How Do You Get a Squirrel Out of Your House?
There are many methods of getting rid of squirrels. Live capture traps, kill-traps, body-grabbing traps, and scaring the squirrels away can be effective ways to rid your house of a squirrel infestation. Hopefully, one of these methods will work for you! But first, you should know what your options are. There are many options available, and choosing the right one for your situation is important.
Live capture traps
If you’re battling an annoying squirrel in your home, consider live capture traps. These small, metal traps can be placed in many different locations, including your attic or roof. You’ll need to select the right size for the area, however. If the trap is too small, the animal will never be able to fit through, while a large one will cause the squirrel to run into the steel bars. You should also consider using the appropriate size to avoid catching an entire squirrel.
First of all, consider the type of squirrel you’re dealing with. A squirrel may enter your home through an open door, a chimney, or a fireplace. Once in your home, they’ll be desperate to get out. Close interior doors and windows, but open your exterior door or window. A squirrel may attempt to jump from a second-story window, so avoid stepping onto concrete. If you’re unable to locate the animal, place a blanket or other material in front of it.
Before you can use kill-traps to get a squirrel out, you need to understand what squirrels need and are capable of causing damage. While they are not naturally aggressive, they can bite or scratch if cornered, which can cause infection or the transmission of viruses. Additionally, squirrels don’t want to make a nest in a house that is full of human activity, so they will usually move on to a new home when entrapped.
You can start by identifying which squirrel is infesting your structure. Squirrels are notoriously noisy, and you will likely hear their scurrying, scratching, and gnawing noises. If you notice any of these behaviors, you should consider putting up a kill-trap. A successful trapping strategy requires taking into consideration the animal’s habits and the location of its burrows.
Unlike the more traditional humane methods, using body-gripping traps to catch a squirrel is a painless way to keep them out of your home. These traps come with a metal dog that latches onto a body-shaped opening. You can use shelled pecans, peanuts, peanut butter, oatmeal, or other kinds of nuts and dried fruits as bait. Body-gripping traps can also be set without bait and placed near the entrance hole or on a railing.
The best place to place a body-gripping trap is the opening where the squirrel enters or exits the house. The trap will snap shut on the squirrel’s neck and head and kill it instantly. If you have a small child or pet, place a cubby hole nearby. Otherwise, set the trap at least four inches away from the entrance. If your trap is placed too close to a window, you risk catching the animal in your trap.
Scaring squirrels off
There are several ways of scaring squirrels away from your home. One way is by creating a homemade squirrel repellent spray. This spray is inexpensive and easy to make, and you can add your own essential oils if you want. It is effective at keeping squirrels away from your house, but there are many other methods to try as well. If you’d prefer a more physical approach, you can also use traps.
Another option is to use mothballs. These contain a compound called naphthalene. This compound gives off a distinctly unpleasant odor that resembles that of a forest fire. It is important to remember that mothballs can be quite toxic to humans, so you need to replace them periodically. Vinegar is another repellent that works well on squirrels. You can place cotton cloths saturated with cider vinegar in areas that are often frequented by squirrels. However, these cloths must be replaced frequently because the vinegar will evaporate over time.
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.