How to Catch a Squirrel Hitting in Your Garage
If you’ve recently discovered a squirrel hiding in your garage, you may be wondering how to catch it. Squirrels can cause serious problems in your garage, chewing through electrical wires and wood. If you can’t catch the animal in a live trap, you can use flour or newspaper to block the entry point. However, if you find footprints in the flour, you should take more drastic measures. Instead of covering the holes with flour, you should repair the holes and make sure there’s no access to the squirrel.
Flying squirrels can chew through electrical wires
The first step in controlling flying squirrels is to ensure that you’re not hosting an infestation. These pests don’t hibernate, but they do slow their metabolism so they can conserve energy. Flying squirrels live in communities of up to 20 other individuals. Typically, the number of flying squirrels in a single colony will range from six to eight. If you suspect that your attic is being invaded, look for signs of gnaw damage and droppings. You may also hear noises coming from your walls and attic.
While flying squirrels are not large animals, they are incredibly persistent, and can chew through nearly any building material, including electrical wires. They’ll even chew through wood. If you’re unable to see these signs, you can expect to hear them chewing away on your home’s electrical wiring. These rodents will leave behind visible holes, and oil residue near the openings.
They can spread disease
If you suspect that your garage is a nesting ground for squirrels, you may need to trap them. However, you need to understand how to do it safely. First, you need to identify which squirrel you want to trap. Remember, squirrels are known to spread disease and can also cause fires if they chew electrical wires. Live traps should only be used when the squirrel is a known threat.
You should also note that squirrels usually live in sheds for short periods of time. When babies leave the nesting site, they start to become independent. This means that it would be best to wait until the babies grow up and leave the house. Otherwise, if you catch them, you risk their abandonment. If you are afraid of the disease they can carry, you can also use live traps.
They can gnaw through wood
Squirrels are notorious for chewing through anything they can get their hands on, from wooden beams and soffit boards to wires and electrical wiring. A single squirrel can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a short period of time. Additionally, they are noisy roommates and can spread germs and diseases. If you find a squirrel in your home, act fast to stop its destruction!
If you notice signs of a squirrel infestation, you can try live trapping. Live traps are an effective way to get rid of the animals without harming them. However, make sure you identify the squirrel first. Live trapping is one of the safest methods. The DIY guide has instructions and product recommendations. Once you identify the squirrel, put a live trap on it and check it twice a day.
They can be caught in live traps
When using a live trap to catch squirrels hiding in garages, it is crucial to set it properly. To catch a squirrel, you should first set the bait and then wait a day or two before checking the trap. Remember that squirrels can become accustomed to the presence of bait and might decide to hide. Before setting a trap, make sure that it is placed on a flat surface. To prevent the squirrel from pushing the trap over, use weights or bricks to block their path.
Squirrels can enter your house through open doors or windows, or a fireplace or chimney. If you catch one in your home, it will be very desperate to get out. Close all interior doors and open the windows and exterior doors. If the squirrel has climbed up to a second story window or a garage door, it may jump out and attempt to escape. While you’re approaching the squirrel, hold a blanket in front of your body so as to keep the animal away from concrete.
They can be caught with one-way door devices
The first step in catching a squirrel in your garage is to install a one-way door device. This can keep squirrels out of your garage by preventing them from accessing your home. You should also ensure that the door is secure and that no food or water sources are nearby. If you suspect that the squirrels may be using your garage as a den, you can bait the traps with peanut butter. The trap must be checked at least twice a day. Likewise, you can try removing all birdfeeds or pet food from outside your garage. Sealing up all cracks and openings will also help.
If you have a pet squirrel, it can also be tempting to try to catch it with a one-way door device. However, it’s important to remember that squirrels usually live in sheds only for a few months. Babies usually leave the nest at about four months and start dispersing from their family. If you don’t want to disturb the mother or her babies, you can wait until they reach adulthood. If you don’t want to disturb the babies, you can seal up the holes.
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.