What Will Kill a Squirrel?
If you have a problem with a squirrel in your yard, you have probably wondered what will kill a squirrel. You can use Just One Bite, PIPE TRAPs, D-Con Rat & Mouse Bait, or Antifreeze. But how can you know which one will work? Fortunately, wildlife rehabilitators are much cheaper than you think! Here are some tips on getting rid of a squirrel.
Just One Bite
Farnam Just One Bite II Bait is made of peanut butter, making it appealing to rodents. While the product is not highly effective for preventing rodent infestations, it is still very effective in killing squirrels. It should be applied while wearing gloves and can be effective against a variety of rodents. However, you should be careful about the use of this product, as it is highly poisonous.
The product contains 0.005% bromadiolone, which is toxic to fish and birds. Farnam Just One Bite II Bars are meant for use in agricultural buildings. The ingredients in these baits are highly toxic to fish, birds, and mammals. They can kill a squirrel within one feeding. The product works for both inside and outside. In the past, this product has been effective against rodents and squirrels in both indoors and outdoors.
There are two methods for catching a squirrel. You can use the snare, a trap which is set with a metal cage or a PVC pipe suspended over water. The squirrel will find the hole in the pipe and slide down to drown in the water. You can then scoop out the dead squirrel. You can then re-home the squirrel or kill it. You will need a power drill and some materials. One of these methods involves drilling a hole in a PVC pipe, and then hanging it over a large body of water.
The next method is using a PVC pipe with two 1/4 inch diameter holes drilled into it. One end should be positioned toward the cage, while the other end should be pointing upwards. You should attach the PVC adapter fitting to the BASE pipe by screwing the clean out plug into the threaded part of the adapter fitting. Use machine screws to attach the PVC pipe to the pipe.
D-Con Rat & Mouse Bait
The EPA has banned 12 different d-CON rat and mouse bait products. These poisons are not only illegal, but they are ineffective. These poisons are ineffective because they only work when the squirrels are not able to find enough food and are about to hibernate. In addition, 8 of these d-CON products contain second-generation anticoagulants, which pose unacceptable risks for non-target wildlife. Reckitt Benckiser voluntarily stopped selling these 12 poisons on December 31, 2014.
The EPA’s warning comes as a result of a recent settlement between the EPA and Reckitt Benckiser, the company that manufactures d-CON rat and mouse bait. The companies agreed to sell replacement d-CON baits without the neurotoxin and will sell them in protective stations. Previously, Reckitt Benckiser cited concerns over alternative products that contain neurotoxins and no antidote. Reckitt Benckiser said the new d-CON baits would contain more effective ingredients and use anticoagulants that would not pose a health risk to people or pets. In California, second-generation anticoagulants will be banned from sale on July 1.
Many people use antifreeze to trap squirrels. While it is a good idea in many cases, it is not always effective and may be harmful to migratory birds and endangered species. Some places even consider it illegal to use antifreeze as a poison. Using antifreeze for squirrel control can also lead to legal issues. If you are using antifreeze as a bait, make sure you know your local regulations first before trying it.
You can use antifreeze to trap squirrels inside your icebox, but be sure to remember that it may not kill them right away. If you catch a squirrel in the icebox, it will likely increase its activity level. If this happens to you, it is time to call a nuisance wildlife operator. Otherwise, you may have to repair your icebox or install a one-way device that will trap the squirrels.
What is the most common cause of death in squirrels?
Squirrels most commonly die from predation disease and malnutrition.
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.