at one time?
You can usually capture up to four squirrels at one time.
What should you do if you can’t release a captured squirrel right away?
If you can’t release a captured squirrel right away contact your local wildlife authorities.
What is the biggest danger of capturing a squirrel?
The biggest danger of capturing a squirrel is that they can bite and carry diseases.
What should you do if a squirrel bites you?
If a squirrel bites you wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention.
What are some other ways to deter squirrels?
Some other ways to deter squirrels include using scarecrows noise makers or bright lights.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.