How to Get Rid of a Squirrel
In order to get rid of a squirrel, you need to know where to start the process. The first step is to find the entrance point. If you find a hole, cut it out and place a little bait in the entrance. Peanuts or peanut butter are the best option for bait, but you can also use other things like crackers, apple slices, and soda crackers. Make sure the trap door is wide enough so that the animal can easily squeeze in and out of the trap.
Before preparing the bait, seal off the room. Make sure all doors leading to the room are closed. If you cannot remove the door barrier immediately, you can make one of your own. Particle board or plywood can be used to create the barrier. Then, remove the door barrier from the other room and let the traps do their job. You may need to repeat the process for several days until you see results.
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If you don’t want to deal with the mess that a dead squirrel will cause, you can kill the animal using chemicals. These products may contain Chloralose, Arsenic, White Phosphorus, Bromethalin, Barium, Crillidine, Thallium, and Scilliroside. These poisons should not be kept near children, as they are dangerous to domestic animals.
A one-way entrance hole can be made from wire mesh or a thin sheet of metal. This will allow the squirrel to leave your yard but prevent them from coming back in. To make the funnel, you need to cut the pipe lengthwise and spread it open. The small end should be slightly smaller than the hole the squirrel uses to enter and exit your home. This way, you will have a funnel that will stop the squirrels from entering and leaving your house.
Remember that squirrels are scared of humans. So, it’s best to be as calm as possible when confronting them. They are likely to flee if they feel threatened. Keep an eye on their activity to make sure they don’t come back. You can also use hot sauce and garlic to create a DIY spray. Once the spray has been created, you’ll be able to repel the squirrel in the future.
It is best to release the squirrel from your home in a cage by closing the door and using heavy work gloves. Once you’ve trapped the squirrel, you need to release it at a distance of at least ten miles (16 km) from your home. In this way, the squirrel will not be able to return to your home in the winter. And you need to be prepared for the possibility that the squirrel may come back.
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.