How to Humanely Kill a Squirrel in a Trap
If you’ve decided to use a squirrel trap to catch a rodent, you may be wondering how to humanely kill it. This article will show you how to avoid getting into arguments with other people because you killed a squirrel with a trap. You can use a solid-sided trap, air gun, or spring trap. Regardless of what method you choose, it’s best to use one that’s approved by the ASPCA.
Avoiding people arguing with you if you kill a squirrel in a trap
Before you kill a squirrel with a trap, consider what kind of animals you want to kill. Squirrels are not generally dangerous to humans, but they can carry diseases and parasites. They may also carry fleas and lice. You should never feed a squirrel or trap it in your yard or garden, or attempt to catch it with a trap. Lastly, you should avoid releasing the trap back into the wild as it can expose other people and animals to infestation.
Using a solid-sided trap
A solid-sided trap can be used to humanely kill a squirrel. The squirrel is placed in the trap by pulling one of the sides of the trap until they almost touch each other. The trap has a latch that snaps shut when the animal passes through it. Once the animal is caught, it will die quickly and painlessly. These traps can be placed on the roof, chimneys, fence tops, and even dryer vents. Make sure that you use a guard to prevent the animal from getting bitten by the trap springs.
Use a trap designed to exclude the target animal. A 5×5 trap is ideal for tree squirrels, as they are highly observant. Don’t look through the trap frequently; this will spook the squirrel and make it extra wary of it. Using a trap designed for one species will help ensure the humane death of multiple animals. A 5×5 trap, for example, is designed to catch only tree squirrels.
Using an air gun
You can use an air gun to humanely kill dozens of squirrels at one time by setting up a trap on your property. This trap will catch the animal in its natural habitat. The squirrel will run out of the trap slowly and stop once it reaches the poles. Be sure to use the correct trigger and pellets. A squirrel should not be shot when it is already moving down a tree.
While shooting squirrels with air guns may scare them away, it can be lethal. It can kill the animal by cracking the bones, eyes, jaw, ear, and causing a long death. Using airsoft is not a realistic option in the city. There are other ways to humanely kill squirrels. Here are some of the methods you can use.
Using a spring trap
Using a spring trap to humanefully kill a squirrel can be effective in a wide variety of situations, including in trees. They can run up and down tree trunks, leap from branch to branch, and even run along utility lines. If you want to safely trap a squirrel, the best place to use a spring trap is at the base of a tree. The trap should be big enough to catch an average-sized squirrel but small enough to escape, but small enough to prevent it from running through the steel bars. The trap should be at least fourteen to eighteen inches long, and about six to eight inches high to avoid causing injury to the animal.
While snap traps are the least humane option for squirrel control, they can also be very effective. However, snap traps are dangerous and should never be used near pets or small children. A tube trap is made up of a metal tube with a bait. A spring-loaded bar snaps forward into the tube when the squirrel tries to eat the bait. The spring will cause the trap to snap shut, killing the squirrel.
Using a live-catch trap
A live-catch trap is a lethal type of trap that consists of a metal tube about 15 inches long and five inches wide. The trap has a bait that is placed in the center of the trap and is attached to a spring-loaded bar that snaps forward when the squirrel eats it. This trap is not suitable for larger animals and should be used in cases where a squirrel is a pest. Unlike snap traps, tube traps are expensive and are best used with utmost care.
Using a live-catch trap is the most humane way to remove a squirrel from a property. The bait placed beyond the trigger plate entices the squirrel to walk further into the trap. If possible, place the trap in a wide open space, such as a park or a wooded area, and make sure it is not too close to low-lying trees.
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.