Where to Place Squirrel Traps
If you’ve been dealing with squirrels in your home, you’ve probably wondered where to place squirrel traps. Here are some tips for trapping squirrels: Place them in areas with high traffic, bait them with fruit, and avoid using poison. Also, be sure to release any babies to keep the situation from getting worse. This article will walk you through the process step-by-step. Once you have a squirrel trapped, follow these steps to make sure the problem doesn’t get worse.
Place them in high traffic areas
If you’d like to keep the squirrel population under control, you need to install squirrel traps in high traffic areas. Place them near points of entry and latrines. For best results, use gloves and seal any entry holes. Remember, squirrels have a strong sense of smell, so make sure to avoid touching the trap. Inspect traps daily to catch any dead squirrels. If you suspect a squirrel is on your property, call a nuisance wildlife control service.
One of the most effective traps for squirrels is placed near a tree trunk or the base of a telephone or utility pole. These traps can also be attached to tree trunks. Place squirrel traps where they are most likely to access these areas. If you’re not able to find one near a tree trunk, try placing it near a utility line. If the squirrel is already on your property, place the trap near high traffic areas.
Bait them with fruit
If you’ve ever caught a squirrel in a trap, you know that its scent can easily attract the animal to a trap. However, some fruits are more appealing to the animal than others. While popcorn balls may be too heavy to snag, orange slices will satisfy the animal’s thirst. In addition, any fruit is a good choice as it contains a lot of juice and water. The following are a few tips on how to effectively bait squirrel traps with fruit.
A squirrel is attracted to sticky foods, so peanut butter and molasses are popular options. However, squirrels will not eat nuts and acorns, so you can use peanut butter, almond extract, and other similar items to lure them into the trap. Alternatively, you can use marshmallows and bread with almond extract. If you’re worried about squirrel traps triggering when nuts are placed in them, try using fruit instead.
Avoid poisonous bait
If you’re looking for a squirrel removal solution, you have a few options. Poisoning is an option but it is illegal in Massachusetts. To safely remove the squirrels, use treated corn or fish-flavored pellets. Don’t use sprays or poisons as these may taint the nest. Always choose bait that contains a sufficient amount of poison to kill the squirrels.
Place a squirrel trap at least two feet away from the entrance to the attic or a tree that the animals can reach easily. If you want to catch an entire family of squirrels, consider using a trap that is high enough to get the animals. Remember to clean up the area immediately after the squirrel encounter. If you’re not sure what to do, call a wildlife removal expert. These professionals can help you avoid dangerous encounters with animals.
When choosing the bait for your squirrel trap, keep in mind that a variety of nuts and seeds are edible. Peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and bread all work well, but peanuts are preferred over other foods. You can use peanut butter to bait the traps, but they must be unsalted. Experts recommend peanut butter in conjunction with nuts to ensure a successful result. You can either place peanut butter inside the nuts or outside to ensure that it remains in the trap.
Releasing them will not make the situation worse
The first step in squirrel removal is to reduce the squirrels’ food source. If you kill a squirrel, remove any nest building materials. Then, take care not to disturb the baby squirrels. If you do catch the baby squirrels, put them in a box and leave them outside. If you’re not comfortable with this, bring them to a wildlife rescue center. Remember that if you kill a baby squirrel, it will likely attack the mama, so if you touch or disturb her while she’s watching, wait until the babies are in another location.
Releasing squirrel traps will not make it worse. It’s important to wear gloves and make sure to use a towel as a protective pad. After the squirrel has been trapped, remove the trap from its cage. Cover it with a towel to keep it warm and safe. Release the trap outdoors in a secure location. The best place to release the trap is away from pets, as the squirrel could run away.
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.