How to Do a Mercy Kill Squirrel
Many home gardeners plant strawberries and tomatoes in order to kill squirrels in their gardens. But that won’t always work. You might also try poison bait or live traps. Then, if all else fails, you can use a glue board to hold a poison in the squirrel’s mouth and squeeze. You can even kill the squirrel by using tweezers. Just remember that a tweezer may push the infection into your bloodstream.
Home gardeners plant strawberries and tomatoes to kill squirrels
Millions of home gardeners grow their own food to feed hungry squirrels. While you plant your fruit and vegetables, the squirrels will come and eat them, while you plant your flower beds and decorate the lawn with flowers. Squirrels also eat expensive bulbs before they sprout, which will make the plants look ugly and unattractive. But don’t panic! There are a few ways to get rid of squirrels without killing them.
One method is to use repellant sprays, both commercially available and homemade. You can spray peppermint oil or a mixture of food-safe chili peppers onto your plants. This works because the peppers are natural squirrel repellents. Another option is to place scarecrows near the veggie patches. Remember, these decoys must be moved regularly, so you must move them frequently. You can also try spraying predator urine to ward off squirrels.
Using a live trap
If you’re unable to capture a squirrel using a snap trap, consider using a glue board. This lethal trap requires bait and snaps shut when the animal enters. It’s the perfect solution for squirrel control when you have a curious pet or children who like to investigate critters in your yard. However, it’s important to note that this method can be cruel to the animals if you are using it in an environment with pets, children, and non-target wildlife.
If you use a live trap to capture a squirrel, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. First, set up the trap and anchor it to a strong object. Then, place a heavy object on top of the trap to discourage the squirrel from stealing the bait. Make sure to cover the trap well so it can work properly. Once set, check the trap every 24 hours and move it if it has not sprung.
Using a poison bait
One of the most dangerous things about poisoning squirrels is that you never know what happens after they consume the antifreeze or the poison. Even if you catch the animal, it may still be peeing and causing havoc in your yard. Fortunately, there are ways to mercy kill a squirrel without harming it. Here are a few tips. Keep reading for safe squirrel control. We hope this article helps you get rid of the squirrels in your yard.
A squirrel-killing poison is made to last for weeks. This particular poison is usually purchased in 9-lb buckets, and is composed of peanut butter-tasting chunks. A squirrel or rodent will happily munch down on these blocks, and it may take a couple of weeks before the poison kills it completely. The squirrels will keep coming back for more doses of the bait, but it will become lethal over a period of time.
Using a glue board
Glue boards, which are sticky boards with bait attached to them, are a popular method of capturing and killing rodents. They are not meant to kill the animals immediately, and the average life span of a rat is 2.6 minutes. The animals stuck to the glue board continue to suffer for up to five days. Therefore, if you catch a squirrel, you should act immediately to contain the animal and get it to a veterinarian.
If you want to use the glue board method, make sure to use a heavy-duty glueboard. Otherwise, the squirrel may get out and chew off a leg. You can also use a snap trap, but make sure that it is rat-sized. In addition, don’t use a glueboard that contains food, as the food source for the animal can easily be removed once trapped.
Humane ways to kill a squirrel
Squirrels are a nuisance and can also be a health hazard, so it’s imperative to kill them in the most humane manner possible. There are many methods you can use to kill a squirrel, including asphyxiation, which is a form of death by deprivation of oxygen. CO gas can be applied to the squirrel’s body for up to an hour and will usually kill the animal if there is no heartbeat. Other methods include dropping a heavy object on its head, which also works effectively to kill a rodent.
Another method is to shoot a squirrel with a gun. This method is most effective for small populations, where the population of squirrels is low. Moreover, a squirrel tends to become gun shy after a while, so be sure to practice with a harmless firearm before trying it. Another humane way to kill a squirrel is to use a baited live-cage trap, which can be euthanized with a Co2 chamber or injected with a poison. In either case, the rodent will die quickly without suffering. If you decide to trap a squirrel, you can transport it to another location miles away and release it into the wild.
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.