Learning The Ins And Outs Of Squirrel Traps
If you want to get rid of squirrels, then you will need squirrel traps.
You hear them every day outside. As warmer weather comes, there is the sound of scurrying feet on your gutters and roof. You hope that they have not found a way into the attic, but you can’t know for sure.
What you have are squirrels. Squirrels are incredibly common across the United States and among the most annoying small mammals when it comes to owning a home or renting a living space.
Squirrels will be interested in building their nests either within or along the shelter that your home provides. Small and moderate amounts of damage can occur to your home as a result.
Let’s take a moment to review squirrel traps, the various types of traps, as well as their pros and cons.
Squirrel Traps: Live Traps Vs. Kill Traps
One of the first things you will be confronted with when looking for squirrel traps is that the market is split into live traps and kill traps. Live traps trap the squirrel with a minimal amount of harm if any. Kill traps both trap and kill squirrels.
Now, being a homeowner myself, I can understand the frustration that comes with squirrels chewing through parts of my house and causing damage. Keep in mind though, that they very rarely actually get inside the attic.
I temper my desire for kill traps because live traps are all around better. How so?
- Live traps are generally less expensive than kill traps.
- Live traps can be purchased from more places and are far easier to handle and set up.
- Live traps are far easier to clean and re-use again after capturing a squirrel.
- Live traps can be used to capture more than one squirrel at a time, making them far more efficient than their kill squirrel trap alternatives.
- Live traps allow you to remove a live creature, which smells a lot better than a carcass created through the use of kill squirrel traps.
- Finally, live traps are considered more humane. Squirrels, like other small mammals and mammals in general, are capable of feeling pain and suffering. Live squirrel traps reduce harm to living creatures.
Given my preference for Live Squirrel Traps, I will focus on the pros and cons of the two major types. In a future post, I may address Kill traps in more detail.
Different Kinds Of Live Traps
1. One-Way Door Trap
One-way door traps are among the most popular options out there. One-way door traps are long rectangular metal cages that have an opening on one end as well as a metal grate that can easily be opened by a squirrel entering but impossible to get out of.
Squirrel traps are made from metal as to keep squirrels from being able to chew out successfully in time before you remove them from your home. A wide range of food options can be used to get them in, including peanut butter, birdseeds, and even some types of trash.
If you are interested in getting a pregnant squirrel out of your home using squirrel traps, then consider putting animal bones in the squirrel traps. Animal bones have calcium; which pregnant squirrels will instinctively nibble on to ensure that their babies have strong enough bones.
One-way door traps are lightweight, typically come with a handle, are inexpensive, and can even be used to trap more than one squirrel.
2. Repeat Traps
Repeat traps are a bit larger and more expensive than one-way door squirrel traps. Repeat squirrel traps offer more complex entries, allowing for many squirrels to enter and become trapped at once. They are great traps if you have a nest of squirrels and you want them all gone. However, if you are dealing with a small number of squirrels, a repeat trap may not be necessary for you.
I hope you have found this explanation of squirrel traps to be helpful and you are able to quickly get your squirrel problem under control!