Saturday, 20 July 2019
Agent Resource Center
This Old House - Do-it-Yourself

How to Catch a Squirrel with a Trap in Your House

Written by Posted On Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:24

Capturing squirrels can be an exhausting and time-consuming task since they are fast, independent, annoying animals to deal with. Whether you capture a squirrel in your home or if you catch a squirrel in the wild, the technique of catching a squirrel is the same.

Penthouses are strong temptations to squirrels when they are in search of a new place of residence. Even though squirrels are cute little creatures, they can do a lot of damage to your property, and they carry fleas and ticks that put their pets in danger. The best method for catching and extracting a flying squirrel is a live trap. Squirrels are curious by nature and are easily led into a trap when properly primed with the right squirrel delicacies.


How do you know you have squirrels in your house?

If you have squirrels in your house, they can cause real havoc. Not only will they nest and possibly have baby litters inside, they could tear walls and insulation and gnaw on their electrical wiring. Short of creating a fire hazard, the sounds that come from your attic or access space can be disconcerting, especially in the middle of the night. The first thing you will notice is the noises they make when gnawing objects and jumping. They are easily discovered because they are very noisy. If you discover the presence of squirrels inside your house, you should take it seriously and act fast, before they damage the house and more squirrels settle in the area and reproduce.  Install as soon as possible a system to scare off squirrels.


What problems do squirrels cause at home?

In the houses, the squirrels are very noisy.  They end up leaving very bad smells. And they damage the structure of the house because they scratch and nibble the insulating material, the electric cables, etc. Squirrels could be the most playful creature around, but if you have a garden you would find them like the big backyard hassle. They already affect the bird feeder. They feed on the seeds of birds and also destroy the cultivation of vegetables.

When trying to get a squirrel out of the house, extreme caution is necessary. If he feels in danger or thinks that we are going to attack his cubs, he could get to bite us. In that case, it could transmit bacteria and amoeba harmful to our health.


Here are some instructions on how to trap:

1. Walk around your house and look for possible entry points. The squirrel is likely to get back and forth to his nest in his house through that opening, and you want to trap him on his way in or out.

2. If a possible entry area can be identified, a squirrel trap was invented at that location. Otherwise, you just have to program the trap somewhere on the perimeter of the house. Follow the instructions in the trap to set it up, as they may vary.

3. Mix two tablespoons of peanut butter with a tablespoon of raw oatmeal, dry and spread the mixture over a cookie. Place the bait inside the trap.

4. Wait to hear the sounds that the trap was turned off. A trapped squirrel will make a lot of noise, and to keep the squirrel from becoming too stressed, it is important that you remove the trap as soon as possible.

5. Put on sturdy work gloves before removing the trap. Squirrels have claws and sharp teeth, and when they are in danger, they will try to defend themselves.

6. Release the squirrel in the natural environment by releasing the trap door and backing up quickly. Releasing the squirrel away from your home will not prevent the squirrel from returning, but will give you time to fix the entrance.


Catching a squirrel might seem like a challenge, but with the trap on the right and some detective work, it's relatively easy. Once you have decided that you are going to catch a squirrel in a trap before they damage the house and more squirrels settle in the area and reproduce, go ahead and you need the best squirrel trap to get rid of them. It is almost impossible to catch a squirrel without a trap! Bait like peanuts, sunflower seeds, apples, and grains; permission or license to capture, release or kill according to the law of your local area; if you have planned to catch a squirrel as a pet, then the death and release of a squirrel will not be the options for you.


Tips and warnings

•    Always wear heavy duty gloves to protect your hands when the squirrel is inside the trap.

•    Each state has different laws regarding the release of live squirrels, so be sure to check the regulations in your state of origin and the city, even before setting your traps. Track capture and disposal by mending holes in your home; otherwise, you will be in a square.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: Alabama
  • Address: 3743 New Creek Road
  • City: Huntsville
  • Zipcode: AL 35816
  • SOLD: no
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Set it and forget it Marketing, Agent Trusted for 21 years. Click Here

Search by State:

Agent Resource

How to capture your next prospect - click here

Realty Times

From buying and selling advice for consumers to money-making tips for Agents, our content, updated daily, has made Realty Times® a must-read, and see, for anyone involved in Real Estate.