How to Drown a Squirrel
You probably don’t want to let the squirrel live in your house, but there are many ways to drown it safely. You can use poison, snap trap, blunt force trauma, or an exclusion trap. If these methods don’t work, you can also use a hyperbaric chamber. The chamber removes the air from the environment and the animals suffocate. The whole process only takes a few minutes. However, you have to make sure that the trap door stays closed.
Using a snap trap
There are many ways to get rid of squirrels without hurting them. One of the most humane methods is to use a snap trap. This device consists of a small metal cage with a door that attaches to a plate inside. You can place bait inside the cage and the squirrel will find a way to get to it. Once the squirrel applies pressure to the plate, the spring will close the door, trapping it.
A snap trap is designed for a small animal like a squirrel, so it should fit in a standard mouse or rat-sized mouse. Glueboard traps are often less than humane, as squirrels can easily chew off the leg of a glueboard trap. Using a snap trap is not recommended if you want to avoid harming your pets or children. Also, it’s illegal to drown the animal in a snap trap, so make sure the trap is heavy duty and designed for a rat.
Rather than using poison to kill a squirrel, try trapping them. While this method may seem less humane than using poison, it is still an effective way to get rid of squirrels. After you have trapped a squirrel, you can either release it back into the wild or give it to a game person. Of course, some people may want to shoot the squirrel, but this is illegal in most places.
One solution to killing squirrels is to use a squirrel pellet. These small pellets are highly effective at repelling squirrels, and they do not require extra traps. However, squirrel pellets are not safe for your pets and may dissolve in the rain, making them difficult to trap. Moreover, squirrels are notoriously difficult to poison, so you should only use poison when all other methods have failed. If you are unable to trap a squirrel, you can also use exterminators’ choice spray. This spray is safe for humans and pets, and the scent is pleasant.
Using a blunt force trauma
One of the more controversial methods of animal euthanasia is ‘blunt force trauma’, which involves hitting an animal over the head with a large object. The impact will cause the rodent’s brain to be destroyed, resulting in a slow but painful death. State police declined to disclose the method of killing the squirrel. Predator Defense and the Humane Society of the United States have condemned this method.
Alternatively, you can use a hyperbaric chamber to kill the animal. This will deprive it of oxygen and kill it by dislodging the air from the animal’s body. The animal is not likely to survive the process, but you’ll have to ensure the squirrel’s death is humane. Also, the cage must be deep enough to contain the gas. A live squirrel may twitch after it is shot, but it is normal and unintentional.
Using an exclusion trap
If you have a squirrel problem, using an exclusion trap is a good way to stop the problem. These traps are steel cages with handles. The squirrel will be lured into the trap, which closes once the animal is in it. When you use a kill trap, make sure to use a wide guard over your hand so that it won’t bite you. Using a trap that is too small will leave a hole for the animal to get out.
You can also use poison, but remember to always follow local laws and regulations about poisoning wild animals. While squirrels won’t bite you, their nails can scratch you. If you’re unsure about the safety of poison, contact a wildlife expert. The use of poison can be dangerous to the animal and could expose other animals in the area to the toxins. Also, keep in mind that you’re putting yourself and your pets at risk by releasing the animal back into the wild.
Avoiding people who can make it difficult for you to drown a squirrel
Squirrels are a great nuisance and are tough to deal with, but there are some tricks you can try to prevent them from causing you any problems. Remember, squirrel repellent always works! Try to avoid people who tend to feed them, as this will only make it harder for them to find your property. Avoiding people who have squirrel repellent in their homes will also help.
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.