How to Catch a Ground Squirrel in House
There are many ways to trap a ground squirrel in a house. Here are three of them: using repellents, using a small diameter ground squirrel trap, and using a live trap. While you should never leave an animal unattended for long, catching one quickly will prevent a problem. However, if you don’t want to risk harming the animal, here are some things to keep in mind before you set out to capture it.
Trapping a ground squirrel
If you suspect that a ground squirrel is in your house, there are a few simple steps you can take. First, observe the burrow where the squirrel is most likely to live. Place the trap’s door end into the burrow entrance. The closed end of the trap should point up in the air, and you can use a block of wood or other heavy object to prop it up. The trap’s door will eventually be pushed into the ground squirrel’s burrow. Make sure to set the trap at least three feet from the ground squirrel’s burrow entrance. When the squirrel is caught, it will run through the trap, scaring others away. Be sure to follow local regulations when using this method.
If you’re trapped inside your house, don’t leave it in the attic until the night is over. You could introduce disease or pests to it. It’s also likely to be a nuisance to your neighbors if it has not been moved to a new home. Once you’ve trapped the ground squirrel, release it at night, to discourage it from returning. Remember that the squirrel is most likely to return to the same area.
A ground squirrel infestation can be a very frustrating experience, but there are some things you can do to get rid of it. One method is using mousetraps. Place the traps in areas where squirrels dig and then cover them with dirt. Once the squirrel sets them off, the mechanism will throw dirt at them. Then they will find another place to dig. It’s important to bury the mousetrap so the ground squirrel won’t walk on it and is not injured by it.
Another repellent is garlic. Garlic repels squirrels because of its pungent scent. The pungent smell will overpower other scents, so make sure you spread the garlic around the plants you’d like to keep out. The garlic smell will dissipate after a couple of days. If the squirrels aren’t deterred, try placing a few crushed garlic pieces around the area.
Using a small diameter ground squirrel trap
Using a small diameter ground-squirrel trap to catch a ground-squirrel in your house can be a successful method if you bait the trap properly. You should try peanut butter, but other types of edibles like pieces of fruit and vegetables can also work. Adding rolled oats to the bait will increase its attractiveness. Once the trap is set, keep checking for 24 hours to make sure it is working properly. If the ground squirrel does not scurry away, move it to a different location.
After setting up the trap, you should carefully monitor the ground squirrel’s movements and identify its usual travel routes. These paths will typically be a tree base, a fence near a bird feeder, or a wall near a damaged house. If you cannot locate the squirrel’s travel paths, you can place the trap near an area where the squirrel is most active.
Using a live trap
Setting a trap to catch a ground squirrel can be challenging. The first thing you need to do is observe where the squirrels are residing. Then, wedge the door end of the trap over the entrance of the burrow. The closed end should be pointing up into the air, and you can prop up the trap with a block of wood or other suitable object. After the trap is set, the squirrel will push itself through the trap’s door and enter the room. Be sure to follow all local regulations on trapping, including not releasing a captured animal.
Using a live trap to catch g-squirrels in the house is not a pleasant experience, and it is important to remember that the squirrels are usually quite frightened by human shapes. Therefore, you need to wrap them up with a blanket or other materials so that they do not get scared and try to escape. Make sure to press gently and slowly and do not squeeze the squirrel unless it has to.
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.