How to Make a Squirrel Call With Household Items
For more information, read our article on how to make a squirrel call with household objects. While these homemade calls do not have the realistic sound of store-bought ones, they are equally effective. They produce realistic barks and whines, imitate the sound of a baby squirrel, and warn off predators. If you have a squirrel problem and want to protect it, use these homemade calls.
Homemade squirrel calls are as effective as those purchased from a retailer
If you’d like to attract squirrels in your yard, you can make your own calls at home. With a little creativity and some inexpensive materials, you can make a squirrel call that is every bit as effective as those you can purchase from a retailer. You’ll be able to imitate squirrel bark, chatter, chirp, and squeaks. You can also use unconventional materials like plastic film and sticks.
One of the easiest ways to make a homemade squirrel call is to use a popsicle stick. Break one stick in half using a pocketknife or with a pair of scissors. Then, wrap two inches of tape around one stick and the other stick. Leave the tape around the other stick. Place the stick and the dropper nearby, then wait for the squirrel to respond to the call.
They produce realistic barks and whines
A homemade squirrel call is an easy way to attract these bushy-tailed acorn-munchers to your yard. Popsicle sticks are a convenient way to make one. Simply push down on a table edge to break them. Alternatively, you can use a pocketknife to slice them in half. Wrap two inches of tape around one stick and the other. The sound of the taping will attract a squirrel’s attention.
Another inexpensive way to attract squirrels is to use a corncob. Take a corncob and break it into two parts. Insert a small stick into the center of each piece. Then, strike a slate across the center of the stick to create a sound similar to the bark of a squirrel. You can also try using a shotgun shell. However, you must be careful in using this method.
They imitate baby squirrels’ sounds
If you want to attract a squirrel to your yard, you can try imitating the sound of a baby squirrel with everyday items. Squirrels communicate with their tail waving, chirping, and barking. They use tail waving to warn other squirrels that they’re nearby, while barking is used only when they need to convey hostility. In general, chirping is more playful and is not used to convey aggression.
For babies under five weeks of age, they need stimulation to pee and poop. You can mimic a mother squirrel’s tongue by using a warm, wet cotton ball. Some babies need stimulation before feeding, after feeding, or in the middle of a feeding. Continue feedings with formula or breast milk, and try to keep the baby squirrel stimulated for at least five minutes every four hours.
They warn of predators
A squirrel’s warning call, also known as an alarm, is a way to warn potential predators of their presence. The squirrel will flick its tail and make a loud, repeated sound. A predator may ignore the call if it is in the trees, but if it’s in the forest, the sound will attract attention. Similarly, a predator may change its body language, plastering itself against a tree, or change its vocalizations to warn of a potential danger.
A squirrel’s warning call may be a kuk, or a quaa. Both sound similar to “kuk,” which serves as a generic warning call. A squirrel’s kuk warns of predators but signals that something is upsetting it more than a bird does. It also mimics the warning calls of other birds to warn others of danger.
They scream when hurt
We humans often leap into action when we see an injured animal. However, squirrels are not only vulnerable to accidents; they can also get poisoned. Signs of poisoning include head trauma (listing to one side), blood coming from the mouth or nose, and dizziness. A squirrel should be handled with care after an accident. The animal may be injured badly enough that it may claw to escape, and its sharp teeth and strong jaws make it difficult to catch. To ensure safety, it’s best to wear gloves.
Squirrels’ ‘kuk’ sound warns other squirrels of danger. A ‘kuk’ sound is a high-pitched noise that a squirrel uses as an alarm call. A squirrel will make this noise when it’s in danger or enters its territory, so attempting to cause it pain can cause a terrifying scream. As long as the squirrel’s ‘kuk’ noise is loud enough, the animal won’t be able to escape the threat.
They communicate through sound
For many people, it is difficult to buy a quality squirrel call, but there are a few simple household items that can make an effective squirrel call. You can mimic this sound with a pair of coins by rubbing them together. The sound will sound like a chattering squirrel, and it will be especially useful if you are stationed close to the prey. You can also use your hand to make a squirrel call without purchasing any additional materials.
First, you will need a pair of sticks that are roughly the same size and width as a corncob. Then, pinch the plastic film between the two layers and wrap three inches of tape around the cut ends of the sticks. Next, you should try a squirrel call. This will cause nearby squirrels to come closer and start scurrying away from the source of the noise. Make sure to test it in different locations to make sure it is working properly.
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.