How to Safely Release a Squirrel From a Have a Heart Trap
If you have trapped a squirrel, the best way to safely release it is to ensure that it never returns. The squirrel may be using your home as a warm haven and will periodically leave it for food. However, releasing the squirrel is often not possible due to the dangers of re-entry. If you are unable to safely release the squirrel, it will likely die before it returns.
Using a.22 caliber rifle or revolver
There are several advantages to using a.22 caliber rifle or revolver to safely release a squirrel from a have a heart trap. The shot placement is crucial to a humane death, and a properly placed shot can make the difference between humane and nonhumane deaths. The gun must be fired from a distance and the squirrel must be placed in a secure area.
Identifying areas with high activity from squirrels
If you want to successfully control your squirrel problem, you should develop a comprehensive control plan that includes the use of repellents, traps, and electronics. There are several options for squirrel control, but Havahart offers many of these methods. Here are some tips:
To begin trapping, identify areas where squirrels are most likely to be active. Place the trap high enough that they cannot easily move the trap over. If they are not able to reach the bait, add weights or bricks to the trap to keep it in place. Choose a bait that squirrels love, such as peanut butter or fruit like apples. Bait should be placed near the rear of the trap so that the squirrel must step on the trigger plate to activate the kill.
For most of us, the eastern gray squirrel is the most familiar species of squirrel in Alabama. These squirrels are very popular as game and wildlife viewing animals, and they provide a great deal of ecological benefit to the environment through seed dispersal. However, fox squirrels are often considered pests by people in suburban and rural areas. The species is a protected species in some states, and their release is not recommended unless the animal is in a dangerous situation.
Keeping trash out is an invitation for a squirrel
Besides keeping your garbage out, you should also keep out any food and debris. Squirrels are attracted to debris and may use it for nests. After sealing the opening, remove any potential food source, such as twigs and seeds. After putting out the trap, release the squirrel at night. This will discourage the animal from returning.
Squirrels are known to be very excitable and can cause extensive damage if trapped. No one would want to leave defenseless young in a nest, and they will try to get in. To make matters worse, you should keep out any items with a heart. Even if you put out a have a heart trap on your trash can, the squirrel will still try to enter the nest.
Keeping entry points sealed will prevent squirrels from getting into your home
If you see squirrels on your property, make sure you seal the holes they use to get in. These animals only need a baseball-sized hole to make their way inside. Look for gaps around vents and holes in the exterior of your home. You can also seal holes around screenless windows. You should check for holes around the baseboards and chimney as well. After you’ve removed the squirrels from your property, seal the entry points so no more will be able to gain access to your home.
If you notice a squirrel in your attic, seal any gaps around the hole. Squirrels are small enough to squeeze through these gaps. Cover them with caulk or other material that will prevent them from chewing through it. You should also close any wires in the attic. If you are unable to seal these areas, leave one until the squirrels leave the attic.
What is the best way to release a squirrel from a Have a Heart trap?
The best way to release a squirrel from a Have a Heart trap is to open the door of the trap and let the squirrel out.
What should you do if the squirrel is injured?
If the squirrel is injured you should take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
What should you do if the squirrel is not injured?
If the squirrel is not injured you should release it at least five miles from your home.
What should you do if you can’t release the squirrel within five miles of your home?
If you can’t release the squirrel within five miles of your home you should call a wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you do if you don’t have a way to release the squirrel five miles from your home?
If you don’t have a way to release the squirrel five miles from your home you should call a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Is it legal to release a squirrel from a Have a Heart trap?
In most states it is legal to release a squirrel from a Have a Heart trap.
Where can I find a wildlife rehabilitation center?
You can find a wildlife rehabilitation center through your state’s wildlife agency or through the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
What if I can’t find a wildlife rehabilitation center?
If you can’t find a wildlife rehabilitation center you should call your state’s wildlife agency.
How can I prevent squirrels from getting into my Have a Heart trap?
You can prevent squirrels from getting into your Have a Heart trap by baiting the trap with food that squirrels like such as peanuts sunflower seeds or corn.
What if I don’t have any food that squirrels like?
If you don’t have any food that squirrels like you can try using a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana.
What if I still can’t get the squirrel to go into the trap?
If you still can’t get the squirrel to go into the trap you can try covering the trap with a piece of cloth or paper so that it is dark inside.
Will the squirrel be scared if I cover the trap?
The squirrel may be scared if you cover the trap but it is more likely to go into the trap if it can’t see you.
What if the squirrel won’t go into the trap even with the cloth or paper over it?
If the squirrel won’t go into the trap even with the cloth or paper over it you can try putting the trap in a dark place such as under a porch or in a garage.
What if I can’t put the trap in a dark place?
If you can’t put the trap in a dark place you can try putting a piece of cloth or paper over the trap so that it is dark inside.
What should I do if I catch a squirrel in my Have a Heart trap?
The best thing to do if you catch a squirrel in your Have a Heart trap is to release it at least five miles from your home.
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.