How to Bait Trap For Squirrels
If you are trying to lure a squirrel to your home, you’ll want to use a bait trap. The most common baits for squirrel traps are fruit and marshmallows, which are both sweet and attract squirrels. Avoid using poisonous bait, such as rat poison. Soft bread and marshmallows work just as well. Other common baits include bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow. Glue boards are another way to attract ground squirrels.
Fruit is the best bait
If you’re looking for the best bait for squirrel traps, consider fruit. Squirrels love the scent of fruit, and they will be lured away from regular paths by sweet treats. These can even attract other pests. Oranges are an excellent choice because of their sweet flavor and strong aroma. Walnuts and acorns also work as great bait. Soft marshmallows or bread can also be a great bait pan. You can also try peanut butter or marshmallow as edible glue.
Another good bait for squirrel traps is unsalted nuts in peanut butter. You can also use seeds or sweet citrus fruits. Popcorn and cereal are good options for bait. You can also try almond extract and anise oil on bread. If you have any doubts about the effectiveness of these baits, consider hiring a pest control service to help you with your trapping operation. This way, you can be assured of a safe and effective squirrel trapping experience.
Avoid poisonous bait
Using poison is a common method of eliminating pests, but it’s a cruel method and carries risks of its own. Aside from being ineffective, poisoning leaves dead rats in your home that will continue to smell. To avoid a messy situation, you should try using non-poisonous bait instead. Listed below are some pros and cons of using poisonous bait.
When using poison, be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully to avoid poisoning the nontarget species. This is especially important when using poison in a squirrel trap. The bait should be changed out regularly to minimize the risk to nontarget species. If you don’t have time to replace the bait, you can use it as maintenance. Always read the instructions before baiting a squirrel trap. Remember that squirrels have a strong sense of smell, and the presence of human smell can make them flea-ridden.
Soft bread works in the same way as marshmallows
If peanut butter is too strong for your taste, try using soft bread instead. Both of these foods work as edible glue in a bait pan. If marshmallows and peanut butter do not work for you, try soft bread. Both of these items work as food glue and attract the attention of squirrels. The downside to using marshmallows is that they are expensive to purchase, but they work very well in a bait trap.
You can also try using soft bread or marshmallows as a squirrel’s favorite food. This way, the squirrel will think that you have found their favorite snack. Since squirrels have giant incisor teeth, they can’t easily gnaw on soft food without getting a piercing. Soft bread works in the same way as marshmallows and is easy to find in your home.
Glue boards capture ground squirrels
Glue boards capture ground squirrels by entangling them in a sticky substance. The glue clings to the animal, causing it to become trapped in the adhesive for hours. They may be stuck on all four legs, or one leg. They struggle desperately to free themselves, and in the process may tear their legs or bones or even bite glue out of their nasal passages. The animal eventually dies of exhaustion or dehydration.
Though the government and pest control industry agree with the scientific evidence, there are other ethical concerns. While glue boards can be inhumane, the animals trapped in them may suffer in painful pain for days. In some cases, the animal can bite its limbs off to free itself. If the animal is not transported to a veterinarian or rehabilitator, it might not survive the trauma. In such a case, there are better options.
Glue boards are lethal
Although the government and professional pest control industry have banned the use of glue boards for attracting squirrels and rodents, there are still many people who purchase them and use them in their own homes. The first thing you should know is that glue boards do not provide a quick death. They should be disposed of along with the live animals they have trapped. Squirrels and other animals trapped in glue boards can suffer for hours. They can become trapped in the glue and tear off limbs or break bones. Sometimes the animals bite the glue board from their nasal passages, but they can often die of stress and starvation.
Glue boards can be commercial or homemade. They are placed in areas where squirrels tend to congregate, and they are often baited with the same kind of bait that snap traps use. The boards can be lethal once the animal is trapped. However, they are not effective in dirty environments or if they are attracted to children, pets, or other nontarget wildlife. Glue boards can also kill small animals.
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.