Squirrels can be nuisances, they can get into your attic and ruin a good nights sleep, they eat your bird seed and generally run amuck, but how do you stop them, simple a squirrel trap.
Squirrel traps fall into 2 categories, the live trap and the kill trap. In most locations squirrels are not considered a fir bearing animal and no set squirrel trap regulations are on the book. This article is for reference only and you need to check your state and local laws before setting a squirrel trap.
The first squirrel trap to consider is the live catch squirrel trap, these are generally a tunnel made from galvanized steel with a door on each end. The squirrel trap bait is placed on the squirrel trap trigger and when the squirrel touches the trigger, the doors close and lock in this position. The great thing about the live squirrel trap is that the animal is not hurt and can be relocated to another part of town. Havahart is a popular live squirrel trap that is available at most hardware stores.
The second kind of squirrel trap is the classic metal trap as used by trappers for furbearing animals. The leg hold or killing squirrel trap, should be used as a last resort and only where legal. The best size for a steel squirrel trap is size zero, the smallest available.
Rat traps have often been used to trap squirrels, but leave a lot to be desired as a squirrel trap. They can wound the squirrel and it can often get away only to die in your wall, making an awful smell.
Squirrel traps should be baited with strong smelling food stuffs, such as peanut butter or bread soaked in anise oil or vanilla.
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