How to Make Homemade Box Traps to Catch a Squirrel
If you’re looking for a safe way to catch a squirrel, you might want to try making your own homemade box traps. This simple but effective trap consists of an open-ended box covered with a wire mesh. The other end of the box has a flap-type door supported by a simple prop. When an animal brushes against the prop, the flap will close and catch the animal. You can also make the flap door heavier and weigh it down so it drops cleanly.
One method of catching squirrels with a homemade box trap is to bait it. This is very easy to do and you can easily get peanut butter at the grocery store for under $5. You will need to place peanut butter on a pressure plate so that the squirrel cannot escape and the bait will be more effective in triggering the trap. Once the squirrel has been caught, release the animal away from your home.
Peanut butter, unsalted nuts, and sunflower seeds are common baits for squirrels. Peanut butter and acorns are great for squirrel trapping, but make sure they are unsalted and in their shells. Many experts suggest mixing peanut butter and nuts. You can put peanut butter inside nuts, or place them outside. If the squirrels aren’t interested in peanut butter, try placing marshmallows on top of the nuts.
Keeping a squirrel in a box trap
Setting up a trap is easy enough, but catching a squirrel can be tricky. This method involves placing a box that is the correct size and bait to lure the animal into the trap. A squirrel may take a few minutes to recognize the trap as a trap, so be sure to pay attention to the animal. Once you’ve captured the animal, transport it to a field where it can live in peace.
First, cut a hole in the bottom of the box. Next, line the trap with wire mesh to prevent the animal from climbing out. Place nuts and seeds inside the box, and close the door after the squirrel enters. Once trapped, release the squirrel into the wild far from your home. It’s a good idea to make sure the squirrel is trapped before attempting to elude it.
Using a one-way door
When constructing a homemade squirrel box trap, you need to be sure that the door that the box is attached to has a clear entrance and exit. If it does not, you may want to use a one-way door instead. However, this method is only effective if the building is equipped with an easily-detected entrance and exit. Using a one-way door makes trapping squirrels much safer, and it can be constructed with a wide-mouthed funnel.
The one-way door will act as a barrier between the trap and the animal. These doors can be made of wire and secured to the wall with screws. One way doors with larger openings will need to be reinforced with extra material. Then, you can mount the trap over the extra material. Once you have secured the squirrel box trap, the squirrels will no longer be able to enter the box.
Using a snap trap
If you want to catch a squirrel in your home, you can make a simple trap at home using plastic pipe. Plastic pipe is available in different lengths and diameters. Foam core DWV pipe, which is used for drains and waste, works well because it can withstand the occasional bumps and drops. The materials to make a four-inch trap are about $50.
Before you get started, make sure you wear gloves. You can also double over a small towel to create a soft pad and cover the squirrel. After you have wrapped the animal in the towel, carefully pick it up. Move it to a good release area while using smooth movements. Once it has been trapped, watch for a squirrel to try and escape. If it does, put the snap trap in a different location.
If you want to catch a squirrel in a snap trap, you must first identify the area where it is most likely to travel. A squirrel’s usual travel path is the base of a tree, the fence near a bird feeder, or a wall near a damaged house. If you find these areas, you can set up a trap in these locations. You can use these homemade traps to get rid of a squirrel problem in your home and make a tidy income.
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.