How to Get a Ground Squirrel Out of Your House
If you have a squirrel living in your house, you may be wondering how to get it out. Here are a few ways you can do this. Pruning trees and exercising with vibration plates can be effective. Hiring a wildlife removal company can be a good option, too. This article covers the most popular methods. Read on to find out which one will work best for you. In case all of the above methods fail, consider hiring a professional wildlife removal company to help you with the problem.
Lethal traps work well
Lethal traps work well to get shrews and ground squirrels out of your home, but they are not the best solution for all types of wildlife. Using these products requires a bit of expertise and patience, but they will get the job done. If you are able to attract the squirrels to the traps, you can try to get rid of their nest. You can try to scare them by playing loud music or pounding on the walls. If you can’t manage to scare them away, introduce them to the traps.
There are two types of lethal traps, including snap traps and tube-shaped traps. Tube traps are designed to be unattractive to pets and children, and they have a small, narrow opening. When the animal enters the trap, a spring-loaded bar snaps forward and breaks the squirrel’s neck. Body grip traps are not ideal for pets or children because they are gruesome to empty.
If a ground squirrel has made its way into your home through the attic, try to reduce its access to the attic. Squirrels are a menace to trees and can cause damage by eating leaves, fruit, and bark. If you’re not able to remove them from the attic, you can also try to eliminate their access to your roof or walls. Squirrels can be persistent, but they’re relatively easy to get rid of. Start by inspecting areas where they may have entered the house.
Large trees may be a problem if the squirrels are persistent. A few tricks to get squirrels to stay away from a tree include using sparkly objects in the tree limbs, offering chewing alternatives, and placing a dish of water on the ground to draw their attention away from the tree. Also, you can try adding a cloche or PVC over the trunk of your tree to protect it. Young trees are the most vulnerable to squirrel damage.
Exercise vibration plates
There are several ways to use a vibration plate to frighten off a ground squirrel. You can use a device like the Hurtle Fitness vibration platform. These devices have a 200-watt motor and can burn hundreds of calories during a single session. They are also relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at big-box stores. To get the best results, choose a device that makes popping or flashing noises. You can even use a dog whistle with it!
If you are unable to get the ground squirrel out of your house using the above methods, you can use exercise vibration plates to annoy them. The plates work by creating a high level of stress in the squirrel, and because squirrels are sensitive to vibration, they will be put on alert. Ultimately, the high level of stress will force the ground squirrel to leave and seek safety in an attic.
Hiring a wildlife removal company
If you are experiencing a problem with a ground squirrel in your home, you should hire a wildlife removal company to remove it safely. Wildlife removal companies will do an inspection of your property and seal up any entry points so that squirrels cannot enter. In addition to removing the squirrels, wildlife removal companies can also seal up entry points to prevent the rodents from returning.
If you find the problem to be serious, you should hire a wildlife removal company to remove the ground squirrel. These professionals will get rid of the problem safely, and they will also take care of any damage done to your property. Animals can contaminate your home with droppings, urine, and claws, so shooing them away can be dangerous. In these instances, hiring a wildlife removal company is the only reasonable way to solve the issue.
Using essential oils
Using essential oils to get a ground-squirrel out of your house is an excellent way to scare them away. The smell of peppermint, clove, or lemon is enough to send the squirrel packing. You can also play wingman by blocking the squirrel’s escape route. The squirrel will likely run away or be paralyzed by fear. Regardless of the method you use to trap the ground-squirrel, it is important to know the best way to catch them.
Squirrels are a great pest around your yard or garden. But if they are nesting in your home and have made it into your bird feeder, you may have a problem. It is easy for the squirrel to climb up trees and nest in nearby areas. That’s why you should make sure you shower after coming in contact with the animal. This way, your home will be free of fleas, eggs, and nestling ground squirrels.
Making yourself visible in a squirrel’s safe space
Regardless of how close you get, remember to make yourself visible in a squirrel’s safe zone by calling to them. When a squirrel is apprehensive, it tends to emit high-pitched noises that are difficult to locate in the forest. You can make yourself visible by changing your body language and plastering yourself against a tree. This can make the squirrel more vulnerable to being attacked.
If the squirrel has injured you, try to wash it with blue Dawn soap or an instant shampoo no-rinse shampoo. Both will remove dirt, oil and other debris from the squirrel’s fur. Make sure the squirrel is free of parasites and other infections. If the squirrel does not respond to these steps, try scratching the squirrel’s genital region with a Q-tip. To learn more about squirrel behavior, watch some helpful videos on YouTube.
How do you know if you have a ground squirrel in your house?
Ground squirrels are often mistaken for chipmunks.
If you see a small reddish-brown rodent with a long furry tail darting around your home chances are you have a ground squirrel.
Also check for gnawed food packaging nesting materials or holes in your foundation or walls.
What do ground squirrels eat?
Ground squirrels are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods including insects fruits nuts seeds leaves grasses and even small reptiles and mammals.
Why are ground squirrels attracted to my property?
Ground squirrels are attracted to properties with food sources and shelter.
If you have a garden bird feeder or an unkempt yard you may be providing an ideal habitat for ground squirrels.
Do ground squirrels carry disease?
Ground squirrels can carry a number of diseases including rabies typhus and tularemia.
These diseases can be transmitted to humans through bites or contact with contaminated urine or feces.
How can I get rid of ground squirrels?
There are a number of ways to get rid of ground squirrels including trapping and removal poisoning and exclusion.
Trapping and removal is the most effective method but it requires patience and knowledge of the animal’s habits.
Poisoning and exclusion are less effective and can be dangerous to children pets and non-target animals.
What kind of trap should I use to catch a ground squirrel?
The type of trap you use will depend on the location of the ground squirrel and whether you want to catch it alive or dead.
live traps such as wire cages are the best option if you want to release the animal elsewhere.
If you are willing to kill the ground squirrel you can use a variety of lethal traps including snap traps Conibear traps and glue boards.
How do I bait a trap for a ground squirrel?
The best bait for a ground squirrel trap is a mixture of peanut butter and rolled oats.
You can also use sunflower seeds nuts or fruits.
Where should I place my trap?
The best place to set a trap for a ground squirrel is near their food source or in their burrow.
Ground squirrels are most active in the early morning and late afternoon so you may want to check your trap more frequently during these times.
How do I know if the trap worked?
If the trap has a door or lid you can check it periodically to see if the ground squirrel has been caught.
If the trap does not have a door or lid you can check for footprints or droppings around the trap to see if the animal has been caught.
What do I do with the ground squirrel after I catch it?
If you want to release the ground squirrel do so far away from your home to avoid re-entry.
If you decide to kill the ground squirrel contact your local garbage disposal company to find out the best way to dispose of the carcass.
Will a ground squirrel chew through my walls or wires?
Ground squirrels are known to chew on a variety of objects including wires insulation and wood.
This chewing can cause damage to your home and create a fire hazard.
Do ground squirrels hibernate?
Ground squirrels do not hibernate but they do enter a state of torpor during the winter months.
Torpor is a period of inactivity where the animal’s body temperature and metabolism decrease in order to conserve energy.
How long do ground squirrels live?
Ground squirrels typically live 2-5 years in the wild.
However they have been known to live up to 10 years in captivity.
How many babies do ground squirrels have?
Ground squirrels have litters of 2-8 babies with the average litter size being 4-5.
What time of year do ground squirrels have babies?
Ground squirrels have babies in the spring typically between the months of March and May.
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.