squirrel extermination

Squirrel Control F.A.Q.

Squirrels are not considered as pests in most places around the world unlike their cousins (mice and rats), so it is actually safe to assume that majority of the people around the world do not really know so much about squirrels, much more squirrel control. Even in places where these animals are causing problems like garden damages, lawn digging and bark stripping, many people are still not familiar to the ways which can be used to control them. This article will tackle about the frequently asked questions about squirrel control.

Q: How do we make sure that we only target the right animal, i.e. squirrels?

A: Catching non-target animals is a common problem to amateurs. Because of the lack of experience, amateurs are inclined to set their traps in places where other animals like their pet dogs or cats can also get themselves trapped into them. But, if it is of any consolation, squirrels are highly territorial animals so they are most likely to stay in one place and move around the same path as they come in and out of the house. So, you can simply place your trap near the point of entry of the squirrels. This place is usually above ground, so it is quite impossible for your dog to get there. Your cat may have the ability to climb up into the attic but there is nothing else that you can do about it except to keep a close look at your cat.

Q: What happens if the traps do not catch the squirrels?

A: It is interesting to know that this question is often made by those who have not really tried using traps at all, because it he or she has indeed tried using squirrel traps, it is easy to know that the trap actually works if it is properly placed somewhere where the squirrels pass by. Moreover, if the right trap is used and if the trap has no defects whatsoever, it will definitely catch squirrels. As a reminder, the squirrel trap has to be bolted into place so that it does not fall or wobble. Make sure too that the opening of the trap is placed properly.

Q: What are the types of effective baits?

A: It might give you relief to know that baits are not really that much of a big factor when it comes to squirrel control. Squirrels fall for almost all kinds of baits, they are gluttons and they are very inquisitive. Thus, it is not difficult to lure them into the trap by simply using different kinds of seeds and nuts. But if you want to be picky, you can use oranges because squirrels like juicy fruits. You can also use peanut butter and whole peanuts. You should put the baits close the entry and exit holes of the trap.

Q: Are there accidents associated to squirrel traps?

A: Again, since squirrel traps are usually placed above ground, accidents are not really much of a problem. However, the installation of the trap is associated to a couple of ladder and roof concerns. Inexperience individuals usually overlook the basic safety measures required for all above ground installations. If you are to install the trap yourself, make sure that you are observing safety measures. If you are not an experience above-ground handy-man, ask for the assistance of someone else to avoid accidents.

Q: Would I be accountable to the law if I trap squirrels?

A: The answer is both a Yes and a No. In most states, you can legally trap squirrels but there are certain states that make the trapping illegal. In places where trapping is legal, then you are also obliged to kill and properly dispose an injured squirrel. Of course, you can nurse the squirrel and set it out in the wild if you prefer, but if you do not have any plans of saving the squirrel and if the squirrel got an injury from the trap that is enough to kill it in the long run, you are obliged to end the suffering of the squirrel right then on. Moreover, some states do not allow you to catch a squirrel and release it out in the wild, especially in places where they do not naturally live. Check the regulations on squirrel control in your locality before you proceed or better yet, consult a professional before you make a move.

Q: How can I control squirrels on my own without breaking any law?

A: The rule is simple, be kind to these animals. If the squirrel in your attic is nursing some litters, it is really not a good idea to trap the mother as this can cause the death of the babies that depend on the mother for food and nourishment. If these little squirrels die, you need to bear with the foul door that their carcasses with produce, thus, if you want to avoid this from happening, might as well follow my tip. Wait for the baby squirrels to grow old enough to get out of the nest on their own. You can wait for six weeks or for the time when you start hearing them running around in your attic. Next, choose the kind of trap that you are going to use. If you are dealing with an entire family of squirrels, use a repeater trap so that you can catch them all using a single trap. You should set these traps during August and February because squirrels are mostly active during these months to prepare for the winter season. Be careful when you install your traps in your attic; make sure that you only step on the wooden supporting beams in your attic to avoid any accidents. Also, wear a mask to avoid inhaling dust in the attic (I suppose that normal attics are really very dusty). Wear thick gloves too, just in case you encounter a squirrel and they start biting. If ever you get to encounter a squirrel, carry a small sack or pillow case with you so that you can catch them on the spot.
squirrel extermination