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How to Catch a Squirrel

If the squirrel is running around in your house, open some doors and windows! Try to chase it out. Or if it won't run out, or you are worried about it running around and knocking over you vases, you can corner it and smother it with a towel and carry it outside. Nets are also an option.

However, if the squirrels are already living in your house, like in your attic, walls, or chimney, that's another matter entirely.

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How to catch squirrels with traps - When you have an uninvited visitor in your house, for example a squirrel, you will want to get rid of it quickly, with minimal fuss and cost, and in the most human way possible. Squirrels are a pain for so many people, but learning how to trap them safely and effectively is wise if you do not want to spend a small fortune on pest control services, or just want to handle the problem yourself.

There are a few things that you are going to have to worry about before you even begin to set traps. Firstly, is your squirrel likely to have little babies left behind if you catch her? This is, of course, assuming it is a “her”. If you are trapping in the fall, or early spring, you will want to be sure that you don’t have a small litter behind to contend with, for obvious reasons.

You will need to get the right trap, of course. If you get one that is too small, you are either not going to fit the squirrel in and it will be able to escape, or worse, become injured, and if you get one that is too big, it might not be sensitive enough to close when a tiny squirrel jumps in to grab the bait. Look at the information on the trap when you buy it – does it say that it is suitable for squirrels? Maybe it goes by weight – what is the average weight of a squirrel?

Most traps, especially when bought from a store, will have directions that are fairly easy to follow – place trap, insert bait, wait. It has been said that one of the best baits to use for a squirrel is peanut butter, but you could try having a look online to see what other delicious treats squirrels like to eat. If you fail, don’t give up, just try another food item and wait it out.

You will need to place the traps or trap in an appropriate area which means you are going to have to do a little detective work. You are going to want to put the trap where the squirrel is going in and out of your home, or at least in an area that you have seen the little critter before. There is no point in putting it at the other end of the garden because you are probably going to trap something, just not the squirrel in question. The best time to play detective is around dawn, so you will need to set an alarm. This is when the creature will go on a hunt for food normally, and is your best time to try and figure out how and where he or she is entering your home.

Ideally, you are going to want to leave the trap somewhere without the bait, and without setting it for a few days first. This is to ensure that your squirrel doesn’t get freaked out by the new “toy” and completely avoid it. Eventually, it will just see it as another part of the landscape.

Remember that if you have more than one squirrel in your home, you are probably going to have to perform this over and over again until you are sure there are none left. It will be a time consuming process, and it may cost you a little in bait foods, but eventually, you will get there!

You've got to find the entry holes, such as shown above, if you want to catch squirrels going into your house or other building.

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Here is a complete list of my squirrel control pages:
Baby Squirrels in the Wall
Squirrel in the Chimney
How to Get Squirrels Out of Your Attic
How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
Squirrels Chew on Your Home
Squirrel Control
How to Get a Squirrel Out of the Wall
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
How to Keep Squirrels Away from House
How to Kill Squirrels
How to Trap a Squirrel

How To Catch A Squirrel In The Attic - Catching a squirrel in the attic is not something you want to take your time about, get the animal out of there. It may not be the most comfortable place to trap an animal that is much faster than you, but you do not even need to be there to get the job done. The answer to the “how to catch a squirrel in the attic?” question is a very simple one even though some people like to complicate things a bit too much. The best answer is simply using traps. Some of the traps nowadays are so perfect that you will have a hard time not catching the squirrel quickly. Most of the traps won’t look so big, and that is ok because the squirrel does not need a lot of space. Just like mice they can fit in very small spaces so a trap should not be that big anyway. They are made to look as if they are a place where the squirrel would be safe and cozy so you will find a lot of traps that have the shape of a cylinder. The cylinder traps come in the live and lethal varieties, so it all depends on how you want to do the job. Lethal traps are not available everywhere, because they are illegal in some places, but the live traps work just as good.

Tricks For Catching Squirrel From Walls Of House - If you have a squirrel that is stuck in the walls of your house, getting it out of there is not an easy task. It should be said beforehand that the best solution in cases like this if you have no experience trapping squirrels is to leave it to a pro; a professional will be able to get the squirrel with a minimum amount of damage to the walls in your home and at the end of the job most pros will also have the materials to fix the wall. They will also check for places where the squirrel may have used to come into the house and that will prevent problems in the future. If you still insist on getting squirrel from walls of house yourself then keep reading. You will need to find which wall is the one that the squirrel is behind; if the squirrel is still alive you will do so by listening for the right location. If the squirrel is already dead then you will be using your sense of smell, and don’t worry because the smell will be strong enough for you to find the squirrel. The hole you make should be close to the bottom of the wall so you can start getting squirrel from walls of house with a trap or by disposing of the dead one.

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