How to Catch a Squirrel With a Homemade Trap
If you’re looking for the simplest way to catch a squirrel, consider using a homemade trap. These can be made out of Glue boards, Peanut butter, Orange slices, or even a Glue tube. Then, add the bait of your choice. A homemade trap will not only work, but it’s also easy to make! After all, how hard could it be to catch a squirrel?
There are many different types of glue boards, including commercial ones and homemade varieties. These boards can be placed in areas where the squirrels are known to congregate. Glue boards can be baited with the same kinds of food and odors that snap traps use, such as peanut butter and candy. Once the animal is trapped, they can be disposed of. The glue boards do not work as well in dirty environments, though, and they may attract pets, children, or nontarget wildlife.
Some people choose to use the pressure-sensitive glue boards to trap animals. Animals stepping on them become entangled in the trap and must be dispatched quickly, as they do not have much time to live. In addition, a partially trapped animal may chew off a leg to free itself. Glue traps do not work as well as they claim. You should always check for safety precautions before using glue boards.
One of the most effective ways to trap a squirrel is with peanut butter. Not only is it delicious and convenient to use, but it will keep the squirrel trapped in the trap until it is caught. You can use the peanut butter to bait other traps, such as a nut-filled trap. Other baits you can use include nuts, seeds, or marshmallows. Squirrels are known to steal fruits and birdseed, so they are more likely to go for a baited trap.
The trap is activated by a pressure plate. Peanut butter or black sunflower seeds are also good baits, which squirrels often prefer. Another alternative is peanut butter on toast. Peanut butter on toast will attract chipmunks. If you can’t get a hold of peanut butter, you can try mixing it with jam or syrup. The bait should be large enough to prevent the squirrel from dragging it out of the trap. If you can’t catch the squirrel in the trap, you can also try putting peanut butter on popcorn balls. This bait will attract the squirrel to the trap.
This easy-to-make trap can be used to capture a variety of different types of squirrels, such as those that live on the ground. Squirrels are especially fond of orange slices because the fruit contains lots of juice and moisture, which will attract them to it. Once trapped, they will quickly find their way back to the release site. To prevent escaping, make sure the trap is large and has a one-way door. Once trapped, you need to walk the distance to the release site in a zigzag pattern.
Another good bait for a squirrel trap is peanut butter. This food is available at any grocery store, and it can be easily spread on a pressure plate. Squirrels aren’t likely to swipe it up and they’ll be more likely to trigger the trap if they eat it. To make your homemade trap even more effective, put peanut butter on top of the orange slice.
If you’ve got a squirrel problem, the easiest way to get rid of it is to make a trap yourself. While squirrel traps are often quite expensive, they are not hard to make and don’t require very expensive materials. A plastic glue tube with a cap at one end and a hole bigger than the size of the squirrel will do. Make sure that the trap is sturdy and can hold the squirrel tightly.
Next, you need to prepare the trap. Cut holes on the top piece and attach nuts or screws to it. Then, tie a bungee cord or knot to the PVC. This will serve as the lever. Once the squirrel gets inside, he will trigger the lever, which will open the trap’s door. The bait will attract the squirrel’s attention and force it to enter the trap.
If you’ve ever tried to catch a squirrel, you may be curious as to how to make a homemade trap for squirrels. The good news is that the materials needed for this project are low-cost and inexpensive. Not to mention, there’s zero skill required. To make your own homemade trap, simply cut a length of PVC pipe to six feet. Sand the edges with a metal file. Once the pipe is cut to length, use a powered drill to drill two small holes in the end. The holes should be a few inches apart to ensure ventilation for the squirrels and negate the risk of suffocation. Once the bait is in place, close one end of the pipe and drill two small holes along the other.
The pressure plate of the homemade trap will trigger the squirrel to fall into the trap. Mix peanut butter, molasses, or jam into the bait. Place the bait in the PVC pipe at the top of the pressure plate. The inner tube of the trap should be at about sixty-70 degrees. This will make the trap easier to set and prevent the squirrel from getting out. When the trap is set, the squirrel should be trapped and not be able to escape.
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.