How to Sanitize Squirrel Traps
After using your squirrel trap, you should take the time to sanitize it by using a solution of two parts bleach to one part water. Wipe the trap thoroughly after each use, and wait 20 minutes before using it again. Squirrel traps should be cleaned and sanitized after each use to prevent recurrence of infestation. Here are a few tips:
Bait for squirrel traps
Squirrel traps can be deadly, so you must be careful when setting up the trap and installing it in the right place. These traps feature a tunnel-like design that attracts the rodents and holds them inside. You can either use bait or release the squirrel when the trap closes. Bait will help lure the squirrel into the trap and ensure that it will stay there. You can also purchase squirrel traps that do not require any bait.
When choosing a squirrel trap, look for one that is weather-resistant and easy to set up. It should have detailed instructions so even a beginner can set it up. Avoid using poisonous baits, as this will result in several adverse consequences. In addition, poisonous baits may be prohibited in your area. Instead, peanut butter is a favorite food of squirrels. Moreover, peanut butter is inexpensive and widely available.
Fruit is the best bait
Although some people may have heard of the use of poisons to catch squirrels, these substances can be extremely dangerous. Animals ingest these products and may suffer from severe pain or even tremors. Poisons can also be dangerous for children and pets. You should always make sure that the bait you use is safe for both humans and animals. For instance, strychnine can cause seizures and can result in the death of an animal.
One of the best ways to get rid of squirrels is to prevent them from entering your home. Squirrels are omnivorous creatures and will eat anything, including plant matter. However, if you are trying to get rid of an entire population of squirrels, you should always use fruit as bait. Squirrels are known to return to your property after being relocated. To make sure that they don’t come back, you should drive ten to fifteen miles away from your house and use fruit as bait.
Getting rid of squirrels in the attic
You probably know that squirrels live in the attic and often gnaw on your roof and other wooden structures. They also bring fleas, ticks, and other pest infestation with them. If you notice squirrel droppings on your roof, you should get rid of them immediately. Squirrel droppings are a noxious odor. They can also carry fleas and ticks and can cause skin diseases if inhaled.
Fortunately, there are several ways to trap and get rid of the squirrels. You can try roof-mounted cage traps or repeater traps. If you do not have much experience with these types of traps, consider decontaminating them with a special antimicrobial fogging agent. In the end, this method may not work for you should seek professional help if you can’t catch the squirrels on your own.
Choosing a pest control professional
When it comes to squirrel removal, you’re probably concerned about the cleanliness of the trap. After all, squirrels are known to cause a lot of damage to homes. Not only do they tear up walls and roofs, but they can also spread disease. Not only that, but squirrel droppings and urine can be incredibly smelly. If you’re worried that your squirrel traps have a bad smell, consider hiring a pest control professional to sanitize the traps and eliminate the odor.
If you’ve recently used a squirrel trap, it’s important to disinfect the trap after each use. After the trap has been used, you’ll want to disinfect it with a solution of bleach and water. Be sure to allow it to sit for 20 minutes before wiping it clean. It will help prevent the squirrels from coming back. Sanitizing the trap is important for the safety of the squirrels and your property.
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.