How to Catch a Red Squirrel
In this article, we’ll cover two of the more common methods of removing a red squirrel from your home: Humane traps and poisoned baits. While we don’t advocate using humane traps, they cause more harm than good to the red squirrel, so we’ll discuss both methods. Also, we’ll talk about how to keep red squirrels out of your home without trapping them! Read on to find out more about the best methods for capturing red squirrels!
Using a live-squirrel trap
Setting a live squirrel trap is not difficult. You need to bait it with cereal or peanut butter. Place the bait behind the trigger plate. Be sure to check the trap at least twice a day to ensure that the squirrel is still alive. If the squirrel escapes, call the local wildlife commission or humane society to find out the proper procedures for lawfully releasing the squirrel. There are also some important tips for setting a live squirrel trap.
To increase your chances of catching the red and gray striped squirrel, you should use a bait that squirrels cannot steal. Rather than using peanut butter, try to use a solid bait that is larger than the cage mesh. The bait should be placed so that the squirrel must step on it to reach the bait. If the squirrel does not manage to reach the bait, it will get dehydrated and anxious. If you are unsure of what kind of bait to use, try rat traps.
Using poisoned baits
There are several ways to kill red squirrels, but the most effective method involves using poisoned baits. These baits are often illegal, ineffective, and leave dead bodies in your yard. In addition, they can be hazardous to children and pets. Moreover, rat and mouse poison is meant to attract these rodents, which can lead to a greater infestation problem. The best and humane way to kill squirrels is to use traps.
However, many homeowners are hesitant to use poison because of the potential harmful effects of the product. While traps are effective in controlling small populations of red squirrels, they require constant checking and positioning. Poisoned baits can also harm other animals. To avoid this, it is best to use an exclusion trap. An exclusion trap is a trap that closes once the squirrel leaves the building. If the squirrel escapes, it can be retrapped.
Humane traps cause more suffering
If you are considering buying a humane red squirrel trap, be sure to read this. While the FDA recommends using a live trap, restraining methods can also cause more suffering. That’s because live traps can suffocate the animal for more than three minutes. Besides, restraining techniques cause more pain and suffering than kill traps do. But there’s no reason to give up on these methods just yet.
While the method of baiting is not entirely humane, it is highly effective in catching red squirrels. However, trapping them is cruel because it means certain death for many of the animals involved. Because the animals must compete for resources, they’re likely to be attacked and chased out of their territory. In fact, one study found that 97% of the gray squirrels killed by traps died. That’s not an exaggeration.
Keeping them out of your home
Trying to keep red squirrels out of your home can be frustrating. You may try trapping them, but this is a losing battle. Trapping a single squirrel will only lead to a new problem; another will make room for its young. If you use live traps, you must be vigilant and release them later. If you do manage to capture a red squirrel, you must use repellents and block all entryways to your home.
If you are not confident about your abilities to capture a red squirrel in the first place, try using binoculars to observe the animals and their activity. Squirrels will often chew holes in siding or other places, so it’s best to be aware of the outside of your home. Once you have identified any entrances, plug them or install grates. If you cannot find the nest, try making noise to attract the mother squirrel.
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.