What to Do After Capturing a Squirrel
If you have captured a squirrel, you are probably wondering what to do next. The first thing you should know is that if you use a live trap, you need to release it. You should also dispose of the live-catch trap in the correct manner, but remember not to drown it or poison it. Read on to learn more about the proper steps to take after humanely capturing a squirrel.
Release a squirrel from a live trap
People often think they are doing a good deed by humanely catching a squirrel and then releasing it somewhere else. This is not the humanest method, however, as it causes the animal more pain and stress than any other form of capture. In fact, it may even be considered animal cruelty if the squirrel is not released back into its natural habitat.
First, remove any food sources that may be attracting the squirrel to the trap. Place a piece of peanut butter or a small piece of cereal behind the trap’s trigger plate. Once the animal is trapped, check the trap at least twice a day to make sure that the squirrel is not escaping. If the squirrel is still in the trap when you release it, contact local authorities to help you safely release it. If the squirrel is a threat to property, you should seal up any cracks or crevices in your house or make sure that the trap is out of the way.
Dispose of a live-catch trap
After you humanely capture a squirrel, you’ll need to dispose of the live-catch trap properly. This step is particularly important if you’ve captured a baby squirrel. If you use a live-catch trap to capture squirrels, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions. Do not try to relocate the trapped animal away from its natural habitat, since this practice is against California Fish and Game Code. Ideally, you’ll capture the squirrel and release it as soon as possible, but if it’s not, you’ll need to take the animal to a vet, who can assist you with the procedure.
After humanely capturing a squirrel, dispose of the live-catch trap in a trashcan, and dispose of the dead squirrel in the same manner. Remember that squirrels are not friendly to humans, and they can cause significant damage to your property if left untreated. Remember not to feed squirrels, and do not attempt to handle them like a pet. If you do attempt to touch the squirrel, it will bite you and may cause a bacterial infection.
You may have tried to poison a squirrel, but did not achieve the desired results. You might be wondering what you can do to avoid poisoning after humanely capturing squirrel. There are several methods of capturing and destroying squirrels, but you should always check local laws and animal welfare organizations before using any type of poison. Remember that some types of poison are dangerous and may cause harm to people, so you should only use them if you’re absolutely sure they’re not in danger.
First, make sure you capture the squirrel as quickly as possible. Do not leave it in the attic. The warmth can trap diseases and pests. And you won’t want neighbors to see it roaming your attic. Instead, release it into a nearby wooded area, where it can find food and shelter. Remember to release it at night, so the animal won’t be tempted to return.
Don’t drown a squirrel
If you’ve humanely captured a squirrel, there are a few steps you can take to dispose of it. Before you start, first check local laws. Don’t drown a squirrel after humanely capturing it! If you can’t get rid of it without killing it, you can contact wildlife rehabilitators and get them to help you. Remember that some species of squirrel are endangered or threatened, so it’s important to know what species you’re dealing with.
Dripping water on a squirrel won’t kill it, but it won’t stop it from paddling away. If you can’t keep your hands off the squirrel, you can use noble gases to drown it. These gases are heavier than air, so you’d need a container deep enough to contain them. Once inside, they displace all of the oxygen in their body, which is a very quick death. In comparison, drowning a squirrel takes only a few minutes, but it’s still not an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of the animal.
Avoid rat baits
Rat baits contain soy oil. This is an attractant that attracts squirrels, who will feed on just about anything, including your garbage and the food in your garage fridge. The smell of soy oil can make them turn away from your home, but it’s not the only reason to avoid them. They may eat your wiring insulation, tainting it and possibly leaving their nest behind.
After humanely catching the squirrel, make sure to use gloves and a towel doubled over to form a protective pad. Then, wrap the trapped squirrel with the towel and gently pick it up. Carry the squirrel outside to a safe release point, and be sure to release it during the night to discourage the return of the animal. If you have any doubts, seek the assistance of a professional.
Avoid poisoning a flying squirrel
While you may be tempted to poison a flying squirrel after humanely capturing it, this method is not the best solution. While lethal snap traps are effective, poison is the worst possible method. Flying squirrels are a unique furry friend of North America and glide through the sky with the help of their body parachute. The fluffy tail of a flying squirrel also aids in stabilizing the animal.
In case you must kill a flying squirrel, it is best to use a non-poisonous product, such as a non-toxic repellent. Poisoning a flying squirrel will only cause it to panic and retreat to safe areas of your home. It will also cause a strong smell, which will stay with you until the corpses are removed from your home. Remember that squirrel bodies take a long time to decompose.
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.