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How To Catch Squirrels



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How to Catch Squirrels in The Attic
We all love watching these critters run and chase one another in the back yard, but let’s face it, they cause more problems than we care to deal with. Invading the attic is the most popular of the problems. Remember to always wear gloves when dealing with these little critters. They carry bacteria and diseases you do not want to spread. Also keep in mind squirrels do not have good night vision so moving around at night for these animals is very rare. Some people have turned to products such as Squirrel Away found at common stores such as Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Home Depot. Moth balls which are made of naphthalene flakes are fairly cheap about, $2 a pound. Moth balls can be spread around the area as a “keep away” plan. Many turn to ammonia, a very common household cleaner yet strong in odor. Saturating rags and placing around the inside attic may make them leave the area. Keep in mind that some of these products can be harmful to both human and other animals such as your pets. Live traps are a good way to capture the squirrel without harming them and them relocating them to an environment where they can thrive away from your attic.



How to Catch Squirrels in The Car
Squirrels in car can really create havoc if they decide that your wiring makes a tasty treat. First you must determine where the lovely little pest is getting his way into the vehicle. Find some really good hot pepper. Cayenne is great but, habanera is best. Put this all around the area you think he is entering. Remember, putting the pepper on any parts of the vehicle that gets hot may possibly affect the driver. However, putting the pepper around tires and bumpers will help keep these animals and any other critters that like to hang out by your car away. Keeping a box of open moth balls where you park your vehicle may be able to keep them away; however, this is not necessarily a good idea as children and other animals may be affected by them since they are out in the open and easy to get to. Some people spread the moth balls around the car on the ground or concrete, but leaving the box open and cutting the entire top off can work just as good. Set a trap by the tires and bait it with the foods they like to eat to lure them out of the car. This way you can then relocate the squirrel to another area where they can survive and leave your car alone.

How to Catch Squirrels in The Backyard
People love to sit and watch the squirrels that chase one another round and round the tree from their kitchen window or from the front porch. As cute as they may be, they can also cause a lot of problems for your home and garden and you may be searching for a way to get rid of them. Get rid of their easily assessable food source. Trash cans make an excellent source of food which means you should first tightly secure the lids of all trash cans. Cutting off any food supply anywhere in the yard is the major preventative measure you can take. Any natural trees you have that make berries, nuts etc. will keep them coming back for more. Try and keep these cleaned up as much as possible. Birdfeeders are another great source of food for squirrels. If your feeders are on poles, use lard, Crisco and so forth to keep the poles oily so they cannot crawl up the pole. Some people find it easy to designate an area just for squirrel feeding in their yard. Read here about squirrel bait.

How to Catch Squirrels in The Walls
Keep in mind squirrels have really bad night vision, so moving after dark is rare. Most important is to determine where they are making their way in. Once you determine this sealing off all small cracks, holes or any tiny areas you think may be a possible entry needs to be done. Make sure to leave one exit/entrance open so that they can escape. Using caulk, wood, sheetrock or other material are possible ways to seal these areas. You can try to get the squirrel out of the wall with peanut butter and an apple slice as a home remedy. They love peanut butter. You can use these as baits for live traps which you can use to relocate the squirrels once you have captured them. Once you are sure they are all out of the wall and no offspring are left seal that entry way. Leaving one behind or any babies can result in a horrible odor when they have died or they can possibly make their way to another area in the walls. But remember you sealed all areas so the chances of them surviving are not good.

More in-detail how-to squirrel removal articles:
Information about squirrel trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a squirrel - with fumigants or poison.
Information about how to keep squirrel away - prevention techniques.
Information about squirrel repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

This site is intended to provide squirrel education and information on how to catch a squirrel, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a squirrel problem. This site provides many squirrel control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of squirrel removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance squirrel.

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