How to identify a squirrel problem?
Following are some signs of the fact that you’ve a squirrel problem at your residence:
1. Strange noises around your home : If paid attention, there are fair chances that you’ll hear a squirrel before any visual evidence. This is especially true during the winters or rainy months.
2. Damage around your home : It is difficult to visualize whether squirrels have been damaged inside your home. Take a peek in the outside areas and you may notice the following which confirms the presence of a squirrel :
- Teeth marks in wires, wood and walls
- Chewed electrical wires
- Nests in your insulation
- Wood chips scattered everywhere.
3. Squirrel Droppings in your garage or attic : These are a great indicator of the presence and be sure to check for the same.A foul, decaying smell
4. Squirrel footprints
5. Signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling
6. Squirrel fights in the neighborhood : These fights don’t inherently mean you have a squirrel infestation, but this is a good indication that your home is at risk. Fights would take place if the resources are limited and population outbursts.
How to catch a squirrel
You could follow the following steps to accomplish the same.
1. Select a live squirrel Trap
A live trap should be large enough so that the entire animal can fit inside the trap before it reaches the trigger plate. The squirrel traps are available in a variety of sizes. As a consequence of this, it is advisable to know about the squirrel initially. Most of the live squirrel traps come in One door variation or Two door variation doors.
A brief description of both the variations is provided below:
This is the traditional trap and is favored by professional trappers. It allows you to place the bait beyond the trigger plate, enticing a chipmunk to walk further into the trap.
It provides two entry points for better and optimized results. It offers you choices. The ability to see through the trap provides confidence for more cautious animals. Therefore, for better results and high chances of trapping the squirrel, it is advisable to use 2-Door Variants.
2. Determine Trap Placement
The trap placement is an important step to accomplish the task. Place the trap on a flat surface along the squirrel’s travel path. If you’re unsure about the position, a good bet would be at the base of a tree or along a wall close to the area which was damaged. Great trap locations include-
- Along a wall in the shed
- In front of an entryway
- Tree’s base
- A spot on your roof accessible by tree or power lines
3. Select and Position Bait
One might think that it’s the simplest step. But, follow the below mentioned critical guidelines when baiting your trap to get better results:-
- Select a bait that squirrels can’t steal
- Properly position the bait
- Set your trap
- Set the trap at the desired placement spot.
4. Check on your trap often
It is inhumane to leave an animal trapped inside a trap for an elongated period of time, because it can quickly grow thirsty, anxious or hungry. Check the trap frequently so that the squirrel is not trapped for long.
How to Keep Squirrels Out
Some of the steps to keep squirrels out are below mentioned:-
1. Reduce attractants
Clean up fallen birdseed, nuts etc. remove garbage, replace all the squirrel-attracting things at once as a preventive step.
2. Limit accessibility
Trim the tree branches within 10 feet of your home or feeders; cover nearby power lines with plastic tubing; install a chimney cap; repair broken vents/screens and holes in your home’s exterior.
3. Use squirrel repellents
Regularly apply squirrel repellents to repel squirrels. Squirrels could also be frightened away with an electronic repellent.
Homemade Squirrel Traps
The materials required to prepare these homemade squirrel traps are
- Three pieces of PVC plastic drain pipe
- One 45 degrees elbow
- One PVC Clean out plug
- Once PVC adapter fitting (threaded from one end for the clean out plug above)
- One PVC coupling fitting
- One PVC pipe cap
- Two machine screws, zinc or stainless steel
- Four nuts to match the screws
- Two washers
- Two wing nuts
- One adjustable 2 foot bungee cord
- One can of spray cooking oil
- One small jar of peanut butter
- Power Drill
Follow the following steps to accomplish the task:
- Drill holes in one of the pipes: The drilled pipe will act as the base of the trap.
- Assemble the trap base: Attach the PVC adapter fitting to one end of the base pipe and carefully screw the clean out plug into the threaded section of the adapter fitting.
- Assemble the top of the squirrel trap: On the end of the top pipe with two holes, reach inside the pipe and push one machine screw through each of the holes with their head inside the pipe. Place a washer outside on each of the screws, screw two nuts on each screw, and screw one wing nut on each screw.
- Assemble and bait the trap: The remaining pipe is the middle of the trap. Insert one end of the middle pipe into the open end of the PVC coupling fitting on the top pipe and the other end of the PVC 45 degree elbow on the base pipe. Spray a light coating of cooking oil on the inside of the top and middle pipe which will act as a lubricant. Now put peanut butter inside the top pipe.
- Select a location and place the trap and wait: Once the squirrel is caught, release it in an open location.