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How To Trap A Squirrel

The first thing you must do is to check out what are the local laws for trapping squirrels because maybe it's obligatory to get a permit. Or maybe only some kind of traps are allowed. The best way to find out about all of these issues is to make a phone call or send an e-mail to the Department of Wildlife in your area.
Placing a squirrel trap depends on the time of the year. The female squirrel gives birth to three up to four litters in early spring and maybe in autumn. If you trap the mother and relocate her you will most likely kill the babies since they cannot leave their nest without their mother. So make sure you will be doing the trapping in the right period.

If you can install traps in your area, now it is time to purchase a trap. Almost all of the sporting goods shops have a wide range of squirrel trapping products at affordable prices. If you don't want to purchase a trap, you have the possibility to rent one from some rental service stores. Make sure that it has the most suitable size for your squirrel, because if you purchase a trap smaller than the squirrel then there is a big possibility that the trap will not enclose completely; on the contrary, if the trap is too big, it may not be sensitive enough for a little squirrel.

All traps must have instructions so read them twice before starting to install the trap. For squirrel trapping, the best bait is the peanut butter. What you should do is find out what routes does the squirrel follow; in order to do so you must observe the squirrel's routine. In most cases a squirrel usually leaves its nest at dawn or the period after to go searching for food. This is the best time to observe and wait. What you should do is find a place from where you can view your house and the entrance hole. Be very patient and observe how it gets in or out of the house. Once you have found out about the squirrel's route, you now know where to set the trap. Traps should always be placed on a stable surface such as ground, deck or a porch.

If you happen to have the time, you should leave the trap opened for a couple of days without using bait, so that the squirrel thinks it's all part of the landscape. Remember that also other animals can enter into the trap: a bird, cat or small dog might be tempted to enter it.

The trap should be set when you have the time to wait and hear or see the trap operate. The moment you have captured a squirrel, you should let it go as fast as possible in order to prevent any stress problems caused to the squirrel. The squirrel must be relocated at least three or four miles away from your location. The best place would have a natural barrier like a lake or a river.

This process should be repeated if you have more than one squirrel invading your privacy. After getting rid of all the squirrels you must fix the problem which caused the entire "invasion" in the beginning. Make sure that you wash the entrance area with a strong solution which will remove all the scents that the squirrels might have left. If you don't have the time to do all of this, you could always ask for help from professional animal/pest control companies which will do the job for you.
Useful Resources:
Squirrel Removal - Wildlife-Removal.com

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