How to Make a Squirrel Trap With a Cardboard Box
If you have a problem with squirrels living in your house, you may want to build your own live squirrel trap instead of hiring a pest control company. Not only is it cheaper and easier than buying one, it is also easy to make and can be done with common household materials. Keep reading to learn how to build a squirrel trap of your own. Here are some of the materials you will need:
DIY squirrel trap catches as many squirrels as possible
If you are looking for a squirrel trap that does not kill them, try this DIY project. Squirrels are very clever and can be very hard to catch, so a simpler trap will be better for catching them. Don’t spend much on materials, either, as you can make a squirrel trap out of sticks or cardboard. You can also use other items you may have lying around the house.
You can make a DIY squirrel trap out of a cardboard box by lining the inside with peanut butter or cheese, placing a stick near the hole to catch the squirrel. Place some nuts on the ground to lure the squirrel into the trap. Be sure to place the nuts about 10 feet away from the trap to make the catch easier. Once the squirrel has been trapped, you can release it.
Cheaper than buying one
Many people use cheaper and more humane methods of trapping animals. If you want to trap squirrels, you need to find their preferred travel paths. These paths usually include a bird feeder, the base of a tree, a damaged house, or a fence. After placing the trap in the appropriate place, use masking tape to seal the openings. Once the trap is set, you can release the trapped squirrels through a thick rope hanging from the roof.
Another cheaper option is to build your own trap. It is much easier and cheaper to make a trap yourself than to buy one. You can even use a cardboard box, a piece of rope, and some grains of corn. These traps can be constructed with simple materials such as sticks, and they will still catch the squirrels. And because they are smart, it’s unlikely that the squirrels will get into them.
Easy to make
An easy to make squirrel trap is a simple, inexpensive way to catch a pesky rodent. Simply cut a cardboard box in half lengthwise and place it in the corner of a room. You may have to remove a few pieces of furniture to make room for the trap. Make sure to remain quiet and don’t disturb the animal while setting the trap. Once it is in the trap, the squirrel will not be able to escape.
The best thing about squirrel traps is that they can catch the animals without causing any damage. Unlike other traps, squirrels aren’t likely to be squashed to death by your box. A cardboard box makes a perfect trap because it’s designed to take a squirrel by surprise and won’t crush it. It also works well for catching other small animals, such as chipmunks, mice, and other small rodents. To make your own trap, all you need is a cardboard box, a stick, and some string. Place the box on the ground with the open side down. After the squirrel has entered the trap, pull the string and wait until it’s dead.
Using everyday materials
A simple squirrel trap is the easiest way to catch a squirrel. Unlike live animal traps, a cardboard box can be made from everyday materials. You can use PVC piping or even a piece of wire mesh. You can make this trap for the whole family. Just make sure that the wire mesh is attached securely. After the trap has been constructed, you can bait the trap with sunflower seeds or corn. You can leave the trap baited overnight to lure the squirrels.
To trap a squirrel, gather your everyday materials and prepare the place. Place a box in a tree or a bushes. Make sure that the box is positioned in a location that is away from your house. Pull the string to make the box drop and slide the cardboard underneath to seal the box. This will make the trap easier to transport. Remember that the squirrel is likely to be hyper when it sees the cardboard, so make sure that you wait for it to get comfortable before you start to pull.
What is the best type of bait to use in a squirrel trap?
The best type of bait to use in a squirrel trap is food that is high in protein such as nuts or seeds.
Where should you place the bait in the trap?
The bait should be placed at the back of the trap so that the squirrel has to enter the trap to reach it.
How can you make the trap more likely to succeed?
You can make the trap more likely to succeed by making it more inviting to the squirrel such as by adding a soft bedding material or placing the trap in an area where squirrels are known to frequent.
What should you do if the trap succeeds?
If the trap succeeds you should immediately take the squirrel to an area where it can be released such as a park or forest.
What should you do if the trap does not succeed?
If the trap does not succeed you should try again with a different bait or location.
What is the best time of day to set the trap?
The best time of day to set the trap is in the early morning or late evening when squirrels are most active.
How long should you leave the trap set?
You should leave the trap set for at least 24 hours to give the squirrel time to find it and enter it.
How often should you check the trap?
You should check the trap every few hours to see if it has been successful.
What happens if a squirrel is caught in the trap?
If a squirrel is caught in the trap it will be unable to escape and will eventually die from dehydration or starvation.
Is it humane to use a trap to catch a squirrel?
No it is not humane to use a trap to catch a squirrel.
What are the alternatives to using a trap?
The alternatives to using a trap include using a live trap or removing the squirrel yourself.
What is a live trap?
A live trap is a device that captures animals without harming them.
How do you remove a squirrel yourself?
To remove a squirrel yourself you will need to catch it by hand or use a net.
What are the risks of removing a squirrel yourself?
The risks of removing a squirrel yourself include being bitten or scratched by the squirrel.
What are the benefits of removing a squirrel yourself?
The benefits of removing a squirrel yourself include not harming the squirrel and being able to release it in a safe location.
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.