Though they typically roam around yards, fences, and trees, squirrels will often invade homes through entry points in the attic and garage to search for food and warmth. Once inside, squirrels will nest and begin to cause a wide range of damage to your home including chewed wiring, shredded insulation, scratched flooring, and contaminated surfaces. If you have a nuisance squirrel problem developing in your home, getting the rodents out is going to be a tough job. To help reduce damages, here are a few squirrel trapping steps you can follow.
Squirrel Trapping Steps
- Pick your squirrel trap. Live squirrel traps are available in either 1- or 2-door variations. Professional wildlife trappers usually use a 1-door trap because it allows them to set the bait further inside and better entice the squirrel into the trap.
- Select the trap’s placement. Place the live squirrel trap along the squirrel’s travel path for effective results, such as against a wall in the attic or a flat surface near commonly used entrances.
- Choose and position the trap’s bait. The best bait is one that squirrels can’t easily access or remove from the trigger. A common bait used by wildlife trappers is peanut butter. Spread it on the trigger plate or at the back of the trap to force the squirrel to engage the trigger.
- Set up the trap. Follow the instructions on the trap’s box or instruction manual. Make sure to check on the trap frequently so that you don’t inhumanely trap an animal without water or food for too long.
- Remove your trapped squirrel. Once you have caught the squirrel, wear gloves before handling the trap to avoid getting bit or injured by the squirrel. If your local law allows you to relocate the squirrel, find a safe distance away from your home (at least 10 miles) to release the squirrel.
Dangers of DIY Squirrel Trapping
As adorable as these critters seem, squirrels can be a disturbing presence in your home. They can startle you with their squeaking noises or when they scurry across your attic at night. Squirrels can also harm you, your family, and your pets through bites and scratches if they feel threatened and can potentially spread diseases, mites, and ticks. That is why it is not recommended to handle wild animals on your own.
Instead of risking your health and wasting money on DIY squirrel trapping, hire the trained, experienced, and equipped wildlife experts at Animal Wildlife trappers to safely and efficiently resolve your squirrel infestation issues.
Fast and Effective Squirrel Trapping in Orlando
The best way to trap a squirrel is to rely on professional squirrel removal services provided by the experts at Animal Wildlife Trappers. From bats to rats and everything in between, our licensed and trained technicians are equipped to provide you with high-quality animal removal services. We will inspect your property, remove all nuisance wildlife, and install safeguards to ensure the invasive pests do not return. To schedule an appointment and receive a free estimate for our safe and effective squirrel trapping services, call us today at 352-267-0546.